Whitesnake Cancel European Shows Due To Illness

Whitesnake have been forced to cancel several European shows. The dates were scrapped due to illness.

David Coverdale issued the following statement:

“Dear Whitesnake fans around the world:

We have been rocking our way across the globe on the first part of our Farewell Tour giving all we’ve got to you, the fans.

The rigors of the road are the same for all of us and we have been trying to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Unfortunately we have been hit recently with a couple of situations that we have been dealing with, the best we can..

First our beloved band leader Reb Beach went down temporarily and he missed a couple of shows while he mended (and is much better now, by the way).

Then the rock of our band, the Legendary Tommy Aldridge went down and we unfortunately were not able to play the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena this past Saturday (very regrettable and all apologies to our Spanish fans and friends).

Tommy was bad enough at the time to have missed the first show ever in his career – The GOOD news is that he is feeling better and is anxious to get back out there to perform for all of you.

Unfortunately I have now been hit hard as well. I started feeling a bit under the weather two days ago, and was just diagnosed with an infection of the sinus & trachea. The doctor recommends 5 days of no singing and bed rest.

Sadly, that means that we are not going to be able to do the upcoming shows in Milan, Vienna and a decision on Zagreb is about to be made.

I’m very sorry to all the fans who had planned to come see our Farewell Tour in each of those cities – it’s my intention to get better as soon as possible and be able to pick up with the remaining shows of the European Farewell Tour. You are all in our hearts!!

xxoo
DC”

He later added:

“Update to all our Whitesnake fans:

As stated earlier, I am still under doctor’s orders of bed rest, and to not sing for 5 days as i recover from this sinus infection. That time frame includes the show in Zagreb this Saturday, July 2nd so we are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Zagreb show as well.

This is obviously very sad for us, especially our band members that were getting to perform before hometown crowds; Michele Luppi, our Italian Stallion was looking forward to playing in Milan in front of his friends and family, and of course Dino Jelusic, the Pride of Croatia was going to be able to give his all, to his hometown of Zagreb.

We regret that this is necessary in our attempt to get healthy and be able to finish the rest of our tour.

Love and Light,

XXOO
DC”

Watch Whitesnake Perform “Still Of The Night” With Steve Vai At Hellfest

During Whitesnake’s June 23 set at Hellfest in Clisson, France, the band were joined onstage by Steve Vai for a performance of “Still Of The Night.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Whitesnake Release Revised, Remixed, And Remastered “Greatest Hits” Collection

Whitesnake have released a new revised, remixed and remastered “Greatest Hits” collection. The effort is currently available digitally worldwide and on CD in Europe. It will also be available in the following formats at later dates: 2LP (out May 20 in Europe), CD/Blu-ray (out June 3 in Europe and July 15 in North America), and CD & 2LP (out June 17 in North America). According to the band, keyboardist Derek Sherinian added Hammond organ to the compilation, while ex-guitarist Adrian Vandenberg also contributed. Vintage performances by guitarist John Sykes are included as well. Frontman David Coverdale commented:

“We’ve definitely expanded on the original ‘Greatest Hits,’ took them all out of the sonic time capsule of the ’80s and ’90s, and brought them up to date, sound-wise … as always, we have the original albums for those who consider them holy relics.”

“Greatest Hits” Track Listing:

01. “Still Of The Night”
02. “Here I Go Again”
03. “Is This Love”
04. “Give Me All Your Love”
05. “Love Ain’t No Stranger”
06. “Slide It In”
07. “Slow An’ Easy”
08. “Guilty Of Love”
09. “Fool For Your Loving”
10. “Judgment Day”
11. “The Deeper The Love”
12. “Now You’re Gone”
13. “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”
14. “Sweet Lady Luck”
15. “Crying In The Rain”
16. “Forevermore”

Scorpions, Whitesnake, & Thundermother Announce North American Tour

Scorpions have announced a headlining North American tour. Whitesnake and Thundermother will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

08/21 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
08/24 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
08/27 Montreal, QC – Bell Center
08/30 Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
09/01 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
09/05 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino (no Whitesnake)
09/07 Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
09/09 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino (no Whitesnake)
09/12 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
09/14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
09/17 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09/19 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
09/21 Tulsa, OK – BOK Arena
09/24 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
09/27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09/29 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
10/01 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
10/04 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/07 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/09 Portland, OR – Moda Center
10/13 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
10/15 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Coliseum
10/21 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay

Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra Says Dino Jelusick Will Be “Singing A Lot” On Their Upcoming Tour

During a recent interview with Chris Akin, Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra discussed Dino Jelusick’s role in the band. He said the following when asked what Jelusick will be doing during the group’s farewell tour:

“Well, [Dino is] an amazing keyboard player too, so having his ability there is really great. And he’s singing a lot — I mean, he’s singing a lot of background vocals and there are times here and there where David [Coverdale] has him singing a line of the song. So I think the ability to get out and tour the world with WHITESNAKE and have the ability to showcase his singing and keyboard playing is a great opportunity for him. He’s a fantastic talent, and he’s young yet. So I think he’s got a great future ahead of him. I think it would be a couple of years really well spent for him to do this.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Round Hill Music Acquire David Coverdale’s Catalog

Round Hill Music have acquired the rights to David Coverdale’s catalog. The deal includes solo material, as well as music from Whitesnake and Deep Purple.

Blabbermouth shared more details on the deal:

“Round Hill Music has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighboring rights income from the catalog of David Coverdale, legendary WHITESNAKE frontman and DEEP PURPLE lead singer from 1973 to 1976.

Key acquisition highlights:

* The catalog includes recordings from Coverdale’s career as a solo artist and as the frontman of WHITESNAKE.

* The catalog includes master royalty participation from recordings during Coverdale’s tenure as the lead singer of DEEP PURPLE.

* The catalogue includes Coverdale’s music publishing assets and long-term administration rights for Coverdale’s neighboring rights income.

* The catalog provides attractive exposure to WHITESNAKE’s 1987 self-titled multi-platinum album which sold over eight million copies in the U.S. alone.

* WHITESNAKE hits in the agreement include “Here I Go Again”, “Is This Love”, “Crying In The Rain”, “Still Of The Night” and “Fool For Your Loving”.

* DEEP PURPLE master royalty tracks included in the catalog include “Burn” and “Stormbringer”.

* Also included in the catalog is “The Last Note Of Freedom”, from the “Days Of Thunder” film soundtrack, co-written with Hans Zimmer and Billy Idol.”

Trevor Bowen, chair of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund, said the following:

“The Board is pleased to provide RHM shareholders with access to David Coverdale’s own legendary catalog of hits as the frontman from one of best known rock bands of all time, who helped to define an era of music. We are delighted to be deploying capital into such high-quality acquisitions while continuing to evaluate further attractive opportunities.”

Josh Gruss, chairman and CEO of Round Hill, added:

“David Coverdale is a true rock icon. As the frontman for two of the world’s greatest bands, WHITESNAKE and DEEP PURPLE, he has blazed a trail since the early ’70s, and his legacy and influence on the generations of artists that followed him cannot be understated. To have been entrusted with David’s work is a proud day for Round Hill.”

Coverdale also commented:

“I am thrilled beyond words to joyfully announce that my existing catalog of works, both songs and master recordings, which I have been involved in creating for over 50 years, is now in exceptionally safe hands with the fine people at Round Hill. I look forward immensely to working together with Josh Gruss and all at Round Hill to ensure the legacy of my existing works for future generations to enjoy.”

Whitesnake Recruit Bassist Tanya O’Callaghan

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!!!”

O’Callaghan added:

“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.”

Whitesnake Part Ways With Bassist Michael Devin

Whitesnake have parted ways with bassist Michael Devin. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

The band issued the following statement:

“Whitesnake & bassist Michael Devin have decided to go their separate ways after an amazingly successful decade together…

We all wish Michael every success in his life & all his endeavours. Apart from numerous tours, Michael applied his talent to studio albums ‘Forevermore’… ‘The Purple Album’ & ‘Flesh & Blood’. We sincerely thank him for being part of our journey & for all his exceptional gifts he brought to Whitesnake…

God speed, Michael… Know we love you & will miss you…& we wish you well. Once a snake…always a snake…

Whitesnake have secured a new bass player who will be announced very soon.”

David Coverdale Hints At The Possibility Of Whitesnake Touring Without Him Following Upcoming Farewell Tour

During a recent interview with Mitch Lafon on “The Jeremy White Show,” David Coverdale opened up about his upcoming farewell tour with Whitesnake. Interestingly, the frontman also hinted at the possibility of the band touring with a new singer in the future.

Coverdale said the following:

“My farewell tour was supposed to be when I was 69. That’s the appropriate age for the Whitesnake singer to step down. As it happened, it’s going to be 70. I’ll be 70 going out there.

It’s not the performing that’s challenging for me. It’s the traveling. And I couldn’t travel any nicer, but it’s still very tiring on me. I’m working out like a motherfucker, so I have the energy. I’m energized by my band and the appreciative audiences. I think it’s going to be extraordinarily emotional at a lot of these shows. Because a lot of people have supported my work for 40, 50 years. But it’s just me saying goodbye to touring at that level.”

He continued:

“It’s just going to be David Coverdale stepping down. There’s a possibility we can do something — that Whitesnake does continue to do something. But…other than in the studio, I won’t be participating.”

The singer also added:

“No bets are off. As Sean Connery said, ‘Never say never again.’ But right now [retirement from touring] is the intention. And just being respectful to who I am, my age and the people who supported my music. I’d rather step down at the top of my game and continue making music. It’s absolutely oxygen for me. It’s something I’ve thought about and I’m supported by my family in my decision. Whitesnake music will continue; I have no doubts.”

[via iheart.com]

Tawny Kitaen’s Cause Of Death Has Officially Been Revealed

Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has officially been revealed. A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department says the actress died from dilated cardiomyopathy and that it has been ruled as a natural death. Other conditions listed include: mild coronary atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), mirtazapine (antidepressant), mirtazapine metabolite, alprazolam (Xanax), acetaminophen (Tylenol), pregabalin (nerve pain medication) and hydrocodone (opioid). As previously reported, Kitaen died at her Newport Beach home in May 2021 at the age of 59. During her life, the actress was previously married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and starred in some of the band’s videos including their iconic “Here I Go Again” music video. She also previously dated late RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby and appeared on the cover of the band’s self-titled EP and “Out Of The Cellar.”

[via Metal Injection]