After too many live albums released, the band finally decided to do another album. Before that could happen, they needed a replacement guitarist as Doug Aldrich left the band on May 9th of 2014 after more than 10 years with the band. One of the longest stretches of any guitarist. I believe he left to go play with The Dead Daisies and do his own thing.
A replacement now needed to be found and it was about 3-4 months later that Joel Hoekstra was tagged as the replacement guitarist. Joel had been playing with Night Ranger previously and he figured this was a higher profit (I mean higher profile) band and he is not wrong about that. Joel is fantastic and he has his own solo stuff as well as playing with Cher and TSO for their Christmas Tours. The rest of the line-up is as follows:
- David Coverdale – vocals
- Reb Beach – guitar
- Tommy Aldridge – drums
- Michael Devin – bass
- Joel Hoekstra – guitar
Now that the band was fully staffed again, a new album was in the works. This time around, thankfully not a live album, but it was only a covers album. Not just any covers album, no that had been done a million times, this one focused on only one band. Deep Purple! David decided he wanted to record a Deep Purple collection of the best songs from his era of that famous band. The funny thing about this is that David tried so hard to not mention or play anything from Purple while being Whitesnake from the eaerly 90’s and back. You never heard a song by Purple in the setlist. That changed in the late 90’s when a song or two would show up. Now, David wanted to pay tribute and an homage to that wonderful time in his life. Continue reading “Whitesnake – ‘The Purple Album’ – Album Review (The David Coverdale Series)”