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Whitesnake’s big package (tour)

November 7, 2019

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David Coverdale and whoever is in Whitesnake right now (I’m a bit out of touch) are coming over on a stadium visit to Britain May / June 2020.  They will be in the company of fellow rock and roll titans (© Manchester Evenings News!) Foreigner and (openers) Europe to form a triple bill likely to strike a spot with fans of 1980s hits and MTV.  There are six dates in all. They then fly over to Australia for a tour there with The Scorpions, including a show in New Zealand, then a date in Singapore on the way across to Japan for half a dozen headlining shows.

Tickets are fully on sale this Friday but there are pre-sale offers on meet and greet packages if you look online (they START at £129.00!). Details : London’s O2 Arena (May 31), Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (June 1), Arena Birmingham (June 3), Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 4) and Newcastle Utilita Arena (June 6), Manchester Arena on June 8.

The question we ask ourselves (apart from where I would hide for the other two acts!) is will they be a patch on the shows in 1979 and 1980 and the answer sadly is not, so I’ll put the money towards a trip to London to see the Bridget Riley exhibition instead.

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Six-pack Whitesnake

August 27, 2019

The previous immersive Whitesnake sets must have worked out as DC has authorised another six pack special, this time for 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue album.  I must confess it’s not an album I remember playing much, it didn’t really live up to the 1987 one in terms of sheer wallop for me, but the singles mostly went US top thirty and it reached number ten in the US album charts, no mean feat at the time (it went platinum the following year).

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Anyway as before, the album is remastered again, plus extras which include demos, monitor mixes, a Phil Easton promo interview disc, extended 12″ versions, b-sides, a whole CD of bits and bobs taken off the multi-tracks, a live set from Castle Donington 1990 (that’s the touring line-up below) and a DVD round up of the promo videos. So if this is your cup of tea then full marks indeed.  The Americans are even offering a special version with a signed lithograph.

Right that’s the news in brief, here’s the full monty American press details from Rhino, courtesy Tom Dixon, who is buying it he says!  I won’t insult anyone by showing their press pack photo as it’s so obviously faked up the North Koreans will be offering them a job.  Deep breath…..

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SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on October 4 for $74.98. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band’s performance at the 1990 Monsters of Rock festival, and a new interview with Whitesnake founder and lead singer, David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.  For a limited time Rhino will offer the Super Deluxe edition paired with a lithograph signed by David Coverdale for $84.98.

Other versions of Slip of the Tongue will also be available the same day, including double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks ($24.98) and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks ($31.98).  A single-disc version ($9.98) includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. The music will be available digitally as well.

Following the 8x platinum success of their eponymous album in 1987, Whitesnake returned two years later with Slip of the Tongue. At the time, the band included Coverdale, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Steve Vai. Vandenberg and Coverdale co-wrote all but one song on the album, but Vandenberg couldn’t record them in the studio at the time due to a hand injury. To fill the void, Vai joined the band for the album and tour.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION features unreleased versions of every album track, as well as monitor mixes for the album recorded in 1989. In addition, the collection includes nearly two dozen previously unreleased tracks taken from the session tapes that highlight working versions of album tracks and more. The set also includes the CD debut of Slip of the Tongue: The Wagging Tongue Edition. Released exclusively on vinyl in 1989, it features Coverdale being interviewed about each track followed by the song.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION finishes big with Whitesnake’s 1990 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington on CD and DVD. The DVD also includes three music videos, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. A new promo video for the track “Sweet Lady Luck”, made exclusively for this set, a behind the scenes look at the making of the album, plus a newly recorded interview with Coverdale and Vandenberg rounds out the DVD.

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Track Listing:

Disc One: Original 1989 Album (2019 Remaster)

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Now You’re Gone”

“The Deeper The Love”

“Judgment Day”

“Sailing Ships”

“Wings Of The Storm”

“Slow Poke Music”

“Fool For Your Loving”

Bonus Tracks: B-Sides and Alternate Mixes

“Sweet Lady Luck” (Single B-Side)

“Now You’re Gone” (Chris Lord-Alge Single Remix)

“Fool For Your Loving” (Vai Voltage Mix)

“Slip Of The Tongue” (Alternate Intro & Breakdown)

“Cheap An’ Nasty” (Alternate Solo & End)

“Judgment Day” (Alternate & Extended Solos)

“Fool For Your Loving” (Alternate AOR mix with CHR intro)

Disc Two: The Wagging Tongue Edition (CD Debut)

Interviewer: Phil Eastman

Spoken Word: “Slip Of The Tongue” Interview

“Slip Of The Tongue”

Spoken Word: “Cheap An’ Nasty” Interview

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

Spoken Word: “Fool For Your Loving” Interview

“Fool For Your Loving”

Spoken Word: “Now You’re Gone” Interview

“Now You’re Gone”

Spoken Word: “Kittens Got Claws” Interview

“Kittens Got Claws”

Spoken Word: “Wings Of The Storm” Interview

“Wings Of The Storm”

Spoken Word: The Deeper The Love Interview

“The Deeper The Love”

Spoken Word: “Judgment Day” Interview

“Judgment Day”

Spoken Word: “Slow Poke Music” Interview

“Slow Poke Music”

Spoken Word: “Sailing Ships” Interview

“Sailing Ships”

Spoken Word: Closing Interview

Disc Three: Evolutions: Demos/Remixes/Re-records

“Slip Of The Tongue” *

“Cheap An’ Nasty” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Kittens Got Claws” *

“The Deeper The Love” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Fool For Your Loving” *

“Kill For The Cut” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Sweet Lady Luck” (Instrumental) *

Disc Four: Monitor Mixes, April 1989

“Kittens Got Claws” *

“Cheap An’ Nasty” *

“The Deeper The Love” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Slip Of The Tongue” *

“Fool For Your Loving” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Sweet Lady Luck” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Kill For The Cut (In Desperate Search Of A Melody)” *

“Burning Heart” *

“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” (Instrumental) *

“We Wish You Well” *

Disc Five: A Trip To Granny’s House:

Session Tapes, Wheezy Interludes & Jams

“Slow Poke Music” *

“Slip of The Tongue” *

“Judgment Day” *

“Now You’re Gone” *

“Wings Of The Storm” *

“Sailing Ships” *

“Liquor And Poker” *

“Parking Ticket” *

“Kill For The Cut” *

“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *

“We Wish You Well” *

“We Wish You Well” (Instrumental) *

“Wheezy & Sometimes Very Naughty Interludes (Be Warned!)” *

“Now You’re Gone” (Revisited) *

“Death Disco” *

“Whitesnake Boogie” *

“Mike Clink’s Shoes Blues” *

“Snake Shuffle” (Instrumental) *

“Doodles” *

“Dementia Polka” *

“Kill For The Cut Blues” *

“Cuban Heel Blues” *

“Adje’s Blues” *

Disc Six: Live at Donington 1990

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Slide It In”

“Judgment Day”

“Slow An’ Easy”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Is This Love”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Crying In The Rain”

“Fool For Your Loving”

“Here I Go Again”

“Bad Boys”

“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”

“Still Of The Night”

Disc Seven: DVD-Video

Live at Donington 1990

“Slip Of The Tongue”

“Slide It In”

“Judgment Day”

“Slow An’ Easy”

“Kittens Got Claws”

“Adagio For Strato”

“Flying Dutchman Boogie”

“Is This Love”

“Cheap An’ Nasty”

“Crying In The Rain” (featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum solo)

“Fool For Your Loving”

“For The Love Of God”

“The Audience Is Listening”

“Here I Go Again”

“Bad Boys”

“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”

“Still Of The Night”

End Credits: “We Wish You Well”

Promo Videos

“Fool For Your Loving” – Music Video

“Now You’re Gone” – Music Video

“The Deeper The Love” – Music Video

Bonus Features

“Sweet Lady Luck” – Purplesnake Video

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Slip Of The Tongue

A Look Back: Whitesnake Chronicles with DC & Adrian Vandenberg

* previously unreleased

Right To The Top

February 1, 2019

David Coverdale is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Slide It In with a slew of editions to suit everyone. Rhino are issuing a 6CD version which bulks out the original 1984 UK and US mixes with “unreleased live and studio recordings, music videos, concert footage, and a new interview with founder and lead singer, David Coverdale…” and a book. So you get remixes and alternate versions of every track.
This is entitled The Ultimate Special Edition. If that’s a stretch, then Rhino will also put out a 2LP / 2CD with both mixes, and a single CD of the US mix.
I’ve already bought the record about eight times (including that lovely original Japanese vinyl edition – see below) so might hang fire as the last CD edition from 2009 was more than enough for these ears. I generally only bother with the U.S. mixes anyway. But the hard core can start saving as it comes

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And it pips anything Deep Purple did to mark their 50th!
Thanks to John Tucker for the heads up.

Date updates

November 29, 2018

More concerts shaping up for 2019; one or two we have touched on before but this brings us up to date! All these are logged on our 2019 tour date page on the site.

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The concerts include a lengthy tour by tribute outfit Purpendicular with Ian Paice manning the drum kit, lasting through much of February and March in Europe. Still nothing for the UK! Deep Purple by the way found a number of dates on their Mexican tour previously announced cancelled at the last minute. Donald Trump probably expected them to move up and invade America by the back door…
Ian Gillan is also filling in the break in Deep Purple touring (which as we noted before seems to have been scaled back this last couple of years) with a dozen or more shows under the Rock Meets Classic Tour heading (now in the tenth year), again all in Europe. Well all in Germany except one!
The continuation of the Glenn Hughes Does DP tour (inspired by Debbie Does Dallas?) is also booking up with the second leg of the UK during May, but also a couple of showcase gigs in New York in April and then in Germany in September. It has been suggested that Glenn tried to use the current Deep Purple typeface logo on his publicity but was told to stop, so his name is in this style instead!
Meanwhile David Coverdale gets the chance to road test his all-new titanium knee joints (we’re all getting to that age it seems) across America in April / May 2019 with whoever is in Whitesnake this week, before eight shows in Europe, of which the only one in the UK is the Download Donington festival in June.
Then last up is another batch of shows from Don Airey and Friends through March.  I had heard that Roger Glover might be planning some shows as well but no news on that just yet.
A huge thank you to our special tour manager Lutz Reinart for bringing us up to speed as usual! Lutz was also a big help on the German edition of the Deep Purple In Rock history which is finally out.

Snake Box Heroes

February 9, 2018

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David Coverdale is taking Whitesnake out on an American tour in June / July 2018, supporting Foreigner/ It is billed as the Juke Box Heroes Tour, and opens with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (a massive jukebox favourite!). Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the news. It’s an extensive tour, the full list of dates is on our 2018 diary page at the bottom:

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The Purple Tour

November 1, 2017

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No not that one, this one! David Coverdale is putting a new live release out to mark The Purple Album tour of a while ago (the studio LP came out in 2015.) Titled simply The Purple Tour, there is the usual array of formats, CD, CD and DVD/Blu Ray, and double vinyl. Looking at the track list it is actually two thirds Whitesnake songs, but what the heck. RS Publishing are also doing a big format limited edition photo book charting the tour to tie in. All due late November. Thanks to Matt Kean and others for the info. In the meantime some folk have been enjoying reading about DC’s relatives and their early career as false teeth makers in York on our Facebook page!
 

Shy (but not retiring)

November 21, 2016

David Coverdale appears to have backtracked on his early retirement plans; perhaps he’s seen the rubbish interest rates offering on annuities these days! I confess I’d missed the story, so may not have been alone in this. We’ll wait and see how this manifests itself tour / LP wise next year.
Meanwhile Here I Go Again has been targeted by two advertising agencies this last few months. Nescafé in the UK have been playing it under footage of a long-haired young bloke sauntering about, getting a coffee bean shower and doing the hoola hoop at a bus stop.

In America WalMart have gone to town a bit using the song in a more interactive way, using young kids to each sing a line of the song before the real thing slides in underneath to end the short commercial. It is very nicely done.

So, that should be David’s Xmas shopping taken care of! All these cover versions made me hanker for a listen to the real thing, so here they go again in one of the last of the good old days courtesy EMI. Then I got all miserable realising that half this lot are no longer with us…

EPK / VH1 / ETC

March 19, 2015

At the risk of turning into the Whitesnake fanclub…(though the covers album is one of the most talked about in ages): Eddie Trunk’s VH1 ‘That Metal Show’ interviewed DC via a video link about ‘The Purple Album’. David talked about Jon wanting a “Purple reunion (of sorts)” in his last few years, and also said he discussed covering Rainbow songs (as well as DP and WS ones) with Ritchie during their reunion chats.
In the meantime Whitesnake have posted an EPK online covering the upcoming release, with more snippets from said album.

Alt Purple

March 6, 2015

Doing promotion for the upcoming Whitesnake Purple album, David has been opening up a little on the recent rapprochement with Ritchie, which throws some more light on the alt Purple reunion.

“After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a Purple reunion or a ‘Blackmore/Coverdale’ project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas and new approaches to suggest rearranging some of our original works. Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch.”

It was Coverdale’s wife Cindy who suggested that he take his ideas and make a new Whitesnake studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with Deep Purple.

“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with Purple over 40 years ago, it has all the classic Whitesnake elements people who support us have come to expect…” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.”

This last sentence has been seen as a possible hint that DC might bow out of live music after the tour.  It could certainly be read that way, but equally might just be a slightly ambiguous transcript from a longer interview; “go out” simply meaning to go on the road.  I guess we’ll see.  [Our post on the Purple Whitesnake album if you need to catch up.]

Anyhow, here’s a bit of a Coverdale related photo courtesy Barry Plummer. See if you know which festival this was taken at, and tell us if you recognise yourself in the front row!  Answer will follow.

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Whitesnake – The Purple Album

February 26, 2015

Whitesnake The Purple albumAnd lo…  a Whitesnake 2015 (David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums) romp through 15 golden oldies from Mk 3 and Mk 4, entitled The Purple Album in May.
It’s hard not to imagine this was inspired by his talks with Blackmore last year, and it will certainly keep the internet chatterboards going for some time. And while the reaction in our in-tray today to the teaser video for Stormbringer has been largely negative, perversely I quite liked it.  Fairly grungy approach, and I think the vocal register worked in that context.  I’d rather this than a half hearted recreation of the original, and it has more life than Gillan’s lacklustre covers album (Gillan’s Inn) of a few years back.  For me the last few Whitesnake originals have been largely treading water, and at least here we get some strong material.  Mind you, I’d get the guitarist to lay off the beans before they hit the road if the vid is anything to go by!
With it still being strongly rumoured that Ritchie is pursuing what is now a Purple Rainbows approach on stage sometime this summer (in between Blackmore’s Night gigs) it’ll be interesting to see who wins the battle of the monster tributes.  The sad thing is that if you’d put Blackmore into this new album, it would have been properly explosive and we’d all be wetting our trousers today.
Pre-order details, track lists and formats to follow.
Thanks to Tom Dixon and Tim Summers.

Our original news story.