Legendary front man David Coverdale
is bringing Whitesnake
back on the road in 2006 with an entirely new perspective of his 30-year multi-platinum career. "I'm on a mission," says Coverdale laughing. "It's an appropriate time to be playing good, uplifting, positive rock 'n' roll." With their blend of hard rock, soul, blues, and balladry...a healthy dose of priapic posturing and good time fun, Whitesnake is pretty much on it's own in today's grim, unsmiling climate.
The band will be touring Europe extensively in support of a New In Concert DVD/CD, "LIVE...In The Still Of The Night
"...Both the DVD and companion live CD were recorded during Whitesnake's UK Tour in 2004. Already an extraordinary success story marked with top 5 appearances in all the European charts & top 20 in the USA.
"It's as if everyone has been waiting for something new from the band...I'm thrilled with the response to the DVD...It's been overwhelmingly positive & sets us up for the next move..."...said Coverdale. From 1973 to 1976 Coverdale was the lead singer in Deep Purple
, one of the biggest bands in the world. A year after leaving, he formed Whitesnake in late 1977 as a blues-based, melodic rock band to tour & promote his solo records 'Whitesnake' and 'Northwinds'. The band then took on a life and an identity of it's own, attracting not only the supporters from Deep Purple, but, a whole new audience hungry for the blues, soul and good time rock Whitesnake offered.
Eventually, the early line-up released a hastily recorded, modest 4 song record 'Snakebite
' featuring the great Bobby Bland song 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City'
, which became an instant crowd pleaser. This led to the formation of a global phenomenon known as 'The Whitesnake Choir' a spine-tingling experience for anyone at a show who hears the entire crowd singing along with every word. The songs from this recording are being included in the forthcoming EMI releases-- Remastered 'Trouble
,' and 'Ready & Willing
.' The albums will be released to coincide with Whitesnake tour and will also feature unreleased bonus tracks from BBC sessions & live festival recordings previously available on bootleg recordings.
All in all it looks as if this will be a bumper year for the hard-core Whitesnake fan. The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale's time with Deep Purple & drawing from the entire Whitesnake catalogue. This is an opportunity to experience the ultimate Whitesnake line-up: Doug Aldrich on guitar, Tommy Aldridge
) on drums, Reb Beach
) on guitar, Timothy Drury on keyboards & Uriah Duffy on bass, & of course, the inimitable David Coverdale on vocals.
The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale’s time with Deep Purple and drawing from Whitesnake’s entire catalogue including ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Is This Love’, ‘Fool For Your Lovin’’, ‘Crying In The Rain’, ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Burn’ and ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’.
European and Japanese tour dates as follows, no word at press time of a North American run:
May 09 - Zepp Fukuoka - Fukuoka, JPN
May 10 - Mielparque Hiroshima - Hiroshima, JPN
May 12 - Nagoya Civic Hall - Aichi, JPN
May 14 - Pacifico Yokohama - Kanagawa, JPN
May 15 - Actcity Hamamatsu - Shizuoka, JPN
May 16 - Convention Center - Osaka, JPN
May 18 - Terrsa Niigata - Niigata, JPN
May 19 - Zepp Sendai - Miyagi, JPN
May 21 - Forum Hall - Tokyo, JPN
May 27 - Manchester Apollo - Manchester, UK
May 28 - NIA - Birmingham, UK
May 30 - Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK
May 31 - Guildhall - Portsmouth, UK
Jun. 03 - TBA - Milan, ITA
Jun. 05 - Volkshaus, Zurich, SWI
Jun. 06 - Big Box - Kempten, GER
Jun. 07 - Westfalenhalle - Dortmund, GER
Jun. 09 - Arrow Rock Festival - Lichtenvoorde, NETH
Jun. 8-10 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, SWE
Jun. 23 - Graspop - Dessel, BEL
Jun. 24 - Bang Your Head - Balingen, GER
Jun. 26 - Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle, UK
Jun. 29 - Sheffield City Hall - Sheffield, UK
Jun. 30 - Carling Academy, Glasgow, SCO
Jul. 02 - NIA - Cardiff, UK