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WHITESNAKE - Flesh And Blood (Review)

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Friday, May 10, 2019
The Snake is back! David Coverdale and his band of interchangeable merry men return after a production delay and a question mark over just how long Whitesnake Inc. can continue in light of a decreased vocal ability from the Governor.
Continuing their journey on the snaketrain is duelling guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, with Reb delivering a bigger hand in the album’s inner workings and Joel getting his first chance to work on new material after joining before The Purple Album.
So what to make of this latest addition to the Whitesnake catalogue? Flesh And Blood may not be a very original title and the artwork looks like a 5 minute photoshop re-arrangement of the band’s 1994 ‘Greatest Hits’ cover, but inside is a more appealing discovery.
The band sounds energised and firing on all cylinders. David Coverdale’s vocals are managed as well as possible throughout the album, but they are heavily processed and a long way from his peak as one of the world’s best rock vocalists. Thankfully he still carries the same attitude and presence as he always has, making it hard to fault the performance overall.
Flesh And Blood sounds like a hybrid of Good To Be Bad, Slip Of The Tongue and maybe a little Slide It In. Plus it has its own little personality too.
The album gets off to a rollicking start with the 4x hard rock bombardment of Good To See You Again, Gonna Be Alright, the commercial friendly single Shut Up & Kiss Me and the cheesy Hey You (You Make Me Rock), which should give a writers credit to Dann Huff for its borrowing from Giant’s Lay It On The Line.
Quality pauses for two songs that just annoy me - the mid-tempo romp of Always & Forever (annoying chorus hook) and the ballad When I Think Of You (annoying chorus and lead guitar hook).
We’re back into the rollicking for the stampeding Trouble Is Your Middle Name and Flesh & Blood.
Well I Never has another very average chorus I could easily skip, but the near 7 minute moody Heart Of Stone is perfect.
Get Up brings memories of Coverdale/Page’s Feeling Hot, while the sweet acoustic After All has a Sailing Ships vibe to it.
Closing the album is the pretty average 6 minute Zeppelinesque rocker Sands Of Time.

At 13 tracks and 59 minutes, the album is too long. I could happily cut 3 of those tunes easily as there’s 4 fillers here. I would also note that I don’t like the sequencing either. I’d opt for an entirely different running order for a smoother flow.
But the majority of the album is still classic Whitesnake and thoroughly enjoyable, so for that reason I’m happy to rate this pretty highly, knowing that I can creature a CDR or playlist with a few less songs and my own preferred running order.
The Snake is alive!

WHITESNAKE 'Flesh And Blood' Out May 10; Track List & First Audio Available

Friday, May 10, 2019
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WHITESNAKE's delayed new studio album 'Flesh & Blood' arrives May 10. It features the first single 'Shut Up & Kiss Me' and the following track list:
01. Good To See You Again 3.42
02. Gonna Be Alright 3.51
03. Shut Up & Kiss Me 3.37
04. Hey You (You Make Me Rock) 5.29
05. Always & Forever 3.53
06. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue) 3.52
07. Trouble Is Your Middle Name 4.17
08. Flesh & Blood 5.18
09. Well I Never 4.01
10. Heart Of Stone 6.42
11. Get Up 4.45
12. After All 3.47
13. Sands Of Time 6.08
14. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track) 4.58
15. If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track) 4.23
16. Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix – Bonus Track) 4.12
17. Sands Of Time (Radio Mix – Bonus Track) 6.20
18. Shut Up & Kiss Me (Video Mix – Bonus Track) 3.43
The single can be downloaded now and samples of every track on the album can be heard already via iTunes -


WHITESNAKE Announce Dates For 2019 'Flesh & Blood' Tour

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Whitesnake are proud to announce our first shows of the 2019 “FLESH & BLOOD” World Tour, which will feature songs from the new studio record to be released on Frontiers in May 2019 entitled “FLESH & BLOOD” alongside their biggest hits & songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history spanning over 40 years.
The first single & video from the new record entitled “SHUT UP & KISS ME” will be released worldwide in 2019 prior to the “Flesh & Blood” World Tour.
Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2019.  The world-renowned group featuring DAVID COVERDALE (vocals), REB BEACH (guitar), JOEL HOEKSTRA (guitar), MICHAEL DEVIN (bass), TOMMY ALDRIDGE (drums) and MICHELE LUPPI (Keys) have just finished recording their 13th Studio record.
We are truly excited & looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Whitesnake.
I am so honoured & grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating & enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people…All of whom have joined me on this amazing journey… I truly love the shared experience & simply love my job & always will… Over 4 Decades of REPTILIAN FUN!! Thank YOU!!
~ David Coverdale…Whitesnake Lead Singer
Announced Dates:
April 12, 2019    Newkirk, OK **
April 13, 2019     Durant, OK
April 15, 2019     Dallas, TX **
April 17, 2019     San Antonio, TX
April 19, 2019     Biloxi, MS
April 20, 2019     Atlanta, GA **
April 22, 2019     Orlando, FL
April 23, 2019     Clearwater, FL
April 25, 2019     Hollywood, FL **
April 26, 2019     Melbourne, FL
April 28, 2019     Charlotte, NC
April 29, 2019     Huber Heights, OH
May 1, 2019    Richmond, VA
May 2, 2019    Bensalem, PA
May 5, 2019    Jim Thorpe, PA
May 7, 2019    Sayreville, NJ
May 8, 2019    Huntington, NY
May 10, 2019    Hampton Beach, NH
May 11, 2019    Lincoln, RI **
May 14, 2019   Greensburg, PA
May 15, 2019    Cleveland, OH
May 17, 2019    Niagara Falls, NY **
May 18, 2019    Verona, NY **
Previously Announced:
June 14, 2019   Donington Park, UK
June 17, 2019   Prague, Czech Republic
June 19, 2019   Milan, Italy
June 20, 2019   ZURICH, Switzerland
June 23, 2019   Dessel, Belgium
June 25, 2019   Budapest, Hungary
June 29, 2019   Plovdiv, Bulgaria
July 5, 2019   Sered, Slovakia
More dates to follow.  Patience please.  All known/confirmed dates are shown.

Rat Pak Records Set To Release MICHAEL SWEET ‘One Sided War’

Friday, August 26, 2016
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In what promises to be Stryper front-man Michael Sweet’s most intense solo release to date, “One Sided War” showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael’s 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! “I’ll tell you about it”, says Michael, “Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks!”
Surrounding himself in the studio with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh, Michael began creating what would soon be known as “One Sided War”. Michael states “Originally I planned on showcasing my own guitar playing; I was going to do it all myself, but once I brought Joel & Ethan into the picture, things began to take a new direction and I am very happy with what we have accomplished”. Says Ethan Brosh about working with Michael, "He's one of those guys who have always been at the top of their game and has just never lost it and for me to be a part of this is very special". Joel Hoekstra comments "Michael and I actually go back to my time in Night Ranger when we opened for him when he was playing with Boston. Ever since then we've just been kind of collaborating and this is sort of a natural evolution getting to play on a few songs on his solo album".
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with it's lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, "Golden Age", “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront . “One Sided War” features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. If you are a fan of Michael Sweet / Stryper or a fan of classic Hard Rock & Metal in general “One Sided War” is an absolute must have, you won’t be disappointed! Official release date is August 26, 2016
The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Golden Age
Only You
I Am
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
Comfort Zone
One Way Up
Can't Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring  Moriah Formica)

JOEL HOEKSTRA Flags Project with MICHAEL SWEET (Stryper)

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WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra is to record an album with Stryper singer Michael Sweet.
Hoekstra announced the project on the current episode of the White Line Fever podcast, explaining he had built a strong relationship with Sweet while contributing to his solo album.

“I just got done laying down some solos for Michael Sweet’s solo album and actually he and I are also going to record a project album together that I’m going to write with him,” Hoekstra said.
“I’m doing some writing for that now and also three other things in total so I’m writing for four things total right now.
“A lot of my days are that.”

Hoekstra said he was a massive admirer of Sweet, 52, who is also an accomplished guitarist and producer.
“A lot of the guys from the scene are jaded, tired,” said Hoekstra, formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “Michael’s just a guy who’s got his life together and I think a lot of that is via how he goes about living his life on a daily basis.

“But yeah I think he is a really talented guy and a nice guy and him and I have always gotten on and wanted to work together.
“The timing didn’t work out for his last solo album so I ended up just kind of miming in a couple of the videos “I’m Not Your Suicide” and his duet with Electra Mustaine, the “Heart of Gold” cover.
“This time I got to play a little bit on the solo album and would have been happy to do much more but I think it would have been weird because we are going to do a whole album together.”

Whitesnake principle David Coverdale revealed in the wake of Deep Purple's Rock Hall induction he may retire in 2017

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - SAXON, AXEL RUDI PELL, SANGUINE

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The show opens with Biff Byford discussing Saxon's 'Eagles and Dragons' 9 vinyl LP Box set, featuring all of their studio albums between 1991 ' 2009. Biff talks about the development of the band's sound as they returned to their Metal roots during this era, and chooses four songs from 'Eagles and Dragons', with one song selected as a tribute to his old friend Lemmy.

German guitar maestro Axel Rudi Pell, due to begin a European tour in April, talks about the writing and recording of his new album 'Game of Sins', which has hit the charts throughout Europe. Axel gives an insight into his songwriting method, and his relationships with band members Johnny Gioelli (vocals) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums), along with 3 songs from the new record.

In the second hour, Sensational Alex Harvey Band guitarist Zal Cleminson kicks off the first in a series of interviews celebrating the music of Alex Harvey, to coincide with the new career-spanning Alex Harvey box set 'The Last of the Teenage Idols', a 14-disk collection featuring all 8 SAHB albums and Alex's pre-SAHB solo albums, along with a wealth of unreleased material. Zal shares his recollections of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's career from beginning to end, and also reveals that he's putting together a new project with former Only Ones bassist Alan Mair.

The show concludes with an interview with innovative young metal band Sanguine, whose new album 'Black Sheep' blends melody and crushing heaviness to impressive effect

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Two guitar heroes drop in on this week's programme, in the shape of former Genesis / GTR maestro Steve Hackett and Whitesnake axemaster Joel Hoekstra (ex-Night Ranger). The show is now available for streaming at this link

Steve Hackett opens the show, discussing his new box set 'Premonitions-The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', the writing and recording of his latest solo album 'Wolflight', his current 'Acolyte to Wolflight' tour, and the recently reissued debut album from GTR. Steve also picks tracks from each of these releases.

Room Experience's Gianluca Firmo introduces a song from the band's debut album, as part of an ongoing showcase of exciting new releases from Melodic Rock Records (

And finally, Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra drops in to discusses his new solo project Joel Hoekstra's 13, and discusses the possibility of kidnapping the all-star line-up of musicians that played on the album (Jeff Scott Soto, Russell Alan, Tony Franklin and Vinny Appice) so that they can tour! Joel also chooses 2 songs from the 13 album 'Dying to Live'.

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One on One with Mitch Lafon - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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Monday, November 10, 2014
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Whitesnake guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA joins Mitch on Episode 150 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. He discusses his new Joel Hoekstra's 13 'Dying To Live' album, working on new material with David Coverdale, joining Whitesnake, being at a crossroads in life, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his earlier solo albums and more. This episode also includes a quick interview recorded with WARRANT's Robert Mason & Erik Turner backstage at Heavy Montreal.
Quote from the interview: ""I never set out to make a super band album. It just fell into place."
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Double Stop Podcast - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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This week in the show - Joel Hoekstra is back on to talk about his new CD Dying to Live:

Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger) discusses his new project - Joel Hoekstra's 13. He discusses how the new album (Dying to Live) came to be, and the process of recording it. He also provides an update from the last time he was on the show (Episode 34), and discusses the recording the Whitesnake Purple album as well as the Purple tour.

On his audition for Whitesnake 1:38 "The first time I went out to meet with David, they had a pre-production of "Lady Double Dealer" for me to take a stab at playing a solo on. That was basically my audition. Pretty much what you hear on the album is what I wrote on my audition. And I also wrote the harmony solo that follows shortly thereafter."

On his new project Joel Hoekstra's 13 11:54 "It basically just sounds like a rock album. I had this weird dilemma because do I call it a solo album?  I can't really call it a band, because I did all of the writing on it - I wrote all of the words and melodies, and the whole nine yards. So I thought the most appropriate thing would be to give it a project name. So Joel Hoekstra's 13 is the project, and the album is Dying to Live".

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 To Release Debut Album on Frontiers in October

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Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the signing of Joel Hoekstra's 13!
We've had the pleasure of working with Joel for many years while he was in Night Ranger and of course, now in Whitesnake and greatly look forward to releasing this latest project of his. Joel Hoekstra's 13's debut album will be out this October.
More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but for now, feast your eyes on this stellar lineup of musicians appearing on the album!
Joel Hoekstra - guitars, backing vocals
Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals, backing vocals
Russell Allen - lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Chloe Lowery - vocals
Charlie Zeleny - percussion
Dave Eggar - cello
In an interview with Ken Tomczak to be pubished shortly, Joel says this of the album: "I did all of the writing...words, melodies, the whole nine yards. It's melodic hard rock that I describe as being Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. It's scheduled for an October release."

WHITESNAKE - The Purple Album (Review)

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Lady Double Dealer
Holy Man
Soldier Of Fortune
You Fool No One
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David Coverdale, Michael McIntyre, Reb Beach
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Whitesnake return with their latest lineup (adding the fresh blood of Joel Hoekstra on guitar and the return of old ‘Snake Tommy Aldridge on drums) for this new album of classic Deep Purple material.
But not any old Purple tunes – the classic songs of the David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Richie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice lineup, known infamously as the Mk. III and IV lineups. Mk IV was the one album Come Taste The Band featuring Tommy Bolin in place of Blackmore.
Fans seem split into two very distinct camps on this one. There’s the older fans who grew up with Deep Purple who are calling for Sir Coverdale’s head for committing the sacrilege of taking on these tunes; then there are the newer, generally younger fans that are not as familiar with the legacy of the Purple ones and don’t have the same reverent ownership or knowledge of these 70s classics.
Me? At the risk of getting splinters in my ass, I’ve got one foot in both camps. I love Deep Purple. There’s simply no band like them and they remain one of the founding artists of this whole genre.
If one loves the history of rock music, you can’t help but to have discovered Deep Purple somewhere along the path. And I also love Whitesnake. Even more so. I’m of the age that I grew up with the 80s Snake. Slide It In, the monumental 1987 and those records that followed.
So with my fanboy credentials for both aspects of this release established and my admiration of current guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, it’s onto the music at hand.
First of all – the production is huge. Loud, big, rocked up into a more obvious Whitesnake guitar driven feel over the more guitar groove/Hammond organ sound of the originals.
Hoekstra and Beach play all over this record, adding new solos in a couple of parts and their own take on the dynamics of what Deep Purple would sound like under a duel guitar attack.
The biggest issue and perhaps the one that many are tiptoeing around is the vocal capacity of Mr. David Coverdale – Lord of the Snake and truly one of the finest vocalists in rock history.
His dulcet tones are still unrivalled. That deep, sultry voice is every bit as enticing as ever.
The same can’t be said of his higher range and the trademark Coverdale scream. Both have weakened considerably over the years, but fair play to David for doing a still commendable job at the grand age of 63. Yes, 60-bloomin-3!!! I can’t envision half the people of this world doing what David does at age 30, let alone 63.
So the vocals are hit and miss on occasion, but that’s not getting in my way of enjoying this album.
Burn simply rips your ears to shreds. As it should. Heavier than the original (as are all tracks on the album), the Snake version covers the same ground as recent rocked up versions by Glenn Hughes. It remains one of the greatest hard rock songs ever.
You Fool No One and Sail Away are silky smooth; while The Gypsy keeps one foot on the brake before Lady Double Dealer sees the pedal to the metal.
A seven minute Mistreated is as epic as is required while the fabulous Holy Man retains much of the original’s spirit.
On the downside, Might Just Take Your Life drags a little while You Keep On Moving fails in comparison to the Glenn Hughes versions.
The Joel Hoekstra constructed acoustic guitar delight of Soldier Of Fortune is much better as is the authentic 70s groove of Lay Down Stay Down.
The controversial Stormbringer closes the album with a raucous flurry of guitars and rhythm, but the vocals are so far back in the mix, they are almost washed out. I can see why purists were up in arms over this one and there’s far better within the album.

The Purple Album is a long record. It took me a few listens to better appreciate it and some songs were more instant than others, but if you are going to do a tribute album, you may as well do it well.
Not everyone is going to appreciate this album, but it is by no means as bad as some have made it out to be. I’m sure we’d all prefer an all-new studio album, but this will keep many fans happy while we wait.

One On One With Mitch Lafon - WHITESNAKE

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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In episode 105 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by the Voice of Rock and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale as well as Art Alexakis Of Everclear.

In my exclusive 47 minute interview with David Coverdale, he talks about the different guitarists he's worked with over the years including Jimmy Page, Doug Aldrich, Joel Hoekstra, Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Hughes and more. His plans for a Deep Purple reunion. The planning, making and execution of their brilliant new The Purple album. Doing the rounds with Madonna. The Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame. Remembering Jon Lord. What is next for him and Whitesnake and much much more.


1. On the Future of Whitesnake: "This might be my fond farewell to the big arena rock stuff."
2. On his time with DEEP PURPLE: "I did the best I could for the three years I was involved."
3. On a Deep Purple Reunion: "It would be a lot of fun and I certainly would be down for that."
4. On the 1987 Whitesnake album: "I thought it was a bomb. And not a bomb in a positive sense. I thought my career was over."
5. On his various guitarists: "I didn't want to go into guitar-hero land." And "Whitesnake is a great guitar gig."
6. Comparing Doug Aldrich to Adrian Vandenberg: "Adrian is a much better chef."
7. Is he interested in doing new music? "I have a feeling that my career has come full circle. I'm not competing with the young David Coverdale, but I do have a feeling that I don't want to challenge myself anymore. It really is exhausting."

In the episode's second interview, Mitch is joined by Art Alexakis who discusses EVERCLEAR's new album Black Is The New Black and much more.

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

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