Wing and a Prayer

Kip Winger lashes out at Metallica — finally

You've said in the past that it's the autobiographical nature of your songs that kids can relate to the most. What have these young fans come to represent to you?

I look out at the crowd at a Red Jumpsuit Apparatus show and I see me all over the place — me everywhere. It's amazing, because it helps you remember where you were when you wrote these things. That's what I love about this music industry. It's impossible to ever really forget where you come from when you're playing shows every week.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is headlining the Take Action! Tour, which encourages youth to engage with local organizations to combat depression and suicide. Why was this issue so important to you?

Actually, Take Action! brought this particular issue up to us. [Asking us] "Are you aware of this?" We actually were unaware of it. I had never really thought it was that widespread, but it's all over the place.

You also worked with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence last October. Would you say that the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has a special interest in becoming an activist band?

We aren't necessarily trying to be the political band. These opportunities are presenting themselves to us. We want to do as much of that as we can while we're doing our own jobs.

On January 31, you'll speak on Capitol Hill on behalf of Mental Health Purity and Suicide Prevention. That's no small feat.

Um, you know what? I don't think it's even hit me yet.

Do you know what you're going to say yet?

I don't want to give anything away about that particular event because it is going to be one time only. I'll say what I have to say, and I'll say it there... [But I've been told that] I can say whatever I want to say. Cole Haddon

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus headlines the Take Action! Tour on Saturday, February 10, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Also performing are Emery, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and A Static Lullaby. It's an all-ages show. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Call 954-727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net.

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