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Whitesnake

Postby Chris » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:43 am

Whitesnake – Friday, July 17 at 9pm

David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Reb Beach – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Uriah Duffy - Bass
Timothy Drury – Keyboards
Chris Frazier – Drums

Truth be told, Whitesnake is and always has been David Coverdale. Coverdale got his start as an unknown singer picked to lead Deep Purple after Ian Gillian left the band in 1973. After being chosen to lead Deep Purple, the band reeled off three albums which turned Coverdale into a household name. Deep Purple would call it quits in 1976 and Coverdale recorded a solo album titled White Snake in 1977 and another in 1978 titled Northwinds. Coverdale, along with his band from the solo albums returned to the studio as David Coverdale’s Whitesnake and recorded the EP Snakebite. The EP contained the Bobby Bland cover “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City,” which became a hit for the band. The band’s roster of members now included ex-Deep Purple member Jon Lord. The band became just Whitesnake and released Trouble later in 1978. Trouble would chart at #50 in the UK. The band would continue the quick pace of releasing albums with 1979’s Lovehunter, which reached #29 in the UK. The album would probably most be remembered for its controversial cover that featured a nude woman and a snake. Former Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, the third ex-Purple member, would join for the next album, 1980’s Ready an’ Willing. This album would be the springboard the band needed as it went to #6 in the UK and just cracked the top 100 in the US. The original version of the song “Fool for Your Loving” would reach #13 in the UK and #50 in the US. The same lineup would release Come an’ Get It in 198. The album would reach #2 in the UK with the hit “Don’t Break My Heart Again” but would not fair quite as well in the US. 1982’s Saints & Sinners would be next and would reach #9 in the UK. Even though it didn’t do quite as well as the previous two albums, it would contain the original versions of two future hits “Here I Go Again” and “Crying in the Rain,” future hits for the band. Coverdale decided to take a break after this album and upon reforming the revolving door of members would begin. Two versions of 1984’s Slide It In, one in the UK and one in the US, were next and would be somewhat of a breakthrough for the band. The UK version would reach #9 and the US version, which introduced Jon Sykes on guitar, would reach #42 and initially go gold. Slide It In was aided by the songs “Slow an’ Easy” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” and the title track. With only bassist Neil Murray left from the original band, the band would take three years for the next release. Murray, Sykes, and ex-Journey drummer Aynsley Dunbar would record the album Whitesnake, which would propel Whitesnake into superstardom in 1987. However, the three would promptly be fired by Coverdale. After “Still of the Night” cracked the top 100, the ballad “Here I Go Again” would hit #1. The song would be remembered in large part for the music video that featured Coverdale’s future-wife Tawny Kitaen. She would return for the video for the ballad “Is this Love,” which would reach #2. The album would go on to sell 8 million copies and new interest in the band also helped Slide It In go double platinum. Featured in the videos for the album were three new members who were not involved in the album. These included Rudy Sarzo on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and guitarist Vivian Campbell. Only new guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, who recorded a solo in “Here I Go Again,” had any part in making the album. Before the next album, Campbell would leave the band and Vandenberg was injured and unable to record. This opened a spot for Steve Vai, who performed the guitar parts for the follow-up album Slip of the Tongue. Released in 1989, the album would reach #10 in both the UK and US and would sell over 3 million copies in the US. While sales failed to reach its predecessor, the album still yielded two top 40 hits with “Fool for Your Lovin’,” and “The Deeper the Love,” which featured another video appearance by Kitaen. In 1991, the band took a break and Coverdale would record an album with Jimmy Page. The Coverdale-Page album, released in 1993, would go platinum but due to poor ticket sales a US tour was scrapped. A greatest hits album was released in 1994 and Coverdale brought in a mix of new and old members for a European tour before taking a three year break. In 1997, the band would hit the studio and record a new Whitesnake album titled Restless Heart. The album was released in 1998 as was an unplugged show recorded by Coverdale and Vandenberg. Restless Heart was somewhat of a hit in the UK but was not released in the US. After a tour, the band called it quits again. For the band’s 25th Anniversary in 2002, Coverdale brought the band back with all new members, except for Aldridge. The new members included Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich on guitar, Marco Mendoza on bass, and Timothy Drury on keyboards. This version of the band would make a stop at Moondance Jam 14 in 2005. In 2006, the band would release a live DVD titled Live…In the Still of the Night and a live album titled Live: In the Shadow of the Blues that also had 4 new studio tracks. In 2008, the band, now with Chris Frazier on drums and Uriah Duffy on bass, released a new studio album titled Good to Be Bad. The album hit #5 in the UK and received generally strong reviews. The band played a UK summer tour with Def Leppard in 2008 and will be returning to the US this summer.

Billboard Top 100 Hits
1980 Fool For Your Loving #53
1987 Here I Go Again #1
1987 Is This Love #2
1987 Still of the Night #87
1988 Give Me All Your Love #48
1989 Fool For Your Loving #37
1990 The Deeper the Love #28
1990 Now You’re Gone #96

UK Top 100 Hits
1979 Long Way from Home #55
1980 Fool for Your Loving #13
1980 Ready an’ Willing #43
1980 Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City#51
1981 Don’t Break My Heart Again #17
1981 Would I Lie to You #37
1982 Here I Go Again #34
1983 Guilty of Love #31
1984 Standing in the Shadow #62
1984 Give Me More Time #29
1984 Love Ain’t No Stranger #44
1987 Here I Go Again #9
1987 Is This Love #9
1987 Still of the Night #16
1988 Give Me All Your Love #18
1989 Fool For Your Loving #43
1989 The Deeper the Love #35
1989 Now You’re Gone #31
1994 Is This Love/Sweet Lady Luck #25
1997 Too Many Tears #46

Setlists:
June 4, 2009 - Casino de Paris
Best Years
Bad Boys
Can You Hear the Wind Blow
Love Ain't No Stranger
Guilty of Love
Lay Down Your Love (Hit n Run intro)
The Deeper the Love
Is This Love
Guitar solo
Got What You Need (Drum solo)
Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
Give Me All Your Love Tonight
Here I Go Again
Encore:
Still of the Night
Fool for Your Lovin'

May 25, 2009 in Bergen, Norway
Best Years
Bad Boys
Can You Hear The Wind Blow
Love Ain't No Stranger
Guilty of love
Lay Down Your Love
The Deeper The Love (Acoustic)
Is This Love
Guitar duel
Got What You Need
Drum Solo
Ain't Gonna Cry No More
Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
Give Me All Your Love Tonight
Here I Go Again
Encore:
Fool For Your Loving
Still Of The Night


Oct. 27 in Osaka, Japan
1. Best Years
2. Fool For Your Lovin'
3. Can You Hear The Wind Blow
4. Love Ain't No Stranger
5. Lay Down Your Love
6. The Deeper The Love (Acoustic)
7. Is This Love
8. Guitar Duel
9. A Fool In Love
10. Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Acoustic)
11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
12. Give Me All Your Love
13. Here I Go Again
14. Still Of The Night

December 16, 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden
Best Years
Fool For Your Lovin´
Can You Hear The Wind
Love Ain´t No Stranger
Lay Down Your Love
The Deeper The Love
Is This Love
**Guitar Solos**l
A Fool In Love
** Drum Solo**
Ain´t Gonna Cry
Ain´t No Love In The Heart Of The City
Give Me All Your Love
Here I Go Again
ENCORES-
Still Of The Night
Soldier Of Fortune
Burn / Stormbringer / Burn

Did You Know?
Keyboardist Timothy Drury’s father James was an actor in the tv show The Virginian.
Drury was on Don Henley’s 1989 tour with Sheryl Crow.
Reb Beach is also an original and current member of Winger.
Beach also was a member of Dokken in 1999 and 2000 and Night Ranger in 2007.
Doug Aldrich experienced success in Japan with the band Bad Moon Rising in the early 90’s.
Aldrich also spent time in Dio and founded his own band named Burning Rain.
Whitesnake has had ten studio releases reach the top 50 albums in the UK.
Seven of those albums made the top 10 in the UK.
The band has had two top 10 albums in the US.
Three albums have gone multi-platinum in the US.
The Whitesnake album was titled 1987 in Europe and had a different track listing.
It also contained two extra songs: “Looking For Love” and “You’re Going to Break My Heart Again.”
The unplugged album done by Coverdale and Vandenberg was titled “Starkers in Tokyo.”
Restless Heart was Vandenberg’s first full studio album with the band.
Coverdale released a solo album in 2000 titled Into the Light.
Two versions of “Fool For Your Loving” hit the Billboard Top 100, first in 1980 and again in 1989.
Original members, guitarist Mick Moody and bassist Neil Murray both served long tenures with the band.
Moody was replaced by John Sykes in 1984 and Murray was replaced by Rudy Sarzo in 1987.
Former members, drummer Tommy Aldridge and bassist Marco Mendoza, are now in Thin Lizzy.
Former drummer Denny Carmassi was an original member of Montrose.

My Take
I was surprised after researching Whitesnake how much of their success can be attributed to David Coverdale. I vaguely remember his problems with band members in the late 80’s but I did not realize how many different lineups he had performed with over the years. The fact that Whitesnake has been going for over 30 years is impressive and while Coverdale may not be easy to work with, he is extremely talented and has a great rock voice. The Whitesnake album from 1987 was huge while I was in high school and I can remember listening to it often. The band also capitalized off MTV exposure as much as any performer at that time. Everyone remembers Tawny Kitaen writhing on top of that car in the video for “Here I Go Again.” Classic. Imagine how many albums were sold by that video alone. Luckily, the band could back it up with great songs. I also really liked 1993’s Coverdale-Page album. “Pride and Joy” is an great song and the album is full of songs that would have been fun to hear live. But having Page and Robert Plant get back together in the mid 90’s was great too. Whitesnake is also special to me because I saw them at my first Moondance Jam in 2005. Whitesnake put on a very good show on the last night of that jam. I recently picked up the band’s Live…In the Still of the Night DVD after seeing it on HDNet. The band was on during that show and the crowd is very into it throughout the set. After reading all the positive reviews for their latest CD, Good to Be Bad, I am now going to pick it up as well. I am looking forward to their set at this year’s jam and I think Friday night has the potential to be one of the most memorable nights ever in Moondance Jam history.

Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKTiwCez6Zs – “Here I Go Again” video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujnH4yNqL8E – “Is This Love” video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_zPzJFonS4 – “Here I Go Again” live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN8grtFUQYs – “Burn (Deep Purple)” live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KgObbc5t_Y – “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” promo video 1978
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFs8873r ... re=related – “Still of the Night” live MTV Music Awards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zre0xRpR5-E – “Love Ain’t No Stranger” live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yQgbzxq ... re=related – “Give Me All Your Love” live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iJ03SxB ... re=related – “Can You Hear the Wind Blow” live (new song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imawV3k7 ... PL&index=7 – “Best Years” live (new song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9U_Fn0Ej-w& - "Ready to Rock" live video
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby matt » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:12 am

Great job Chris! I'm really anticipating their performance as well; D.C. is one of my favorite vocalists.
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby IanR » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:49 am

Very good Mr Murphy, couldn't have done better myself ;)
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby RichieRich » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:47 am

Chris great job I don't remember much of them last time they were her but that was not the bands fault. I vaguely hearing coverdale's great voice on a couple of songs I like but was lead astray. I will be there for them this time though
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby JudasPriest1 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:45 pm

well done...and you're right on..Friday night does have the potential to be the best ever in Moondance history....Judas Priest.... Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis are bringing in their legendary Metal machine for the masses to witness first hand!!!

Whitesnake will be really cool too. Just a little preliminary icing on the cake if you will. I'm dying to see what other two bands will be added???? My wife and I just upgraded to VIP for Frida!!
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby The Jam Man » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:05 pm

Do they not sing Slow An' Easy in their set?!? I love that song
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby Chris » Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:33 pm

The Jam Man wrote:Do they not sing Slow An' Easy in their set?!? I love that song


They haven't lately. They will be doing some shows before Moondance so when I get the new sets I will post them here.
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby masterofreality » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:35 pm

Chris, your write up again is right on!!! You are wise beyound your years and truly an asset!!!! Thanks brother, good reading!!!
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby Chris » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:10 pm

New setlists are now included in my writeup from May 25 in Norway and June 4 in Paris. The setlists look great!
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Re: Whitesnake

Postby IanR » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:53 am

I'll try and get one from Friday night, but I have a feeling it'll be way shorter than those as I think they're only doing an hour because of the 4 bands now playing :?

More info - seems we might get a full set after all. New times have just been posted - WOO HOO

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Journey: 6.45pm
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Def Leppard: 10pm
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