Whitford/St. Holmes opened for Whitesnake and although I only saw a portion of their set, it seemed like some good, classic rock! I’m not too familiar with the band aside from knowing who’s in it and the fact that their first album came out in 1981 but from what I heard and saw last night I may need to research up on them. The crowd loved them, I saw a lot of people singing along and dancing in their seats- and when they left the stage they received an immense amount of applause.
It was only about a half an hour until Whitesnake took the stage, and as I had hoped, they blew me (and the crowd) away. They opened their set with Bad Boys, a personal favorite of mine. David Coverdale is one of my favorite frontmen, he has charisma which makes him entertaining to watch even when he’s not singing and more so than just having a great stage presence, his vocals are stellar which makes him great to see and hear. Every member of the band did a great job, from keyboards to bass- everything was executed very well. There was only one issue the entire night which was very early on during the set and wasn’t a big deal at all. I believe Michael Devin had some problems with his bass which caused him to leave the stage momentarily to get things figured out- however, whatever the problem was it hardly impacted the bands performance. There were four solos- Tommy’s drum solo, Reb and Joel’s guitar solos and Michael’s bass solo, all of which were done phenomenally. The double guitar solo came after the mashup of Sailing Ships and Judgement Day and they were both done so well it is difficult to choose a winner. Both Joel and Reb are incredibly technically sound when it comes to their instrument which creates (in the spirit of David Coverdale) a truly incendiary performance. Michael Devin’s bass solo was great as well, you don’t see a lot of bands incorporating a bass solo into their set however you could tell that Michael is a very talented and well practiced player. Now, Tommy Aldridge’s solo goes down as one of the best drum solos in my book. I’ve seen my fair share of drum solos, however there is just something about Tommy going above and beyond and playing the second half of his solo with his bare hands that will never seize to impress me.
The tour Whitesnake is currently embarked on is titled “The Greatest Hits Tour” and it stands true to its name as the band practically performed a greatest hits record. Of course there are some songs that die-hard “snakes” would have loved to hear, but the setlist would thoroughly satisfy any Whitesnake fan. Overall, this show was a 10/10- the place was packed, the energy was high and Whitesnake is a band that will never disappoint.