If one were to name off the most influential bands to find their claim to fame as part of the 1980s glam metal and hard rock movement, Whitesnake would be at the top of that list. Particularly thanks to the John Sykes and Adrian Vandenberg incarnations, Whitesnake became a household name following the mainstream success of such definitive anthems as “Still of the Night,” “Slow an’ Easy” and the reworked version of “Here I Go Again.”
That being said, Whitesnake’s recent visit to Orlando’s Hard Rock Live was more of a blues rock affair than a glam metal presentation. This most likely left some dedicated fans feeling nostalgic and conjuring memories of the ‘Lovehunter’ years, while leaving the casual listeners feeling lost among the thrilling harmonica solos and slide guitar work that found it’s way into the performance.
The same could just as well be said for the album that Whitesnake are currently touring in support of, ‘The Purple Album.’ This installment has left some advocates divided over the fact that the record is entirely comprised of new renditions of vintage Deep Purple tunes from David Coverdale‘s time in the iconic rock group.
Critics may as well be damned, as the members of Whitesnake were in top form throughout their thrilling performance. Following a brief rendition of The Who‘s “My Generation,” the band gradually found their way onstage before tearing into the explosive themes of “Burn.” Coverdale’s snarling falsetto was as brutal as ever, while the duo of Reb Beach and newcomer Joel Hoekstra sped through blistering guitar solos.
“Here’s a song for ya!” Coverdale prominently proclaimed before the introduction of “Slide It In,” which sent both the occasional and dedicated Whitesnake fan into a frenzy. Having considerably trimmed down their current set list to include more original compositions than cover tunes, Whitesnake continued to progress into the adrenalized yet melodic themes of “Love Ain’t No Stranger.”
Rock fans who actively pursue bewildering vocal harmonies shouldn’t look further than Whitesnake’s version of Deep Purple’s “The Gypsy,” which had an enhanced attitude and perhaps even surpassed the end result found on the latest Whitesnake record.
Regularly alternating between two different mediums in attempt to please each ticket holder, the members of Whitesnake shuffled between the revitalized “Mistreated” and “You Fool No One,” the most recent “Forevermore” that was completed by some choice acoustic guitar playing from Hoekstra, and vintage favorites in “Is This Love” and the often overlooked “Bad Boys.”
No Whitesnake show would be complete without the obligatory renditions of “Here I Go Again” and “Still of the Night,” for which Coverdale still managed to force out those striking Robert Plant-esque screams. The crowd interaction was at it’s finest during these two tracks, and left every attending audience member on their feet and screaming along.
The Dead Daises, which prominently features such veteran rock talent as former Motley Crue singer John Corabi and estranged Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, offered impeccable support during the event with their astounding breed of hard rock that left interested Whitesnake fans amazed.
Whitesnake Set List, Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL 8.03.15
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)
Mistreated (Deep Purple cover)
You Fool No One (Deep Purple cover)
Is This Love
Here I Go Again
Still of the Night
The Dead Dasies