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Formed: 1977
From: Leeds, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Whitesnake News

Below is our complete Whitesnake news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Faith No More To Headline Download Festival

The recently reunited Faith No More has been confirmed as the third headlining act for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. This will be a part of their European tour which is the bands first tour in eleven years.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
The Blackout
Billy Talent

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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More Bands Announced For Download Festival 2009

Three more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival this year. The most surprising of which is Texas based boogie rock legends ZZ Top. Also added to the bill are Killswitch Engage aswell as shock rock legend Marilyn Manson.

The lineup for the Download festival is now as follows:

Motley Crue
Limp Bizkit
Marilyn Manson
ZZ Top
Def Leppard
The Prodigy
Killswitch Engage

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Tim "Ripper" Owens To Release Solo Album In May

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman, Tim "Ripper" Owens will be releasing his first solo album this May, entitled "Play My Game." The album boasts a large number of guest musicians including Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, Vinny Appiece of Heaven And Hell, Megadeth's James Lomenzo, Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, former Megadeth/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, Michael Wilton of Queensryche and many more.

Says Owens: "I’ve gotten better as a songwriter. And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach."

The release dates for "Play My Game" are as follows:

Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th

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More Bands Announced For Download 2009

The organizers of the Download Festival in Britain have announced that Limp Bizkit and Trivium will now be performing at the event, in addition to Whitesnake and Def Leppard who were confirmed yesterday by Whitesnake themselves,

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Limp Bizkit
Def Leppard

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Whitesnake And Def Leppard Confirmed For Download

Rock legends Whitesnake has announced in a press release that both themselves and fellow rockers Def Leppard will be performing at this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Both bands will be performing on Sunday, June 14th. Other bands already confirmed for the festival are Slipknot, Motley Crue, The Prodigy, Dragonforce, Korn, Pendulum and Devildriver.

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First Bands Announced For Download Festival 2009

The first batch of bands have been announced for Britain's Download Festival. Slipknot appear to be one of the three headliners and will be joined by The Prodigy, Motley Crue, Korn, Dragonforce, DevilDriver and Pendulum. According to Scorpio PR, Limp Bizkit, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, God Forbid, Lamb Of God and Marilyn Manson will also appear at the event.

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Led Zeppelin Among Winners At Classic Rock Awards

Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne and Foo Fighters amongst others were all honoured at the Classic Rock awards last night. Led Zeppelin were presented the award of "Event Of The Year" for their reunion concert at London's 02 Arena which attracted over a million people applying for tickets.

Ozzy Osbourne also received braging rights as he was crowned with the Living Legend Award by ex- Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash.

AC/DC picked up the award for DVD Of The Year with their latest home video release "Plug Me In"

Whitesnake were able to pick the award for Best Album with their latest album, "Good To Be Bad" and KISS frontman Paul Stanley was presented Showman Of The Year award.

A short video about Ozzy Osbourne receiving the Living Legend award can be viewed below. More...

Read the full article at GigWise.

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Whitesnake Announces Show In Israel

Yedioth Ahronoth from Ynetnews.com is reporting:

Following PAUL MCCARTNEY and DEEP PURPLE's successful performances in Israel, other stars from the past are making their way to the Holy Land.

English hard rock band WHITESNAKE will perform in Tel Aviv's Exhibition Park on November 11. More...

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Rock Revolution Game To Feature Big Metal Names

According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...

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Big Names Announced For Metal Christmas Album

A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:

"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...

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David Coverdale Slams Record Companies

Vocalist David Coverdale of rock outfit Whitesnake slammed the big name record companies and expressed his support for American Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in an interview with the Liverpool Daily Post. In the interview Coverdale stated:

"I welcome change. It’s nature’s way. I can’t help but laugh when I see the major record companies clinging desperately to the old-fashioned way of doing business and are being left behind in the new, technological dust. It’s a new playing field, lads and lasses, and if you want to score goals you have to move with the times and reinvent how you do most things. As Mr Dylan says ‘the times they are a-changin’ and I think to resist will be painful and uncomfortable, so, I’m moving on, boys and girls – you coming?"

He also stated in regards to politics:

"I’m a Barack man – apparently, once you go Barack, there’s no going back. I feel he’s the best hope by far in restoring the ideals of America, the respect it has lost around the world over the past eight years. It’s been hopelessly off course with the current useless ’ayporths. I can’t wait to see the back of them."

Read the full article at Liverpool Daily Post.

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Whitesnake and Def Leppard Footage From Romania

On July 8, Whitesnake and Def Leppard held a concert in Bucharest, Romania as part of the "Good to be Bad" tour.

Pictures and video footage made at this event can be found at Iced-Earth.Net metalZine.

You can also watch a video of the Def Leppard "Let's Get Rocked" performance from the show below: More...

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Alice Cooper Announces More European Tour Dates

Alice Cooper has announced a new batch of European tour dates with Whitesnake. Here are the new tour dates:

November 18, 2008 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
November 20, 2008 Hannover, Germany AWD Hall
November 21, 2008 Essen, Germany Grugahalle
November 22, 2008 Nurnberg, Germany Arena
November 25, 2008 Erfurt, Germany Messehalle
November 26, 2008 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle
November 28, 2008 Frankfurt, Germany Jahrunderthalle
November 29, 2008 Stuttgart, Germany Porsche Arena
December 1, 2008 Berlin, Germany Max Schmeling Halle

Alice Coopers complete 2008 tour itinerary is now as follows: More...

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Death Angel Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

San Francisco thrash metal pioneers Death Angel have been confirmed as the latest addition to a stellar Magic Circle Festival lineup. The Magic Circle Festival will be held in Bad Arolsen/Germany from July 9 to 12, 2008. Death Angel will be performing as a special guest at the MCF Events Hall on Thursday, July 10th.

The latest festival itinerary is as follows:

17:30 - 18:15 BENEDICTUM
18:45 - 19:45 MSG
20:15 - 21:15 TED NUGENT
22:00 - 23:15 ALICE COOPER More...

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Whitesnake Posts New Video Online

1980s mainstay British rockers Whitesnake have posted their new music video for the song "Lay Down Your Love" online. You can check it out below. The song is from the bands new studio "Good To Be Bad." More...

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Third Night Confirmed for Magic Circle Fest 2008

The rock ‘n’ roll rebel Ted Nugent is the latest artist confirmed to perform at the spectacular Magic Circle Festival 2008 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Ted Nugent joins an impressive lineup that includes heavy metal powerhouses Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, WASP, Doro, Brazen Abbot (featuring Joe Lynn Turner), HolyHell, Gotthard and many more, with the mighty MANOWAR headlining the whole festival and celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Kings of Metal.”

Two days of music was not enough to contain such an impressive lineup, so a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. “Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value,” says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. The Magic Circle festival will begin on Wednesday, July 9 with opening ceremonies, followed by three days of music on Thursday, July 10 with Alice Cooper appearing as very special guest, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12

Tickets for the Magic Circle Festival are available now at www.magiccirclefestival.com, www.nuclearblast.de, www.ticketsonline.de, www.eventim.de, www.ticketagenten.de.

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Whitesnake, Alice Cooper On Magic Circle Fest '08

Whitesnake and Alice Cooper have been confirmed to perform at the Magic Circle Festival 2008. Beloved Enemy (GER), Sixth Sense (RUS) and Titanium Black (USA) have also been added to the festival lineup.

The four-day festival is set to take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany and it will feature two historical shows by MANOWAR where they'll perform their first 6 classic albums in their entirety. 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four Custom Built Choppers owned by the MANOWAR band members will be given away during what is set to be the biggest metal event of 2008.

More details and band announcements will be coming soon. For more information, visit magiccirclefestival.com.

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New Whitesnake Album Streaming Online

As previously reported, WHITESNAKE are releasing their anxiously-anticipated new album, Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer in Germany on April 18th, the rest of Europe on April 21st and North America on April 22nd. It will be available as a regular jewel case version and a bonus CD version featuring an extra disc in a cardboard sleeve, poster, photocard and sticker.

The entire album is streaming at this location.

The tracklist of Good To Be Bad is as follows:

Disc 1: 'Best Years', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Call On Me', 'All I Want All I Need', 'Good To Be Bad', 'All For Love', 'Summer Rain', 'Lay Down Your Love', 'A Fool In Love', 'Got What You Need', '`Til The End Of Time'.

Bonus CD: 'Summer Rain' (acoustic version), 'All I Want All I Need' (radio edit), 'Take Me With You' (live version), 'Ready To Rock' (enhanced video).

Legendary frontman, David Coverdale comments on the album: “The new album contains all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake, and more. I can hear moments that take me back to the bluesy, early years of the band all the way through the band's musical history to fully embrace the more electric aspects of where we are now, as a band. I'm thrilled with it and can hardly wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public! If this is indeed the last Whitesnake studio record then I'm happy to finish like this. It was a labour of love making this record...a joy... and I'm still enjoying listening to it. Can't be bad!"

The 11 new songs, written by Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale and Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of eight rocking tracks and three ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting “It's very butch. Very muscular..."

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