Winger is a rock band from New York City, USA.
Winger was formed in 1987 by Kip Winger (vocals, bass), formerly of Alice Cooper's band and Reb Beach (guitars). Paul Taylor (guitars, keyboards) was also a natural recruit for Winger, having also played with Alice Cooper's band. To round up the line up they recruited former Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein. The band's first choice of name was Sahara, but that name was taken by another band, so they all decided on Winger instead. Although they changed the name to Winger, the word Sahara can still be seen on the lower right corner of the debut album's cover.
The band recorded three studio albums. The debut album, Winger, was released on August 10, 1988 on Atlantic Records. The record was a success, achieving platinum status in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada. Radio and MTV hits from the album included "Madalaine", "Seventeen" and "Headed For A Heartbreak".
In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band". Shortly after, Winger released its second album In the Heart ...
years active 1987–1993, 2001–2002, 2006
origin New York
music genre Glam Metal
current members Kip Winger
past members Paul Taylor