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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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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:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


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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Alabama Thunderpussy Posts Whitesnake Cover Online

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has posted their cover of the WHITESNAKE classic, "In the Still of the Night," exclusively via their MySpace page.

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY fans who caught the band on their recent tour, probably witnessed ATP perfectly execute this rock standard in the live setting. This cover song is also featured as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of ATP's incredible new album, Open Fire.

Open Fire was released internationally this past March and is the first ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY record to feature new vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex-EXHORDER / FLOODGATE). An e-card previewing the album can be viewed here .

Band Drummer Bryan Cox states, "Still of the night is a killer song by A legendary band, and we had a BLAST recording it. Check this thing out And raise a beer to Whitesnake!!"

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Finnish Heavy Metal 'Idol' Advances To Show Finals

Video footage of 22-year-old heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen performing two Finnish metal/hard rock classics on the national TV talent show "Idols" last night (Thursday, March 29) has been posted online on YouTube:

"Sielut Iskee Tulta" (originally by KILPI): video
"You Break My Heart" (originally by BROADCAST): video

Ari Koivunen was one of two contestants who advanced to the show's final, which will be broadcast live on MTV3 from the Helsinki Ice Hall next Friday, April 4.

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen was the guest judge on last night's program.

Ari is from Lahti, the Finnish town that has given birth to such metal acts as PROFANE OMEN, BEFORE THE DAWN and ENTWINE. One of his hobbies is "Hevikaraoke" (Finnish "heavy metal" karaoke); in 2005 he won the Finnish karaoke championships. Among his favorite bands are IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, PROFANE OMEN and HELLOWEEN.

Watch previous Ari Koivunen "Idols" performances:

IRON MAIDEN's "The Evil That Men Do": video
DEEP PURPLE's "Perfect Strangers": video
WHITESNAKE's "Here I Go Again": video
STRATOVARIUS' "Hunting High And Low": video
LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock and Roll": video More...

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Vote On This Year's Classic Rock Awards

Classic Rock Magazine has opened their annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for voting by the public here. CRMag is also having a competition for the chance to appear on the upcoming Classic Rock DVD and to be broadcast in front of the rock royalty on awards night in November, this year. To enter, email in .mpegs of yourselves (no longer than 30 seconds) explaining why you think your favourites should win on the night to classicrock@futurenet.co.uk. Classic Rock's favourite five entrants will win a prize. The nominations you can vote on follow:

Album of the Year:

Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
The Answer - Rise
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Motorhead - Kiss Of Death
Cheap Trick - Rockford
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Band of the Year:

Iron Maiden
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rolling Stones

Best Re-Issue:

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

DVD of the Year:

Pink Floyd - Pulse
Cream - Disraeli Gears
A Headbanger's Journey
Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night
Rush - Chronicles

Classic Rock Event of the Year:

Return of Monsters of Rock
Lordi winning Eurovision
Guns N' Roses tour
Metallica playing Master of Puppets at Download
Roger Waters playing Dark Side Of The Moon

Best New Band:

Pure Reason Revolution
The Sword

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Whitesnake To Record New Songs For Live Collection

WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale has issued the following update regarding the group's current and upcoming activities:

"We're currently planning our next sonic assault on Europe and the world!

"I have recently severed all connections with my management company. WHITESNAKE really should have worked more through 2005, but I felt there was minimal effort made to achieve this, so, it was time to look for more enthusiastic and motivated representation. After all, these people benefit quite substantially from my endeavors. In some cases, better than me! More...

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Dio's Sweden Rock 2005 Live Performance Online

A one-hour live recording of DIO's performance at this year's Sweden Rock festival (which took place on June 11) was broadcast on Swedish radio P4 this past weekend. A replay of the program is available for streaming at this location (in Real Media).

The current DIO touring lineup includes guitarist Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), who has been filling in for an injured Craig Goldy for the past four weeks. Craig was previously said to have hurt his arm while touring Russia and was trying to continue to play the shows on painkillers, but was forced to leave the trek in early October.

In other news, DIO's December 1 date in Aarhus, Denmark has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. The first date of DIO's Scandinavian run will now be December 3 in Copenhagen. Also appearing on the bill will be URIAH HEEP and ASIA. The schedule is now as follows:

Dec. 03 - Copenhagen, DEN @ K.B. Hallen
Dec. 04 - Oslo, NOR @ Sentrum
Dec. 05 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Liseberghallen
Dec. 06 - Stockholm, SWE @ Arenaen
Dec. 08 - Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall
Dec. 09 - Jyvaskyla, FIN @ Icehall
Dec. 10 - Oulu, FIN @ Teatria

Aldrich's sole studio recording with DIO came in the shape of 2002's "Killing the Dragon", after which he toured with the group before leaving to join the touring lineup of WHITESNAKE.

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Iron Maiden All-Star Tribute Planned

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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Ex-King's X, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot Form Band

King's X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach are working together on a side project, which also includes Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and Whitesnake keyboard player Timothy Drury. The band doesn't yet have a name, though, despite reports that it would be called Devil's Children. However, an album is likely later in the year.

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Q&A With Whitesnake's David Coverdale

Whitesnake's official website has added an interview with frontman David Coverdale, where he discussed his shoulder injury and its effect on the band's tour. "A couple of weeks into the tour... around my 53rd birthday... I was onstage in Copenhagen, kicking substantial arse... when I felt something rather uncomfortable happen in my right shoulder," he expained. "Oh dear, I thought... What's this???... After seeing an abundance of specialists I was diagnosed as having tendonitis... and, of course, the preferred treatment is rest... & more rest... Not much hope of that during a tour! Rather than cancel the tour, I decided to try & 'accommodate' the injury, & adapt my performance around it... which of course meant not quite as much mike stand tossing, if you'll excuse the expression."

Read the full article at Whitesnake.com.

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Coverdale Comments On Deep Purple's 'Burn'

Former Deep Purple and current Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has commented on the upcoming the 30th Anniversary, remastered edition of Deep Purple's classic 'Burn' album, due on April 14th through EMI Records.

"I just received the test pressing of the 'Burn' remaster from EMI to review," Coverdale said. "I'm not sure about the 'remixes' they have done with an engineer they chose, but the band sounds KICK-ARSE!!! I was surprised to see they are releasing the album so soon as EMI only asked me last week to write the liner notes for the reissue CD booklet. Oh, well... We shall see... I was quite having fun remembering those days. I never really 'think' that far back, and I am always shocked at how much I actually recall once I start thinking about it. There is no doubt in my mind how powerful we were as a band. Just wait 'til you hear it remastered. My assistant and I felt the level was a little 'soft', so we are suggesting they CRANK IT UP!!! After all, this is PURPLE we're talking about!!! I haven't heard most of the songs for many, many years, so they sound fresh and vital to me. Splendid stuff!!! What an extraordinary time in my life."

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