Whitesnake has announced the addition of Croatian singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick to the group’s ranks. Jelusick is a member of multi-platinum selling band Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was previously part of Dirty Shirley (with George Lynch), Animal Drive and recorded with many others. Jelusick has been singing, touring and recording since the age of five. Other than being a frontman, his main instrument are keyboards but he also plays bass, guitar and drums. He finished music academy and did theatre work.

Frontman David Coverdale says, “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the extremely gifted Dino Jelusick to Whitesnake. We’ve had our eyes and ears on him since we played Zagreb together two years ago. You’re going to love him.”

Jelusick says he has been influenced by Whitesnake and Coverdale from an early age.

“I am beyond honored to be part of one of my favorite bands of all time,” he said. “To get the phone call from David Coverdale is something every singer and musician of my generation can only dream of; it still feels completely surreal. I cannot wait to start hitting the road with Whitesnake and, as the great DC said to me himself, to give a piece of my identity to the sound of this iconic band.”

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  • robert davenport on

    This guy is an incredible singer in the style of dio, & coverdale in their prime with a slightly higher register , coverdale is no fool , this guy singing with coverdale will not only elevate coverdale but allow the band to sound as good if not better than they ever have~

  • robert davenport on

    Listen to his version of jane with Mike portnoy ………amazing

    • Dana on


      There is no question that he has a great voice, BUT he sounds like he is mimicking other singers….and some very iconic ones. I understand that most musicians, and vocalists, are influenced by many others who have come before them, however, he seems to be lacking originality.

      I re-listened to some of his work with Dirty Shirley, which I reported on, because I LOVE Lynch. On the song, Here Comes The King, he sounds a lot like Dio. Higher, like a cross between Robert Mason with notes of Oni Logan. and on some song he did with Joel Hoekstra, he sounds like Coverdale. So who is he? I am bit confused on that one, because he is like a chameleon, and seems to be imitating, or adapting his vocals to the style of the previous singer, or singers, the guitarist has worked with in the past.

      Let me state unequivocally, that is he is not the level of Greta Van Fleecing Zeppelin, but I definitely hear some “borrowing” of multiple styles, in the examples cited above.

      Of course, this is just simply my observation….

  • robert davenport on

    I agree with you completely , but that voice is undeniable, i would bet his natural unaffected voice is very similar to all his heros and influences , its very very difficult to mimic someone when your pushing it hard and singing full voice with power- when he’s doing that , that’s his natural voice coming through, everything you and I heard and pointed out is exactly why coverdale hired him- he will be singing all the high parts coverdale can’t do anymore and all the choruses, plus I’ll bet they add tunes back into their set as well – can’t wait to hear them – kudos to coverdale for not going the lip sync route ~

    • Dana on

      I understand he was hired to assist Coverdale with his vocals, which is fine. But, I was citing examples of when he isn’t aiding anyone else, he is the actual frontman, and singing in the style of another singer, when it isn’t necessary, unless he was directed to do so.

  • Ray Gillen on

    Is Daves voice in need of another singer these days ? I saw him at the beginning of a tour about 5 yrs ago and he was great but 5 yrs can make a difference at his age . I`ve always hoped that him and Glenn would get together and do something,those guys together are magic .

    • Dana on

      Well, if Coverdale does need some additional assistance, then kudos to him for recognizing that and not hiding it, unlike some other artists, namely Ozzy.

  • robert davenport on

    I think ozzy hired Robert Mason to help ozzy , he sang off stage I believe , Paul should have eric singer singing all paul songs with him and hitting all the highs , I’m sure he could mimic paul pretty well , and just get rid of the tracks ~

    • Dana on


      That is true, Mason was the infamous great “OZ” (pun intended) behind the curtain.

      Anthrax was opening for Ozzy on that tour, and some of the band members thought it would be funny to open the curtain, while Ozzy was onstage. I think it was Frank Bello, who recounted, that Mason was wildly gesturing for them to close it? LOL! That practical joke cost them the opening slot, as they were then kicked off the tour, most likely by Sharon.

    • Rattlehead on

      Robert, Eric Singer is pretty good at mimicking KI$$ characters, so….

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