1982 - Saints & Sinners.
1984 - Slide It In.
1987 - 1987.
1989 - Slip Of The Tongue.
way more Helter Skelter.

November 25, 1982 - 2022: 40 years of: Saints & Sinners.

Come an' get some more !

After both 1980's Ready An' Willing and 81's Come An' Get It LP punches, this flesh-hungry WHITESNAKE would bring more suave slithering action.

Coverdale will meet you outside for some "Young Blood", a fast jab that goes straight for the vital-parts. Rugged-rock rocks off on "Rough An' Ready" and the skirt-raising and hell-raising "Dancing Girls".

The AC/DC-ish "Victim Of Love" and the "Saints And Sinners" title-track cracks skulls wide open with menacing minutia while the original versions of "Crying In The Rain" and the all-star "Here I Go Again" already had success written all over them, long before 1987's MTV make-over.

Even under high-stress tensions backstage, the LP was completed and on tour, would include another drum legend: Cozy Powell.

Before worldwide stardom and arenarock anthems, WHITESNAKE ruled in hard bluesrock signatures. Surviving both punk and NWOBHM tides, these now classic SNAKES would shake the foundation of British rock with their upcoming Americanized 1984's Slide It In LP.

RIP Mel Galley (1948-2008)

Saints & Sinners = full LP
Interview in 1982
Live on Top Of The Pops in 1982
Live for German TV in 1983

January 30, 1984 - 2024: 40 years of: Slide It In.

The SNAKES are finally cracking the US-market.

1984: the year hardrock and heavymetal swallowed the world ...and especially the Red, White & Blue. The doors of hardrock have been wide opened by some deaf leopard, hence European monsters like JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS and WHITESNAKE would now set bases of operation, right here in West-Hollywood.

The ass-kicking starts-off with style with "Slide It In" ...rough-rock with a sleazy attitude: the LPs motto. The high-gain AC/DC crunch of "Give Me More Time" keeps the clock in check, while the slick "Hungry For Love" leaves little to the imagination.

Headbangers worldwide rejoice under the spotlights as "Guilty Of Love" melts speakers into a pulp and diametrically, the soulful "Love Ain't No Stranger" takes form into the hard-bluesrock Stonehenge it is widely known for. Another amp-breaker bust fuses as "Spit It Out" blasts dirty southernrock, while the super-sexy striptease of "Slow An' Easy" might just be 1984's greatest song. A blues crescendo bursting into the loudest arenarock, there is none above.

Slide It In LP is so cool that two different mixes exist: a traditional one for the European-market and a louder one for the US-market ...it seems true that everything is bigger in America, as supported by the RIAA-certified 2x Platinum Award.

WHITESNAKE would continue to bite, harder and dominate the MTV 80s rock-scene with some of the hottest machismo available to mankind. In a total facelift, David Coverdale would surround himself with new Snakes on board, including ex-Ozzy drummer Tommy Aldridge, ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo and the newly-jobless ex-DIO Vivian Campbell. Hail 1987's killing machine 1987 LP ...also entitled Whitesnake LP for the US-market.

"Right to the top, babey..." - DC

RIP Cozy Powell (1947-1998)
RIP Jon Lord (1941-2012)
RIP Keith Olsen (1945-2020)

Guilty Of Love = video
Slow An' Easy = video
Love Ain't No Stranger = video
Slide It In = full LP UK mix
Slide It In = full LP US mix
Interview in Japan in 1984
Live at Super Rock Japan in 1984

March 31, 1987 - 2022: 35 years of: 1987.

An old formula for new hardrock-stardom.

Classic British agent David Coverdale cleaned house. To face the prettiness of the Sunset Strip tidalwave, the entire 1984 Slide It In lineup was let go. Coverdale wrote and recorded with bassist Neil Murray, ex-THIN LIZZY axe-man John Sykes and ex-Zappa and ex-JOURNEY drum-legend Aynsley Dunbar.

However in the medias, on TV and onstage, the union of: the hip and young ex-DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell, ex-Osbourne rhythm-section bass-licker Rudy Sarzo and octopus-drummer Tommy Aldridge as well as new-kid-guitar hair-icon Adrian Vandenberg where the appointed snakes.

The revamped high-voltage version of "Crying In The Rain" bursts-out of the stereo, right for the throat. Rough and rugged, the battering-ram continues with "Bad Boys" and "Children Of The Night", whipping the L.A. floor with riff-driven molten hardrock. DC is the man in charge as he goes "Straight For The Heart" and takes a bite out of the bedroom with the suave and sleek powerballad "Is This Love".

The 1982 re-recorded "Here I Go Again" a then/now/forever classic British-hardrock signature ravaged the US into submission. Still today, you just can't look away, especially from then wife Tawny Kitaen, the redhead dual Jaguar-rubbing vixen that dictated the entire hot MTV rock-generation.

Similar case for the other mid 80s trend-pusher, as the after-dark "Still Of The Night" lights up any city downtown. Part ZEP, part glamour, all snake ...this gigantic cut has also become synonymous with the rock-heads of the era ...all done under highly meticulous British supervision.

Modern, arrogant and sexy, the simply entitled 1987 LP in Europe / Asia and Whitesnake LP in the USA, went on to achieve RIAA-certified 8x Platinum. Making WHITESNAKE one of the biggest act of this euphoric biker-rock era, along the other Union Jack brummies of DEF LEPPARD.

Live on tour with the dangerous MÖTLEY CRÜE, all hell broke loose and excesses were the norm, all in the name of good ol' rocknroll. The great white ones shall sting again, one last time before the hostile 90s. Locked and loaded with 1989's heavy machinery Slip Of The Tongue LP, along it's rank yet another new snake ...the holy one: Steve Vai.

RIP Tawny Kitaen (1961-2021)

Still Of The Night = video
Here I Go Again = video
1987 = full LP
DC interview in 1987
Live in Buffalo in 1988
some guy

November 7, 1989 - 2019: 30 years of: Slip Of The Tongue.

Monumental arenarock ...1989 is the peak for the hardrock movement with huge rock-hits, explosive guitar-solos, lotsa pyros, sleazy groupies, big egos, bigger hair and lavish videos and this time, the mighty WHITESNAKE goes all the way. The ultimate hardrock union in rocknroll heaven, the forces of Mother Nature unites: WHITESNAKE & Steve Vai !

Following an unfortunate hand injury by guitar-player Adrian Vandenberg, ringmaster David Coverdale went for the shinny diamond, in the best and most revolutionary player out there. THE classic British hardrock / heavyblues band matched with THE ultimate 7-string shredder of the decade. Mister Steve Vai, from Frank Zappa to ALCATRAZZ to David Lee Roth ...the flexable Vai is THE HOTTEST MOTHERFUCKER around !

1987's self-titled all-hits multi-Platinum Whitesnake LP is the mother of everything hardrock, where could they go from now on ? ...higher and louder !

Lick this:

The ass-kickin' title-track sets the world afire. "Girl you'd shame the Devil with that look that's in your eyes", heavyrock and kinky-attitude, this is the juggernaut you've feared. Top-gear production, classic heavyblues licks and street-level stamina ...and this is just the opening track, think you're gonna make it ? hold on to dear life ! Coverdale AKA the Rock-Hard-Sex-Symbol, shall not be outdone by the current scene-kids, as "Cheap An' Nasty" rips throughout the loud-speakers. Heavy-riffing, whammy-bar dives, chest-bursting drums and the voice of rocknroll, all packaged in an easy to swallow 3:28sec pill ...open-wide !

"Kittens Got Claws" possesses more razor-sharp shreds than Wolverine, while "Now You're Gone" is another SNAKE powerballad immortal signature-trick. The Titanic "Judgment Day" moves mountain, literally. Über massive guitar chords pushes and shoves you around like a Raggedy Ann doll, while DC reaches out and holds your hand to bring you back safely aboard ...there is none higher and stronger hardrock track out there ! The re-recorded universal classic "Fool For Your Loving" originally published on 1980's Ready An' Willing LP is an upgraded arenarock anthem and now MTV-staple. If you haven't heard this power-rock song ever before, you sadly must be deaf.

Now one question still remains: why Slip Of The Tongue wasn't as successful as the Whitesnake '87 LP ?

The current scene in 1990 was saturated in a status-quo state, after a decade of loud parties, it was a time for a change ...that change would come in late-91 with the Seattle-rock trend. Hypothetically, if the Whitesnake LP would've been released in 1986 and Slip Of The Tongue in 1988, this would have been the 1-2 punch all bands fantasizes about, and the SNAKE would have been 10x bigger than they already where. Showbusiness is all about timing and sometimes events don't always roll your way.

Now 30 years young, Slip Of The Tongue is firmly part of the classic all-hits WHITESNAKE-trilogy: 1984's Slide It In, 1987's Whitesnake and 1989's Slip Of The Tongue. Some tracks are still played in current concert, much to fans cheers and appreciation ...a true sign of a classic.

Fool For Your Loving = video
Now You're Gone = video
The Deeper The Love, featuring Tawny Kitaen = video
Slip Of The Tongue = full LP
In the studio, making Slip Of The Tongue
Steve Vai on the current situation
DC in 1989
Interview on MTV in 1990
Live in Donington in 1990
DC celebrating 30 years
some guy


VAI, Steve



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