FOREIGNER and WHITESNAKE kicked off their “Juke Box Heroes” tour last night (Friday, June 15) at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.
Joining WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale in the band’s current lineup are guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.
WHITESNAKE‘s setlist for the concert was as follows:
01. Bad Boys
02. Give Me All Your Love
03. Love Ain’t No Stranger
04. Slow An’ Easy
05. Guitar Duel
06. Crying In The Rain
07. Is This Love
08. Slide It In
09. Here I Go Again
10. Still Of The Night
WHITESNAKE announced in April that it was pushing back the projected release date of its new album, “Flesh & Blood”, to next year.
The band’s record label, Frontiers Music Srl, issued a statement blaming the delay on “technical issues.”
Coverdale recently told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” that “Flesh & Blood” will “be the best WHITESNAKE album. I know that’s clichéd stuff, but I know what I’m talking about. I should do after almost 50 years,” he explained.
According to Coverdale, the new disc “has all the necessary WHITESNAKE elements that I need to call it WHITESNAKE, but with a vibrant, fresh coat of paint.” The record will mark the first time he has written with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. “The longest-standing member of WHITESNAKE, Reb Beach, [he and I had] never written together until this project,” he said. “So it’s a family affair. It really is cool. I’m very excited for people to hear it.”
Coverdale revealed that recording sessions for the new WHITESNAKE album were halted while he recovered from an illness last year. “I got that horrible H3 flu, which took me out for, I think, about six weeks before I started to feel like myself again,” he said. “It was horrifying. It was that strain of flu that the anti-flu vaccination didn’t cover. It was just an evil, evil, evil strain of flu.”
WHITESNAKE filmed a music video for a new song called “Shut Up & Kiss Me” on March 10. “It’s a kick-ass song; you’re gonna love it,” Coverdale told “Trunk Nation”. “But there’s gonna some real fun elements paying respect and nod to WHITESNAKE‘s past, but certainly not as dark and as gritty as [WHITESNAKE‘s] ‘Burn’ video [from ‘The Purple Album’].”
WHITESNAKE‘s latest studio disc, 2015’s “The Purple Album”, 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”.
Thank You, Bangor!!! Thanks For Making A F@cking Great Noise!! & Thank You For Singing With Me!! Helped Me Immensely!!! pic.twitter.com/5y7DZo0qOC
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) June 16, 2018