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dougaldrich400 Guitarist Doug Aldrich has announced that he is leaving Whitesnake.

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale confirmed the departure by posting a photo of he and Aldrich on his twitter account with a caption reading, “All the very best, Brother. What an incredible journey we shared together.

Wishing You Success In Everything You Do :)”

Aldrich has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“Well I guess news that I have left Whitesnake was leaked…

I planned and hoped DC and I could release a joint statement. We will as soon as possible, but everything happened so fast that we aren’t ready.

Firstly, thanks to my big bro David for such a killer run together!! So many songs, tours, projects, always inspiring and pushing each other!

Mostly I was to thank the loyal WS Choir and fans around the world. You have been so amazing to me and it’s been an honor to play for you with WS.

I love you guys and I’ll see you all again. Thank you so very much for your unending support.

Also, not sure how or where the info started about a solo career, but this is not true or correct information.

I have no plans at this time to go solo 🙂 I’m just not in the Whitesnake/David Coverdale band anymore.

I’ll let you guys know what I’m doing ASAP, but for now please know I very much appreciate your support and will hopefully do a statement with My Brutal Brother DC shortly.

Big love for the Aldrich clan.”

Aldrich joined Whitesnake in 2003 and played on 2008’s Good To Be Bad and 2011’s Forevermore, as well as appearing on several live releases, including 2013’s Made In Japan and Made In Britain/The World Records.

Alrich’s other band, Burning Rain, which also features singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose), Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley), released their third album, Epic Obsession, a year ago.


  1. Doug is one of the most down to earth cats I’ve ever met. Had the pleasure of downing a few Heinekens with him and Simon Wright a few years back.

  2. This guy is damn good. I’m sure DC will find a capable replacement from a technical standpoint, but it’s really about the song writing when it comes right down to it. I love heavy blues rock, and can’t wait hear what John Sykes is conjuring up.

    1. Sykes doesn’t need Coverdale. Coverdale needs guitarists go and continually prop up the Whitesnake brand.

      Sykes IS the complete package. Great vocalist, song writer and, in my opinion, one of the best guitarists to come out of the 80’s. It’s just unfortunate his Blue Murder band didn’t get the recognition it deserved. That first Blue Murder album was easily the best melodic hard rock record that was ever laid down to tape.

  3. Doug is phenomenal guitarist. I wish him luck.

    Lets be honest, Whitesnake is essentially the “David Coverdale Project”, with a revolving list of members. Their most iconic album, the one with Sykes, will never be repeated, and never has, because Sykes left.

    The next album with Vai all over it was OK, nothing spectacular. I liked Vai’s playing on it though.

    To be honest, I’ve never heard any of the Whitesnake originals with the newer lineup, but Doug ripped it up with Dio.

  4. He will never do this but he should bring back the 3 M’s. Marsden, Moody and Murray and play a setlist from the good old days. If it would ever happen now’s the time to do it. I would love to see it but again it will never happen.

  5. Crazy, how many out there somehow don’t really know how many Whitesnake albums there actually are.
    Add in that Sykes while amazing was not the original guitarist.
    DC will find a solid replacement. His voice still sounds good live today in my opinion, which is something that can not be said for many vocalists his age, older & younger for that matter.

  6. John Sykes and David would have to bury the hatchet. I mean after the album was completed he started firing everyone(As in Coverdale Fired Everyone). I say it be a nice gig for Sykes he have no problems playing any material in the catalog, he probably make the Vai solos sound better.

  7. A Sykes/Whitesnake reunion would be cool….BUT, EXTREMELY unlikely to ever happen. And I do love the 87 album, but Aldrich was the perfect fit for WS. He could shred like Vandenberg and Sykes and Vai, but he could also play the blues rock like the old days with the 3 M’s. I wonder if DC let Doug go cause he felt Doug should be doing more with his talent rather than just playing with WS? Doug can produce as well as write and play. That’s pretty rare. Just a thought.

  8. I would like to see a one or two off reunion show(s) with the 3 M’s and tape it doing all the old stuff. Not a full tour, cause I don’t think Marsden and Moody in particular could handle a full WS tour and everything that goes with it. Alice did a reunion show with his old band mates as a one off show. Smart to leave it at that.

  9. Why should DC even think about getting Sykes back he took away all the blues and feeling from WS and maked a metal album with them. Destroyed some old song that already been recorded.
    It might have been an economical right dessision a sell out to go metall like that but Davids Voice has so much blues and soul in it. So i must say that Doug was the best thing ever happend to Whitesnake since slide it in. He dont need no shredder with no feeling He needs a co writer and a bluesman.
    Someone in the style of Bernie and get a god Hammond player in the band again.

  10. Adrian vandenberg shoud be offered the position.
    His recent band still plays ws stuff. Prettige cool.
    Alsof the songwriting woud be great n bluesy.
    Go dutch!

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