WHITESNAKE has set “Flesh & Blood” as the tentative title of its long-awaited next album, due in early 2018 via the band’s new deal with the Warner Music Group Worldwide and Rhino Entertainment.
WHITESNAKE‘s David Coverdale told Ultimate Classic Rock earlier in the year that the band has “never had such an immense amount of positive material” for a new release. “I’ve worked, for the first time as writers, with [WHITESNAKE guitarists] Reb Beach and with Joel Hoekstra,” he said. “Because when Joel came in, we were doing ‘The Purple Album’, of course. And not only do we have great Coverdale/Hoekstra and Coverdale/Beach songs, but we have the three of us combining [as writers].”
He continued: “The songs are fucking excellent. We have eighteen or nineteen extraordinarily positive, potent, juicy classic WHITESNAKE songs, from balls-to-the-wall [rockers] to blues, to epics to ballads. It’s kickass. It’s definitely got me fluffed up.”
WHITESNAKE will celebrate the release of “Flesh & Blood” by embarking on the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” next summer with FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham.
According to Coverdale, another project that is in the works is a DVD that was filmed during WHITESNAKE‘s tour in support of the group’s latest disc, “The Purple Album”. That effort, which was released in May 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl, was billed as “a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale‘s time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE‘s Mark III and Mark IV studio albums.” Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE‘s frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums “Burn”, “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste The Band”.
Coverdale told Ultimate Classic Rock about the upcoming DVD: “It’s fucking fantastic. It’s kickass. To promote it, we’ve put together WHITESNAKE as you’ve never seen them before on a video for ‘Burn’. It is un-fucking-believable. It’s a full-production video. The people at Warners who have seen it, they’re mindblown by it. We worked with a young, hip gunslinger Canadian director called Tyler Bourns. And he’s kick-fucking-ass. He did all of the videos with us on ‘The Purple Album’. He’s the head of our video creative ops and a great guy as well.”
WHITESNAKE‘s self-titled album, also known in some countries as “1987”, which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single “Here I Go Again”, turned 30 this year and Rhino celebrated the occasion by releasing four new versions, including an expansive boxed set.