WHITESNAKE has announced its first shows of the 2019 "Flesh & Blood" world tour. The trek will see the David Coverdale-fronted band perform select songs from its 13th studio album, "Flesh & Blood", to be released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single and video from the disc, titled "Shut Up & Kiss Me", will be released in early 2019 prior to the "Flesh & Blood" trek.
Says Coverdale: "We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th anniversary of WHITESNAKE.
"I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people, all of whom have joined me on this amazing journey. I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will… Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank YOU!"
Coverdale told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that "Flesh & Blood" will "be the best WHITESNAKE album. I know that's clichéd stuff, but I know what I'm talking about. I should do after almost 50 years," he explained.
According to Coverdale, the new disc "has all the necessary WHITESNAKE elements that I need to call it WHITESNAKE, but with a vibrant, fresh coat of paint." The record will mark the first time he has written with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. "The longest-standing member of WHITESNAKE, Reb Beach, [he and I had] never written together until this project," he said. "So it's a family affair. It really is cool. I'm very excited for people to hear it."
Coverdale revealed that recording sessions for the new WHITESNAKE album were halted while he recovered from an illness last year. "I got that horrible H3 flu, which took me out for, I think, about six weeks before I started to feel like myself again," he said. "It was horrifying. It was that strain of flu that the anti-flu vaccination didn't cover. It was just an evil, evil, evil strain of flu."
WHITESNAKE filmed a music video for a "Shut Up & Kiss Me" on March 10. "It's a kick-ass song; you're gonna love it," Coverdale told "Trunk Nation". "But there's gonna some real fun elements paying respect and nod to WHITESNAKE's past, but certainly not as dark and as gritty as [WHITESNAKE's] 'Burn' video [from 'The Purple Album']."
WHITESNAKE spent the summer on the road as part of the "Juke Box Heroes Tour" with FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham.
The band's latest studio disc, 2015's "The Purple Album", was billed as "a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums." Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE's frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band".
Apr. 12 - Newkirk First Council Casino Hotel, OK
Apr. 13 - Durant Choctaw Casino Grand Theater, OK
Apr. 15 - Dallas The Bomb Factory, TX
Apr. 17 - San Antonio The Aztec Theater, TX
Apr. 19 - Biloxi IP Casino & Spa, MS
Apr. 20 - Atlanta State Bank Amphitheatre, GA
Apr. 22 - Orlando Hard Rock Hotel, FL
Apr. 23 - Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall, FL
Apr. 25 - Hollywood Seminole hard Rock Hotel & Casino, FL
Apr. 26 - Melbourne Maxwell C King Center For The Performing Arts, FL
Apr. 28 - Charlotte Ovens Auditorium, NC
Apr. 29 - Huber Heights Rose Music Center, OH
May 01 - Richmond The National, VA
May 02 - Bensalem XCite Center At Parx Casino, PA
May 07 - Sayreville Starland Ballroom, NJ
May 08 - Huntington The Paramount, NY
May 10 - Hampton Beach Casino, NH
May 11 - Lincoln Twin River Casino, RI
May 14 - Greensburg Palace Theatre, PA
May 15 - Cleveland Agora Theatre, OH
May 17 - Niagara Falls Resort & Casino, NY
May 18 - Verona Tuning Stone Resort Casino, NY
Jun. 14 - Donington Download, UK
Jun. 17 - Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
Jun. 19 - Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Jun. 20 - Zurich Rock The Ring Festival, Switzerland
Jun. 23 - Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun. 25 - Budapest Barba Negra Track, Hungary
Jun. 29 - Plovdiv Hills Of Rock Festival, Bulgaria
Jul. 05 - Sered Amphitheatre, Slovakia