Whitesnake, in ‘Flesh & Blood,’ to rock Agora Cleveland in 2019

Have you always dreamed of a more intimate Whitesnake show? (Hey we’re not here to judge. Well, that’s not necessarily true, but still, don’t worry about it.)

Joel Hoekstra, Michael Devin , David Coverdale
Lead singer David Coverdale performs with Whitesnake in 2015. (Associated Press photos)

You’ll get your chance when the band — which in 1987 had a monster self-titled album on its hands, thanks to hits “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” — plays the Agora Cleveland on May 15. (And obviously, that album’s best tune was — and always shall be — “Still of the Night.” Well, we clearly are here to judge some things.)

Before we go any further, let’s revisit the band’s video for “Here I Go Again,” for no particular reason …

Anyway, a news release for the show says the band will be touring in support of its upcoming album, “Flesh & Blood,” the first single of which will be “Shut Up & Kiss Me.” Wow, maybe they think it still is 1987. (OK, that’s just clearly judgmental on our part. But we stand by it.)

Here’s a bit more about the band from the release:

Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2019. The world-renowned group featuring DAVID COVERDALE (vocals), REB BEACH (guitar), JOEL HOEKSTRA (guitar), MICHAEL DEVIN (bass), TOMMY ALDRIDGE (drums) and MICHELE LUPPI (Keys) have just finished recording their 13th Studio record. David Coverdale…Whitesnake Lead Singer: “I am so honoured & grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating & enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people…All of whom have joined me on this amazing journey… I truly love the shared experience & simply love my job & always will… Over 4 Decades of REPTILIAN FUN!! Thank YOU!!. David Coverdale – vocals Reb Beach – guitars Joel Hoekstra – guitars Michael Devin – bass Tommy Aldridge – drums Michele Luppi – keys.

Um, caps lock much, do we? (Sorry, sorry.)

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. Start your quest for them here.

Stream of the week: Have you ever wished a whole album sounded kind of like the Bon Iver song “Holocene”? If you’re like me, the answer is something along the lines of, “Well, I never thought about it … but maybe?” That’s roughly my take on the enjoyable new album from Novo Amor, a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wales, “Birthplace.” After the album debuted a few Fridays ago, I played it several times over the subsequent weekend. I’ve cooled off a bit, but it’s earned a place in my library. Check out the beautiful video for the album’s title track:


Mark Meszoros will occasionally queue up Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” in the car and rock out. He kindly asks you not to judge him. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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