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Interview: Whitesnake continue their legacy

Tommy Aldridge and Reb Beach open up about the band's growth, and playing live.

Earlier this year, legendary rockers Whitesnake released their thirteenth studio album, Flesh & Blood. The album continues a musical legacy that has spawned global hits such as Here I Go Again, Is This Love and The Deeper The Love.

With fresh material in their repertoire, Whitesnake recently took to Download Festival 2019, playing the main stage on Friday 14 June ahead of fellow rock legends Slash and Def Leppard.

As they prepared to take to the stage, iconic dummer Tommy Aldridge and longtime guitarist Reb Beach (also of Winger) took time out to speak about their new album, the excitement of playing live to fans new and old, and their celebrated frontman David Coverdale. Watch the interview in full above.

Flesh & Blood builds on the band’s epic career, with tracks already becoming staples of Whitesnake’s live set. The band first formed in 1978 following frontman David Coverdale’s departure from Deep Purple. Their debut album Trouble followed in 1978, with commercial success following thanks to 1980’s Ready an’ Willing and the following year’s Come an’ Get It.

The band are perhaps best known for their 1987 self-titled album, shortly after which drummer Tommy Aldridge joined the band. Reb Beach followed in 2002 when Coverdale reformed Whitesnake properly.

Since then, the band have released four studio albums and continue to celebrate huge success. Not only playing some of the world’s biggest festivals, Whitesnake’s Flesh & Blood entered the top ten on the official UK album chart.

Download Festival, ever-host to some of the biggest global rock bands, will return in 2020 from 12 – 14 June.

Tickets for Download Festival 2020 are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.