WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich has issued the following update:
"[I] can't wait for you to hear the new [WHITESNAKE] record and looking forward to seeing you on tour this year! I'm in the process of preparing now for the tour and a few other thing too. I need to get my live rig fired up and have some new stuff to add to it. See you all soon."
Premier Guitar conducted an interview with Doug Aldrich at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Watch the two-minute clip below.
The new WHITESNAKE album, "Good To Be Bad", scheduled for release in the spring of 2008, will be the group's tenth studio record and will feature the exceptional percussive talents of Chris Frazier, the latest member to grace the ranks of the band alongside Doug Aldrich on guitar, who also co-wrote and co-produced the album with David Coverdale and Michael McIntyre, Timothy Drury on keyboards, Uriah Duffy on bass, and Reb Beach on guitar. Chris takes over the drum chair from Tommy Aldridge, who last year left to pursue alternate musical adventures.
Aldrich told MelodicRock.com the following regarding "Good To Be Bad": "'Good To Be Bad' was a total commitment and very focused from the start. David (Coverdale, vocals) and I started banging around song ideas in early '07 and just kept refining and writing. We got on a real good roll and it just went from there. If something wasn't getting us off...we would just drop it and move on. We spent a long time discussing about what David wanted to accomplish and part of my goal was to try and help him see that through in whatever way I could. I feel this new record covers a lot. The best from all eras of WHITESNAKE and also pushes the sound to a contemporary place as well. The new songs are probably a bit more melodic than what we wrote previously. Those first four songs we recorded in 2006 were the start and with the new ones, I think it sounds like we have pushed the writing to an even more refined level. David went way deep with the lyrics, and hit on some really heavy things. It was so cool to see the songs develop. It's got everything that people would hope for WHITESNAKE. I'm really proud of it and David just sounds amazing!"