David Coverdale and Whitesnake delivered the hits and more to a packed crowd at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
Opening with the 1-2-3 punch of “Burn,” “Slide It In,” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” Whitesnake hit the stage running, and put on a show that was the perfect mix of Deep Purple classics as well as all Whitesnake songs that every MILF in the audience came to hear.
Frontman David Coverdale hasn’t lost a step, and although it would be easy for him to just phone it in, he gave every bit of himself to both the songs and the crowd, and looked as though he was having the time of his life on the stage. His voice sounded great, and “Give Me All Your Love,” “Here I Go Again,” and an epic rendition of “Stormbringer” were delivered by him and the band with the same conviction they had when they recorded almost 30 years ago. Making every song even much better was the drumming of Tommy Aldridge. He is nothing short of a living legend, and to see him still behind the kit after all these years is a pretty special experience.
Whitesnake are out on the road this Summer in support of their latest offering The Purple Album,Â which features remakes of Coverdale-era Deep Purple Songs, and you most certainly don’t want to miss them when they come to your town. Not for nostalgic reasons, but because they are still a band for of talent, showmanship, and great songs.
National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was in the photo pit at the San Francisco show to document.