WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale has shot down Internet rumors that bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO) was approached about joining the group following the recent departure of Marco Mendoza.

Commented Coverdale, "Someone was wondering if Mr. Sarzo was approached for the bass gig. Actually, no, he wasn't. Uriah [Duffy, current WHITESNAKE bassist] was the only player I met and spoke to about joining the band.

"Incidentally, last evening I was out to dinner with wife and friends, and the woman who was taking care of us was telling us about her recent holiday in San Francisco where she saw an AMAZING bass player at some gig... Guess who she was talking about!!! Yep...Our NEW BOY!!! Yeah, baby!!! Talk about syncronicity."

As previously reported, WHITESNAKE's new bassist, Uriah Duffy, has established himself as one of the few top-choice working musicians in all of the California Bay Area, having previously played with CARMINE APPICE/PAT TRAVERS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, and CHRIS CATENA, among others.

Coverdale will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Wednesday, June 1. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out RocklineRadio.com.

As previously reported, Coverdale is bringing WHITESNAKE back on the road this summer with an entirely new perspective of his 30-year multi-platinum career. Presented by VH1 Classics, "Whitesnake The Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Show" kicks off June 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle and is the most ambitious WHITESNAKE endeavor in almost 20 years. "Whitesnake The Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Show" will include two nights at House of Blues in Los Angeles and more than 40 U.S. dates in addition to stops in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela before winding up in Japan and Australia this November.

The launch of this very special concert tour will be marked by the release of a new live DVD, "Whitesnake The Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Show". Both the DVD and limited-edition companion live CD were recorded in October at London's famed Hammersmith Apollo. Fans can get their first glimpse of this extraordinary concert event when this special package is released early July on Coming Home Studios/Universal.


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