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September 4 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Seems we’ve had a lot of visitors in Pittsburgh recently hailing from the era of ‘80s hard rock. Another such visitor is Winger, the New York City hard rock band known for hits like “Seventeen” and “Headed for a Heartbreak.” Right at home with their glam metal peers—bands like Bon Jovi, Tesla, or Van Halen— these guys shred, screech, and combine to form a sound worthy of an arena. Presumably, not unlike aforementioned Van Halen, Winger too derives its name from the surname of the band’s founder, Kip Winger, who played with Alice Cooper before he struck out on his own to form Winger, which today is composed of Winger, Reb Beach (of Whitesnake), Rod Morgenstein, and John Roth. As is common for bands like Winger, the band doesn’t celebrate a history entirely free of tumult—in 1994, as glam metal diminished in popularity and other forms of music took its place, Winger disbanded for about seven years. In 2001, however, the band reformed in 2001 and has continued to rock on in the 13 years since. Tonight, they share their ostentatious sound with Pittsburgh at the Altar Bar. Joined by Gene the Werewolf, Chip Dimonick, and Icarus Witch. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.