Whitesnake Hammersmith Odeon 20-06-11

First up The Union Luke Morley’s post Thunder band. Just about to release their second cd. Their 30 minute set was well received. In fact as the venue filled up by the end they had a hell of a send off.

Highlights included Step Up To The Plate, Black Monday, Watch The River Flow and the one new song played Siren’s Song which is the title track of their new cd and available to download free from here - www.fan.musicglue.com/sale/promoproducts.aspx?productid=6d50932d-c61c-41b4-a9ca-a00c5368adfe

Pete Shoulder is an engaging front man with a distinctive voice and with ex Thunder bass player Chris Childs and Geoff Holroyde on drums laying down a great beat it gives Morley a chance to show off although Shoulder also played a couple of solo’s too.

Very good and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

It’s no secret here at Rockgig that I am David Coverdale’s No. 1 fan!

To a very full Hammy Odeon Whitesnake burst back with their first show in London since the co- headliner with Def Leppard 3 years ago.

In support of the excellent new cd Forevermore we had a near 2 hour set of old and new.

Here’s what they played

Best Years
Give Me all Your Love
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Is This Love
Forevermore
Love Will Set You Free
Guitar Duel
My Evil Ways with drum solo
Fare Thee Well
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
Fool For Your Lovin
Here I Go Again with Bernie Marsden
Encore of Still Of The Night with Bernie Marsden
Soldier Of Fortune (David alone)

David is still the master showman. Now in his 60th year he still and poses and preens like a peacock in the mating season. He looks bloody good and sounds good too.

There are already enough column inches on the internet telling us off the condition of his voice. It isn’t like the old days but he still has plenty of power and he is clever as all the band can sing and he also lets the crowd do a bit too.
His guitar team have been together for 8 years now and are right at the top of the tree. Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are superb. Some of the solos from Aldrich were just incredible and with a complete new rhythm team of Briian Tichy on drums, Michael Devin on bass and Brian Ruedy on keys I have to say they were all incredible. Tichy on drums is a monster.

David is clever as his band can all play, sing and for the ladies look good too!!
With an excellent sound and arena style light rig and a superb crowd in (see recent Journey review) it was a superb gig.

With a guest appearance from Bernie Marsden who was greeted by the crowd like a returning hero it made for a very special evening.

You guys are awesome Pls come back soon.

20/10

Shazz

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