WHITESNAKE performed a stellar concert for the throngs of fans who came out for a memorable evening under the stars, in a beautiful outdoor setting at the Red Rock Casino Sandbar Stage in Las Vegas.
Opening the show was a band called SCRAP METAL, a mix of musicians from 80's rock and hair metal bands, with the likes of Mark Slaughter, Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, Phil Lewis, Michael Sweet, Kip Winger, Barry Goudreau and Derek St. Holmes. The band played a variety of tunes from each members coinciding 80's band, that included Slaughter's "Up All night", Ted Nugent Band's "Cat Scratch Fever", Kip Winger's "Seventeen", and Boston's "Piece of Mind".
But the show was all about legendary rockers WHITESNAKE, led by David Coverdale, one of the most acclaimed singers in the history of rock. Coverdale still has the golden flowing hair he is famous for, and the band took to the stage to the song "Bad Boys" followed by "Give Me All Your Love" to start the night off right. Whitesnake is first rate, and the band consisted of said Coverdale on vocals, the legendary Tommy Aldridge on drums, Reb Beach on guitar, the Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
The band continued the set with "Ready and Willing" before the monster Whitesnake hits started coming - "Love Ain’t No Stranger", and "Slow an’ Easy" really had the crowd singing, and then there was an classic guitar duel between Hoekstra and Beach. Joel Hoekstra was a great guitar player to photograph, with classic rockstar guitar player poses and is a hell of a player. The band slowed things down just a bit with the hit "Is This Love" and then back hot again with "Here I Go Again", and then turned up the heat even higher with the mega hit "Still Of the Night"
A song I was hoping they would play was their last song of the night - the classic Deep Purple song "Burn" - brought screams from the crowd and heads were a rockin! Whitesnake put on quite an impressive concert that was a walk down memory lane, their songs were a part of almost every rocker's life back in the 80’s. Thank you to Red Rock for hosting this great event!
Whitesnake photos from Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos