WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE “FLESH & BLOOD” ON MAY 10TH, VIDEO FOR”SHUT UP & KISS ME” POSTED ONLINE

Fresh off celebrating their 40th anniversary, rock legends Whitesnake return with their latest studio album, Flesh & Blood. This album follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album Forevermore and 2015’s The Purple Album, a reimagining of Deep Purple classics from Whitesnake mastermind’s David Coverdale’s time in that band. The 13 original, visceral tracks on Flesh & Blood, the band’s 13th studio album, are, luckily for you dear reader, “all killer, no filler,” as the saying goes. Wtach the video for the first single, Shut Up and Kiss Me, below

David Coverdale, the Mastermind behind Whitesnake & co-composer of, Shut Up & Kiss Me,  with guitarist Reb Beach, commenting on the forthcoming release said “that after the intense darkness of our last video, Burn.If anything, it’s ‘light’ snake, you know? We’ve got some really dark energy going on in the world right now, so we’re gonna write & record a fun, knees up, song about falling in love with a fabulous babe. You’re over-talking, over-compensating & she just looks at you, takes the reins & says, ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me!’ and that’s it!! 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 from the original Here I Go Againvideo 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.”
Joining Coverdale on Flesh & Blood is the powerhouse band comprised of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.

Since joining the band four years ago, and just in time for 2015’s The Purple Album Chicago native Joel Hoekstra has really come into his own, not only as a highly impressive axe-slinger, but also as a very accomplished songwriter too, co-writing six of the songs for Flesh & Blood with singer David Coverdale. Of course Joel’s talents are hardly surprising, considering he’s the son of two classical musicians.

Guitarist Reb Beach, who originally joined Whitesnake in 2002, has stepped up to become the group’s bandleader and guides the band to implement Coverdale’s musical vision. As well as bringing his impressive musical chops to the band, Reb has co-written five songs on the new album, the fourth studio album he has appeared on, commencing with 2008’s highly acclaimed Good To Be Bad.
It was the Good To Be Bad follow up, Forevermore (2011), that saw the debut of bassist Michael Devin. The New Englander’s four-string-depth-charge-bass-bombs definitively underpin and drive the sound of Whitesnake in the 21st century.

Rounding out the rhythm section is David’s longest serving ’Snake, the renowned drummer and unstoppable percussionist Tommy Aldridge, who has been with Whitesnake in some capacity for 30 years. Tommy made his debut with Whitesnake way back in 1987 in the, Still Of The Night,video, becoming a mainstay behind the kit for successive albums and tours.
Last, but certainly not least, the band is completed by the inventive keyboards and vocals of Italian maestro Michele Luppi, who made his live debut in 2015, as documented on The Purple Tour live CD/DVD (2018). 
The current incarnation of the band carries on the long and unwavering tradition of main man David Coverdale being surrounded by cream of the crop players who go all in to bring fans the best hard rock humanly possible. 40+ years into their existence, the ‘Snakes fangs have only grown sharper and are ready to inject fans with more of that rock ‘n roll venom they crave. 
Flesh & Blood will be released May 10th through Frontiers Music Srl in multiple formats. See below for full details.

+CD (Jewel Case)
+CD+DVD Deluxe Edition (Digipak) – Includes two studio bonus tracks on CD. DVD includes “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (classic jag version) (VIDEOCLIP), “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (club mix version) (VIDEOCLIP), Behind the Scenes of ‘Flesh & Blood’ VIDEO + 3 DVD Audio Tracks (Remixes of album tracks)
+Super Luxury Boxset – Includes CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2xLP Standard Color LP, Poster, Numbered Lithograph, Box Set
+2xLP – Black, 180g, Gatefold (Worldwide)
+2xLP – Silver, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ U.S. Store Exclusive) – Limited to 300 Copies
+2xLP – Gold, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ UK Store Exclusive) – Limited to 500 Copies
+2xLP – Red, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ EU Store Exclusive) – Limited to 350 Copies

Tracklist CD / 2xLP:

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 

Bonus Tracks Appearing on CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and Digital Version:

14. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track – New Studio Song)
15. If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track – New Studio Song)
16. Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix) – DVD Audio Track
17. Sands Of Time (Radio Mix) – DVD Audio Track
18. Shut Up And Kiss Me (Video Mix) – DVD Audio Track

Whitesnake have already announced their first shows of the 2019 Flesh & Blood World Tour, which will feature songs from the new studio record alongside their biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history, spanning over 40 years. For more information visit www.whitesnake.com. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Whitesnak W/ Black Moods US Tour:

4/12: Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans First Council Casino*
4/13: Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino*
4/15: Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
4/17: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
4/19: Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort*
4/20: Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre
4/22: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
4/23: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino*
4/26: Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28: Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
4/29: Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center

5/1: Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National
5/2: Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino*
5/4: Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival#
5/5: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
5/7: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
5/8: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
5/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
5/11: Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino*
5/14: Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre
5/17: Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino*
5/18: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino*

European Tour:

6/12: Tilburg, NL @ 013
6/14: Donnington, UK @ Download Festival #
6/17: Prague, CZ @ 02 Arena **
6/19: Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum **
6/20: Zurich, CH @ Rock the Ring Festival #
6/22: Clisson, FR @ Hellfest #
6/23: Dessel, BL @ Graspop Metal Meeting #
6/25: Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Track
6/27: Zajecar, RS @ Gitarijada Festival #
6/29: Plovdiv, BG @ Hills of Rock Festival #

7/1: Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane
7/3: Zagreb, CR @ SRC Salata
7/5: Sered, SK @ Sered Amphitheatre
7/7: Cologne, DE @ Palladium
7/10: Gavle, SE @ Furuviksparken *
7/15: Saint Petersburg, RU @ Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre
7/17: Moscow, RU @ Crocus City Hall

*Whitesnake Only
#Festival Appearance 
** With Def Leppard

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  • Doug on

    Wow, Hoekstra from his time with Night Ranger and Beach with Winger, they are putting their mark on today’s Whitesnake; this song definitely shows that. Fun song, but dare I say “poppy?” 🙂


  • ghost of craig on

    Kind of corny. Haha! Shut up and kiss me? This is a new band without the great great great doug aldrich. I dont know how he screwed that up. John Skyes Gate of Hell song blows a lot of stuff away including this new Whitesnake song. Yes Dana what fair is fair. Hahah I will go see them at the Hampton beach Casino just to hear David sing the older stuff but as far as new music David sounds like he is done.


    • Dana on

      Wait, no pun intended, but did hell just freeze over, are there pigs flying outside or do I need reading glasses? I thought I just saw “ghost of craig” post something nice about John Sykes?? LOL!!!


    • robert davenport on

      Ghost of craig ,

      I agree with you 100% another weak effort from a classic once great band , cheesy sexual adolescent lyrics from a grown man in his 60’s is just creepy , and the video…. awful.. do women really get all juiced up and crawl all over a jaguar the second they see one ??? dana ?? lol


    • Dana on

      Robert,

      You are correct, I don’t get turned on by inanimate objects, let alone, wanting to crawl all over one-LOL!

      However, other than the old classic cars, with their gorgeous art deco hood ornaments, the only modern car I ever saw that I thought was beautiful, was a robin’s egg blue Aston Martin, that was featured on an episode of the UK version of Top Gear. I believe it was being driven by James May, who always looked like a long lost member of Iron Maiden, to me, for some reason.


  • RobT on

    I’m going to put my 2 cents in & be a jerk cos I need some lightening up after coming home from a funeral viewing. Not crazy bout the song and after 2minutes of it, that was enough, but seeing that old 80’s era Jaguar XJ was pretty cool. Those cars were notoriously unreliable and expensive however and no, I didn’t own one, but a guy I worked with did, plus I always have my nose in car magazines and books….anyhow my favorite celluloid Jag was the custom XK-E hearse from Harold and Maude, ( and the 59 Caddy as well). Yeah, yeah this is a rock and roll site, nobody cares about that stuff. Told you I was being a jerk. Bye for now.


    • Dana on

      You’re not being a jerk, I discussed cars in my reply, as well.


    • robert davenport on

      Rob, IMO your reply was absolutely fine – what’s weird is I also had just come from a funeral showing as well -hand to god …………


  • RobT on

    Thank you Dana and Rob Davenport, much appreciated.


  • Charles Clinchot on

    Guess they were trying to recreate that famous 80s video I know Coverdale is in late sixties but something about his voice was odd. The songs ok but I’ll wait to judge when the full albums out


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