After spending last year celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, Whitesnake are ready to forge ahead in 2019 with the forthcoming release of a new album “Flesh & Blood”. The news dropped today with the release of a video for the LP’s first single “Shut Up & Kiss Me,” which pays homage to the imagery of the group’s past while presenting a leaner, meaner sound.
The 13-song album, due out May 10th, is the first collection of new material from Whitesnake since 2011’s “Forevermore”. Their last release, “The Purple Album”, from 2015 found the band putting their own spin on tunes that frontman David Coverdale recorded during his time as a member of Deep Purple. According to an interview that the 67-year-old singer gave to Billboard about “Flesh & Blood”, this new album does feature a bit of the past as the song “Gonna Be Alright” was apparently built from a riff that he had written for a potential Coverdale-Page reunion.
The artwork and tracklisting of their upcoming album “Flesh & Blood” can be seen below.
Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood
1. Good To See You Again
2. Gonna Be Alright
3. Shut Up & Kiss Me
4. Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
5. Always & Forever
6. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
7. Trouble Is Your Middle Name
8. Flesh & Blood
9. Well I Never
10. Heart Of Stone
11. Get Up
12. After All
13. Sands of Time
The video for “Shut Up & Kiss Me” also pays homage to the era when Whitesnake was in regular rotation on MTV. The clip features an appearance by the white Jaguar that Coverdale’s then-wife Tawny Kitaen memorably danced upon and the silk jacket the singer was wearing in the video for “Here I Go Again”. Check out the official music video below.
After the intense darkness of our last video, if anything, it’s ‘light’ snake, you know? My video director and creative partner Tyler Bourns and I discussed a great storyline for the video, which involves a surprise guest: my fabulous old white Jaguar. We ended up cleaning and detailing it, as it has been in storage since I moved to Lake Tahoe, then we dusted off my old turquoise silk jacket… And I was thinking, “Man, this is going to be fun!” It’s a respectful acknowledgment and positive nod to the past, just fun stuff.
As for the album, “Flesh & Blood” was produced by Whitesnake guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, and recorded primarily at Coverdale’s home studio in Lake Tahoe. And according to the singer, the record should have been out sooner than May, but the band was forced to delay its release after the studio ran into some technical issues.
Coverdale told Billboard:
We had, like, 85 percent of the mix done and the entire studio just f**kin’ crashed, We didn’t even know for almost two months if we’d saved whatever was there or if we would have to go back and redo everything. Fortunately, it was all there once we got back up and running again.
Even before “Flesh & Blood” is released, Whitesnake will be back on the road, kicking off a full month of dates in the U.S. on April 12th before heading to Europe in June for gigs with Def Leppard and some festival dates. Check out the bans’s tour schedule below.
Whitesnake 2019 tour dates
12.4. – Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans First Council Casino
13.4. – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino
15.4. – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
17.4. – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
19.4. – Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort
20.4. – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre
22.4. – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
23.4. – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
25.4. – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino
26.4. – Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC
27.4. – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
29.4. – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
1.5. – Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National
2.5. – Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino
4.5. – Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival
5.5. – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
7.5. – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
8.5. – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10.5. – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
11.5. – Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino
14.5. – Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre
17.5. – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
18.5. – Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino
12.6. – Tilburg, NL @ 013
14.6. – Donnington, UK @ Download Festival
17.6. – Prague, CZ @ 02 Arena *
19.6. – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
20.6. – Zurich, CH @ Rock the Ring Festival
22.6. – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
23.6. – Dessel, BL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
25.6. – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Track
27.6. – Zaječar, RS @ Gitarijada Festival
29.6. – Plovdiv, BG @ Hills of Rock Festival
1.7. – Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane
3.7. – Zagreb, CR @ SRC Šalata
5.7. – Sered, SK @ Sered Amphitheatre
7.7. – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
10.7. – Gavle, SE @ Furuviksparken
15.7. – Saint Petersburg, RU @ Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre
17.7. – Moscow, RU @ Crocus City Hall
* supporting Def Leppard