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Whitesnake

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

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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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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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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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Thunder Added To Def Leppard Tour

DEF LEPPARD's Official website reports:

"Little by litte, more dates are being added to Def Leppard's 2008 World Tour. Here are some that have been mentioned in various outlets, but please note that not all of them have been fully confirmed! We are still working on this.....

The three UK dates mentioned below have now been fully confirmed and will feature the double bill of Def Leppard and WHITESNAKE, and special guests THUNDER.

May
16 - Bangalore, India - TBA
18 - Mumbai, India - MMRDA Grounds

July
2/3/5 - Smederevo, Serbia - Castle Festival
4 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Arena Muzika Festival
6 - Istanbul, Turkey - Masstival
14 - Cardiff, Wales - International Arena
15 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena
17 - Nottingham, England - Nottingham Arena

Furthermore.....

Members of the Def Leppard Fan Club will be able to buy presale tickets for many shows on the 2008 tour before the general onsale date. The last presale for the first leg of the tour, for the April 27th San Jacinto show will start February 29th, but at this time we have not received full confirmation about the presale times. Please check back for updates soon!"

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Whitesnake Reveal Bonus CD Details

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 tracklist of this 2 CD package 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 & 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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Whitesnake Announce Australian Dates

WHITESNAKE have lined up a string of dates in Australia in late March, which include:

March
26 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia (18+)
28 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia (licensed all ages)
30 - Palace Theatre, Melbourne, Australia (18+)
31 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (licensed all ages)

Whitesnake are releasing their new album, Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer in Germany on April 18th, rest of Europe on April 21st and North America on April 22nd.

The band's first studio album in a decade features 11 new Whitesnake songs which are guaranteed to take their place alongside their multi-million selling catalogue.

Legendary front man, David Coverdale, says, “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 & 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..."

Tracks: 'Call On Me', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Best Years', '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'.

With their blend of hard rock, soul, blues, and balladry plus a healthy dose of priapic posturing and good time fun, Whitesnake brings a welcome, positive energy to the current musical climate.

Additionally, Whitesnake will be taking to the road with Def Leppard, playing a series of co-headline shows across the UK, major festivals and headliner shows in summer of 2008. The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale’s colourful career including the hits (for the choir to join in with) and new material from Good To Be Bad.

This is an opportunity to experience the ultimate line-up and celebrate 30 years of Whitesnake, who are:- Doug Aldrich on guitar; Reb Beach on guitar; Timothy Drury on keyboards; Uriah Duffy on bass; Chris Frazier on drums and of course, the inimitable David Coverdale on vocals.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage – after being in the studio for most of 2007 I am most definitely ready to let off some steam. The front row should definitely be prepared!” says Coverdale.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2008

According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
COMEBACK KID
DEATHSTARS
DEF LEPPARD
FORBIDDEN
HOLLENTHON
IRON MAIDEN
JUDAS PRIEST
MADBALL
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY
SAXON
SONATA ARCTICA
VOLBEAT
WHITESNAKE

OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor

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Whitesnake To Release New Album In April

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, WHITESNAKE will release Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer end of April in Europe and USA - their first studio album in a decade. The album features 11 new, slamming Whitesnake songs which are guaranteed to take their place alongside their multi-million selling catalogue.

Legendary front man, David Coverdale, says, “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 & guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale & Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of 8 rocking tracks and 3 ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting “It's very butch. Very muscular..."

Tracks: 'Call On Me', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Best Years', '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'.

With their blend of hard rock, soul, blues, and balladry plus a healthy dose of priapic posturing and good time fun, Whitesnake brings a welcome, positive energy to the current musical climate.

Additionally, Whitesnake will be taking to the road with Def Leppard, playing a series of co-headline shows across the UK, major festivals and headliner shows in summer of 2008. The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale’s colourful career including the hits (for the choir to join in with) and new material from ‘Good To Be Bad’.

This is an opportunity to experience the ultimate line-up and celebrate 30 years of Whitesnake, who are:- Doug Aldrich on guitar; Reb Beach on guitar; Timothy Drury on keyboards; Uriah Duffy on bass; Chris Frazier on drums and of course, the inimitable David Coverdale on vocals.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage – after being in the studio for most of 2007 I am most definitely ready to let off some steam. The front row should definitely be prepared!” says Coverdale

You have been warned!!!

June
Whitesnake Headliner Shows / Festivals
2 - BA-Banja Luka - Borik Hall
3 - HR-Split - Tvrdjava Gripe
6 - SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
8 - FI-Tampere - Sauna Open Air
10 - IS-Reykjavik - Laugardalsholl
12 - NO-Oslo - Spektrum Scene
13 - DK-Copenhagen - Vega
27 - B-Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting

Whitesnake UK Tour With Def Leppard
17 - GB-Glasgow - SECC
18 - GB-Birmingham - NEC
20 - GB-Manchester - MEN
21 - GB-Belfast - Odyssey Arena
23 - GB-Sheffield - Arena
24 - GB-Newcastle - Arena
26 - GB-London - Wembley Arena

From 1973 to 1976 Coverdale was the vocalist with Deep Purple, one of the biggest bands in the world. In late 1977, a year after leaving, he formed Whitesnake as a blues-based, melodic rock band to tour and promote his solo records ‘Whitesnake’ and ‘Northwinds’.

The band then took on a life and an identity of its own, attracting not only the supporters from Deep Purple, but a whole new audience hungry for the blues, soul and good time rock Whitesnake offered.

In the early 90’s Coverdale spent 3 years working with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, on the rock classic ‘Coverdale Page’ album, before retiring from the music business for several years.

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BSC Added To Def Leppard/ Whitesnake Tour

The following message has been posted via Black Stone Cherry's official Myspace:

"We've been wanting to announce this for a long time..and now the time has officially come!
Starting June 17th, we will be touring with the mighty Def Leppard and Whitesnake for a UK arena tour!! We'll be hitting all over England as well as Scotland and we'll be playing for our first time in Ireland!! We are so excited to be going back to the UK...and what a way to do it!!
Also..we'll be adding more summer dates very soon so be on the lookout for more US and European/UK dates!!
We're getting ready to head out to Anaheim, California for the WNAMM show and when we get back we'l begin work on our second album..which by the way...the songs are gonna blow yo mind!!
Thanks for everyone's continued support and we'll be adding more news and video as the months progress!!"

PS...If anyone is interested in a NADY Wireless guitar system..you can get one that has been on the road with us for a few months on Ebay!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESEX:IT&item=150206062075&_trksid=p3984.cSELL.m315.lVI

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Black Stone Cherry To Open For Def Leppard

BLACK STONE CHERRY has been selected as the opening act for DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE's co-headlining tour of the UK. The official press release is as follows:

Def Leppard and Whitesnake Announce Mammoth Co Headline Arena Tour

Plus Special Guests Black Stone Cherry

Def Leppard and Whitesnake, two of the World’s greatest arena rock bands, are set to play a series of co- headline shows across the UK in summer of 2008. This is the ultimate line up for many a rock fan and be sure this tour is going to sell fast, so get your skates on... More...

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Whitesnake Update Tour Schedule

WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich has updated the band's tour schedule. Along with the previously announced co-headlining dates with DEF LEPPARD, it includes new shows for Croatia, Bosnia, Norway, Denmark and Iceland:

March
22-23 - Rock2Wgtn Festival (Westpac Stadium) - Wellington, New Zealand

June
2 - venue tba - Banja Luka, Bosnia
3 - Gripe - Split, Croatia
6 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
8 - Sauna Open Air - Tampere, Finland
10 - Laugardalsholl - Reykjavik, Iceland
12 - Spektrum Scene - Oslo, Norway
13 - VEGA - Copenhagen, Denmark
17 - SECC - Glasgow, Scotland **
18 - NEC - Birmingham, England **
20 - MEN - Manchester, England **
23 - Arena - Sheffield, England **
24 - Arena - Newcastle, England **
26 - Wembley Arena - London, England **
27 - Graspop - Dessel, Belgium

** with Def Leppard

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Def Leppard And Whitesnake To Tour The U.K.

DEF LEPPARD will team up with WHITESNAKE for a UK co-headlining tour in June. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 17 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Jun. 18 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
Jun. 20 - Manchester, UK @ MEN
Jun. 23 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Jun. 24 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena
Jun. 26 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

More dates may be confirmed at a later time.

The UK dates can be booked through LiveNation UK or the 24-hour CC hotline at 0844-576-5483 (all tickets subject to a booking fee). The on-sale dates (for general tickets and fan-club pre-sales) will be announced soon.

In other news, DEF LEPPARD will play two shows in India in mid-May. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

DEF LEPPARD will team up with STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON for a North American tour in March/April. The trek will consist of around 20 dates.

DEF LEPPARD's upcoming record will be called "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", but no release date has been set for it. It will be their first album since last year's "Yeah!", which was a collection of covers of songs by artists who had influenced the band. Their most recent studio album of original material was 2002's "X".

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First Acts For Graspop 2008 Announced

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The first acts for the festival have been confirmed as follows: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID.

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Tony Martin Pays Tribute To Cozy Powell

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has issued the following update:

"There is a Cozy Powell [late RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer] memorial year coming up. Can you believe it's been 10 years since he died? I've been asked to contribute in various ways. There are various magazines and books being released next year commenting on the life of Cozy to which I was asked to contribute and was glad to participate, and more recently I have hooked up with the guitar player from the days I spent in COZY POWELL'S HAMMER, namely Mario Parga, on a song that is far removed from the rock scene. Actually, Mario is an accomplished Spanish speaker and Spanish-style flamenco player and we've put a track together that should be released soon. It's been fantastic hooking up with Mario again and we may well do more stuff. I'll not say more at this point but I'm looking forward to the posibilities."

Martin's latest solo album, "Scream", was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD features legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Demolition Records In Talks With Whitesnake

The following report is courtesy of Andrew Mernin from Nebusiness.co.uk:

A company behind some of the biggest rock stars from past and present is set to double its annual sales by landing lucrative deals with legendary bands ZZ TOP and WHITESNAKE.

Tyneside record label Demolition Records, which has offices in Frankfurt, Manhattan, Tokyo and … Jarrow, is in negotiations to land contracts with the two bands which would help double its annual CD sales to 500,000 by 2008.
The rapidly-growing business has found success by reviving the careers of classic rock acts as well as tapping into new talent and has seen its sales grow by 1,000% since 2005.

Meanwhile the firm hopes to further boost revenue by organising various festivals having just played a major role in hosting last week’s Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead, Somerset. The festival attracted media interest from MTV and BBC Radio One and saw Twisted Sister, represented by Demolition, take to the stage as the headline act.

The Jarrow-headquartered record label also had three other bands playing at the festival and was involved in the organisation of the event.

Ged Cooke, who runs the firm with his brother Eric, said: “We are in negotiations with ZZ Top and Whitesnake to sign them up.We are probably in the top four independent labels in the country and we have grown rapidly in the last seven years.

“People are knocking on our door all the time and we are attracting major global stars to the North-East and it’s not uncommon to see big rock stars walking around Jarrow.”

He also said the business, whose clients include former VAN HALEN frontman Dave Lee Roth, has found a niche market by signing up classic rock acts whose stock may have fallen with major record labels but still have a large fan-base.
He said: “There are bands that are no longer selling millions that may have been dropped by the main record labels but we will take them on and we are a leader in that niche market.

“But we are not a classic rock label and we are also attracting young talent. So the profits we make from our big selling classic artists are reinvested into our smaller bands.”

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New Whitesnake Album Tentatively Due In May

According to Classic Rock magazine, the new WHITESNAKE album, "Good to be Bad", will be released on May 13, 2008 via SPV. The CD was produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, AEROSMITH, COVERDALE/PAGE, METALLICA, etc.) and David Coverdale and features 14 songs (12 hard rock songs and two ballads), all of which were written by David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Other band members include Reb Beach (guitar), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Uriah Duffy (bass).

WHITESNAKE's video for the new studio song "Ready to Rock" can be viewed below. The track is one of four previously unreleased cuts that appear on WHITESNAKE's new live record, entitled "Live… In the Shadow of the Blues", which was issued in Europe in November via Steamhammer/SPV Records.
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Whitesnake Frontman To Appear On Dickinson Show

A new series of BBC Radio Two's Masters Of Rock begins on August 23rd at 10 pm (GMT}. According to the Beeb:
"IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson returns with another series devoted to classic, contemporary and obscure hard rock and metal. He kicks off the series with David Coverdale who, in the mid-70s, replaced DEEP PURPLE lead singer Ian Gillan before settling into a long-standing on-and-off career with WHITESNAKE. Coverdale discusses his colourful career."

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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