Dallas, TX – Dallas was getting wild in the city with a near capacity crowd Friday night at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. David Coverdale and his white snakes are on tour touting their greatest hits. It’s a night of musical memories for those fans from the 80s and beyond. Opening for Whitesnake was another set of rock legends – Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes from the Ted Nugent band. The duo has been playing together off and on over the years. The timing was right for the Whitesnake tour and seeing these guys open the evening was an unexpected surprise.

After an outstanding set from Whitford/St. Holmes, the crowd settled in for another round of drinks. When the lights finally dropped for Whitesnake, it was like someone lit the fuse on a stick of dynamite. Coverdale comes out spinning his mic stand while hoisting it over the crowd building up to a large explosion of music.

WS1The opening song is “Bad Boys”, one of many hits from 1987 played throughout the evening. A set list including fan favorites like “Slide It In”, “Is This Love”, “Crying in the Rain” took fans straight back to the 80s. Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without “Here I Go Again”, the hit that secured Whitesnake’s legendary rocker status.

WS2Though there have been many changes in the band over the years, the current band consists of Tommy Aldridge, long time Whitesnake drummer since 1987, Reb Beach on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Michele Luppi on keyboards, and guitarist Joel Hoekstra. The band wouldn’t be complete without the snake head that everyone came to hear, David Coverdale, the founder and lead vocalist of the band since the late 1970s.

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Riveting guitar solos by Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra kept the crowd excited and locked in. Later, Aldridge pounds into a drum solo without sticks – smashing cymbals and drums with his bare fists. The entire show was high energy, with no break. However, the show did have a farewell feeling as if this were the last time they would be touring. Coverdale has hinted at retirement or doing solo music for some time and let’s face it – he’s had a fantastic career. But hopefully he’ll be saying here I go again soon. After all, it’s the only road he’s ever known.

Whitford/StHolmes photos by: Michael Heeschen

Whitesnake Photos by: Calvin Mims

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