"I absolutely love Whitesnake, so imagine my disappointment
at seeing a second rate tribute show. I saw this band on
the 2004 tour and really enjoyed it, but that night I think
I was overcome with nostalgia, last night didn’t even have
that. To be fair it was about 50/50 between ‘classic’ Whitesnake
and the hairspray albums, which normally would appease me,
but having totally indulged myself in Marsden/Moody stuff
for 2 weeks prior to the show, I guess I was always going
to be disappointed.
vocals are not what they once were, as could be said for
many others, except Glenn Hughes of course! But I think
he genuinely struggled tonight. To see such a once great
singer and one of my all time heroes perform like that is
really sad. I think if he went for a job in a Whitesnake
tribute band, he would probably not be short listed. The
band were really good, Doug Aldrich is exceptional, and
he plays the John Sykes stuff really well. Tommy Aldridge
is very powerful and great to watch.
highlights. Well few and far between really. I suppose the
band doing so many of the old classics was good to see,
but don’t think they did the great songs like “Walking
in The Shadow Of The Blues” much justice at all. Also,
great to hear “We Wish You Well” at the end, David’s vocals
on that were faultless, due to it being a recording as the
lights went up. If anyone is thinking of going to see this
tour who is a devotee of the classic era, I would say don’t
bother, go see M3 instead. However if you like the leotard
years and are hard of hearing, by all means fill you boots."
review: Ian Dunbar
Sunday's Whitesnake show at the NIA Birmingham was abandoned
after forty minutes due to David Coverdale suffering ill
health. The show opened as normal with "Burn",
but it was quickly obvious that all was not well from David's
body language. He announced after the first song that he
was ill, suffering from sickness and stomach problems (polite
version), but that he would try and get through the show.
then played "Slide it In" and "Love Ain't No Stranger"
with David going off stage during the solos. David then
requested that "the ballad was played so that he could get
his breath back" and the set was re-arranged with "Is
this Love" appearing early followed by "Ready An'
Willing" (with Hit an' Run intro). After this there
was a lengthy Doug Aldridge solo spot. David then came on
stage to announce that he could not carry on and promised
to return on a rescheduled date. The crowd gave sympathetic
applause before collecting tickets for the re-run. Generally
the situation was accepted well with just a few idiots moaning
and groaning. Get well soon David; We Wish You Well."
to let you know that tonight's gig at Hammersmith has been
postponed as David Coverdale is still unwell. Full details
at David's web site
and on Stargreen.com"
to lead singer David Coverdale coming down with a sudden
illness, tonight's Whitesnake concert at the London Hammersmith
Apollo has been re-scheduled until Thursday June 1st. All
tickets for tonight's London concert will be valid for this
Thursday. The London concert will start at 7:30 with support.
note that the Portsmouth Guildhall concert is still confirmed
for Wednesday May 31st. On behalf of Whitesnake and Live
Nation, we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
June 1 (newly rescheduled date) London Hammersmith Apollo
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I went along (every tour since "Trouble" folks). Most memorable
part of the evening: a large leggy blonde with enormous
(and largely exposed) assets stood outside and was seen
several times in the bar area. Sometimes your eyes can only
look one way, no matter what your brain is saying. She was
magnificent in an over the top, comic book kinda way (no
offence, whoever you are). I also spotted Doogie White dressed
up like a train spotter type of character. The support band
were on but I never saw them, preferring to indulge in £3.50
pints of tinned bitter. Ah, what a wonderful bar.
came on and played everything that was expected and this
was just the start of the problems. I thought we were getting
Mistreated and a new song? Absolutely not. However, completists
will be pleased to hear that our ears were "mistreated"
by one of the worst live sound mixes I have ever heard.
It was all drum and bass for lawd's sake. No midrange, no
treble. Couldn't hear that Reb fella at all (is that bad
or good?). DC was so low in the mix he was biting my ankle
with them dog howls. People walked out because of it and
not due to the band at all. It could have been an enjoyable
show, but if featured an old greatest hits package, poor
sound and nothing new or surprising. A very expensive shame.
As "Ain't no Love" played out I fondly remembered the girl
at the front and sang along with "in the heart of the titty".
School boy mentality? Absolutely." review &
ogling: Mark Smith
105 non stop minutes set mixing new and old. Slide it in
(right to the top) indeed! DC was on fine form and needless
to say reinacted his recent illness (use your imagination
here). Highlights being Slide It In, Walking In
The Shadow Of The Blues, Lovehunter and Love
Ain't No Stranger. Only real surprise was the omission
of Fool For Your Loving. Both Reb and Doug were on top of
their game, and yes there is something satisfying getting
two guitar solos and a drum solo. These boys need to get
in a studio soon. Show finished with just DC singing Soldier
of Fortune without band." review: Paul Jones,
travelled over 600 miles from Vienna to Zürich to see Whitesnake
in the Volkshaus, and were expecting a great show. The show
started with "Burn" (including "Stormbringer"),
then continued with almost the same setlist as the fantastic
"In The Still Of The Night" DVD. Only "Bad Boys", "Judgement
Day" and "Don`t Break My Heart Again" were missing.
The sound was powerful and very, very good. Uriah Duffy
did a great job and is now a full member of the band. The
1,500 strong audience were amazing, clapping hands and singing
along with every song. It was an awesome show, BUT there
was one real disappointment for us. We waited for three
hours before the show at the backdoor to see David Coverdale,
to get one or two autographs on his records. When he finally
appeared he spent some time telling me that he was lacking
the time to sign autographs, but would certainly do so after
the show. For better understanding - he stood in front of
me, eye in eye, a felt-pen in his hand and told me he had
no time to sign... "
Box, Kempten, Germany
venue was one of the best I have ever been to -- generous
seating with a good view of the stage. Those who wanted
to be a little closer to the band had their "snake pit".
Everyone seemed to be happy. I arrived just in time to see
the opener, Queensryche, and I was impressed by the fantastic,
powerful sound that I heard when the band started playing.
My first impression was -- "wow -- I can't wait to hear
Whitesnake on this stage".
Coverdale and Whitesnake were welcomed the way they deserve
to be. To put the whole thing in a "World Cup mode" (what,
here? never...but, did you see Tunisia V Saudi Arabia today?
What a finish, and as for the end of the Germany / Poland
game, amazing...sorry...back to Whitesnake) -- Whitesnake
was the home team and they were gonna win the cup. (it's
England V Trinidad tomorrow...) BUT -- I found the sound
awful. Absolutely not the quality Queensryche had earlier.
And I was disappointed by the setlist. I
had seen Whitesnake two years earlier in Munich -- a fantastic
concert that left me with a big smile on my face. Back then
they had played the entire "Still Of The Night" DVD setlist
as well as "Shake My Tree" from the Coverdale / Page album
as song number two. And as much as I was happy and surprised
to hear "Burn", "Shake My Tree", "Don't Break My Heart Again",
and "Take Me With You" back then, I was more disappointed
to see a watered-down "Still Of The Night" DVD-setlist omitting
"Judgement Day" and "Don't Break..." in Kempten.
felt that DC was not in a good shape. I had read about his
illness a week earlier and perhaps he just wasn't fit for
a "full show", which does not excuse not adding new songs
to the setlist. I also found his voice wasn't in good shape
either, but when I come to think of it -- you couldn't really
hear him properly because his singing was drowned out in
the awful overall sound. But good ol' David knows all the
tricks in the book to win the audience over to his side:
charming as ever he makes you close both ears (to the awful
sound mix) and realize that it still worth seeing Whitesnake.
And I am glad he still tours. Er...and a new album would
be nice too!" review: Peter Stickler
always can see the things from different points of view.
You can speak with the heart and say “what a super show
last night… everybody singing... blah, blah blah…” or we
can give more critical vision to the subject. And that's
what I am going to do, because Barcelona was not a great
concert. The concert hall (Annexed Palau Sant Jordi) is
not made to listen to live music. Neither the audience nor
the group gave 100% as they done at the 2004 Barcelona show
in the Zeleste room.
set list was: Burn ~ Stormbringer / Slide It In / Love
Ain’t No Stranger / Fool For Your Loving / Is This Love
/ Ready an’ Willing / Crying in the Rain (+solos) / Ain’t
No Love in the Heart of the City / Give Me All Your Love
/ Here I Go Again. ----- Bad Boys / Children Of The Night
/ Still Of The Night.
summary I found that it was an inferior facsimile of the
concert two years ago, same decoration, same songs, although
it was mssing classics such as Don’t Break My Heart Again.
However, dropping the criticl aspect somewhat, David Coverdale
is still unique and incredible to witness performing live."
review: David Oliveras (http://live.whitesnake-blog.com)
Café, Toulouse, France
band stopped off in Toulouse on their way up from touring
around Spain before gigs in Belgium. The Havana Café has
a capacity of around 1,500 so it was great to have a clear
view of the stage, as the venue is standing only. Attendance
must have been around just over 1,000 people (as the gig
coincided with the French national music night and many
people preferred not to drive the 10 miles out to the gig).
They hit the stage to a huge reception with the ever-powerful
Burn (what a riff!), interpolating (!) Stormbringer
and the sound was reasonably good but a little lacking in
bass. This got better as the gig continued however. DC was
on fine form (for these days anyway) - quite a relief following
some of the recent press reports. The crowd was with him
from the start although we are more than a little gig-starved
down here!. The crowd was a real mixed bag of rocker kids
(who must have learned the lyrics from their dad's LPs!)
plus some crusty old DP fans. The set list was fairly standard
for the tour, but unfortunately with a couple of songs 'trimmed'
from the set (no 'Take Me With You' for example).
The band were very tight and professional as you would expect,
but given the size of the gig vs the size of their ego's,
there was a feeling of them 'going through the motions'
to some degree. However with the obligatory 'We Wish You
Well' playing out from the PA everyone left with a big smile
on their face. No meeting the crowd round the back after
the gig either. Highlights for me were the opener, Don't
Break My Heart Again, Ready and Willing, Lovehunter,
plus Aldrich & Alrdridge were excellent and both put in
great solo spots. Next gig down here will be DP in November
at the local 10,000 seater arena." review: Mark Reddick
27th 2006, Newcastle
City Hall & June
29th 2006, Sheffield
first night show in Newcastle, opening with 'Burn'
/ 'Stormbringer' (although not quite up to Glenn
Hughes standard). Highlights were a superb medley of 'Walkin'
in Shadow Of The Blues', 'Slow'n'Easy', &
'Lovehunter', and a sublime 'Soldier of Fortune'
as final encore.
Sheffield show once again found David in good voice but
none of the songs above featured, apart from 'Burn'
/ 'Stormbringer'!!! An excellent 'Take me with
You' was the highlight of a seemingly truncated show."
review : Mikey Dowson
Carling Academy, Scotland
interminable solo spots also ruin the flow of the show,
which means you have to pick yourself up all over again
when "Crying In The Rain" eventually resumes. Which
is probably why "Ain't No Love In the Heart Of The City"
is next in line. Wakey wakey, it's singalong time. Oddly,
"Give Me All Your Love", a song I loathed on release
has taken on a life of its own recently getting a more fervent
audience response and participation than "Ain't No Love...".
"Here I Go Again" brings things to a close for a
couple of minutes before the band plays on. I keep on worrying
that "Take Me With You" will get dropped from the
set but, thankfully, there it was, first track of the encore,
still the best song Whitesnake ever did. Although there
were a few blank looks from people expecting "Fool For Your
Loving" or something else more familiar...." read Stuart
Hamilton's full review
got back from seeing Whitesnake in Cardiff with my 18 and
16 year old sons. The gig was full of highs and lows for
me. With the opener Burn, what I looked forward to
being a massive high ended up being a bit of a disappointment
for two reasons: the guitar histrionics of Doug Aldrich,
(he irritated me for most of the night to be honest but
more on that later), and the other was David doing a Joe
Pasquale impression!!! Having bought the DVD I feared this
and my fears were realised. What I realised tonight is that
it's time for DC to ease off on the screaming and start
singing again. When he does he's still untouchable. As
we walked out at the end my son said "My God, how charismatic
is that singer!" and he was right, he's still the very best
frontman you could ever find. All confidence and swagger
while totally at ease with his audience, who were in the
palm of his hand all night. His mike stand was like a cheer
leaders baton and you end up being transfixed by his performance.
the material it was the lower key stuff that came over best
tonight with Here I Go Again a particular highlight.
A major negative as a few have commented was the solo spots.
(Come on guys take the hint). Doug Aldrich just blasted
off into the ether playing a zillion notes per second and
ended up with nowhere to go. We all know you'r ea technically
great guitarist Doug, but please slow down and say something.
After that came Tommy Aldridge's blitz, he sure can bang
a drum or two but I was left thinking the show stalled during
these spots. I would much prefer to have heard Walkin In
The Shadow of the Blues or Lovehunter instead.
introduced a new song "Here's a new song for ya" and what
promise it shows. (It isn't Lady Luck as someone mentioned
in a previous review but is actually called 'Ready to
Rock'. Cheesy title but a great song nevertheless.)
All in all then a bit of a mixed back for me as an old diehard
but I must admit the crowd went mental and the band seemed
to thrive on it. It was summed up during a fantastic 'Soldier
of Fortune' when after the first verse some guy screamed
out "I love you David!!". It stopped David in his tracks
for a second and all the crowd laughed. The song was everything
he's been my hero for in all these years. A real high note
of the right kind to finish. I live on with dreams of seeing
DC stood centre stage flanked by Messrs Blackmore, Hughes,
Lord and Paice. Unlikely I know but everyone has the right
to dream don't they?." review : Kev Roberts
Top Arena, Liverpool new
on by a lively and appreciative audience, Whitesnake turned
in a powerful performance. David looked in good shape, and
sounded great. The set followed a familiar pattern to Cardiff,
and yes, the solos did go on a bit. Mind you, during the
four song encore it looked as if David was having such a
good time that I don't think he wanted to leave the stage.
Soldier Of Fortune finally rounded off the night, with David
on his own at the front of the stage... ''Thanks for a cracking
list: Burn ~ Stormbringer / Slide It In / Love Ain't No
Stranger / Ready To Rock / Is This Love / Ready and Willing
~ solos ~ Crying In The Rain ( inc. drum solo) / Ain't No
Love In The Heart Of The City / Give Me All Your Love /
Here I Go Again. Encore: Take Me With You / Still of the
Night / Fool For Your Loving / Bad Boys / Soldier Of Fortune.