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Kip Winger Lives

Question: What is between Rochester, Minnesota and Dubuque, Iowa?

Answer: About 180 miles of corn fields and little else.

My wife and I made the journey to Dubuque last weekend to see Kip Winger in concert. If any of you recognize the name, you're probably about my age. Winger was a hair metal band that was popular for about three years (1988-1991). Not coincidentally, those were the years I was in high school, the time when my musical tastes formed.

Kip, now 46, is more than a hair metal memory, and when he plays live without the band, he plays an acoustic 12-string guitar. The guy can really play.

Anyway, Dubuque was having a free concert series, and Kip was the headlining act. I'd say about 250 people were there, but 220 were there just to drink, smoke, and socialize. Less than 30 of us were there for the music. Quite sad, really.


  1. Bret,
    I'm actually surprised DBQ (as we former locals so lovingly call it...) pulled such a well known act as Kip Winger!

    I also agree that there isn't much between Rochester and DBQ. Waterloo.

  2. Well, I'm surprised that they were able to get Kip Winger, too, but they must have spent all of their money on him. The two opening bands were just local cover bands. I'm sure they were good, but I have a personal philosophical problem with cover bands. It would be like me doing a public reading of a Kurt Vonnegut novel. What would be the point of that?? :)


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