WHITESNAKE Mainman Speaks Out On Reunion Tour

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale has spoken out on his decision to bring the group back to life for their first U.S .tour in 12 years on a co-headlining stint with German hard rockers THE SCORPIONS.

The trek, which is set to kick off on Jan. 29 in Jacksonville, Florida, will feature DOKKEN in the opening slot.

"We've been asked to do a lot of the glam packages and I've felt very comfortable in passing on them," Coverdale told Rolling Stone. "As successful as MTV made us, it was very difficult for me to come terms with all that stuff, but of course when one sees those photographs there's no mistaking it, baby. But the stigma of that kind of aspect I don't feel is as compromising to a group like THE SCORPIONS, who are a very entertaining rock band."

WHITESNAKE's 2003 touring lineup will feature drummer Tommy Aldridge as the only holdover from the previous era of the group. Coverdale plans to record the first few shows with an eye towards releasing a live album in late 2003 or early 2004.

"It will be the same house of WHITESNAKE," Coverdale says. "Just redecorated and contemporized somewhat."

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