British rock icons. Hair metal virtuosos. Fashioners of the anticipatory synth riff, and enablers of the most famous double-Jaguar dance sequence in music video history.
The David Coverdale-led Whitesnake has rode those accomplishments to endure through breaks and lineup changes over its more than 40 years of existence. Whitesnake is bringing its “Flesh & Blood” world tour to the area for a show at 8 p.m. May 18 in Seneca Niagara Events Center, Niagara Falls.
Here's a quick look at the band, and what to expect at the show.
You know Whitesnake from: Early-1980s success on the British hard rock charts; genre-defining hair metal classics like “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love”; and the soundtrack for Will Ferrell’s Frank Ricard and his Trans Am repairs in the 2003 comedy, “Old School.”
Noted lineup: The contingent behind 1987’s self-titled “Whitesnake,” vocalist Coverdale, guitarist John Sykes, bassist Neil Murray, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, keyboardists Don Airey and Bill Cuomo, and guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, responsible for the epic solo on “Here I Go Again.”
Current tour’s lineup: The act has featured dozens of performers over the years (including oft-hired guitar gun, Steve Vai), but the current edition filed behind former Deep Purple frontman and current Whitesnake mainstay Coverdale includes drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarists Reb Beach (formerly of Winger) and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and keyboardist Michele Luppi.
Here we go again: The band has released 13 albums since its 1978 debut “Trouble.” On May 10, the band released its latest, “Flesh & Blood,” led by the suggestive party rocker, “Shut Up & Kiss Me.” That’s a four-decade career that’s survived not only a revolving door of band personnel, but changing public tastes and means of music consumption. Impressive for sure, but let’s be clear: this endurance wouldn’t be possible without generations of fans still hungry for the timeless, fist-pumping thrust of a song like “Here I Go Again.” It’s formulaic arena rock at its finest — and 32 years later, it’s still glorious.
What to expect: Based on set lists from the band’s previous tour stops, Whitesnake fans can expect an ode to rock royalty (cover of The Who’s “My Generation”), some pre-superstardom favorites (“Slide It In”) and a healthy dose of material off its new album. Packed with the same guitar-heavy gallantry that's endeared the band to metal enthusiasts for decades, the work should please longtime fans.
If not, there are always the hits, set to be delivered by the still-hirsute Coverdale — wailing down the only road he’s ever known.
Tickets: $45-$115 (and VIP for $205), available at ticketmaster.com.