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Whitesnake

Band
1978 / Present
Great Britain Great Britain

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Band Whitesnake

Overview

History

Whitesnake are an English hard rock band, founded in 1978 by vocalist David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple) in North Yorkshire, UK. The current line-up of the band also include Joel Hoekstra (lead guitar), Reb Beach (rhythm guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Ruedy (keyboards) and Tommy Aldridge (drums). While the group's membership has fluctuated, Coverdale remains the heart and soul of the band.
In their early years, Whitesnake played in a hard-edged blues rock and heavy metal influenced style. By the mid-80s, the band had moved towards a more commercially friendly arena rock and pop metal ethos, garnering them major hits such as "Love Ain't No Stranger", "Now You're Gone", "Slide It In", "Still of the Night", and the iconic tune "Here I Go Again" (arguably their 'signature song'). They were named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.
Whitesnake were active primarily in the 80s, but they still tour, albeit with an entirely new line-up (bar Coverdale), to this day. Some of the most famous musicians who have joined the band for a time include Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Rudy Sarzo, John Sykes, Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell, Tommy Aldridge, and Steve Vai.

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Members

David Coverdale (lead vocals)
1977 - 1990, 1993 - 1993, 1996 - 1996, 2001 - Present
Reb Beach (electric guitar)
2001 - Present
Tommy Aldridge (drums)
1986 - 1990, 2001 - 2006, 2012 - Present
Joel Hoekstra (electric guitar)
2013 - Present
Michele Luppi (keyboard)
2014 - Present
Doug Aldrich (electric guitar)
2001 - 2013
Brian Tichy (drums)
2010 - 2012
Timothy Drury (keyboard)
2001 - 2009
Uriah Duffy (bass guitar)
2004 - 2009
Chris Frazier (drums)
2006 - 2009
Marco Mendoza (bass guitar)
2001 - 2004
Tony Franklin (bass guitar)
1996 - 1996
Adrian Vandenberg (electric guitar)
1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1993, 1996 - 1996
Paul Mirkovich (keyboard)
1993 - 1993
Rudy Sarzo (bass guitar)
1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1993
Warren DeMartini (electric guitar)
1993 - 1993
Steve Vai (electric guitar)
1988 - 1990
Vivian Campbell (electric guitar)
1986 - 1987
John Sykes (electric guitar)
1983 - 1986
Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
1986 - 1986
Cozy Powell (drums)
1982 - 1984
Jon Lord (keyboard)
1977 - 1983
Micky Moody (electric guitar)
1977 - 1983
Neil Murray (bass guitar)
1977 - 1983
Mel Galley (electric guitar)
1981 - 1983
Bernie Marsden (electric guitar)
1977 - 1981
Ian Paice (drums)
1978 - 1981
Dave Dowle (drums)
1977 - 1978

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Discography

Studio Album

1977
Album has 8 releases
1978
Album has 9 releases
1979
Album has 11 releases
1980
Album has 9 releases
1981
Album has 11 releases
1983
Album has 10 releases
1986
Album has 18 releases
1988
Album has 8 releases
1994
Album has 1 releases
1996
Album has 4 releases
2007
Album has 9 releases
2008
Album has 2 releases
2011
Album has 5 releases
2014
Album has 5 releases

Single

1980
Album has 1 releases
1986
Album has 1 releases

EP

1986
Album has 2 releases