’80s glam metal band Winger performs with Last in Line at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on October 22

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Extract from a press release:

It was announced today that glam metal band Winger, who released platinum albums in the late ’80s and early’ 90s, will perform at Penn’s Peak at Jim Thorpe on Friday, October 22 with Last in. Line, a heavy metal band formed by the original core line-up from Dio’s 1984 album “The Last in Line”.

This will replace the Last in Line show with Lynch Mob that was scheduled for the same date at Penn’s Peak (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe) after being postponed from March 22, 2020 due to the pandemic. The doors to this new concert open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which cost $ 32 in advance or $ 37 on the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, the Penn’s Peak box office and at the Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Ticket sales at the Roadies ticket office and restaurant are only on site; no phone orders.

“Winger’s musical pedigree was virtually unmatched in ’80s metal,” Rolling Stone magazine wrote. “The band created a debut album that combined hard-pop melodies with a lot of progressive and technically dazzling instrumental work. “

Formed in 1987, Winger enjoyed immediate success with his self-titled 1988 album. It spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed for a Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sale status. “Winger” also remained in the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks, where it peaked at No. 21.

Their upcoming album, “In the Heart of the Young”, also achieved platinum status and featured the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away”. The change in the musical climate of the mid-90s, compounded by the unprovoked ridicule of the popular MTV animated comedy show “Beavis and Butt-Head”, led the group to take a hiatus in 1994 following the release of their third. critically acclaimed album “Shoot.” In 2001, the group reunited and haven’t looked back since.

Winger continues to make a name for himself with relentless tours and recent studio albums “IV”, “Karma” and their latest, “Better Days Comin ‘”. Released in 2014 via Frontiers Records, “Better Days Comin ‘” shows the band at the top of their game, winning over fans and critics alike with their exceptional musicality, composition and Kip Winger’s powerful vocals.

From the opening riff of the album’s opening “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” to the latest lick outro of “Out of This World”, it’s clear that one of the most misunderstood rock bands of late 80s is back and better than ever. Hard rock songs like “Queen Babylon”, adrenaline rocker “Rat Race”, progressive rock inspired by “Tin Soldier” and touching ballad “Ever Wonder” flaunt the band’s diversity while always focusing on great songs. . Kerrang magazine described it as “a hard-hitting album. … Winger’s blood continues to pump… the airs too.

Comprised of original members Kip Winger on vocals / bass, Reb Beach on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums, along with longtime guitarist John Roth, Winger’s latest album and touring schedule feature the band that pulls all the stops. the cylinders. This surge in popularity saw them return to the Billboard Top 100, and in 2016 Grammy-nominated Kip Winger reached No. 1 on the Billboard and iTunes charts with his debut classical music album “Conversations with Nijinsky” featuring the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the conductor. Martin West. The group is currently working on their next album.

“This is a band that refuses to just slip on the glories of the past,” Classic Rock magazine said. “Winger pushes his own limits.”

Drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and guitarist Vivian Campbell – co-conspirators and co-authors of Ronnie James Dio on the albums “Holy Diver”, “Last in Line” and “Sacred Heart” – have formed Last in Line with famous singer Andrew Freeman in 2011. Their debut album, “Heavy Crown”, was released in February 2016, ranking # 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts. Initially, the outing was preceded by tragedy when Bain passed away suddenly at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. Last in Line, honoring what they knew was Bain’s wish to keep the group moving, brought in famous bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and pledged to do sustained tours to support the album, hit festivals, club headliners and share the stage with luminaries metal such as Saxon and Megadeth.

In late 2017, the band reunited in Los Angles to begin recording the second album, which was produced by band members and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken, The End Machine), who also produced the debut album. . After really solidifying as a band on a tour in support of the debut album, songwriting on the aptly named “II” came easily to them, creating a record that shows a great progression in the whole sound. by being instantly recognizable as Last in Line thanks to Appice’s rhythms, thundering bass from Soussan, breathtaking vocals from Freeman and roaring guitars from Campbell.

“The musical style of ‘II’ is different from ‘Heavy Crown’, but it was not something we planned to do,” explained Campbell. “Phil is a more complex player than Jimmy and that, combined with the band’s natural growth and development, led us to the songs on the album. As always, we just started to swarm with ideas and see where they took us. But it’s fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on “Heavy Crown”. The debut album set the tone, but on ‘II’ we developed that idea and took it to the next logical step.

On the sound of the new record and the songwriting process, Appice said, “I still sound like me. Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feeling, the same pulse and the same attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he takes a more melodic approach to the bass parts, making the songs even more interesting. It fits perfectly into the same musical family and the same era as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings with his soul and complements the band’s sound with his incredible melodies and range.

“The songwriting process was the same as Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’,” he continued. “First, we have fun writing together. We walk into a room and jam over riffs and chords until we find something good, and then continue to fit it into a song. Andy puts his magic to it and everything goes very well.

When asked about the first single, “Landslide,” Freeman said, ““ Landslide ”was the first song we wrote for this album. It was really easy to write, because all the pieces fell into place quickly. The title “Landslide” is a metaphor for the daily struggles we all go through as people. Trying to stay the course in the face of adversity, media manipulation and leadership. It’s meant to inspire strength and determination.

“[It] It was refreshing to be able to write songs in such an organic way – scrambling and developing ideas as a group, without introducing preconceived songs – something I haven’t done in ages. The result was a real collaboration, a concept so rare these days! Soussan added, explaining how he joined Last in Line and song development.

“Vinny has a unique style of drumming that, beyond keeping the beats, inspires riffs and arrangements, and Vivian has a way of playing that has conviction with every note. He is able to turn every riff into a signature. Andrew was creative and unrestricted, focusing his contemporary influences on vocal styles and hooks that came out of classic rock clichés. He is very perfectionist. Beyond trying to stay true to Jimmy’s game and the legacy of Viv and Vinny’s relationship, everyone was completely open to exploring any idea they could. I’m honestly more proud of our efforts on this album than of anything I’ve been involved in for a very long time. With ‘II’, I would like to think that we have moved away from ‘Heavy Crown’ to test uncharted waters… the evolution of Last in Line!

“II” was released on February 22, 2019 via Frontiers Records.


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