Whitesnake
Whitford/St. Holmes

House of Blues Boston
June 25, 2016

David Coverdale is on the road with Whitesnake, one the Greatest Hits 2016 Tour. Supporting them is group made up of talent from Aerosmith and Ted Nugent, Whitford/St. Holmes.

Whitford/St. Holmes

In the early 80’s, guitarist Brad Whitford left Aerosmith, and teamed up with Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes. They released an album, toured a little bit, and then Brad rejoined Aerosmith. Now, 30 years later, they released Reunion, (reviewed here) and are out on the road.

Whitford/St. Holmes

Whitford/St. Holmes

This band is a force to be reckoned with. With a shorter set, they completely omitted their first album, playing mostly tracks off the new release. They also played a “Dayjob Medley,” featuring snippets of some Ted Nugent/Aerosmith songs. This medley featured Aerosmith keyboard player Buck Johnson singing lead vocals on “Last Child.”

Brad and Derek trade off great guitar solos all night. As someone who has seen Aerosmith nearly a dozen times, it was great to see Brad talking to the crowd in between songs… He’s usually one of the more reserved members of Aerosmith.


Whitesnake

Whitesnake

Whitesnake singer David Coverdale

Whitesnake played all of their best songs from the 80’s tonight. Everything you wanted to hear, from “Fool For Your Lovin'” and “Slide it In,” to “Is This Love” and “In the Still of the Night,” was played.

David Coverdale sounded great tonight. Wearing a button down Whitesnake shirt, and the shiniest snakeskin Chuck Taylors I’ve ever seen, he commanded the stage. Tommy Aldridge, who has been behind the kit at several points over their career, is back in the drum throne and driving a steady beat.

The rest of the members have only been a part of the band in this millennium, but they all fit in great.

I’ve heard rumors that Coverdale plans to retire after this tour. If he does, he’s going out on top. Either way, you should check out Whitesnake while you have the chance!