WINGER frontman Kip Winger has confirmed to Daily Boom that there are tentative plans for the band to work on new material this summer. The disc will be the follow-up to "Better Days Comin'", which came out in 2014.
"Reb [Beach, guitar] and I are going to start writing and we'll try to knock something out in August," Kip said. "He's out with WHITESNAKE now and I'm very busy, so we've got some time set aside in August for us to get together and try to do something. I don't know what we're going to do and I don't like to pre-plan it. I like to sit down with Reb and see what the mood of the day is. It's impossible for Reb and I not to sound like WINGER because the combination of us is the sound of the band, no matter what song we do."
Kip spoke about the WINGER songwriting process during a recent interview with CantonRep.com. "Me and Reb sit down with a drum machine and knock out a bunch of riffs, and then we do lyrics and cut drums," he said. "It's a very basic formula. The writing process is really where it's all important. It's Reb and me sitting down in front of the gear and going for it. I never start with any ideas. I just let them come as I'm writing. I usually know within seconds if I can turn it into something good."
WINGER formed in the late 1980s and soared to immediate success with its 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles "Seventeen" and "Headed For A Heartbreak" and achieved platinum sales status. "Winger" also stayed on The Billboard 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, "In The Heart Of The Young", also achieved platinum status behind the singles "Can't Get Enuff" and "Miles Away". The change in musical climate of the mid-'90s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV's popular "Beavis And Butt-Head" show, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, WINGER reunited and has not looked back since.
Kip also earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for the classical album "C.F. Kip Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky", recorded with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.