Whitesnakewas a project formed by David Coverdale and can almost be called a solo project of his. David Coverdale was born in Saltburn-By- the-Sea, England, on September 22, 1951. David is an English rock singer and is well known for his work with the band, Deep Purple, and also Whitesnake. David was not able to perform in England so he recorded vocals for his solo albums, in Germany, and the backing tracks were done in London. The musicians who did the backing for his albums later became the original lineup for Whitesnake. The founders for Deep Purple, Ian Paice and Jon Lord , also joined Whitesnake in 1979. Whitesnake became internationally famous. Whitesnake released the album called, Slide It In, in 1984, and Cozy Powell (former Rainbow drummer), joined the group. The group also went on tour tha same year. There are two versions of this album. There is the U. S. Version, which has Neil Murray on bass and John Sykes. The European version has Colin Hodgkinson on bass, and Micky Moody and Mel Galley, on guitar.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the group recorded a series of hard rock with blues influence, and they gained popularity in the U. K. Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their success in North America remained dim until the 1987, self titled album hit the shelves and went multi platinum. The album has become well known as, 1987. The record sold eight times platinum and after that, Sykes and the other members of the recording band left Whitesnake. David Coverdale kept Whitesnake going and had great success until the end of 1991. Coverdale was wanting out because he had become uncomfortable with the corporate, image entity that Whitesnake had become. David said he wanted to sing and was getting fed up with the Tarzan impressions.
In 1994, Whitesnake went on the road again to support his Greatest Hits compilation album. Geffen Records decided not to renew Whitesnakes contract because the album did not have many sales. Whitesnake released a comeback album in 1997 and it was called, Restless Heart. Davidís third solo album was called, Into the Light. In 2002, Whitesnake reformed so they could go on a European and American tour. Tommy Aldridge played the drums, Marco Mendoza played bass guitar, Doug Aldrich played guitar, Reb beach played guitar, and Timothy Drury played the keyboards. In 2004-2005 Whitesnake again toured the U. S., South America, and Europe. A live CD was released in 2006, recorded in 2005 during their tour at the Carling Apollo in London. The band has released 13 albums and 2 DVD/CDs to date. David Coverdale lives in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
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