David Coverdale's 30 year career since joining Deep Purple, I
doubt he has ever played a gig quite like this one. Fort Dodge,
Iowa, is a small town of about 30,000 in the middle of farm country.
The concert was held at an off-road race track, where they race
motorcycles and other off-road vehicles on a dirt track. During
the middle of the event, there was a motorcycle jump by Robbie
Knievel, who is the son of Evel Knievel!
Kip Winger, and Warrant opened up and played standard sets of
80's metal (Winger's set was a bit unusual, just him and his guitar).
Finally, Whitesnake came on at about 9:30 to close the show. Because
there was no reserve seating, I was able to get within a few feet
of the stage. Coverdale mainly paid attention to the girls, but
I believe he winked at me after "Is This Love" when he
could see me with my arms around my wife.
so close to the stage, I can't report on how well Coverdale sounded
because I couldn''t hear his voice very well in the mix. He looked
extremely impressive, looking all of the part of the rock god
persona compared to the opening acts. The band is tight, and Aldrich
has the John Sykes sound nailed. This was my first time seeing
Whitesnake, having missed my other chance to see them back in
1990. It was worth the wait."
& set list: Jay Denne new,