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VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG (1982–86). Adrian Vandenberg (guitar), Bert Heerink (vocals), Dick Kemper (bass), Joe Zoomer (drums). Best known as the vehicle that first gave future Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg his start, Dutch hard rockers Vandenberg purveyed a somewhat bland yet sometimes catchy melodic rock that gave them a substantial European following, yet failed to break big in the States. While “Friday Night,” the lead single from the band’s 1983 sophomore album Heading for a Storm, Read more [...]
Steve Vai

STEVE VAI

STEVE VAI (1960–). One of the most recognizable guitarists on the rock scene over the last twenty years, Vai, along with his erstwhile teacher Joe Satriani, has only worked within established groups for short periods of time, instead having established a successful solo career of largely instrumental albums. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Vai started his professional career in 1979 as a transcriber for Frank Zappa, going on to play guitar for Zappa’s band for Read more [...]
Whitesnake

WHITESNAKE

WHITESNAKE (1978–PRESENT). David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar), Uriah Duffy (bass), Timothy Drury (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums). Beginning as a bluesy solo vehicle for former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale in the late seventies, Whitesnake would go on to evolve a more hard-rock style and reached their peak as million-selling superstars of MTV in the late eighties. After leaving Deep Purple in 1976, vocalist David Coverdale released a string of Read more [...]
Blue Murder

BLUE MURDER

BLUE MURDER (1989–94). Classic lineup: John Sykes (guitar/vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Carmine Appice (drums). In a number of respects, Blue Murder’s self-titled debut was a more appropriate (and more inspired) follow-up to Whitesnake’s phenomenally successful 1987 Whitesnake album than Whitesnake’s own Slip of the Tongue, released the same year (1989). This is because of John Sykes, whose virtuosic guitar and writing were critical elements in the success of Whitesnake’s commercial Read more [...]