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
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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
YOU FOOL NO ONE (Interpolating ITCHY FINGERS)
LADY DOUBLE DEALER
MIGHT JUST TAKE YOUR LIFE
YOU KEEP ON MOVING
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
LAY DOWN STAY DOWN
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
Lady Double Dealer – Music Video
Sail Away – Mix Music Video
Stormbringer – Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune – Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK
What many promise, but few can guarantee is what the loud and proud WHITESNAKE have always delivered and with their 12th studio opus The PURPLE Album once again their hard core fans are about to be surprised again by the ‘SNAKE.
Recorded & mixed by legendary frontman and Whitesnake founder David Coverdale with Co-Producers Michael McIntyre and Snake guitarist Reb Beach and at Hook City Studios in Reno Nevada, ‘The PURPLE Album’ draws on the songs from the three DEEP PURPLE Mark 3 and 4 studio albums featuring Coverdale. “BURN”, ”STORMBRINGER” and “COME TASTE THE BAND” .
All the songs on the new album are presented as a respectful tribute to his former colleagues & pay homage to the band who started him on an amazing musical journey over 40 years ago that continues today.
“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with PURPLE over 40 years ago, it has all the classic WHITESNAKE elements people who support us have come to expect…” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.”
From the opening track, the incendiary classic ‘BURN’ through to the sonic insanity of ‘STORMBRINGER’ Yorkshire born David Coverdale brings his career full circle from when a 21-year-old singer/songwriter bravely answered a music press ad to become the new lead singer for DEEP PURPLE in 1973.
After leaving DEEP PURPLE in 1976 Coverdale formed the original WHITESNAKE in 1977, and began a journey that has taken him from the early heavy blues rock of the late ‘70s with albums like ‘TROUBLE’, ‘LOVEHUNTER ‘READY AND WILLING’ and ‘COME AN’ GET IT’ through to the explosive hard rock of the revamped ‘SNAKE sound with the multi-platinum ‘SLIDE IT IN’ & 1987’s self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album. ‘WHITESNAKE’.
“People have been asking me for many years to revisit Purple songs like ‘MISTREATED’ & ‘SOLDIER OF FORTUNE’ with WHITESNAKE, but I always felt like I should be writing new, fresh WHITESNAKE songs for the fans.”
“In 2012 I was told by a representative of the old PURPLE management that keyboard maestro Jon Lord, who had worked with me in WHITESNAKE, too, had been diagnosed in with cancer and that Jon’s wish on his recovery would be that we put together a PURPLE reunion of sorts. I agreed to be there for him. As we all know, sadly he didn’t recover. After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a PURPLE reunion or a ‘BLACKMORE/COVERDALE’ project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas & new approaches to suggest, rearranging some of our original works.” Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch.”
It was Coverdale’s wife, Cindy who suggested that he take his ideas & make a new WHITESNAKE studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with DEEP PURPLE. “And that’s how it all happened. I discussed the idea with my musicians & our record company & everyone was very positive. So it was all systems go for ‘The PURPLE Album’.”
Coverdale and the band picked their favorite PURPLE songs from Mark 3 and 4 and set to work at WHITESNAKE’S new recording studio, Hook City in Reno, Nevada.
They also shot the 4 new promotional videos ‘LADY DOUBLE DEALER’, ‘SAIL AWAY’, ‘STORMBRINGER’ & the immortal ‘SOLDIER OF FORTUNE’ all on site at Hook City.
“It was a shared vision,” Coverdale says “Every member of the band came to the sessions fully loaded with ideas & talent & helped make this a memorable project for me.”
WHITESNAKE now brings you “The PURPLE Album”, featuring ‘SNAKED up versions of those beloved PURPLE classics many will be introduced to for the first time and with a seriously kick-ass chapter of the band that can reinterpret these classics with the passion they deserve.
“There was absolutely no intention to compete, or compare with the original recordings. We just wanted to play these songs the best we could and this is how we wanted to play them,“ says Coverdale.
And so WHITESNAKE is preparing to set sail with “The PURPLE Album” loaded with priceless treasures from the three DEEP PURPLE studio albums Coverdale helped write & produce over 40 years ago.
WHITESNAKE are currently putting together dates and preparing for their 2015 THE PURPLE TOUR which will feature their biggest hits & songs from the new album.
David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Reb Beach – Lead Guitars
Joel Hoekstra– Lead Guitars
Michael Devin – Bass Guitar
Tommy Aldridge – Drums
2015 Tour Dates, UK dates to follow, check here for details
|May 28th||Airway Heights, WA||Northern Quest Casino|
|May 29th||Tacoma, WA||Emerald Queen Casino|
|May 31st||Vancouver, BC||Hard Rock Casino|
|June 2nd||Santa Rosa, CA||Wells Fargo|
|June 4th||Las Vegas, NV||The Joint|
|June 5th||Scottsdale, AZ||Talking Stick Pool Amp|
|June 6th||Pala, CA||Pala Casino – Starlight Theater|
|June 9th||Beverly Hills, CA||Saban Theatre|
|June 11th||San Francisco, CA||Regency Ballroom|
|June 15th||Colorado Springs, CO||Pikes Peak Center|
|June 17th||Shawnee, OK||Grand Events Center|
|June 19th||Biloxi, MS||Hard Rock|
|June 20th||Houston, TX||*HOB|
|June 22nd||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theater|
|June 23rd||San Antonio, TX||Majestic Theater|
|June 25th||El Paso, TX||Socorro Event Center|
|June 27th||Greeley, CO||Greeley Independence Stampede|
|July 2nd||Rama, ON||Casino Rama|
|July 3rd||Sterling Heights, MI||Freedom Hill AMP|
|July 5th||Northfield, OH||Hard Rock|
|July 7th||Huber Heights, OH||Music Center @ The Heights|
|July 8th||Wabash, IN||Honeywell Center|
|July 10th||Mahnomen, MN||Shoot Star Casino|
|July 11th||St. Paul, MN||Myth|
|July 14th||Clear Lake, IA||Surf Ballroom|
|July 17th||Geneva, IL||Geneva Music Park|
|July 18th||Merrillville, IN||Star Plaza|
|July 20th||Greensburg, PA||Palace Theater|
|July 22nd||Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach Casino|
|July 24th||Lincoln, RI||Twin River Casino|
|July 25th||Atlantic City, NJ||Trump Taj Mahal
Click HERE to check out the video to Whitesnake’s version “Stormbringer” off the band’s Purple Album.