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Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Whitesnake Review

A guest post from Ian:

After being rescheduled from the 30th of May to the 1st of June because of lead singer David Coverdale’s sudden illness, the snakes finally rocked out at the Hammersmith Apollo.  

Opening with the front man’s former band’s (albeit 30 years since he left Deep Purple) classic Burn which segued into part of Stormbringer they set the scene for a stomping set.  They played all the early classics and from Slide it In, to Slow and Easy, to Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, to Ready and Willing.  Then came the hits off the huge 1987 album - Is This Love, Crying In the Rain, Here I Go Again, and Still of the Night.  There was also a new rocker thrown in and even time for a guitar solo slot from Doug Aldrich and a drum solo from Tommy Aldridge who incidentally hasn’t changed hairstyles for 25 years.

Disappointingly for me they didn’t play one song off the Slip of the Tongue album, the album I know best, for what reason I don’t know but I’m sure it wasn’t because the guitarists couldn’t play the Steve Vai era material.  The gig ended as it began – well sort of – another Deep Purple song – Solder of Fortune but sung solo by Mr Coverdale after the rest of the band had left the stage.

Anyway, great gig, great frontman with a great voice, hot band.  I don’t think I’ve been to a gig where the crowd has sung along with all the songs like they did at this one – it made for a great atmosphere.  

Stay tuned for a review of Guns N’ Roses from the same venue who I see this evening, and then Bon Jovi in Southampton on Friday, I don’t know when I’ll get time to write them but I’ll do my best.

Update: This is fucking great E!!! JJ

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