WHITESNAKE To Release 'Flesh & Blood' Album In May 2019

WHITESNAKE has announced its first shows of the 2019 ”Flesh & Blood” world tour. The trek will see the David Coverdale-fronted band perform select songs from its 13th studio album, ”Flesh & Blood”, to be released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single and video from the disc, titled ”Shut Up & Kiss Me”, will be released in early 2019 prior to the ”Flesh & Blood” trek.

Says Coverdale: ”We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th anniversary of WHITESNAKE.

”I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people, all of whom have joined me on this amazing journey. I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will… Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank YOU!”

Coverdale told SiriusXM’s ”Trunk Nation” that ”Flesh & Blood” will ”be the best WHITESNAKE album. I know that’s clichéd stuff, but I know what I’m talking about. I should do after almost 50 years,” he explained.

According to Coverdale, the new disc ”has all the necessary WHITESNAKE elements that I need to call it WHITESNAKE, but with a vibrant, fresh coat of paint.” The record will mark the first time he has written with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. ”The longest-standing member of WHITESNAKE, Reb Beach, [he and I had] never written together until this project,” he said. ”So it’s a family affair. It really is cool. I’m very excited for people to hear it.”

Coverdale revealed that recording sessions for the new WHITESNAKE album were halted while he recovered from an illness last year. ”I got that horrible H3 flu, which took me out for, I think, about six weeks before I started to feel like myself again,” he said. ”It was horrifying. It was that strain of flu that the anti-flu vaccination didn’t cover. It was just an evil, evil, evil strain of flu.”

WHITESNAKE filmed a music video for a ”Shut Up & Kiss Me” on March 10. ”It’s a kick-ass song; you’re gonna love it,” Coverdale told ”Trunk Nation”. ”But there’s gonna some real fun elements paying respect and nod to WHITESNAKE’s past, but certainly not as dark and as gritty as [WHITESNAKE’s] ’Burn’ video [from ’The Purple Album’].”

WHITESNAKE spent the summer on the road as part of the ”Juke Box Heroes Tour” with FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham.

The band’s latest studio disc, 2015’s ”The Purple Album”, was billed as ”a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE’s Mark III and Mark IV studio albums.” Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE’s frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums ”Burn”, ”Stormbringer” and ”Come Taste The Band”.

Tour dates:

Apr. 12 – Newkirk, OK
Apr. 13 – Durant, OK
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX
Apr. 17 – San Antonio, TX
Apr. 19 – Biloxi, MS
Apr. 20 – Atlanta, GA
Apr. 22 – Orlando, FL
Apr. 23 – Clearwater, FL
Apr. 25 – Hollywood, FL
Apr. 26 – Melbourne, FL
Apr. 28 – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 29 – Huber Heights, OH
May 01 – Richmond, VA
May 02 – Bensalem, PA
May 05 – Jim Thorpe, PA
May 07 – Sayreville, NJ
May 08 – Huntington, NY
May 10 – Hampton Beach, NH
May 11 – Lincoln, RI
May 14 – Greensburg, PA
May 15 – Cleveland, OH
May 17 – Niagara Falls, NY
May 18 – Verona, NY
Jun. 14 – Donington Park, UK
Jun. 17 – Prague, Czech Republic
Jun. 19 – Milan, Italy
Jun. 20 – Zurich, Switzerland
Jun. 23 – Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 25 – Budapest, Hungary
Jun. 29 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Jul. 05 – Sered, Slovakia
Source: Blabbermouth

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