WHITESNAKE have officially announced that bassist URIAH DUFFY & drummer CHRIS FRAZIER are going their separate ways from the band after a fun filled & successful journey together.
WHITESNAKE wish URIAH & CHRIS every success in pursuing their individual musical careers & express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional contribution they both made to the legacy of the band.
WHITESNAKE are proud to welcome drummer/vocalist extraordinaire, BRIAN TICHY (www.briantichy.com).
WHITESNAKE are currently in the studio writing & recording the follow up to their award winning ‘GOOD TO BE BAD’ album, which is expected to be released throughout the world on the FRONTIERS label in the Spring of 2011 to coincide with their return to touring.
At this time WHITESNAKE are still exploring their options for the position of new Bass Player/Singer.
British born vocalist extraordinaire David Coverdale paid his dues early on with superstar band Deep Purple before setting a new musical course with the group he formed & has led thro several incarnations since the late 70s. Though the band had released several platinum selling albums prior to this, the 1987 self-titled Whitesnake, none matched their new musically muscular approach, or the impact that this hit-driven, melodic-yet-heavy-rocking release attained.
Initially the album was given significant attention with the release of the video Still Of The Night, which was the longest promo video MTV ever played on heavy rotation at that time, & introduced the band to millions of unsuspecting viewers who until then had never heard of the British import.
The song, though never released as a single, was a smash at rock radio. Sales then went through the roof with the release of the energetic No. 1 single Here I Go Again followed by soulful ballad Is This Love, which reached No. 2, & fans of Whitesnake both old and especially new embraced the album with open arms as it went on to become a multi-million selling success in the U.S. alone.
The synchronicity of an album loaded with some great classic rock anthems that are as vital today as they were when the were first released, & arriving during an era fuelled by music videos & the monster promotional vehicle that MTV was at that time, proved an irresistible force that could not be ignored.
This DELUXE EDITION offers powerful video footage on Disc Two from various live performances appearing along with those memorable, magical promotional videos mentioned above.
Joining the original album, which has been freshly digitally remastered, are four live stage performances of the memorable songs from this album, which were all Billboard chart hits.
This is a must for any discerning rock fan to have in his, or her collection.
STILL OF THE NIGHT
GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE
IS THIS LOVE
HERE I GO AGAIN 87
STRAIGHT FOR THE HEART
LOOKING FOR LOVE
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
YOURE GONNA BREAK
MY HEART AGAIN
CRYING IN THE RAIN
DONT TURN AWAY
BONUS TRACKS LIVE IN
THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES
GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE
IS THIS LOVE
HERE I GO AGAIN
STILL OF THE NIGHT
THE VIDEOS TRILOGY
STILL OF THE NIGHT
HERE I GO AGAIN 87
IS THIS LOVE
GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE
LIVE IN THE STILL
OF THE NIGHT
GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE
IS THIS LOVE
HERE I GO AGAIN
STILL OF THE NIGHT
You can buy the deluxe edition of Whitesnake, at this link.
FRONTIERS RECORDS SIGNS THE LEGENDARY BAND FOR NEW ALBUM WORLD-WIDE
Frontiers Records is very proud to announce the signing of legendary rock band WHITESNAKE.
David Coverdale and band are gearing up for their latest endeavour. WHITESNAKE has already started composing new material that promises to deliver one of the finest chapters in WHITESNAKE’S career. “We are off to a very good start, with the new songs taking positive shape. It feels good, fresh & exciting,” explains Coverdale.
The next release already feels like a solid, natural progression to their last opus, the successful, critically acclaimed ‘Good To Be Bad’ album, awarded by the influential Classic Rock magazine as “Best Album of the Year” in 2008. “As always, we want to take it to the next level,” states’ Coverdale. “I feel that with the last album we achieved a strong WHITESNAKE ‘cocktail’ that comfortably embraced & mixed all the previous musical aspects & styles of the band’s history, while taking our identity a little further… all on one album…”
Born in 1977, WHITESNAKE have been among the most influential representatives of the their genre, having produced numerous rock music classics such as ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Is This Love’, ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Fool For Your Loving’, ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ or ‘Walking In The Shadows Of The Blues’.
Coverdale said the production team for the new album will most likely be the infamous Brutal Brothers, or Los Bros Brutalos, who handled the recording of “Good To Be Bad”. “The new songs are in the very familiar and recognizable WHITESNAKE territory of soulful, bluesy, melodic power rock, with a couple of ballads thrown in for good measure… It can’t be a WHITESNAKE album without ballads, mate!”
WHITESNAKE have conquered the love and respect of the audiences all over the world with their driving shows and music. The new album promises to follow in the steps of a great heritage of solid and timeless songs.
It is hard to believe that it has already been two decades since Whitesnake’s CD, Slip of the Tongue, but 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of this very successful release for Coverdale and company.
The funny thing is, (to me at least) this album rarely comes up in my play list, and I consider myself a pretty big Whitesnake fan. After listening to Slide it In and the self titled disc from 1987, I can understand why Slip of the Tongue is greatly missing something. It lacks that bluesy edge that made the previous two albums so great. Coverdale is the only remaining member from the previous two recordings, and Slip of the Tongue shows just that. Coverdale’s vocals are great, but his vocals alone can not carry the band.
Steve Vai is an incredible guitar player, and I loved his stint in David Lee Roth’s band, but his style of playing is so different from John Sykes that it gives Whitesnake a completely different sound. I am not knocking Vai as a player, but I am not so sure that he was the right fit for Whitesnake. There is lno bluesy element in Vai’s guitar work, and that is what Slip of the Tongue greatly needed.
Whitesnake’s lineup for Slip of the Tongue was like an all star band of hard rock musicians. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot), Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth) all recorded with Coverdale for the first time on this release. Even with all of this talent at this disposal, Coverdale could not capture the magic from his previous two releases with this disc.
With that being said, Whitesnake still ripped out a few hits off of this CD, including “Now Your Gone”, “The Deeper the Love” and the band’s reworking of the 1980 Whitesnake classic, “Fool For Your Loving”. (Is Whitesnake the only band to cover themselves?) Some of my favorites from Slip of the Tongue, are the tunes that got less attention, including “Cheap and Nasty”, “Wings of the Storm” and “Judgement Day”.
Slip of the Tongue is far from bad. It just doesn’t quite live up to the Whitesnake legacy. From a hair metal perspective, it is very good, but as a Whitesnake release it is slightly above average. You can score copies of this CD for under $3.00 at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slip Of The Tongue
2. Cheap An’ Nasty
3. Fool For Your Loving
4. Now You’re Gone
5. Kittens Got Claws
6. Wings Of The Storm
7. The Deeper The Love
8. Judgement Day
9. Slow Poke Music
10. Sailing Ships
David Coverdale – Vocals
Steve Vai – Lead Guitar
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Tommy Aldridge – Drums
“Unfortunately, last night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Whitesnake had to cut their performance short due to Mr Coverdale experiencing considerable pain in his vocal chords. He was immediately taken to a specialist for examination. The specialist discovered that David was suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion. He was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks & then undergo a further examination. The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused. We therefore regretfully have to announce that Whitesnake will not be appearing on the remainder of the US tour with Judas Priest, Whitesnake sincerely regrets any disappointment this may cause.”
A couple of weeks ago, Pop Evil, Whitesnake & Judas Priest performed in Cincinnati’s newest outdoor arena, The PNC Pavillion. This new arena holds roughly 4,100 people, and for quite a while, I think the attendance was about half of that. It may have swelled to over 3,000 before the night was done, but the point I am making is that size of the crowd was absolutely abyssmal at best.
If you live in Cincinnati, and wonder why our fair city gets passed up for some shows, this is why. There is over 2.1 million people in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, and this is the largest crowd that we can offer for two of the biggest hard rock singers of all time? It is a shame really, and a big shame to all of the folks that didn’t show up, as they missed one hell of a show.
Pop Evil opened the show, and dished out a solid set of rock which included their tunes “Hero”, and “100 in a 55”. This was the second time I have seen Pop Evil live, and their set offered no surprises. The one thing I noticed is just how disjointed this band is. A couple of the guys in the band, lead singer Leigh Kakaty, and the bass player Matt Dirito have awesome stage prescence, but I can not say the same for the rest of the guys. They may sound good, but have very much energy. Guitarist Tony Greve had on an outfit that made him look more like Justin Timberlake than a hard rock guitarist. To make matters worse, he had on a t-shirt that said “No To Rock”. Me and my buddy Rick looked at each other with disbelief. These guys need a serious wardrobe check before the go on stage. I am not sure they are the right opening act for this tour. They sounded good, and helped to warm up the crowd for Whitesnake.
The last time Whitesnake played near Cincinnati, it was in Covington, KY, and it was with an even smaller crowd than the one at PNC Pavillion. This band must be the Rodney Dangerfield of hard rock acts, as they get no respect here. It has nothing to do with their performance, as the band was awesome.
They dished out all of the classic Whitesnake hits you would expect them to play, and also played a couple of new ones from last year’s excellent Good To Be Bad album. The amazing thing is David Coverdale still sounds great after all of these years. There were rumors that came out a couple of months ago that he was using tapes in their live set. I saw no evidence of that. Coverdale can still get it done. End of story!
Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich could be the best guitar tandem that Whitesnake has ever had, and considering the previous axemen this band has had (Vivian Campbell, John Sykes, Adrian Vandenberg, and Steve Vai) that really is a testament to their incredible talent. Aldrich handles the daunting task of playing those amazing riffs laid down by Sykes and Vai, and does it well. Reb Beach complements his playing like no other. My only complaint was how the sound was mixed at PNC Pavillion. I was on the far right hand side of the stage, and had trouble hearing Reb’s solos. They weren’t as clear as Doug Aldrich’s. I believe this was a sound mixing issue, and no fault of Reb’s. Chris Frazier, the newest Whitesnake member is no slouch on the drums. I feared he would be able to match the work of Tommy Aldridge, and I was surprised by his playing. I still miss Aldridge’s bare handed drum solos, but nonetheless Frazier does a pretty good job on the skins. I loved Whitesnake’s set. I hope this isn’t the last time that I get to see them play.
After Whitesnake, I was practically fulfilled for the night, but I wasn’t about to leave, not when Judas Priest was about to take the stage. Some how some way, I managed to miss Judas Priest back in the 8o’s. I have seen Halford perform live, but never the band that made him famous. Lucky for me, Judas Priest was firing on all cylinders tonight. Rob Halford can still hit all of the notes, but I noticed that he tends to hump over and look down in order to do so. That was mildly disappointing, but I wouldn’t expect a singer of his age to be able to belt out the notes the way he does either, so I guess it is a trade off. KK Downing and Glen Tipton kept me fired up all night. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching guitar gods play live.
The one thing I didn’t like about Judas Priest’s set was their choice to perform all of British Steel. Don’t get me wrong, I like this album a lot, but some of the songs just didn’t need to be played live. They have such an incredible catalog of tunes, and there were quite a few that they could not play as a result of that decision. (On a side note, I heard some girls complaining after the show, that they didn’t play “Turbo Lover”. I got a kick out of that.) Towards the end of their show, of course Rob Halford came out and sang some songs seated on his motorcycle. No surprise there, but it was cool nonetheless.
Overall, it was a great night of rock played to a small crowd. The die-hard fans showed up! Where were you? !
If you get the chance to see Whitesnake and Judas Priest on tour, don’t miss them. You won’t be disappointed. This was easily the best show that I have seen this summer!
Check out the slideshow below for some of the pictures I took from the show!
I was grateful that the Download festival streamed the perfomances from the main stage last weekend. I enjoyed quite a few of the bands that I was able to watch. Several videos have been uploaded to Youtube over the last couple of days capturing some performances from this massive festival in Donington Park, England. Check out the clips of Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Def Leppard below!
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Legendary Judas Priest guitarist making an appearance this Saturday!
K. K. Downing will appear this Saturday on the Hard Rock Nights radio program on WMWX-FM Cincinnati, streaming on-line at http://www.classxradio.com. The program airs at 9 pm EDT every Saturday. Downing will discuss Judas Priest’s upcoming tour, the new live album, their last studio album Nostradamus, and other bands playing Priest songs.
Judas Priest is preparing to hit the road with Whitesnake for a summer tour, in which they will perform their classic British Steel album from beginning to finish. The band is also releasing a new live album in July, A Touch of Evil: Live, featuring a number of songs that have never before been officially available in a live context.
Hard Rock Nights features the best hard rock from the past four decades and can be heard every Saturday night at 9pm EDT on http://www.classxradio.com.
‘I can say with absolute honesty, regardless of all the ups & downs, that it was a splendid ride back then…a frenzied, express train of a ride…I wouldn’t change a thing.’
-David Coverdale, 2009
With Whitesnake’s newest album soaring into the U.K. Top 10, the launch of a summer U.S. tour, and having already sold more than 100 million albums in an illustrious career, one of rock’s most successful bands is celebrated with the reissue of two classic ’80s albums. Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, both released June 30, 2009 by Geffen/UMe, are presented in CD+DVD sets with numerous rare or previously unreleased audio and video bonuses. The deluxe packaging features new cover art and a 24-page booklet including rare photos and new liner notes – each with the participation of the band’s charismatic founder and leader David Coverdale.
In other Whitesnake news, the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” which features one of the band’s classic songs, “Here I Go Again,” was nominated for 5 TONY awards including the “Best Musical” category.
Coverdale had been the lead singer of hard rock pioneer Deep Purple before launching Whitesnake in 1978. After several U.K. albums acclaimed for their R&B-based hard rock, Whitesnake debuted in the U.S. with 1984’s Slide It In. Featuring “Slow An’ Easy” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” the album went Top 40 and double platinum. Boasting friction and finesse, power and polish, suggestiveness and soul, Whitesnake soon became the leading exponent of the hard rock romantic and one of the defining acts of the era.
But the U.S. version of the album had a different mix – more commercial, more U.S. radio-friendly – with a different guitarist and bassist than the original U.K. album. In fact, many Europeans bought the U.S. version in order to experience the new, slicker Whitesnake.
The Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition adds the U.K. mix for eight of the album’s tracks plus an acoustic live in Japan “Love Ain’t No Stranger” and single b-side “Need Your Love So Bad.” The bonus DVD presents seven performances, six making their DVD premieres – three versions of “Love Ain’t No Stranger” (music video, acoustic in Japan, and from the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD), two of “Guilty Of Love” (music video and from the band’s 1983 headlining performance at The Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington), the “Slow An’ Easy” video and a 1984 “Top Of The Pops” performance of “Give Me More Time.”
Three years later, the band’s self-titled album charted Top 5 for more than six months, went eight times platinum, and made Whitesnake a global superstar. The follow-up, 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue, the only Whitesnake album with guitar wizard Steve Vai, went Top 10 and platinum and spun off the Top 40 hits “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.”
The Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition offers the newly digitally remastered original album and six bonus tracks – the rare b-side “Sweet Lady Luck,” alternative mixes of “Now You’re Gone” and “Fool For Your Loving,” a live “Judgement Day” and previously unreleased 1990 Monsters Of Rock versions of the title track and “Kitten’s Got Claws.” The videos of the latter two performances make their DVD debuts as do five others on the bonus DVD: the promo videos for “Now You’re Gone,” “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love,” and live “The Deeper The Love” and “Sailing Ships.” “Judgement Day” was previously on the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD.
Coverdale dissolved Whitesnake shortly after 1990’s Donington festival, but would later reform the band. In 2008, Good To Be Bad, its 10th studio album and first since Slip Of The Tongue was issued. On June 14, 2009, Whitesnake will make its fourth Castle Donington appearance – and first since 1990 – this time for the Download Festival. The ‘Snake continues to Rock and Roll, more successfully than ever.
Michigan rockers Pop Evil have scored the opening slot on several of the up and coming Judas Priest & Whitesnake dates this summer. Check below for tour dates.
Sun 7/5/2009 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford CT
Tue 7/7/2009 Comcast Center for the Performing Mansfield MA
Wed 7/8/2009 CMAC Canandaigua NY
Thu 7/9/2009 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto ON CA
Sat 7/11/2009 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel NJ
Sun 7/12/2009 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh NY
Tue 7/21/2009 PNC Pavillion at Riverbend Music Anderson OH
Wed 7/22/2009 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville TN
Sat 7/25/2009 AT&T Center Kirby TX
Sun 7/26/2009 Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi TX
Fri 7/31/2009 Concord Pavilion (Sleep Train) Concord CA
Sat 8/1/2009 98 Rock Jamboree @ Sleep Train Marysville CA
Sun 8/2/2009 Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City CA
Tue 8/4/2009 SDSU Open Air Theatre San Diego CA
Wed 8/5/2009 Pacific Amphitheatre Costa Mesa CA
Fri 8/7/2009 Dodge Theatre Phoenix AZ
Sat 8/8/2009 Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas NV
Tue 8/11/2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison CO
Thu 8/13/2009 Nokia Theatre Grand Prairie Grand Prairie TX
Sat 8/15/2009 St. Augustine Amphitheater Saint Augustine FL
Sun 8/16/2009 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa FL
Wed 8/19/2009 Germain Arena Estero FL
Thu 8/20/2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta GA
Sat 8/22/2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD
Sun 8/23/2009 US Cellular Pavillion at Meadowbrook Laconia NH
1st July THE FAMILY ARENA/ST. CHARLES, MO with WHITESNAKE
2nd July SUMMERFEST 2009 – HARLEY DAVIDSON STAGE/MILWAUKEE, WI
3rd July TASTE OF MINNESOTA AT HARRIET ISLAND/ST. PAUL, MN with WHITESNAKE
7th July COMCAST CENTER/MANSFIELD, MA with WHITESNAKE
8th July CMAC/CANANDAIGUA, NY with WHITESNAKE
9th July MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE/TORONTO, ON with WHITESNAKE
11th July PNC BANKS ARTS CENTER/HOLMDEL, NJ with WHITESNAKE
12th July NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER/WANTAGH, NY with WHITESNAKE
14th July TIME WARNER CABLE AMPHITHEATRE/CLEVELAND, OH with WHITESNAKE
15th July DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATER/CLARKSTON, MI with WHITESNAKE
17th July MOONDANCE JAM 18/WALKER, MN with WHITESNAKE
18th July ROCK FEST/CHIPPEWA VALLEY MUSIC/CADOTT, WI
21st July PNC PAVILION at RIVERBEND MUSIC/CINCINNATI, OH with WHITESNAKE
29th July CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR/PASO ROBLES, CA with WHITESNAKE
31st July SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION/CONCORD, CA with WHITESNAKE
1st August 98 ROCK JAMBOREE @ SLEEP TRAIN AMP/MARYSVILLE, CA with WHITESNAKE
2nd August GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE/UNIVERSAL CITY, CA with WHITESNAKE
4th August SDSU OPEN AIR THEATRE/SAN DIEGO, CA with WHITESNAKE
5th August PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE/OC FAIR/COSTA MESA, CA with WHITESNAKE
7th August DODGE THEATRE/PHOENIX, AZ with WHITESNAKE
8th August THOMAS & MACK CENTER/LAS VEGAS, NV with WHITESNAKE
10th August SANDIA CASINO/ALBUQUERQUE, NM
11th August RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE/MORRISON, CO with WHITESNAKE
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have issued the following update:
“We are proud to announce that we will be touring in the U.S. with WHITESNAKE for most of the dates. A few of the shows won’t be with them. Details to be announced!”
JUDAS PRIEST has announced the following North American shows so far:
Jul. 01 – The Family Arena – St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 – Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage – Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 03 – Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island – St. Paul, MN
Jul. 09 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul. 11 – PNC Banks Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Jul. 17 – Moondance Jam 18 – Walker, MN
Jul. 18 – Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music – Cadott, WI
Aug. 02 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
More dates will be announced soon.
PRIEST competed last month for a Grammy Award in the “Hard Rock” category for “Visions” and “Metal” category for “Nostradamus”, a pair of tunes from the band’s 16th studio album, “Nostradamus”.
According to Reuters/Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST’s Sony BMG label puts sales of “Nostradamus” at 500,000 units worldwide; that includes 100,000 logged by Nielsen SoundScan in the United States.
WHITESNAKE’s latest album, “Good To Be Bad”, was released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on April 18, 2008, the rest of Europe on April 21 and it came out in North America on April 22. In addition to the regular jewel-case version, a limited-edition two-disc set contains an extra CD in a cardboard sleeve, as well as a poster, photocard and sticker.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
WHITESNAKE are once again very happy to announce they have committed to playing at the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL on JUNE 14th with DEF LEPPARD…
The show will coincide with action-packed Anniversary releases of the multi-platinum albums, SLIP OF THE TONGUE, marking its 20th Anniversary, & the SLIDE IT IN album, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.
It is understood there is also a SPECIAL EDITION of their award winning, 2008 album, GOOD TO BE BAD, featuring bonus tracks, being released around the same time.
In preparation for the DOWNLOAD show, WHITESNAKE will also be playing 3 weeks of shows around Scandinavia & Europe, starting in NORWAY on the 21st MAY, & will include headlining several festivals, & playing some low key, smaller venues in towns & villages outside of major cities.
WHITESNAKE singer, DAVID COVERDALE, said that in these uncertain times, when it is economically difficult for some people to get to see rock shows in their major cities, then it is the responsibility of the artist to take their music to the people, & thats what WHITESNAKE intends to do, before undertaking a major North American tour in Summer.
WHITESNAKES JUNE 14th show at the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL will mark the 4th time the band has performed at DONINGTON PARK…1981…1983…1990 & now 2009.
When 2008 started if you would have told me that new releases would come out by Whitesnake, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Tesla, Judas Priest and Sammy Hagar, I probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. All of these bands put out new videos in 2008. Vote for your favorite band, and help push them to the HRH Bowl next Saturday.
Whitesnake – Lay Down Your Love
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
AC/DC – Rock N Roll Train
Tesla – I Wanna Live
Judas Priest – War
Sammy Hagar – Cosmic Universal Fashion
As good as 2007 was for new releases, 2008 blew it away. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone expected to have new releases by AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses all in the same year.
This year Rocknrollcoastie joined the HRH team and I asked him to submit his picks for 2008 as well. This way you get a double dose of the The 15 Albums from Hard Rock Hideout.
The following are Rob Rockitt’s Top Picks for 2008!
15. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
What’s this? Have I lost my mind? When Chinese Democracy came out, I expected Hell to Freeze over. Much like many of you, I didn’t expect this album to ever see the light of day, much less in 2008. I didn’t give this album the best review when it was released. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t like it very much. Lets face it, this more like the Axl Rose Project than a true Guns N’ Roses CD. There is no Slash, no Izzy, No Duff. The album has very few sounds that resemble the old band that once cranked out some awesome hard rock.
I didn’t give up on this album and kept it in my playlist. After a couple of weeks of repeat plays, I have warmed up to this disc. Sure it doesn’t sound like the old band, but there is some pretty good music to be found if you give this the proper chance.
14. Thunder – Bang!
When Rocknrollcoastie reviewed this CD earlier this year, I previewed all of the clips, then quickly purchased the CD. I have liked Thunder since their Backstreet Symphony CD, and this disc is on par with that one in my opinion. It is a great sounding bluesy hard rock disc Buy it!
13. Jaded Sun – Gypsy Trip
Ireland’s latest rock act delivers the goods with their excellent debut CD, Gypsy Trip. I have been playing this CD a lot as of late. I think you will be hearing a lot more about these guys in 2009.
12. Black Tide – Light From Above
Somebody must have forgotten to give the young men in Black Tide a calendar. These guys rock like is 1988. You have to love it when a new band can reproduce that classic 80’s metal sound. Light From Above is a great debut for these Florida rockers.
11. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
I have never been a huge Shinedown fan, but this CD changed my mind. “The Sound of Madness” is the first Shinedown CD that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track or two. I like all of the songs on this disc. This is a very solid record, and one of 2008’s nice surprises.
10. JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Jorn Lande has been bringing us great new hard rock every year for several years now. Whether it is a solo CD, or another project he is working on, you can always expect Jorn Lande to be fairly consistent. Lonely Are The Brave is a little darker than most JORN CD’s but is a very good disc. Take one listen to the songs “Night City”, “Shadow People” or the very Black Sabbath with Dio like tune, “Soul of the Wind”, and you are bound to love this disc.
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
This album has divided fans with its sound, but I thought this was a pretty good disc from Metallica. Sure, this disc doesn’t live up to their classic thrash metal from the 80’s, but at least they gave it their best shot. They should take notes from Testament next time around.
8. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
In my opinion, Testament one upped Metallica for best Thrash album of 2008. Heavy and killer! No thrash metal fan should be without this.
7. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
With S.O.L.A. Motley Crue turned in their best album since Dr. Feelgood. This one is still in heavy rotation in my play list today.
6. Disturbed – Indestructible
From the opening air raid sirens of Indestructible, you can almost tell immediately that you are about to take in one excellent album. In my opinion, this is Disturbed’s best work ever. The songs on this disc have an excellent heavy groove, that will satisfy the majority of headbangers out there. There are a ton of awesome guitar licks on this disc by Disturbed axeman Dan Donegan. Disturbed even got nominated for a Grammy for their song, “Inside The Fire”. Don’t miss this!
5. Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper is an artist that has always been hit or miss with me. When I first read about the new concept album, “Along Came A Spider”, I rolled my eyes and dismissed this disc as another Alice Cooper album that would not deliver. Boy was I wrong! “Along Came A Spider” is one of the better Alice Cooper releases. The story behind this disc is creepy and cool. Slash plays on a track, and this is probably the only place you will hear Ozzy Osbourne playing a harmonica. Cool stuff!
4. Black Stone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite newer hard rock acts, since 2006 or so. Folklore and Superstition wasn’t quite as heavy as their debut, but is still as solid as ever. “Blind Man”, “Soulcreek”, “Please Come In” and “The Bitter End” are as good as it comes.
3. Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
David Coverdale nearly pulled an Axl Rose, by making us wait so long for this new disc. While Good To Be Bad isn’t as good as ’84’s “Slide It In”, or the fabled self titled album from 1987, it is a return to the sound that Whitesnake fans love, and easily one of the top discs of 2008. Doug Aldrich could be the best guitarist to take the stage with Coverdale since John Sykes. Don’t believe me? Give this one another listen!
2. AC/DC – Black Ice
I am sure a lot of folks will disagree with me, but I think “Black Ice” is the best new AC/DC CD since “The Razor’s Edge”. Some of the songs on this disc may go down as AC/DC classics.
1. Tesla – Forever More
Tesla is a band that rarely disappoints me. If you have ever seen my Last FM playlist, you know I play the hell out of this band. Tesla’s 2004 CD “Into The Now” was probably my least favorite out of all of Tesla’s releases. With that being said, it made Tesla’s CD Forever More sound that much better. I like every song on this disc, and I never grow tired of listening to it. This is easily one of the best discs that the band has releases to date. For my ears, it was the highlight of 2008!
RocknRoll Coastie’s Top 15 of 2008!
Man! What an amazing year both musically and personally. With releases from bands like Motley Crue, White Lion, Dokken, Alice Cooper, & Whitesnake, just to name a few, it felt more like 1988 than 2008. So much great music came out this year and it showed me more than any other year that hard rock is very much alive and well.
Personally it was a great year because I happened to not only stumble across HardRockHideout, which I happen to think is the best hard rock site on the internet. I harassed Rob Rockitt a few times and of all things he invited me to jump on this train that HardRockHideout has become and come along for the journey. Damn what a wild ride it has been so far not only have I made a good friend, I have been introduced to so much new music it is not even funny and let’s face it, it isn’t everyday a person pisses off a whole country but somehow I managed to do just that by giving a Hungarian band a bad review. As wild and crazy as it has been this year I have the feeling it is only going to get better.
When Rob asked me if I wanted to put together my top 15 albums I thought there is no way because there has been so much great music come out in the past year. Then I was faced with do I go with the popular choices loved by the masses or do I stick to my guns and go with the bands and albums that I loved? I decided to go with the bands and albums that I loved this year, I guess I should warn everyone not to expect a lot of big name bands on my list. NOBODY forced me to choose these albums, I chose them of my own free will so love’em or hate’em here they are:
15. The Wildhearts – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before Vol 1
Yeah I know it is a covers album which has almost become a cliche in itself. But this isn’t your everyday run of the mill covers album with songs from Warren Zevon to the Toadies to Fugazi it is a pretty eclectic choice of songs here. To be honest the Wildhearts are probably one of the few bands that could get me to listen to the 90’s alternative music on here.
14. Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
I pretty much spent most of the summer cranking the third release from this Canadian band. Finally out of the shadow of Nickelback the guys really stepped out on their own with Bad Girlfriend, I Hate My Life, & Little Smirk just to name a few.
13. From The Inside – Visions
The second release from Danny Vaughn’s Journey inspired project. Tons of great music here including Light Years, Making Waves, Listen To Your Heart, and 21st Century.
12. Big Cock – Motherload
Taking sexual innuedos to a new level Robert Mason and the guys 3rd release simply rocks. I wish these guys would take themselves seriously and go on tour I could guarantee they would be one of the best shows out there. If you haven’t heard Breaking My Balls, Bump and Grind, or M.I.L.F. you are missing out.
11. Hinder – Take It To The Limit
I can see most people rolling their eyes at this pick and to be honest when I heard Hinder had a new album coming out I wasn’t expecting much. But the guys put out an album filled with good time party anthems and let’s be honest it is going to be bands like Hinder, Buckcherry, and Nickelback that are going to keep straight up rock in the limelight in the 21st century. Besides what man can resist a video filled with hot Playboy cybergirls??
10. Talon – Fallen Angels
This California band came out of nowhere and completely blew me away. Melodic rock at it’s finest, Chandler Mogel is a monster singer with a great voice and Jim Kee is a phenomenal guitarist. Burn, Baby Jane, What About Me, and Always Be My Baby are all great songs.
9. 7th Heaven – U.S.A-U.K.
This is another band that came from out of nowhere and blew me away. From what I understand these Chicago natives have been around for a while but replaced their former singer with Kevin Semple before recording this album and he is an awesome singer. If you are a fan of “Hysteria” era Def Leppard you have to get this album you would be hard pressed to tell the bands apart if you didn’t know the songs.
8. Marcello/Vestry – Self Titled
Another slab of melodic rock, this time it comes from Danger Danger axeman Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry, with a little help from Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel who played bass and produced the record. Great catchy sing along songs like Fireworks, All I Wanna Do Is U, and Gone fill this record. It is exactly what you would expect from members of Danger Danger and I for one am not complaining at all.
7. House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
After the fiasco that was the Power & the Myth, James Christian started pretty much from scratch with House of Lords and released World Upside Down in 06. In ’08 the band came back even stronger with Come To My Kingdom dare I say the best HoL album to date. James’ voice still sounds great and Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa, and Matt McKenna have made the band even stronger. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album.
5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock –
One of the first albums I reviewed for HRH. 13 years is a long time to wait between albums but honestly I think it was a good thing for the guys in Extreme. They came back stronger than ever with some strong kick ass songs and the addition of Kevin Figueiredo was an awesome decision. I liked this album when it was released but the more I listened to it the more I loved it.
5. Tesla – Forever More
Four years between new albums also did Tesla a world of good. Forever More is head and shoulders above 04’s Into The Now and like Extreme the addition of guitarist Dave Rude did wonders for the band. I Wanna Live, Just In Case, All of Me, and Pvt Ledbetter are just a few of the stand out tracks on Forever More.
4. There is no number 4 because of a tie for third.
3. The Quireboys – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers (Tie)
One of my all time favorite bands returned in ’08 with a new album their first in 4 years and all I can say is Wow! Homewreckers & Heartbreakers is the best Quireboys album since A Bit of What You Fancy. Bluesy Faces inspired rock at it very best, Spike has never sounded better than he does on this album. Mona Lisa Smiled, I Love This Dirty Town, Louder, and One For The Road are a few of the highlights on this album. In case you didn’t know Spike also released a great solo album titled So Called Friends around the same time definitely worth checking out.
3. Badmouth – S/T (Tie)
If I had a song of the year hands down it would be Rivethead by these Swedish ass kickers. Just that one song makes Badmouth’s debut worth the money but on top of Rivethead this album is filled with straight up rock n roll anthems like Pedal to the Metal, Kick It Up, and Cocaine Girl. Throw in a couple of songs like Last Train and Take Your Toothbrush With You that remind me of one of my favorite bands Backyard Babies you have a can’t miss album.
2. Backyard Babies – S/T
This album was my choice for my number 1 for the longest time but it was dethroned when the band at number 1 now released their new album. But this album from Sweden’s finest has everything a great rock record should great sing a long in your face songs, great solos, a hell of a lot of attitude. Degenerated, Come Undone, Nomadic, Abandon, and Back on the Juice are just a few of the ass kickings you have in store when listening to this album.
1. D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) – Monster Philosophy
Is it just me or did Scandinavian bands kick a lot of rock n roll ass this year? Another of my all time favorite bands and I know there may be only one person in the states that agrees with me here but hands down Monster Philosophy is the best album of the year. 22 years and 10 studio albums and still most rock fans in America have no clue who D-A-D are. In one word LEGENDS, this album is filled not only with great songs but great vocals from Jesper Binzer and the sounds Jacob “Cobber” Binzer gets from his guitar are unbelievable. I can’t forget Stig Pedersn on bass or drums by Laust Sonne. While there are albums that may have three great songs and the rest of the album are good songs, on Monster Philosophy there are 13 great songs and each one sounds completely different from the others. Maybe some person at an American record company will pull their head out of the sand and sign D-A-D and get their albums released and re-released here in the states but if they don’t I will keep paying the import price because every one of their albums are worth the money.
I hope you enjoyed our top picks for 2008. If you would like to see what other hard rock and metal writers have picked as their top albums of 2008, check out the following links below:
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Rock And Roll and Meandering Nonsense — http://rnrnonsense.toomanyvoices.com/
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/
The following video is from Whitesnake’s 1987 tour. The video features David Coverdale, Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge.
We’ve got a little bit of everything on tap for Hard Rock Nights tonight…new stuff from Extreme, Whitesnake, and Krokus…unheard of bands like Overloaded, M.O.B, and Armory…and some rare stuff as well. We’ve got a couple of songs that are only available online at the moment, Lynam’s “A Lifetime Ain’t Enough” and Babylon Bombs’ “Goodbye Good Luck.” We’re also going to check out an Ozzy track that was only available on the Japanese version of Black Rain. And of course, we’ll play some classics from bands like Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison. Don’t miss it!
Hard Rock Nights is broadcast every Saturday night from 9-11 pm eastern on classxradio.com. Check out the official HRN blog for playlists, articles, and a new interview with guitar wiz Erik Kluiber from Overloaded!
Lion’s Dangerous Attraction has been a compact disc that was my achilles’ heel, so to speak. I have been trying to track down a copy of this CD for close to a year now, and finally snagged a copy of eBay. Why should I (or anyone else) care about the band Lion? This is the some of the earliest recorded work by current Whitesnake guitarist, Doug Aldrich. If you own the new Whitesnake CD, Good To Be Bad, you are well aware of the kind of awesome axeman Doug Aldrich is.
Aside from Aldrich, the rest of Lion is pretty impressive. This band also features Kal Swan from the band Tytan, and drummer Mark Edwards from Steeler. Dangerous Attraction is considered by many as Lion’s best work, and I would not disagree. The music on Dangerous Attraction is fairly typical 80’s hair metal, but it is really good stuff. I would describe Lion’s sound as a cross between RATT and Whitesnake.
Swan’s voice is fairly unique. His English accent propelled by his deep throaty screams and melodic tones makes this music stand out. Aldrich’s guitar work on Dangerous Attraction is superb. This guy was shredding like no tomorrow 21 years ago, and is still getting it done today. His talent shines on this album, and as a result there isn’t a band song on Dangerous Attraction.
Lion is one of the lesser know acts of the 80’s and this CD, has been out of print for a long time. Copies of the CD turn up on eBay from time to time, but they usually sell for crazy amounts. If you are fan of Swan or Aldrich, this disc is worth seeking out. 80’s hair metal fans will like this too.
You can listen to a couple of the songs off of this album below.
Rating:Out of 10
Kal Swan – Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Guitars
Jerry Best – Bass
Mark Edwards – Drums
Think of every song you air guitared to in school (but in the privacy of your own bedroom of course), every power ballad that you sang at the top of your lungs, but would never publicly admit that you liked and pile them into a 9-CD, 2 DVD, 152 track box set. Hard and Heavy features the hardest and
heaviest hits (along with a few guilty pleasures) from the best and most over the top rockers from the 70¹s and 80¹s including Poison, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Heart and Kiss. The set also includes four EXCLUSIVE, never-before-seen, acoustic performances by Poison front man Bret Michaels.
Sound good? I think so too! You can submit your name to win a copy at the link below!
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare – In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
In February, Galley announced that he was dying of cancer. Bravely, instead of wallowing in self-pity he made the most of the time he had left. “I have been very lucky,” he wrote on his MySpace page. “I have seen some great bands, played with many great musicians and enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me.’
Even as his condition worsened, Galley continued to post encouraging, amusing updates. When he was no longer able to go to the pub, ‘now the pub [comes] to me,” he joked. “Friends visit me each day, I have drugs in me 24/7, and I have a plentiful supply of gin and tonic by my bedside. I even have my own ice machine! In fact, it’s just like my WHITESNAKE days.”
During WHITESNAKE‘s recently completed European tour, David Coverdale dedicated “Love Ain’t No Stranger”, a song he co-wrote with Mel for the “Slide It In” album, to Galley on a nightly basis.
“Melville, your legacy is in safe hands with me,” sums up Glenn Hughes, Galley‘s TRAPEZE bandmate and childhood friend, adding: “I’ll see you in the Garden one day, and truly recognise you as my brother…”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
For you last minute Mother’s Day Shoppers, here are 5 ideas for your Hard Rocking Moms!
5. For that mom who is still a bad girl, buy her the new Whitesnake CD, Good To Be Bad. No rocker mom will be unhappy with this gift.
4. If your mom prefers a little sparkly, get her the new Def Leppard CD, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.
3. Does your mom like a lot of affection? Get her the Kissology DVD sets 1 – 3. You can’t go wrong with a bunch of kisses.
2. Is your mom a dog lover? Pick her up a copy of The Poodles CD, Sweet Trade, and avoid those untimely accidents to her carpet.
1. For the traveling mom, get her tickets for the Rocklahoma Music Festival in July.
Whitesnake has released a new video in support of their new CD, Good To Be Bad. Good To Be Bad debuted at #76 on the U.S. Billboard Chart.
Whitesnake has returned with their first new studio album since the 1997 album, Restless Heart.
Before I go any further in this review, I will admit, I am biased towards Whitesnake. They have been one of my favorite bands for years, and I have been anxiously awaiting this disc. I am also a long time fan of guitarist, Doug Aldrich. I am quite familiar with his work prior to joining Whitesnake (Lion, Bad Moon Rising, House Of Lords, Hurricane, Burning Rain) and am also a little biased towards him as well.
With that being said, I have played Good to Be Bad several times, and have found it quite to my liking. Aldrich’s guitar sound on this record is fairly close to that of John Sykes playing on the Slide It In, and the multi-platinum, self titled album from 1987. John Sykes is not an easy guitar player to imitate, and I am not sure if that is what Adrich was trying to achieve with his playing. Nonetheless he shreds on this disc, and his guitar work is absolutely killer! He has achieved that signature guitar sound that was present on the two most successful Whitesnake albums of all time.
David Coverdale is no spring chicken at 56 years old, and yet his vocals are excellent as always.
The band could have a bunch of hits on their hands, especially with the tracks, Best Years, All I Want All I Need, All For Love and Good To Be Bad.
The song All For Love sounds so much like a lost Thin Lizzy tune, it is scary, and yet, incredibly cool. This is an amazing new song, and one of my new favorites.
I can hear some 70’s style Whitesnake in the songs, Summer Rain and ‘Til The End of Time. Both tunes have more of a bluesy feel to them. It is good to hear Whitesnake revisting their roots, even if it is an different set of musicians for this record. I can see the lighters and cell phones coming out, if the band chooses to play either one of these songs live.
The cool thing about Good To Be Bad is, I hear different things each time I listen to it. I will not tire of hearing guitar work this good in a long long time. This album is already on top of my play list and is going to take a monster of an album to surpass this disc in 2008!
Don’t hesitate to pick this one up! This is an awesome return to form for Whitesnake, and is easily one of their top discs ever! Good Job Whitesnake! Now bring your tour to the U.S. soon please!!
You can buy a copy of Whitesnake’s Good To Be Bad CD, at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Best Years
2. Can You Hear The Wind Blow
3. Call On Me
4. All I Want All I Need
5. Good To Be Bad
6. All For Love
7. Summer Rain
8. Lay Down Your Love
9. A Fool In Love
10. Got What You Need
11. `Til The End Of Time
1. Burn-Stormbringer (live version)
2. Give Me all Your Love Tonight (live version)
3. Walking In The Shadow…. (live version)
4. The Deeper The Love (live version)
5. Ready & Willing (live version)
6. Don t Break My Heart Again (live version)
7. Take Me with You (live version)
8. Ready To Rock (enhanced video)
David Coverdale – Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Lead Guitar
Reb Beach – Rhythm Guitar
Chris Frazier – Drums
Uriah Duffy – Bass
Timothy Drury – Keyboards
Whitesnake has put a new song up on their myspace page. Go their page and click on the player on the left side to listen to the new tune called “the Best Years”!
The new CD, Good To Be Bad, will be released in the United States on April 22nd.
Good To Be Bad, sounds like a good mix of late 70’s and mid 80s Whitesnake.
Guitarist Doug Aldrich is going to blow you away!!
Matthias Mineur recently interviewed WHITESNAKE vocalist David Coverdale about the band’s forthcoming album, “Good To Be Bad”. The question-and-answer session follows:
Q: Ten years between “Restless Heart” and “Good To Be Bad”: What has changed in WHITESNAKE and what is still the same?
Coverdale: I feel “Restless Heart” was more like a Coverdale solo album, which is how it started, ’til EMI told me they wanted it to be a WHITESNAKE record… so, we had to juggle it around to try and ‘SNAKE it up… whereas “Good To Be Bad” is most definately a WHITESNAKE record from beginning to end. For me, the heart and soul of WHITESNAKE remains the same. How could it not? It is, and has always been, very precious to me. It helps provide my family and I with an incredibly good life… I respect and treasure it, and I will protect it as much as I can from harm. I embrace and relish the rewards it brings. As a musical vehicle it helps me express myself, and hopefully, it’s the same for the musicians who work under its creative umbrella. It’s also an anti-aging youth serum for me!
Q: How important were the incredibly successful tours during the last three years for your motivation to write a new album?
Coverdale: Very, very important… The musicians I’m working with and the positive response from the people who come to see us and support us, has inspired and motivated me to get back in the saddle and to write and record new songs for the first time in many years. I’ve also found a new, inspiring writing partner in Mr. Aldrich. I’d allowed myself to be brought down, but, fortunately only for a short time, by the negative climate in the music business, but now I feel it’s more the major record companies’ energy, rather than the music business, that is creating a great deal of the damage. Their reluctance to move forward and embrace new approaches to business is definately creating a lot of their own problems. They just seem unable to see it. I thought, perhaps, all the magic had gone, but, I was wrong, and I’m very happy to discover live music is still very much supported by the hardcore fans… and yes… people are still buying records. Perhaps not in the millions that we became familiar with… but, nevertheless, the hardcore rock fan still wants to hold the substance of an album in his, or her hands, as opposed to simply downloading it. You have to rethink how you structure your career today and not take things for granted. You have to roll with the punches and keep an eye on everything. Not over-indulge… It is not how it used to be. But, still…it’s amazing, when I think about it. WHITESNAKE celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is still going strong. It still has juice. I am so grateful that I can still actively work as a musician, create new music and then go on tour with a great band and play to appreciative crowds. As long as people accept that we don’t look the same as we did 20 years ago… but, we can still play our music with fire and passion, then I think we can stick around for another few years! I’m also very grateful to be involved with the record company, SPV. I work with a great, positive, supportive team there… Good, solid people.
Q: How did you write the material? How important was Doug Aldrich for you as a songwriter, musician and friend?
Coverdale: Personally, I’m always writing bits and pieces here and there, for future reference… making cassettes of ideas. It’s very natural for me to compose… I meditate before I start working and I find that helps me immensely. It helps bring out the creative spirit, I think… It helps me focus. Doug and I found it very natural to write together from the beginning. Relatively effortless and fun… It’s a 50/50 collaboration. He is a very gifted individual and very enthusiastic… he also helped engineer and mix the record, so he was involved from the very beginning of the project to the end. That is something that has never happened before. Doug‘s a welcome breath of fresh air for me. He doesn’t bring any excess baggage… No questionable agenda and no unnecessary ego to stroke… he just gets on with it. He’s very caring and passionate about what he does, and thank goodness, the passion includes WHITESNAKE. He was exposed to WHITESNAKE before we met, or worked together, so, he was familiar with the approach and the creative identities I’d established, but, he brings such an incredible energy and urgency to WHITESNAKE that it helps stretch the boundaries much further, without compromising the original attitude. He’s an electrifying guitarist, as anyone who has seen him can testify… Very inspiring to me. The other bonus, of course, is that we’ve developed a strong, supportive personal friendship.
Q: Would you say that “Good To Be Bad” is a mixture between your blues roots and a modern attitude? Any other influences?
Coverdale: For me it has all the elements, all the ingredients that I enjoy about WHITESNAKE. It’s a very solid, muscular, melodic rock record with a couple of fine ballads, so, there’s a little tenderness when the moment calls for it… and of course the ballads help balance out the chest beaters! I find it a very complete piece of work, actually. It covers a lot of musical ground… A positive chapter in the Book Of WHITESNAKE. I’m able to sing from a whisper to a scream, with all points in between, very comfortably with the new material. We also tried some new musical keys for me to sing in… which made it very fresh, interesting and fun. When Doug and I sat down to jam on each other’s song ideas the structure of the album was evident pretty much immediately… it came together very naturally. There was never a danger of compromising the acknowledged identity of WHITESNAKE for the sake of trying to be modern… or fashionable. I’d say if there was any influence it would be all the previous elements that have come together to make what is WHITESNAKE, coupled with the very welcome fresh injection from Doug, Chris, Timothy, Uriah and Reb. Chris Frazier has brought a very Paicey feel back to the band. He swings, grooves, rocks and rolls… A very pleasing foundation to build from. WHITESNAKE‘s got it’s groove back! As a band, these guys know how to tell the WHITESNAKE story very well indeed.
Q: Please comment on producer Michael McIntyre. What was his role, and in which way did he help the album?
Coverdale: Michael has been with me since 1987. He was originally a member of the WHITESNAKE crew. Then when I moved to Lake Tahoe, I found out he lived close by in Reno, so, I asked him to come and work with me as a personal assistant. He has proved so indescribably valuable to me that he has been actively involved in WHITESNAKE‘s management for many years. He oversees all aspects of my personal and business life. Not only that, but, he’s a fantastic recording engineer and has been involved in the recording of all of my albums since “Slip Of The Tongue”. We are great friends… More like brothers. I trust him with my life, so, when he’s recording my voice I have total confidence in his judgement.
Q: The album was originally announced for autumn 2007. Any reasons for the delay?
Coverdale: The recording of this album was constantly compromised by interruptions. However, it’s a testament to Doug, Mikey and I, also known as The Brutal Brothers, that we kept moving forward… “Onwards and forwards” was the motto for this project. Also, to be honest, there was no real rush for us to finish the project quickly. I’d planned to take the year off from touring to avoid too much pressure in making the record, so, whenever there were problems, we’d take a break… a little breathing space. It works wonders for fresh perspective. Also, for me, personally, it is most important I balance my working time with my family time. It isn’t always easy… even when you’re recording at home! The most important thing is… was it all worth it? And I can sincerely answer, yes! It most certainly was worth all the trials and tribulations to get to this place and simply enjoy the fruits of our labours. It’s a fun album… Great to drive to!
Q: What kind of audience do you expect for “Good To Be Bad”? Metal kids? Rock fans? Blues maniacs? Or perhaps younger people?
Coverdale: Everybody’s welcome to try a bite of this pie. There’s something here for everyone…
Q: Please comment on the tour with DEF LEPPARD. The perfect choice for a co-headlining tour…
Coverdale: Three hours of good, strong, melodic songs! What more could you want? Joe Elliott, the Lepps and I have been friends and supporters for many years. It was only logical we’d end up touring together someday. I’d like to be in the audience for the shows we’re doing together. I feel it will definitely be an event to experience… Let’s Get Rocked In The Still Of The Night… yeah baby!
Q: What can we expect of WHITESNAKE live in 2008?
Coverdale: We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake with kick arse live shows… a new show, featuring songs from a new studio album. By the way, this is the 10th studio album from WHITESNAKE. There will be much fun to be had by all. Don’t miss out on the party!
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
No hard rock band has written about Love more than the band, Whitesnake. Just check the song titles for yourselves. The band has 19 songs with Love in the title, and that doesn’t count Fool For Your Lovin’ which makes 20. I thought some Whitesnake would be appropriate on Valentine’s Day!
The video below is a classic. It features John Sykes on guitar performing Love Ain’t No Stranger in Rio in 1985. Enjoy!
Whitesnake has released the Cover Art for the Up Coming release, Good To Be Bad.
GOOD TO BE BAD
Can You Hear The Wind Blow
All For Love
All I Want All I Need
Call On Me
Lay Down Your Love
Good To Be Bad
A Fool In Love
Got What You Need
‘Til The End Of Time
Germany: April 18
Europe: April 21
USA/Canada: April 22
Def Leppard and Whitesnake Announce Mammoth Co Headline Arena Tour
Plus Special Guests Black Stone Cherry
PRE-SALE TICKETS GO ON SALE
FOR WHITESNAKE FANS
WEDNESDAY 16th January
GENERAL TICKETS GO ON SALE
Friday 18th January
Two of theWorlds greatest arena rock bands, are set to play a series of co-headline shows across the UK in summer of 2008. This is the ultimateline up for many a rock fan and be sure this tour is going to sellfast, so get your skates on……
A bit about the bands………
Def Leppard remain one of the world’s biggest and most successful live acts, and 2007 was another monumental year the band, playing a near sold out 50 date arena tour across the USA. Starting June 2007 and ending in September 2007, the group’s summer concert tour became a must-see phenomenon – .regularly selling out 15,000 to 20,000 capacity arenas! The show featured a stunning production and light show and saw Def Leppard using a ramp for the first time – the show featuring an acoustic in addition to Def Leppard’s huge catalogue of global hits. Def Leppard remain amongst the most successful UK bands in the USA still.
Def Leppard are one of only five rock groups who can claim two separate original 10 million plus selling albums in the US. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen.
2007 was also the 20th anniversary of Def Leppard’s legendary “Hysteria” album. An album summed up by Mojo magazine in Sept 2007 as “Hard rock’s equivalent of “Thriller””.
Def Leppard are also set to release a brand new studio album in mid 2008. The album will see the band adding to their incredible legacy and promises the inclusion of a very special collaboration.
Having sold over 65 million albums worldwide since the Def Leppard debut release in 1980 and proved themselves one of rock music’s hardest working and consistently powerful live bands (playing to over 50 million fans in the last 15 years alone), these dates are set to be a highlight of the summer.
Legendary front man David Coverdale is bringing Whitesnake back on the road in 2008 to celebrate the band’s 30th Anniversary with a vengeance…April 2008 will see the release of the first new Whitesnake studio album in over 10 years…’Good To Be Bad’ featuring 11 new, slamming Whitesnake songs, guaranteed to take their place alongside their better known multi-million selling catalogue.
“It’s about time we had new songs to present to the Whitesnake Choir…This album has all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake & more…“ says Coverdale.
‘Good To Be Bad’ is the most recent band offering, along with their in-concert greatest hits CD… ‘Live In The Shadow Of The Blues’ & ‘Live In The Still Of The Night’…voted Best DVD of 2006 by the readers of Classic Rock magazine.
With their blend of hard rock, soul, blues, and balladry…a healthy dose of priapic posturing & good time fun, Whitesnake brings a welcome, positive energy to the current musical climate.
From 1973 to 1976 Coverdale was the lead singer in Deep Purple, one of the biggest bands in the world. A year after leaving, he formed Whitesnake in late 1977 as a blues-based, melodic rock band to tour & promote his solo records ‘Whitesnake’ & ‘Northwinds’.
The band then took on a life & an identity of its own, attracting not only the supporters from Deep Purple, but, a whole new audience hungry for the blues, soul & 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.
The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale’s colourful career…
This is an opportunity to experience the ultimate line-up & celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Whitesnake…
Doug Aldrich on guitar…Reb Beach on guitar…Timothy Drury on keyboards… Uriah Duffy on bass…Chris Frazier on drums…& 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!!!
Special Guests on the tour are the great ‘Black Stone Cherry’ who hail from the USA and have just won Best New Band at the Classic Rock awards.
Whitesnake and Def Leppard UK Tour 2008 confirmed dates….
Tue 17 GLASGOW SECC 0870 040 4000
Wed 18 BIRMINGHAM NEC 0870 909 4133
Fri 20 MANCHESTER MEN ARENA 0844 847 8000
Mon 23 SHEFFIELD ARENA 0114 256 5656
Tue 24 NEWCASTLE ARENA 0870 707 8000
Thu 26 WEMBLEY ARENA 0870 060 0870
Tickets are priced at £37.50 and can be booked through http://www.livenation.co.uk or 24hr cc hotline 0844 576 5483 (all tickets subject to a booking fee).
Check with http://www.Whitesnake.com for any news updates & the possibility of interacting with David Coverdale personally.
For more Def Leppard info go to http://www.myspace.com/defleppard
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As Reported by Bravewords.com:
WHITESNAKE have posted the following update: “The new Whitesnake album, Good To Be Bad, scheduled for release in the spring of 2008 will be their 10th studio record and will feature the exceptional percussive talents of Chris Frazier, the latest member to grace the ranks of the band alongside Doug Aldrich on guitar, who also co-wrote and co-produced the album with David Coverdale and Michael McIntyre…Timothy Drury on keyboards…the terribly good looking Uriah Duffy on horny bass… and Reb Beach on guitar…Chris takes over the drum chair from the ambidextrous Mr Tommy Aldridge, drummer par excellence, who earlier in the year left to pursue alternate musical adventures… We all wish TA well on his journey and take great delight in introducing to you a new, and remarkable talent… so, without further ado… please say hello to Chris Frazier… (Cue The Music!!!)1. When did you start playing the drums and who were your influences?
CF: “I remember seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was a 3 year old. I think it was a rerun!…Ha Ha! My mother said I looked up at her and exclaimed, ” I wanna be just like Ringo! “. She bought me some drumsticks after that. What a mistake! I started banging on all the plastic waste bins around the house. After driving her mad and destroying dozens of trash cans she got me a small kit for Christmas. We put it up in the attic as far from everyone as possible and there I would practice along with records. Hendrix, The Who, Traffic, Stones , Beatles and Moody Blues. My interest turned to jazz in my adolescent years…Chick Corea, Al Demiola, Stanley Clarke and Weather Report as well as lots of Frank Zappa. My biggest influences are probably Bonzo, Steve Gadd, Steve Smith and Tony Williams. With a little Mitch Mitchell for safety.”
2. How did your career begin?
CF: “I did my first professional gig at 11 years old. It was a high school dance and I made 35 dollars. I was RICH! 10 years later I moved to Los Angeles where I was STILL MAKING 35 DOLLARS A SHOW. Off to a bad start! But that was what the clubs were paying back then. I answered an add in the Recycler for “Drummer wanted: Familiar with odd meters. Must have sense of humor and a car”. I checked it out and it was Steve Vai’s roommate. I auditioned for his roommate and then for Steve. Steve said,” So you wanna do some recording?” I said “Uhh… sure. That would be cool”. But what I was thinking was “Shit! I can’t believe this!” That’s how it began. I recorded ” Flex-able” and “Passion and Warfare” and I guess that gave me the street credibility I needed. ”
3. Other than Whitesnake, who else have you worked with?
CF: “Steve Vai, Carole King, Edgar Winter, Eddie Money. Eddie Van Halen produced a band I worked with called Private Life. Tiffany. My favorite guitarist on the planet Doug Aldrich. Gene Simmons produced a Doro Petsch record I played on. Lots of soundtracks.”
4. What was it like working with Steve Vai?
CF: “Steve whipped me into shape back in the early days. I didn’t know about playing with a click, how to get a drum sound or how to play various kinds of music and feels. But I think he liked my instincts and worked with me, anyway, which turned out to be an invaluable learning experience. He has a very strong work ethic and very specific arrangement ideas. It can be tedious and stressful on someone fresh off the boat like I was. We had a blast back in those days though. At one point there were 8 of us all living in the same house in Sylmar, Ca. Steve, myself, Stu Hamm, Mike ‘O’ Brien, who was a professional student (I think he had 3 bachelors and a masters. In what I have no idea), Marty (the funniest man on the planet), Steve’s wife, Pia (who was playing bass at the time for the all girl super group “Vixen”) and various other characters. It was nuts. The house was in constant shambles and someone was always laughing his or her ass off. Since then I have toured the world and done over a hundred recordings with Steve.”
5. How did your association with Whitesnake transpire?
CF: “Last May I receive a call from the Whitesnake management. Apparently there had been some scheduling conflicts with Tommy and DC wanted to get me in the studio to see what might happen. It was very casual, intially. Doug and myself had worked together on many projects in the past and I have always been a huge fan of Whitesnake, so I wasn’t about to say no! On meeting David I felt an immediate camaraderie and at the same time “Shit, I cant believe this!” in my head. Upon recording I felt at ease because I have worked with Doug so many times that it just felt very natural. The difference is David. Doug finally has the singer his playing deserves. It was truly inspiring to play on the album.”
6. When recording the upcoming Whitesnake album, what approach did you take?
CF: “I wanted to have a vintage rock sound so we went with big juicy DW drums. 24″ kicks, fat toms tuned real tubby and Black Beauty snare. Everything wide open. Big dark cymbals too. 16″ K hats, 22” dark K ride. Big open drums and shimmering cymbals promote playing with more space. “What would Cozy do?” my internal dialogue would ask. He was a bad ass! Whitesnake songs are passionate and dramatic so my grooves and fills had to be that way as well.”
7. Other than drums, do you play any other instruments?
CF: “A little piano. Just to compose with. I’m no Chopin believe me! Percussion is great because the more crazy exotic noisemakers you have the more you appear to everyone like a witchdoctor. A percussionist can create an environment to a song like sounds the weather makes, or give the impression you’re in the presence of wildlife. I love the udu drum. It has a great middle eastern sound. I would love to get a hammer dulcimer. And a hurdy-gurdy!”
8. Other than music, what are you passionate about?
CF: “I used to surf every day when I lived in California. I miss it. It is so deep. The power of the ocean is incredible and when you harness that there isn’t a more beautiful feeling. The ocean can bitch slap you too! There was days that I thought “Well, this is it. I’m dead.” I miss it. I also love great films. If I couldn’t play music anymore I would write scripts.”
9. What do you love and hate about touring?
CF: “I love to travel the globe and experiencing foreign cultures. Believe me, there’s no better way to do that than playing rock shows. I enjoy staying in hotels. I love not having to clean up after myself! A fresh hotel room everyday! Yes! I do begin to miss home after a while. My girlfriend, my cats, my studio and friends. It’s all worth it when I’m on stage though. Everything else disappears when I’m up there and I’m completely in the moment.”
10. What do you look forward to in regards to touring with Whitesnake?
CF: “Playing all those awesome classic songs live! Playing all the new ones as well. Getting to jam with some of the best musicians the rock & roll industry has to offer. Doug Aldrich? Reb Beach? Uriah Duffy? Timothy Drury? DAVID COVERDALE? Come on. How much better can a band get?”