Whitesnake Rocks Crowd at Talking Stick Resort

David Coverdale, lead singer for Whitesnake

Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
Date: Friday August 3rd, 2018
The Greatest Hits Tour 2018

David Coverdale, lead singer for Whitesnake

Whitesnake is a British Rock band formed in 1977 by David Coverdale.  I first saw David when he was the lead singer for Deep Purple back in the mid-70s.  After a short break, David reformed Whitesnake in 1984 and they went on to produce some outstanding songs include their biggest hit “Here I Go Again” with Tawny Kitaen crawling all over a Jaguar XJs.  Through the 80s they were a mainstay in the MTV rock music rotation.  This year they have been traveling with Foreigner and Jason Bohman, but tonight they did a solo performance to a sold-out crowd at Talking Stick Resort in the ballroom.

Whitesnake taking bow after performance

The current band is made up of founder David Coverdale as lead singer, Tommy Aldridge on drums, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar and providing backing vocals, Michael Devin on bass, harmonica and providing backing vocals and keyboardist Michele Luppi.  David was one of the most charismatic rock front men of the 80s and still shows that same quality today.  Between his sedative smile and his constant playing to the crowd, you can see why Whitesnake is still a powerhouse rock band.  Add an awesome set of guitar players, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra to the mix and all I can say is OMG.

Guitarists, Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach for Whitesnake

The show was a combination of their greatest hits and songs from their latest album, The Purple Album release last year.  Both David and Joel were constantly roaming all over the stage and playing to the audience.  About midway through the set, Joel and Reb did a guitar solo where each would play for about 1 minute and then switch off.  This went on for about 6 or 8 minutes, I assume this is done so David could get something to drink and to rest his pipes.  The crowd was into the band from the very first.  Almost everyone was standing and dancing and singing along during the entire concert.  At times, David would even turn the mic to the crowd to let them sign part of a song.  During “Is This Love” the crowd became so loud that at times they almost over powered David.  The highlight of the night was when they played their #1 hit, “Here I Go Again”.

Somehow, I missed Whitesnake during the 80s, but I am glad I saw them now.  I went back to listen to them and they sound just as good now as back then.  David has lost a little (in the high notes) in his voice but his voice is still as strong a ever.  If you love classic rock music done by a dynamic front man and extraordinary fellow musicians then you should add Whitesnake to your concert list.

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2018, All Rights Reserved

Whitesnake Setlist:                       (Album)
Bad Boys                                         (Whitesnake)
Give Me All Your Love                       (Whitesnake)
Ready an’ Willing                              (Ready an’ Willing)
The Gypsy                                       (The Purple Album)
Love Ain’t No Stranger                     (Slide It In)
Slow an’ Easy                                  (Slide It In)
Guitar Duel
Crying in the Rain                             (Saints & Sinners)
(featured extended drum solo)
Is This Love                                     (Whitesnake)
Slide It In                                         (Slide It In)
Here I Go Again                               (Saints & Sinners)
Still of the Night                               (Whitesnake)
Burn                                                (The Purple Album)


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