Whitesnake / Myrtle Beach, SC / 08-09-2005 Concert Review

On August 9, 2005 I was very priviledged to attend Whitesnake: The Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Show presented by VH1 Classic. The show was held at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Frontman David Coverdale considers the multi-platinum selling Whitesnake “…my most acknowledged public identity…”, but Coverdale has truly been around the block as the former frontman of Deep Purple as well as going platinum with a collaboration with the legendary Jimmy Page.

Still paying homage to his roots, the show started on an explosive note with a “Burn” and “Stormbringer” combo from Deep Purple’s catalogue. This initiation immediately confirmed that the supporting members were

extremely capable of acquiescing with Coverdale’s still amazingly potent, soaring vocals. These guys graduated magna cum laude from the School of Rock, and were well prepared to teach me a little lesson in sonic ass kicking. The band included Uriah Duffy on bass, Reb Beach on guitar, Timothy Drury on keyboards, Doug Aldrich on guitar, and, the legendary in his own right, Tommy Aldridge drumming.

The rest of the show had a nice flow, and the set list was not disappointing as the necessary classics were covered. The last half of the show included “Is this Love” and “Slide It In.” The big closer was “Here I Go Again,” and the crowd happily sung every word along with Coverdale’s appreciative smile. The band came back with renewed energy for the three charged encores “Feeling Hot,” “Take Me With You,” and the classic “Still of the Night.” This show was very deserving of the crowd’s praise, and I personally left with the gratitude that I was treated to a top notch rock show by qualified, enthusiastic veterans. That’s a great feeling.

-Benjamin Sadler