WHITESNAKE recently went into the studio to record four new songs that the band will be adding to their upcoming double live album, tentatively due later in the year. "We've pretty much finished the recordings of the new songs and I must say I'm thrilled," frontman David Coverdale writes on the group's web site. "So, anyone wondering what they sound like? They sound like WHITESNAKE!!! ALL the guys in the band SHINE on the tracks, by the way...BRILLIANTLY!!!"As previously reported, WHITESNAKE may perform one of the new songs on their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early May in Japan. European dates will follow through early July. At the moment, no U.S. shows have been scheduled. According to Coverdale, three of the new songs are "balls-to-ze-walls rockers" while one is a "mid-tempo power ballad." Coverdale is also tentatively planning on releasing a video compilation featuring all the WHITESNAKE clips, the COVERDALE/PAGE videos and as-yet-undisclosed "not-so-well-known" footage. WHITESNAKE are hoping to start recording songs later in the year for a new studio album, tentatively due late spring/early summer 2007. WHITESNAKE recently issued their first single-disc retrospective via Hip-O/Geffen/UMe. Entitled "The Definitive Collection", the CD spans nearly every studio album issued by WHITESNAKE, including their pre-U.S. fame LPs "Snakebite" (1978, with the band's first hit, "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City"), "Lovehunter" (1979, with "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" and "We Wish You Well"), "Ready An' Willing" (1980, with the title track) and "Come An' Get It" (1981, with "Don't Break My Heart Again"). More information is available at this location.