|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 7:25 PM|
Whitesnake are whetting fans' appetites for the band's upcoming The Purple Tour live set with the release of another pre-release track — a new concert recording of their 1984 power ballad "Love Ain't No Stranger."
While "Love Ain't No Stranger" — which you can listen to below — is a page pulled from the Whitesnake songbook, the tour commemorated on The Purple Album celebrated frontman David Coverdale's tenure in Deep Purple, which lasted from from 1973-76 and coincided with the group's Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band LPs.
Due in stores Jan. 19, The Purple Album pays homage to Coverdale's classic past, but with a twist — as he's pointed out in a press release, the intention was to breathe new life into the old songs rather than try to compete with the studio versions fans already know by heart. Available on CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, vinyl and digital formats, the album finds Coverdale's current Whitesnake lineup in the midst of a flurry of activity; later this year, the group is scheduled to return with its first album of new material since 2011's Forevermore, tentatively titled Flesh and Blood.
"We’ve never had such an immense amount of positive material," Coverdale told Ultimate Classic Rock. "The songs are f---ing excellent. We have 18 or 19 extraordinarily positive, potent, juicy classic Whitesnake songs from balls to the wall to blues, to epics to ballads. It’s kick ass. It’s definitely got me fluffed up."
In addition to the new live and studio albums, Whitesnake will also be back on the road later this year, as part of a co-headlining package that features Foreigner as well as Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening. Check out complete details and a list of currently announced dates.
Foreigner/Whitesnake/Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening 2018 Juke Box Heroes Tour:
6/15 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/16 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/19 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/20 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/22 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach
6/23 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/26 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/27 — Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/29 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/30 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/03 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/04 — Charlotte, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/06 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
7/07 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
7/08 — Simpsonville, SC, Heritage Park Amphitheatre
7/10 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/11 — Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/13 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/15 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/17 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
7/18 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/20 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/21 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/24 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/25 — West Valley City, UT, Usana Amphitheater
7/27 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
7/28 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
7/31 — Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
8/01 — Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
Check out the live version of "Love Ain't No Stranger" here: