Whitesnake rocking back to town

AND the music keeps on coming.Another big name has been added to the 2004 line up of live music in Ipswich and the town is now gearing up for the welcome return of Whitesnake.

AND the music keeps on coming.

Another big name has been added to the 2004 line up of live music in Ipswich and the town is now gearing up for the welcome return of Whitesnake.

The seasoned rockers who were last in town in May last year will be back on the Regent stage on October 14. Tickets for the concert are on sale now.

Whitesnake as they are now – David Coverdale, Tommy Aldridge, Timothy Drury, Reb Beach, Doug Aldrich and Marco Mendoza – were brought together by Coverdale in 2002, five years after the band, in its first incarnation, came to an end.


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Coverdale was a founding member of the original Whitesnake and had honed his craft in Deep Purple. As the band's frontman he was with them all the way on their journey to 80s and 90s rock stardom and international status as monsters of rock.

The band, which has been through various line up changes since its original conception in 1982, enjoyed many international hits including Here I Go Again, Walking in the Shadow of the Blues and Still of the Night.

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Whitesnake's original life however came to an end with a farewell tour in 1997 as Coverdale concentrated his talents on solo projects and collaborative work with Jimmy Page.

Five years later, Coverdale decided to resurrect the band.

In an interview shortly after, he said: "I was feeling sorry for myself and wondered what I should be doing with my career. Then it came to me – why not just put my energies into touring with a new, revamped, revitalised Whitesnake with some new, inspirational blood?

"Get the band together and get out on the road. Test the waters and see if there is still any interest."

The subsequent sell-out 2003 national tour was sign enough that the demand for Whitesnake still existed.

That situation is unlikely to have changed in a year and tickets for Whitesnake's new Ipswich date are expected to become hot property.

n Whitesnake will be at Ipswich Regent on October 14. Tickets are on sale now priced £27.50 and are available from the Central Box Office, in Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or online at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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