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Whitesnake are a rock band, formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the blues rock of Deep Purple, but they slowly began moving toward a more commercially accessible rock style.[1] By the turn of the decade, the band's commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums, Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984), the latter of which was their first to chart in the US and is certified 2x platinum.

The band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained two major US hits, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", reaching number one and two on the Hot 100. In 1988, Whitesnake was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.[2] Slip of the Tongue (1989), was also a success, reaching the top 10 in the US and UK, and receiving a platinum US certification.[3] The band split up shortly after this release, but had a reunion in 1994, and released a one-off studio album, Restless Heart (1997).

Whitesnake officially reformed in 2002 and have been touring together since, releasing two studio albums, Good to Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore (2011). In 2005, Whitesnake was named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.[4]

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[hide]*1 History

History[Edit]Edit

1978: the beginning[Edit]Edit

First to join the new band is (slide) guitarist Micky Moody that Coverdale already worked on are both solo record ' White Snake ' and ' North Winds '. The first line-up is completed by bassist guitarist Bernie MarsdenNeil Murray and drummer Dave Dowle. Initially acts as keyboardist Brian Johnstone. Their first gig took place on 23 February 1978 in the Sky Bird club in Nottingham.

Now also with producer and keyboardist Pete Solley is an EP ' Snakebite ' which included mostly ' Ain't no love in the heart of the city ' during the many live concerts will be a fixed value ' Ain't no love... "is a cover of a soul song by Bobby Bland , add a new intro to where Moody intro stolen from Come Together by The Beatles. Oddly enough, others will cover the number that (among other things Chris Farlowe)-the Moody intro cover with it.

1978-1982: Classic Whitesnake[Edit]Edit

During the recording of the first album remains Coverdale looking for a suitable to keyboardist Jon Lord ( Deep Purplecolleague even though Coverdales) succumbs under Coverdales arguments and in August 1978 to join Whitesnake. On the first album ' Trouble ' is his input only one overdub, then sharply his input.

Big surprise, of course, after Ian Paice also ex-Deep Purple-come join the ranks. His very first gig with Whitesnake is on the Jazz Bilzen Festival (1979) in Belgium. With 3 ex-Deep Purple members in grades dreams many fans already from a new Deep Purple. The input of the gitaristenduo however, the most important asset/Moody Marsden for Whitesnake, the ex-Purpleleden by the three M 's, therefore the "brass section". They perform in those days often on with t-shirts on which the text ' No I wasn't in F ** king Deep Purple '. Coverdale himself states that Deep Purple meets with him only if Whitesnake be bigger than Deep Purple. The band is touring and takes plates on to the Assembly line. Especially live shows the band released the young punk violence.

1983[Edit]Edit

In 1982 the band a little break due to illness of Coverdale's daughter. Paice and Murray decisions by Gary Moore to stay where they were temporarily conscripted first. Coverdale has already decided to drummerCozy Powell to include in his band. While ex-Trapezeguitarist Mel Galley and bassist Colin Hodgkinson the other newbies. Only Jon Lord thus remains on board, Micky Moody even though early back to Whitesnake.Moody left the band again in 1983 after an intense tour (among other things on the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington and twice in Vorst national) and the recording of the album Slide it in.

1984-1985: change of style[Edit]Edit

A more traditional band Whitesnake bluesbased Led Zeppelin tour on. at the arrival of ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes and the return of Neil Murray is the album remixed, leaving two versions of on the market. As Jon Lord leaves for the first Deep Purplereunion and Mel Galley may hurt himself further as a Quartet live performance remains Whitesnake. In Japan and the Americas is the band immensely popular. Behind the scenes plays Richard Bailey keyboards.

1985-1987: the Album 1987[Edit]Edit

During the recording of the new album runs. Coverdale can not meet the vocals because of illness and after rumors of defaults is Coverdale with part recordings but no musicians. To finish the album Coverdale calls the help of Don Airey and Aynsley Dunbar . For a re-uptake of ' Here I go again ' hires Coverdale the Heart 's rhythm section and the Dutch guitarist Ad van den Berg plays the guitar solo in.

1987-1988: Hairband[Edit]Edit

If the album is ready, is Coverdale without musicians. The album also has no title and will under the name 1987 (the year of publication). To promote the album and under the influence of MTV to release a video clipCoverdale. Coverdale recruits Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and Tommy Aldridge (also ex-Ozzy Osbourne) gathered for the shooting of the video clips. With a Brit, an American, a Cuban, an Irishman and a Dutchman gotta include one of the most international hard rock bands on the shelves. The album was a huge commercial success which partly due to that video clips with the appearance of supermodel and actress Tawny Kitaen. During the recording of the clips on a romance blooms between her and Coverdale and later they will also get married. In addition to hard rock numbers are also quiet rock ballads on the album and several singles reach high places in the different charts, to the highest place in the UNITED STATES with the single " Here I go again (a reuptake of a pegged by Marsden number). In the same occupation as used for the video clips, the band also on A planned concert in Netherlands. is cancelled due to illness of Coverdale. After the tour, not entirely to the displeasure of Vandenberg, that it's not good with him could find.

1989-1990: Slip of the Tongue[Edit]Edit

For the new album Slip of the Tongue composes Coverdale along with Vandenberg the numbers. Because of a wrist injury (caused by his wrist motion exercises to correct more flexible), Vandenberg are parties not capitalize. Coverdale hires Steve Vai in and gives him carte blanche to the parties to respond in their own way. This possibility is used by Vai himself at a larger public. Despite personal differences between Vai and Vandenberg is the tour the most successful of Whitesnake.

Coverdale/Page[Edit]Edit

However, the band temporarily stop Coverdale decision to work with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page under the name Coverdale/Page.

1993-1994: Greatest Hits-band[Edit]Edit

Is a compilation album released In 1993 with only three last released albums. In the new Legion mercenaries in order to promote the album appear next to Heartdrummer Denny Carmassi (taken fromCoverdale/Page), Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini and keyboard player Paul Mirkovich also veterans Vandenberg and Sarzo.

David Coverdale & Whitesnake-Farewell tour[Edit]Edit

In a 1997 decision Coverdale solo album. Under pressure from the record company, the album ' Restless Heart ', however, under the name ' Whitesnake ' released. In addition to a new Legion mercenaries with Coverdale, Carmassi, Vandenberg and Tony Franklin Steve Farris and Derek Hilland is made for the ' Farewell Tour '. An acoustic performance with only Coverdale and Vandenberg is included and two days later also released in Japan. After Coverdale Whitesnake (temporarily) again to stop and to focus on a solo career.

Coverdale Solo: Into the Light[Edit]Edit

The solo album ' Into the light ' as from 2000 recorded with co-writer and guitarist Earl Slick , however, not to catch on.

2004-2007: return of Whitesnake[Edit]Edit

In 2004 is again a Whitesnake composed with guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, bassist Marco Mendoza, keyboardist Timothy Drury and veteran Tommy Aldridge on drums. Of this world tour-who also attended in 2005) was recorded a DVD that was published in 2006. In the promotion of that DVD is Mendoza left for Ted Nugent and replaced by Uriah Duffy. For the Benelux is Arrow Rock in roll of Netherlands with a guest for Adje Vandenberg and Graspop in Belgium. There is a live album released in early 2007 "Live in the shadow of the blues" with 4 new songs, a preparation for a new album later in the year appears in the shop and probably a new world tour.

2007-present: Good to be Bad[Edit]Edit

At the end of 2007 , it was announced that Thin Lizzy Aldridge continues, with which he toured occasionally for several years and replaced by Chris Frasier. For 2008 are performances at the Arrow Rock Festival(Netherlands) and the Graspopfestival (Belgium) in June announced this in a European tour with Def Leppard. In April finally appears a new studio album Good to be Bad. december 21st, 2008 Whitesnake gives his last concert of the "Good to be Bad" tour in 013 Tilburg, also Adrian Vandenberg is for 2 songs. Whitesnake is also 2011 again on Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel (Belgium). He also performs regularly In 2012 and 2013 with Whitesnake on.

Around 5 July 2013 appeared a live double album with music of recent years. Also songs with Adrian Vandenberg.

Band Members[Edit]Edit

  • David Coverdale – lead vocals (1976–1982, 1982–1991, 1994, 1997–1998, 2002–present)
  • Doug Aldrich: vocals & electric guitar (2002 – present)
  • Reb Beach: lead & electric guitar (2002 – present)
  • Timothy Drury: keyboards (2002–present)
  • Drummer Brian Tichy (June 2010-2013)
  • Michael Devin bassist (June 2010-present)
  • Tommy Alderidge Drums (2013-present

Line ups[Edit]Edit

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Snakebite 1978 -
Trouble 1978 -
Lovehunter 1979 -
Live at Hammersmith 1980 - Japanese Live Album
Ready an ' willing 1980 -
Live ... in the heart of the city 1980 - Live Album
Come an ' get it 1981 -
Saints & sinners 1982 -
Slide it in 1984 -
1987 1987 18-04-1987 30 27
Slip of the tongue 1989 2-12-1989 43 16
Restless heart 23-05-1997 21-06-1997 58 4
Starkers in Tokyo 1998 -
Best of 24-03-2003 - Compilation album
Live ... in the shadow of the blues 2006 - Live Album
Good to be bad 18-04-2008 26-04-2008 33 4
Forevermore 25-03-2011 02-04-2011 42 3
Made in Britain 05-07-2013 - - - Double album (live)
Album (s) with chart positions in

the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Good to be bad 2008 03-05-2008 70 3
Forevermore 2011 02-04-2011 63 4
Made in Japan 2013 27-04-2013 126 1 * Live Album
Made in Britain 05-07-2013 (o.v.) - - - Double album (live)

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Here I go again 1987 31-10-1987 5 8 # 6 in the Single Top 100 / Alarm drive
Is this love 1988 23-01-1988 23 5 # 31 in the Single Top 100
Fool for your loving 1990 27-01-1990 19 5 # 19 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive

DVDs[Edit]Edit

DVDs with the Dutch Music charts in the Top 30 Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest 

position

Number Of 

weeks

Comments
Live at Donington 1990 2011 11-06-2011 20 2
Made in Japan 2013 27-04-2013 9 2 * (live)

Other singles[Edit]Edit

  • 1979: Long way from home
  • 1980: Fool for your loving
  • 1980 Ready an' willing :
  • 1980: Ain't no love in the heart of the city
  • 1981: Don't break my heart again
  • 1981: Would I lie to you
  • 1982: Here I go again
  • 1983: Guilty of love
  • 1984: Give me more time
  • 1984: Love ain't no stranger
  • 1987: Here I go again (Remix)
  • 1987: Is this love
  • 1987: Still of the night
  • 1988: Give me all your love
  • 1989: Fool for your loving
  • 1989: Slip of the tongue
  • 1990: The deeper The love
  • 1990: Now you're gone
  • 2008: All for love
  • 2011: Love will set you free

Videography[Edit]Edit

  • 1983-band Fourplay (VHS)
  • 1983-Live! Donnington Park
  • 1988-Trilogy (VHS)
  • 2006-Live ... in the still of the night (DVD)

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