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(1978 – present)

Whitesnake are an English band, founded in 1978 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple) in North Yorkshire. The current members of the band are Doug Aldrich (lead guitar), Reb Beach (rhythm guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Ruedy (keyboards) and Tommy Aldridge (drums). While the line-up has fluctuated, Coverdale remains the heart and soul of the group.

In their early years, Whitesnake played in a hard-edged and influenced style. By the mid-80s, the band had moved towards a more commercially friendly and ethos, garnering them major hits such as the iconic rock song “Here I Go Again” (their ‘’). They were named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.

Whitesnake were active primarily in the 1980s, but they still tour, albeit with an entirely new line-up (bar Coverdale), to this day. Some of the most famous musicians who have joined the band for a time were: Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Rudy Sarzo, John Sykes, Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell, Tommy Aldridge, and Steve Vai.

The band’s early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple. This is not only because three past members of the band were once in Deep Purple but also because of their sound and influences. Later, the band took on a sound more in line with the style popular in the mid to late 80s, although they never truly left their blues-rock roots behind

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