Whitesnake have recruited Tanya O’Callaghan as their new bassist. She will be replacing Michael Devin, who exited the band earlier this month.
Frontman David Coverdale commented:
“Well, well, well…ladies & gentlemen…boys & girls…we are very proud to announce & to introduce you all to our newest snake…or should I say…snakette!!! Please give a loud Whitesnake choir welcome to the Irish tornado!!! A whirling dervish of a performer whom we feel will bring a fresh, new, exciting musicality & welcome energy to the band, both in the studio & onstage… Here she is… Irish born & bred…the one & only… Tanya O’Callaghan!!! For whatever reason, Whitesnake has never featured a female musician in the band before… Bad boys!!!…But when we saw Tanya performing with our friend Steven Adler’s band at the M3 festival in 2019 & we were all blown away… An electrifying performer… When Whitesnake & Michael Devin decided to go their separate ways, Tanya was the first person we reached out to & thankfully she accepted our invitation to become a snake… We are thrilled & delighted to welcome Tanya O’Callaghan to Whitesnake!!! Let the music do the talking!!!”
“I guess the snakes out of the bag 🥰🤘🐍 What an absolute honor to be joining Whitesnake/David Coverdale for their worldwide farewell tour 2022/23. This small town gal still pinches herself over the amount of legends I’ve had the joy to work, tour and record with over the past few years since I made the terrifying solo leap across the Pacific with no clue how everything would unfold. It’s been a wild ride and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, who calls, only feckin’ Whitesnake! And the best part, to step into the snake shoes of my bass brothers Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin Neil Murray and Michael Devin … are you kidding me…what a f#*king honor beyond belief!!! My heart is exploding 🥰🤘”
Devin also issued a new statement:
“The past ten years of making music with my brothers in Whitesnake have been pure magic. I will sincerely miss the guys. They are my family. I wish David Coverdale a most rewarding Farewell tour, he deserves all the love and support on his Farewell that I know the fans will bring to the concert halls. I will miss all you fans, you’re truly awesome and you’ve been so much fun to entertain over the years. Thank you for making my journeys over the world so rewarding. All the love in my heart goes out to you guys. Best wishes to Tanya O’Callaghan, a badass bassist and friend. She will lay down the low end in a most righteous way. ‘Til we meet again… lots of love. Onward.”