Legendary hard rock band Whitesnake is facing a line-up change. Long-time guitarist Doug Aldrich is leaving the band. Frontman David Coverdale confirmed via Twitter that there's no hard feelings about his decision to leave and only wishes him the best. Who do you think could be a good replacement for Doug Aldrich?
Hard rock greats Whitesnake have announced the release of a new double live album: Made In Britain/The World Record. It will be released as a 2-CD set in Europe on July 5th and in North America on July 9th through Frontiers Records. A trailer has been released in anticipation of the live album's release and you can see it right now.
"Love Will Set You Free", the new video from UK metallers Whitesnake, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli) and was filmed in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (where Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has a house).
"Love Will Set You Free" is the first single from Whitesnake's new album, Forevermore, which will be released on March 25 in Europe (March 29 in North America) via Frontiers Records. The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, California.
Whitesnake will release its new album, Forevermore, on March 25 in Europe (March 29 in North America) via Frontiers Records. The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, California.
The album's release will be anticipated by the digital only release of the first single/video clip "Love Will Set You Free" on February 21st.
Forevermore cover art] tracklist:
01. Steal Your Heart Away
02. All Out Of Luck
03. Love Will Set You Free
04. Easier Said Than Done
05. Tell Me How
After seven years in the band, keyboard player Timothy Drury thought the time was right to quit Whitesnake and pursue a solo career. Here's his farewell letter:
"For over seven years now I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, to play and sing my heart out and to share the stage with David Coverdale as a part of Whitesnake. During that time I have been inspired and filled with such a great sense of the beauty that the world has to offer and also with the joy that music can bring to an audience. More than ever, I see the value of what I can express as a composer and producer, photographer, songwriter, singer... as an artist. That is why I must now say my goodbyes to you all and take my leave to pursue some very important creative projects that have been brewing for some time now.
UK hard-rockers Whitesnake have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"After months of speculation, Whitesnake are thrilled to announce their new bass player/singer... 35 year old Michael Devin picture].
Recently Michael has been playing with Lynch Mob with new Whitesnake drummer, Brian Tichy. This completes the new Whitesnake line-up & Michael will be featured on their new album, alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach & keyboardist Timothy Drury.
Michael Devin commented: "It's an honor to be welcomed into the Whitesnake family. I'm a big fan. Whitesnake is notorious for exciting musicianship, David's history is rich, and I'm very proud to be here."
Whitesnake have officially announced that bassist Uriah Duffy & drummer Chris Fraizer are going their separate ways from the band after a fun filled & successful journey together. Whitesnake wish Uriah & Chris every success in pursuing their individual musical careers & express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional contribution they both made to the legacy of the band.
Whitesnake are proud to welcome drummer/vocalist extraordinaire, Briian Tichy... (http://www.briantichy.com)
Whitesnake are currently in the studio writing & recording the follow up to their award winning Good To Be Bad album, which is expected to be released throughout the world on the Frontiers label in Spring 2011 to coincide with their return to touring.
As posted by Whitesnake, a couple of days ago on 12 August:
"Unfortunately, last night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Whitesnake had to cut their performance short due to Mr Coverdale experiencing considerable pain in his vocal chords. He was immediately taken to a specialist for examination. The specialist discovered that David was suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion. He was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks & then undergo a further examination. The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused. We therefore regretfully have to announce that Whitesnake will not be appearing on the remainder of the US tour with Judas Priest, Whitesnake sincerely regrets any disappointment this may cause."
To celebreate the 30th anniversary of the Judas Priest album "British Steel", the band is very pleased to announce they will be performing the whole album in its entirety during the US 2009 Summer Tour plus some other Priest classics! Judas Priest are proud to announce that they will be touring in the US with Whitesnake for most of the dates - a few of the shows won't be with them
Jul. 01 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI (no Whitesnake)
Jul. 03 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
Jul. 07 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Jul. 08 - CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
Jul. 09 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT
Classic Rock reports that, Mel Galley, guitarist of Trapeze and Whitesnake, has lost his battle with cancer of the oesophagus. The Midlands-born musician was a member of Finders Seekers with bassist Glenn Hughes, and together they co-founded Trapeze in 1969. He had just turned 60 years old - the photo with Glenn Hughes Link] was taken at his 60th birthday party.
"Mel was my hero growing up as a kid in Cannock," Hughes tells Classic Rock. "He was four years older than me and along with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton was one of my guitar gods. He taught me music, and more importantly, how to live. After Cream, Trapeze were the greatest English rock trio." When Hughes reluctantly accepted an offer to join Deep Purple, a far bigger band, in 1973, Trapeze continued with Pete Goalby (later of Uriah Heep) on vocals. Along with brother Tom, Galley helped to guide the Phenomena project, which featured the likes of Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Budgie's John Thomas and current Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey, before accepting an offer from David Coverdale to join Whitesnake. Though he toured with the band and played on 1984's "Slide It In" album, a freak arm injury seemed to have curtailed Galley's career. However, with the help of a specially developed spring and wire device that was fitted to his hand, affectionately called 'The Claw', he was able to bypass the problematic nerve endings. In 1986 he formed MGM with fellow ex-Whitesnake alumni Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, then worked on another Phenomena record. However, after a 1991 Trapeze reunion that featured Hughes and drummer Dave Holland, by then a star in his own right with Judas Priest, plus Geoffrey Downes of Asia on keyboards, Galley elected to retire from performing. After a well-publicised fracas with a stalker - curtailed when Galley confronted the individual on the latter's doorstep - he had just begun playing music again when his illness was diagnosed.
Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale has issued the following update:
"Just a quickie to let you know that all is ship shape and moving along wonderfully. I am thrilled, erect nipples an' all, with the new songs and very excited to be presenting them to you later this year. SPV's wish-list is for an October release, so, we're not having to pressure ourselves with too extreme a deadline. God Willing, those days be gone. As far as touring, it appears this will also be late summer, as the entire world is out there on the road through the summer, doing their very best to seduce y'all. My US agent told me that every single amphitheater in every major city in the States has a 'name' act headlining every night of the week this season...so, unless any significant touring opportunity presents itself I think we'll concentrate on making a cracking record that will make us all proud.