Last Friday evening, rock legends Whitesnake rolled into the Seattle area for a show at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA. The band has been out on tour since June 15th with Foreigner and Jason Bonham and will be wrapping up this current tour Wednesday, August 1st in Irvine, CA and then have two solo shows before heading back home.
I chat with Joel Hoekstra the week before the show (Listen Here), so I knew going into this show that it was a show for the fans and with hits songs and Whitesnake delivered one hell of a performance to 10,000+ fans! For me personally, I hadn’t seen Whitesnake since the glory days of the 80’s when I last caught them in Vancouver, BC. Having seen them in the prime of their career then seeing them again today with different members, some wear and tear from the years and with vocal changes that comes from years of live performances, I was still completely blown away as I was the first time.
Tommy Aldridge and Michele Luppi were the first to come out on stage followed by Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra then the one and only David Coverdale which had fans up on their feet cheering and ready to rock with the band. The show started out with a bang from the first song “Bad Boys” off of the 1987 self titled release ‘Whitesnake’, arguably one of their most successful albums with the most awards in their discography to date!
With the release of ‘Purple Tour Live’ in January of this year, I was wondering what the setlist would hold for the Seattle fans. As it turned out, the soundtrack for the evening was split over two of my favorite Whitesnake albums, ‘Whitesnake’ (1987) and ‘Slide It In’ (1984), which by the sound of the audience, were easily their favorites as well!
No matter the years that have passed, Tommy Aldridge absolutely slayed the skins while beating his heart out as Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra shred away with intensity and wild showmanship! For me, a Whitesnake show simply has to have the signature hair flying in every direction and even Michael Devin and Michele Luppi delivered the thrilling hair flips, but this night, no one could out do Hoekstra, who Coverdale playfully introduced to the audience as “sex on legs” which had the ladies screaming wildly!
Although Coverdale doesn’t hit the high notes like he used to in the past, he’s still one amazing performer who gives his all to the fans. He sounded great, the music sounded great and the show was high energy, leaving the fans wanting more! Whitesnake wrapped the show up with hits “Here I Go Again” and “Still Of The Night” before thanking the fans and bidding them a sincere farewell.
If it has been a while since you’ve last seen Whitesnake live or have yet to ever do so, make a point of going to see them! You will have full evening of entertainment, music and nostalgia to enjoy!
Whitesnake has been working on a new album this year that is slated for release in early 2019. Fans had hoped the album would be out this summer but due to illness the album had to be delayed. Expect to hear more as the date gets closer!
Gimme All Your Love
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Slow & Easy
Cryin’ In The Rain
Is This Love
Slide It In
Here I Go Again
Still Of The Night
David Coverdale (vocals)
Reb Beach (guitars)
Joel Hoekstra (guitars)
Michael Devin (bass)
Tommy Aldridge (drums)
Michele Luppi (keyboard)
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