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Whitesnake are set to embark on their next chapter with new tour & The Purple Album

It has been just over two years since I last featured Whitesnake here on the Rock and Roll Report and I now need to do this again after hearing the forthcoming Purple album. I freely confess that there are a few ‘chapters’ in the history of Whitesnake which did not appeal to me, even though they were technically outstanding and hugely popular. Each ‘chapter’ helped cement Whitesnake’s foothold in the rock world as the Snake, David Coverdale, shaped and steered his band through various formations as he continued to rock the world.

In this next chapter, David and the band pay homage to the late Jon Lord and his former colleagues from Deep Purple in Whitesnake’s twelfth album titled The Purple Album. This will be released in Europe on May 15th 2015 and on May 19th in North America through Frontiers Music. You can get an pre release download of ‘Stormbringer’ by pre ordering the album through iTunes.

You can see the official video promo for this HERE

Pre-order The Purple Album from iTunes and get “Stormbringer” instantly:http://geni.us/WSPurpleDlxiTunes (Deluxe). Physical formats (CD, CD/DVD, 2xLP) available from Amazon.com: http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz (Deluxe), http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz(Regular), http://geni.us/WSPurpleLPAMZ (LP)

I am listening to The Purple Album as I write this article and it is truly outstanding. Yes it has the trademark Whitesnake sound to it. It is a supremely magnificent homage to his former colleagues who he began working with while in his early twenties. Personally, I am looking forwards to the release of The Purple Album  because Deep Purple began to shape my musical taste from an early age along with Whitesnake soon after this. More importantly, another reason is due to the fact that The Purple Album is a fantastic piece of work, to use a widely known cliché, The Purple Album will be a joy to behold let alone to hear. 10/10

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Journey/Whitesnake/Thunder UK tour news plus upcoming Whitesnake CD/DVD releases. Nick talks to David Coverdale.

Rock giants Journey and Whitesnake , will appear onstage together for the first time ever whilst playing eight dates across the UK throughout May 2013 along with special guests Thunder. These gigs are guaranteed to be showcases of rock supremacy and just in case you need to know more, here is a little info for you –

Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, are responsible for creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Over the years they have gained multiple accolades – including 19 Top 40 singles, 25 Gold and Platinum albums and single Don’t Stop Believin’ holding the #1 digital catalogue song in history.

In 2011, Journey drew nearly a million fans to their 2011 Eclipse World Tour which included a sold-out UK leg and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. In the same year the band were awarded the prestigious “Legend of Live Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards in honour of the band’s significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live. Journey’s line-up features Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).

Co-headlining the 2013 UK tour are the legendary Whitesnake who carry a reputation as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands. Founded and formed by Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, the band have earned multi-platinum albums and multiple top 10 hits worldwide, including 2 number 1 singles with Here I Go Again and Is This Love, and more recently with Still Of The Night.

Photo Credit: © Steve Johnston

Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2013, with plans to release a live DVD ahead of the tour as well as a double album. “Unfinished business,” as Coverdale says slyly. “We all wanted the last tour to continue as we got closer to the end. After a year in the studio we’re ready to rock on stage again. We’re coming back for more.”

Harnessing Coverdale’s blues and soul roots and  fuelled by incendiary guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach you have all the elements needed to shape the ‘Snake’s hard rock identity. The band will also feature the legendary Tommy Aldridge on drums and percussion.

Special guests Thunder will also be joining the UK dates. In 2009 the band went their separate ways, only to return in 2011 for a triumphant live performance at the High Voltage festival in London, followed by 2 sell out Christmas shows. Thunder returned for another two sell-out Christmas shows in 2012, with the date first selling out in just six hours. Now, the band has been lured back on to the stage as special guests on the Journey and Whitesnake UK arena tour in May.

Singer Danny Bowes says: “We’d already discussed possibly doing some shows in 2013, so this is perfect. It’s a great bill like they used to be back in the day. It’ll be a brilliant night out”.

Photo Credit: © Marty Moffatt

Whitesnake co-headlined the “Loud Park” festival on October 15th 2011 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.”

The performance was initially recorded for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcast on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitensake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available for general release.

Having spent most of 2012 editing and mixing the Japanese concert in stunning HD as a multi format DVD-CD in 5.1 and stereo, just prior to commencing the ‘Year Of The Snake’ 2013 World Tour, this exceptional performance is a welcome addition to the history of Whitesnake live releases.  Now fans can relive the irresistible magic of Whitesnake in concert any time their heart and loins may desire!

The ‘Forevermore’ songs alone are worth the price of admission, not forgetting the classic Whitesnake songs, “Is This Love,” ”Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again,” all peformed at the height of their musical powers.  It’s all here. This is what Whitesnake fans, new and old, have been clamouring for. Highlights include blistering guitar work from the band’s six string guitar slingers, Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, who both celebrate their 10th anniversary with the band this year.

Whitesnake also features the earth-shaking rhythm section, The Wrecking Crew featuring Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums), who anchor the deep and dirty foundation of Whitesnake.  The band is accompanied by the swirling sonic tapestries of special guest keyboardist Brian Ruedy, and of course, the chest beating, seductive vocals of front man and founder, David Coverdale.

After hearing the sound check recordings from the different Japanese venues, the band decided to include them in the package as special bonus content. They agreed that everything would be related to their 2011 Japanese tour. So, when you think about it, it is appropriate they’ve called the project “Made In Japan.”

Made In Japan tracklistings –

CD 1

  1. Best Years
  2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
  3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
  4. Is This Love
  5. Steal Your Heart Away
  6. Forevermore
  7. Six String Showdown
  8. Love Will Set You Free
  9. Drum Solo
  10. Fool For Your Loving
  11. Here I Go Again
  12. Still Of The Night

BONUS CD 2

  1. Love Will Set You Free (Sound Check)
  2. Steal Your Heart Away (Sound Check)
  3. Fare Thee Well (Acoustic Version)
  4. One Of These Days (Acoustic Version)
  5. Lay Down Your Love (Sound Check)
  6. Evil Ways (Sound Version)
  7. Good To Be Bad (Acoustic Version)
  8. Tell Me How (Acoustic Version)

DVD & BLU-RAY: TRACK LISTING

  1. Best Years
  2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
  3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
  4. Is This Love
  5. Steal Your Heart Away
  6. Forevermore
  7. Six String Showdown
  8. Love Will Set You Free
  9. Drum Solo
  10. Fool For Your Loving
  11. Here I Go Again
  12. Still Of The Night
  13. Forevermore (fan video)
  14. Steal Your Heart Away (fan video)

Frontiers Records releases “Whitesnake: Made In Japan” on Deluxe 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and DVD on Monday April 22.

Don’t miss “Journey” and “Whitesnake” with very special guests “Thunder” on tour in the UK during May 2013.

Order tickets online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.livenation.co.uk

UK Tour dates –

Glasgow SECC (May 18)

Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (May 20)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (May 22)

Manchester Arena (May 23)

Nottingham Capital FM Arena (May 25)

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (May 26)

Birmingham LG Arena (May 28)
London Wembley Arena (May 29)

I was a huge fan of Whitesnake in their earlier years and was fortunate to have been enthralled by seeing them play live several times up until about 1980/81. I recently had the opportunity to put a few interview questions to David Coverdale on behalf of the Rockandrollreport –

Nick – I enjoyed seeing Whitesnake perform live several times up to about 1981/2. A lot of people, myself included prefer your earlier material. In your own words, what has ‘Made In Japan’ and the upcoming UK tour got that would attract fans of all Whitesnake era’s?

DC – Fortunately, I enjoy all of Whitesnake’s chapters & fortunately, a lot of people still support my work after you appear to have left it…Thankfully, you weren’t missed…

I think you would be surprised at how many of the ‘old guard’ still follow & support the band…But, please yourself…

Nick – Whitesnake have been around for thirty five years now and has had many changes to the line up of band members. I assume that this must have had an affect on the bands creativity, if so could you share some of the pros and cons of this with us?

DC -You assume wrong…Did you prepare for this by listening to any of our recent recordings?…I’m personally thrilled by the creative output of this chapter of the band…All the changes brought elements that helped prolong the life & energy of the band…

Nick – I heard that ‘Fool For Your Loving’ was originally written for BB King. Could you clarify this and add any information about it?

DC – Yes, it was originally written with BB in mind, at the time he was recording with The Crusaders…When we cut the demo it was obvious we should hang on to it…It was our first significant ‘hit’ & got us noticed…I’d still love to hear him sing it…

Nick – How did your breaks from the music business and reformations affect the shape and sound of Whitesnake?

DC – Every break was worthwhile…I came back charged & renewed…& chose players with whom I felt could help take the band creatively further…

Nick – Whitesnake and Journey have had a connection for some time, how does it feel to be touring with them and also Thunder?

DC – We haven’t started the tour yet, but, are all friends & mutual admirers…It will be a lot of fun for us & for the crowd…

Nick – ‘Made In Japan’ is not far from release now, what more can you tell us about this and also the planned double album ‘Unfinished Business’?

DC…It’s a great memory for anyone who enjoyed the 2011 ‘Forevermore World Tour’…What’s this ‘Unfinished Business’ you’re talking about?

We have a double live CD coming out in July called ‘Made In Britain’…

Nick – During your career you have seen many changes to the industry, what do you see as the pros and cons of these changes?

DC – There are always changes…the only way to deal with it is to roll with it…Change is inevitable…& if you are still passionate & caring about what you do you can explore & open up new avenues to maintain a career in music…Never give up…

For me the glass is always half full…never half empty…

The basic elements are still in play even with the music business upside down…It’s about writing music you want to play & performing it for as many people as possible…

Thankfully, we still have a very substantial world wide support out there to maintain a successful profile…

We have 500,000 people hooked into Whitesnake.com thro’ Facebook & I’ve recently started playing around with other social media like Twitter…Shitty name, but, it’s an amazing way to spread the word & involve people who are interested in the band…

Nick – Do you have any advice for the many new bands and musicians out there at the moment?

DC – Yes…before you sign anything, consult an independent lawyer who can explain to you, in the simplest terms, what that contract involves you are being told you have to sign…

The rest is simple…concentrate on ‘songs’…Good songs have the potential to live for a very long time…

Nick – One extra question is to ask if there are any plans for a world tour?

DC – Of course…the is the ‘Year Of The Snake World Tour’ 2013…We’re headed all over the fucking planet…

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Nothing Says ‘Love’ Like a Band Reunion

Nothing makes you wish you could win the lottery, or unexpectedly come into money some other way, like one of your favourite bands reuniting for a show. One of the ones you thought you’d perhaps never get to see live, or never again if you’d already seen them.

There is certainly a benefit of a band reuniting without putting out a new (often disappointing) release. No questioning whether or not to go to the show, worried you’ll have to endure a bunch of shitty new songs in order to hear a few of your old favourites. In addition, there are the likes of Billy Corgan  – expecting fans to be so devoted they won’t ask for the old songs that changed their lives, and reprimanding them when they do. It doesn’t seem like a fair approach somehow, even if the artist cringes at the angsty, earlier chapter of their career.

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Jacques Labouchere’s latest album title, Bi-Polar Baby Strollers, may just sum him up to a tee

“Love”, “emotion” and “feeling” are words that can best sum up Jacques Labouchere’s new album, Bi-Polar Baby Strollers, which was released this past summer. Labouchere is a captivating artist who has had the chance to live in three different countries and each has in fact become synonymous with a specific stage in his life. The U.S. was a place of experimentation, the U.K. is where he rebelled and Sweden is where he has found peacefulness and happiness. His new album is a reflection of his life, which is now filled with happiness, thanks particularly to his baby daughter. As I write this review, I’m watching the official video for his track “2nd Long Street,” which is the perfect reflection of what his music is about: friends and family spending quality time together. The 10-track album is worth listening to as the rhythm, vocals and lyrics are all in harmony with one another.

Q: Your album is very well harmonized. For instance, “Dear Dr.” is a very instrumental piece with a solo piano playing, so when writing songs, which comes easier to you – composing the music or composing the lyrics?

A: Harmonized – Wow, thanks! That’s a first! Well, “Dear Dr.” is not really just a solo instrumental piece, if you listen closely in the background you will hear some synth sounds pinging and also, more audible, there is cello beginning from the start of the first chorus thorughout ’till the end of the song. The music or the melody usually comes to me first from built up emotions and are then qucikly released and followed by a lyrical rhythm of mumbled words ’till I feel where to place them naturally. The content of the lyrics takes form as I continue to play the melody over and over and over again, while concentrating on things that are on my mind and in my heart. Songwriting for me is, most of the time, not a lenghty process, nor do I like it to be. I feel like, if you spend too much time thinking about a song and its message, you tend to miss out on the feeling of the song and the honesty of its story. I think that most of the best songs I have written have been written in the course of a few hours. I think the most challenging part of songwriting is the arranging; where to put the bridge or chorus, where to repeat or not repeat your lyrics. All in all, songwriting is meditation to me and medication for my soul and body – it comes to me without thinking about composition. It’s not a thought process, but a mirror to my emotions in space and time.

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Sweden’s ‘Dirty Passion’ love their own music, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue not so much – but best of all, they’ll always speak their mind

dirtypassion-03Perhaps it’s just me, but if I had the ability to change one thing about today’s rock scene, I’d bring it back to the ‘80s. Say what you will but I’m a sucker for the era when rock was raw, dirty, unapologetic and, well, mind-blowingly good.

Sweden’s Dirty Passion seem to share my outlook. Formed in 2006 in Malmö, Sweden, Emil Ekbladh (Vocals), Christopher Olsson (Guitar), Björn Wilander (Bass) and Markus Winberg (Drums) draw from the greats of that very scene, infusing their musical stylings into their own tracks to end up with a sound that is simultaneously nostalgic and modern. And, of course, always rockin’.

In early 2010 Dirty Passion will be touring Europe with Faster Pussycat and Enuff Z’ Nuff, and before they set off Emil took some time out to talk to The R&RR about all things rock.