Whitesnake to play in Merrillville

2013-07-18T22:06:00Z 2013-07-19T11:58:09Z Whitesnake to play in MerrillvilleEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

British rock band Whitesnake will be burning up the house tonight at Merrillville's Star Plaza Theatre.

Led by band founder David Coverdale, Whitesnake is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. bringing fans the legendary Whitesnake late '70s, and '80s sounds.

"It's going to be a great night of rock music and a great night for people to have fun and to get away from the daily grind," said Doug Aldrich, guitarist for Whitesnake.

Founder/lead singer David Coverdale adds fans can expect the traditional Whitesnake show with "rock, blues, soul and FUN. I'm absolutely looking forward to a sweaty rock show."

Aldrich said he's enjoying the band's current Year of the Snake tour which is taking them across the country and around the world.

"I love touring and playing the guitar," Aldrich said.

"We're very fortunate that we call what we want to do..we tour because we want to. In reality, we only tour every 2 years and only for 5 or 6 months, so it's a fun exercise rather than exhausting," said Coverdale, via email. "I'm just grateful I'm still having incredible opportunities to continue making music and performing."

Aldrich said the fans always make the atmosphere electric at their concerts.

"If it's a (traditional) Whitesnake show, the fans kind of go crazy. If it's a festival or state fair atmosphere, people are a little more mellow," Aldrich said.

Tunes from the '80s are coming back in a big way and Whitesnake's mega hit "Here I Go Again" was one of the popular songs in the musical "Rock of Ages." Aldrich said the music of the '80s lives on due to the caliber of the material.

"It all comes down to the songs," he said.

Coverdale, who's seen both the film and play versions of "Rock of Ages," said "The stage production of 'Rock of Ages' is just a fun night out. They encourage the crowd to be a part of the fun, dress up, sing along, which the movie failed significantly to do. They marketed it very badly, however, the stage production is a blast and is done lovingly by all concerned. I'm delighted to be associated with it."

Guitarist Aldrich commented it's a joy to be entertaining crowds with his fellow band mates.

"We get along great. We're all friends we travel well."

In addition, Aldrich said it's an honor to perform with Coverdale, former lead singer of Deep Purple.

"He's one of the all-time great singers," he said, adding Coverdale is also a master of an entertainer. "He's fun to watch."

Whitesnake debuted a new Live 2-CD package on July 9 titled "Made in Britain- The World Record." For more information on Whitesnake, the new CD and more, visit whitesnake.com

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