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]

Whitesnake Add More European Dates To Their Farewell Tour

Whitesnake have added more European dates to their 2022 farewell tour. Europe will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/27 Oberhausen, GER – Arena
05/29 Copenhagen, DEN – KB Hall
05/31 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
06/02 Hamar, NOR – Tjuvholmen Arena
06/04 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
06/06 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
06/08 Tallin, EST – Saku Arena
06/10 Kaunas, LIT – Aren
06/12 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
06/14 Prague, CZE – O2 Universum
06/19 Munich, GER – Zenith
06/21 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
06/28 Milan, ITA – Lorenzini

This news comes after the band previously announced a UK/Ireland tour with Foreigner and Europe:

05/10 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
05/12 Glasgow, UK – SEC (SSE Hydro Arena)
05/14 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
05/16 London, UK – The O2 Arena
05/18 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
05/20 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
05/22 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
05/25 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena

Whitesnake Share Video For Remixed Version Of “All In The Name Of Love”

Whitesnake have shared a new video for a remixed version of “All In The Name Of Love.” This version of the track is from the 25th anniversary edition of “Restless Heart,” which will be released on October 29. As previously reported, that effort will be available as a super deluxe 4-CD/DVD set, a 2-CD deluxe edition, a remixed two-LP set, a single remixed CD, and digitally.

Whitesnake To Release 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of “Restless Heart” In October

Whitesnake will be releasing a 25th anniversary edition of “Restless Heart” on October 29. The effort will be available as a super deluxe 4-CD/DVD set, a 2-CD deluxe edition, a remixed two-LP set, a single remixed CD, and digitally. To promote the release, the band have shared a new video for “You’re So Fine”:

“Restless Heart” Super Deluxe Edition Track Listing:

Disc 1:

“Restless Heart”: 2021 Remix:

01. “Restless Heart”
02. “You’re So Fine”
03. “Can’t Go On”
04. “Crying”
05. “Take Me Back Again”
06. “Anything You Want”
07. “Too Many Tears”
08. “All In The Name Of Love”
09. “Your Precious Love”
10. “Can’t Stop Now”
11. “Woman Trouble Blues”
12. “Stay With Me”
13. “Oi (Theme For An Imaginary Drum Solo)”
14. “Don’t Fade Away”
15. “Can’t Go On (Unzipped)”

Disc 2:

“Restless Heart”: 2021 Remaster:

01. “Don’t Fade Away”
02. “All In The Name Of Love”
03. “Restless Heart”
04. “Too Many Tears”
05. “Crying”
06. “Stay With Me”
07. “Can’t Go On”
08. “You’re So Fine”
09. “Your Precious Love”
10. “Take Me Back Again”
11. “Woman Trouble Blues”
12. “Anything You Want”
13. “Can’t Stop Now”
14. “Too Many Tears ’95 (Live & Drunk in the Studio featuring The Horny B’stards)”

Disc 3:

“Dancing On The Titanic”:

Early Arrangements & Getting Drum Tracks In The Studio:

01. “Restless Heart “
02. “You’re So Fine”
03. “Can’t Go On”
04. “Crying”
05. “Take Me Back Again”
06. “Anything You Want”
07. “Too Many Tears”
08. “All In The Name Of Love”
09. “Your Precious Love (Soul Version)”
10. “You Precious Love”
11. “Can’t Stop Now (Instrumental Version)”
12. “Woman Trouble Blues”
13. “Stay With Me”
14. “Oi (Instrumental)”
15. “Don’t Fade Away”
16. “Snakes Down South (Unreleased Demo)”

Disc 4:

“Restless Heart: Evolutions”:

01. “Restless Heart”
02. “You’re So Fine”
03. “Can’t Go On”
04. “Crying”
05. “Take Me Back Again”
06. “Anything You Want (Red Light Green Light)”
07. “Too Many Tears”
08. “All In The Name Of Love”
09. “Your Precious Love”
10. “Can’t Stop Now”
11. “Woman Trouble Blues”
12. “Stay With Me”
13. “Oi (Instrumental)”
14. “Don’t Fade Away”

Disc 5:

“Restless Heart”: DVD:

  • “All In The Name Of Love” | Fan Video
  • “Anything You Want” | Fan Video
  • “You’re So Fine” | Music Video
  • “Restless Heart” | Fan Video
  • “Too Many Tears” | Music Video
  • “Don’t Fade Away” | Music Video
  • “Can’t Go On” | Acoustic Slideshow
  • “Restless Heart” | Lyric Video

“Starkers Trilogy”:

  • “Too Many Tears”
  • “Can’t Go On”
  • “Don’t Fade Away”

Behind The Scenes:

  • “The Making Of Restless Heart”

Whitesnake Welcome Trans-Siberian Orchestra Singer Dino Jelusick To The Band, Announce UK/Ireland Tour

Whitesnake have welcomed singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, etc.) to the band. The group announced his addition with the below video:

Frontman David Coverdale commented:

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the extremely gifted Dino Jelusick to Whitesnake. We’ve had our eyes and ears on him since we played Zagreb together two years ago. You’re going to love him!”

Jelusick added:

“I am beyond honored to be part of one of my favourite bands of all time. To get the phone call from David Coverdale is something every singer and musician of my generation can only dream of; it still feels completely surreal. I cannot wait to start hitting the road with Whitesnake and, as the great DC said to me himself, to give a piece of my identity to the sound of this iconic band.”

With this news, Whitesnake have also announced a UK/Ireland tour with Foreigner and Europe:

05/10 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
05/12 Glasgow, UK – SEC (SSE Hydro Arena)
05/14 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
05/16 London, UK – The O2 Arena
05/18 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
05/20 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
05/22 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
05/25 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena

Whitesnake Announce First Two Shows On Their Farewell Tour

Whitesnake have announced two festival appearances as part of their upcoming farewell tour. The band will be performing at the 2022 Rock Imperium Festival, which is set to take place on June 24-25 in Cartagena, Spain, and the 2022 Hellfest, which is set to take place on June 17-19 and June 23-26 in Clisson, France.