Rock and roll royalty hit Southern California on Tuesday night June 9 as Whitesnake played the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in support of their new release, The Purple Album. The band is currently on an extensive North American tour following with dates in Japan, Europe, UK and Ireland until late 2015. Whitesnake formed in 1978 by front man David Coverdale after his Deep Purple departure and through the years the band has had a revolving door of talented musicians, leading to the current line-up of exceptional players worthy of the Whitesnake namesake. Whitesnake for most of us was part of the soundtrack of the 70’s and 80’s, with their hard driving blues rock and sultry videos of exotic women, cars and sex, all the great qualities that drive fans to their live shows of loud music with big lights and seeing one of the most famous front men in rock David Coverdale.
The set started with “Burn”, a Deep Purple classic which was the debut of David Coverdale with that band. This song is always a crowd favorite and brought the house to their feet and kept them standing through the entire show. David Coverdale kept the crowd amused by thanking all the women for showing their breasts which was met with humor and great applause.
As an added bonus and special guest was former Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes who took the stage and joined his former bandmate, David Coverdale and the rest of the band for a rendition of the Deep Purple classics, “You Keep On Moving” and “Lay Down, Stay Down.” A most moving experience as Coverdale reminded the crowd that June 9 was the birthday of the late Jon Lord founder of Deep Purple.
Whitesnake impressed the Saban Theatre with scorching guitar solos by Reb Beach and newcomer Joel Hoekstra. The crowd was also treated to a harmonica intro for “Mistreated” by bass player Michael Devin. The newest addition to the band is Michele Luppi on keyboards who smiled the entire show. The highlight of the show was the drum solo by the legendary Tommy Aldridge who has been playing drums since the 70’s and shows zero signs of retirement. Tommy Aldridge is always a crowd favorite.
In the end the crowd stayed on their feet and sang the tunes throughout the entire set. One lucky fan did make it to the stage during the stage bow with zero signs of any security blowup. The crowd had children younger than 10 singing along with the more seasoned Deep Purple diehards. Whitesnake kept the crowd happy and engaged until the final song “Still of the Night”. Surviving challenges since the 70’s, Whitesnake proves they are still one of the greatest bands in rock n roll.
Burn (Deep Purple cover) | Slide It In | Love Ain’t No Stranger | The Gypsy (Deep Purple cover) | Give Me All Your Love | You Keep on Moving (Deep Purple cover with Glenn Hughes) | Forevermore | Guitar Solo | Mistreated (Deep Purple cover) | You Fool No One (Deep Purple cover) | Drum Solo | Is This Love | Lay Down, Stay Down (Deep Purple cover with Glenn Hughes) | Here I Go Again
Encore: Still of the Night