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On stage: Whitesnake

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Whitesnake & Bonfire
- May, 28th 2003 - Hannover (D), Stadionsporthalle -

One of the first bands of the hard rock genre I heard was Whitesnake, but I never had the chance to see them live before. Today was the day!
In Hannover I easily found the venue and was surprise to see so many hard rock fans! I didn't thought that they would play venues like this. Well, due to the size of the venue I expected a big show...
Opener for the British rockers were the German hard rock act Bonfire. Singer Claus Lessmann and his partner in crime Hans Ziller presented a kind of short 'best of' set. They also played their latest single Tell Me What U Know. A decent set, but I can't understand why they decided to cover Sweet Home Alabama, coz this was the weakest part of the show.
The it was time for David Coverdale and his companions! Will they fulfil my expectation? Or will I be disappointed and regret to drive all the way from Denmark? Starting with Bad Boys the band showed the direction, they concentrated on the material of the mid-80's. Even if some early songs from the Moody / Marsden era were played as well. The musical basis was done by drummer Tommy Aldridge and bassist Marco Mendoza. On the guitars were Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach. Mainman David Coverdale also reacted on fans who shouted for certain songs and did some a cappella parts. It was great to hear songs like Slide It In or the bluesy Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues live. Other highlights were Is This Love?, Crying In The Rain, Fool For Your Loving, Here I Go Again and Still Of The Night (encore). Okay, in the past he had more famous band members and probably they did better shows, but for me it was the first time and it seems that it wasn't just me who enjoyed this travel through the past of Whitesnake. Luckily they didn't do just the songs of the Best Of album which got in the stores a little while ago. Resume: A great night of hard rock and yes, the Whitesnake is still alive! Be aware!

Anika Peterson


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