Tuesday June 28
Artpark Outdoor Stage
After a 26 year absence David Coverdale will finally bring his band Whitesnake to the Buffalo region. The closest the band had last played here was out at the old Darien Lakeside Amphitheater back in 1990. The show will be one of twenty U.S. dates Coverdale will tackle this summer.
Though he has assembled many lineups over the years, drummer Tommy Aldridge will be the only returning member to join Coverdale from 1990 when they take the outdoor stage at Artpark on Tuesday, June 28. That’s not to say the other faces of the band won’t be familiar. Joining them will be guitarist Reb Beach, who many have seen over the years as a member of Winger. Guitarist Joel Hoekstra who has played with Night Ranger and made several appearances with the Trans Siberian Orchestra over the years will also be on hand. Rounding out the band will be bassist Michael Devin and keyboardist Michele Luppi.
As Whitesnake are headed into the home stretch of dates before this stateside portion ends, we talked to guitarist Hoekstra who said he was unaware it has been so long that Whitesnake last played the area. “You’d figure we’d have the common sense to go there just to go to Anchor Bar” Hoekstra stated by phone earlier this past week. He went on to say this tour is a Whitesnake fan’s dream set list.
With such iconic songs as “Still Of The Night”, “Is This Love”, “Give Me All Your Love” and chart topper “Here I Go Again”, there is something for everyone. Come and relive a time when things were simpler and these songs dominated the airwaves.
Enhancing the tour is the addition of opener Whitford/St. Holmes. This is the band that features guitarist Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) and singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent). The band released their debut in 1981 and are just now touring in support of the follow up Reunion.
Judging from rave reviews from the road, Whitesnake fans are in for a treat. Who can ask for a better venue with the scenic Artpark outdoor stage. This is one tour you won’t want to miss.