Kip Winger showed The Sellersville Theater how to rock last night, July, 23, 2015. First off, he entertained the crowd, gave them more than they came for and more than they expected. From the second he entered the stage, played a few notes on his guitar and announced the show was over, before coming back out for another two plus hours. During those times, he interacted with his fans, even pulling them upon stage to sing. Like 26 year old Sarah Teets from Allentown Pa, who knocked out the crowd as she helped Winger belt out “Miles Away”.
Of course, he was going to do “Madelaine” and “Seventeen”, but it was the bantering on stage that made the night special. He would talk with the crowd, which filled a quarter of the theater, even making jokes about the empty seats. Back in the late 1980’s when his band Winger would play the Tower Theater, most of the fans were female. Last night the crowd was about 60 percent female as well. There was no band, just Kip with an acoustic guitar, and a drummer he brought up on stage for a few songs. He took requests, like “Daniel” . which ,of course is not as well known as some of the material he did in the bands heyday.
He actually called his former band mate .Reb Beach on his cell phone and got a voice mail. After a few songs, he called him back and the audience got a chance to shout “Hello” to r Reb, who is now playing in Whitesnake and will be playing in Atlantic City this weekend. When a few fans chimed in that they would be there, Reb told Kip to take their names and they would get backstage passes. Kip said that he was the only one in the building allowed to use a cellphone while he was on stage, calling out people that were talking on their phones. He even called up a grandmother and talked to her grandchild on the phone. That was not the end of it, and the people talking through the show could not take the hint to shut up.
With a Kip Winger solo show you never know what you will get,or who will show up. When Kip Winger plays the set list can change and it always does. “I am playing with Tom Keifer tomorrow in Lycoming, for 30 minutes and they are paying me a ton of money to do 30 minutes”, he said, Then he added “I gotta bust my ass here tonight”, and the crowd approved. He likes being on stage and fans can tell. He was not going through the motions, he was getting into it he was having fun. The last time he played here was three years ago. Next time, let’s hope he comes back sooner. The Sellersville Theater is a great place to see a show.
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