Columbus, OH, Promowest Pavilion, August 3, 2005

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman


For over three decades, David Coverdale has been using his blues-induced vocal chords to woo fans and drive his bands to the top of the charts. Coverdale started in the early 1970s singing for Deep Purple, but after about 3 years with Purple, Coverdale then recorded two solo records before using his studio band to begin the basis of Whitesnake. And for almost a decade, Whitesnake and Coverdale were on top of the charts and on top of the world as their video with Tawny Kitaen on top of a convertible make Whitesnake a household name and Coverdale a girl's bedroom fantasy.


Although the original formation of Whitesnake lasted just about five years with little success, after a two-year break, Coverdale came back in 1984 with Whitesnake and a renewed flash of success. It was with this flash of brilliance that Coverdale and yet another version of Whitesnake took the stage at Promowest Pavilion in front of about 1,500 diehard fans.


Straight from the beginning, there was the signs of 80s rock and roll lifestyle as about a dozen women dressed in enough clothes for about six were brought into the security pit with the photographers and guards to play eye candy for the band, and dance for the singer. And although there was much grumbling from the photographers in the pit, there was little said from the bug-eyed guys in the front who got to look at the dancers as much as the band.


For nearly two hours, Coverdale took the crowd through decades of material and played what seemed like a true fan's set, not one for the occasional radio listener. Whitesnake now consists of Doug Aldridge and Reb Beach on guitar, both of whom shred their way through the songs, but Aldridge does add enough balls to the notes to keep the blues in the music as well as in Coverdale's voice.


Somehow, even after 30-plus years of singing, partying and probably God-doesn't-even-know what, Coverdale's voice remains consistent and strong. As the show progressed, it would seem that his voice would tire, but each song came out as strong as it was when recorded which made the night a wonderful journey into the past. Too many times, bands make comebacks and almost destroy the memories, but Whitesnake 2005 was able to help add to the fond memories fans have of the band, and keep past memories as important as ever.

Uriah Duffy
David Coverdale
David Coverdale
Tommy Aldridge
Doug Aldrich
David Coverdale