Two and a half years later, Whitesnake's recent line-up has visited Zagreb again. Hard core fans have all reasons to be satisfied after seeing his idols on the set of an hour and 45 minutes long...
Objavljeno: 22.11.2015. 22:15
WHITESNAKE + THE DEAD DAISIES - Zagreb, KC D. Petrović (Cibona), 21.11.2015. - galerija
The Dead Daisies is one of "the supergroup" that has a dream team line-up. When their set began with energetic version of the song „Midnight Moses“ by the cult band Sensational Alex Harvey Band, we knew the evening would roll out in more than satisfactorily manner. Great guitar solos (by Richard Fortus) and relatively effective choruses ensured truly authentic hard rock party as the first course served prior to the attraction of the evening. After the band excellently played „Mexico“ the frontman John Corabi asked the audience to sing along „Hush“, the legendary song by Joe South, famed by Deep Purple. The version performed by DD was surprisingly successful, though no-one expected from Dizzy Reed (famed from his time in Guns'n'Roses) to recreate the perfection of Hammond sound by Jon Lord.
The crowd was still coming in to the point of almost full house culminating during Whitesnake set, but that was not the last we heard from The Dead Daisies. „Lock'n'Load“ was played seamlessly as well as "With You And I“ that began with the voice box and was announced specially from Corabi. I also have to point out the part of introducing the members of the band before they performed „Devil Out of Time“ and the last on the setlist, an energetic version of The Beatles classic "Helter Skelter“. The drummer Brian Tichy was continuously throwing sticks into the air but, surprisingly, catching them each time. Most of the songs were played and performed seamlessly, effectively, hard, energetic and inspiring. It so easy to say the support band (or a guest) has done its job more than well.
If the guitar solos were the ones to save some adding total good impression of The Dead Daisies' act, we might say something very similar or even more emphasized for some songs that were performed by Whitesnake. After the usual intro of classic song by The Who, „My Generation“ - cautious fear that all might not go so well with another classic by Deep Purple, „Burn“ was proving correctly. David Coverdale's vocal simply cannot deliver the best anymore. When more intensive emotion should be emphasized it all finishes in plain shouting or growl; when higher notes should be reached sometimes it finishes in overstated screaming. Don't get me wrong, the musicians of the band (drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi) they all have played their parts inspiring, professionally and energetic. But we shouldn't be unfair to Coverdale - he did not disappoint either.
The most emotional moments of the gig (very welcomed classics „Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City“ powered by great chorus' sing-a-long, "Mistreated“ with Reb's and Joel's effective and appealing guitar solos and Tommy's spectacular escapades serving as intermezzo during excellent „You Fool No One“) have reminded us why had Whitesnake gained such reputation and status to the date. Of course, two strongest classics that reminded me of the cult album „Live…in the Heart of the City“ (1980.) are actually not original Whitesnake songs - they are brilliantly re-arranged and hardened versions of the song that was famed by Bobby Bland, as well as the song that is originally by the band that launched Coverdale - Deep Purple...
A the other hand, popular songs from 80-ties are solid. That is a simple fact. Guys have performed them correctly and as expected - they were extra hardened at very ends with a bombastic finale. Sole commercial success and popularity of the songs have pulled out otherwise plain versions of the hits „Bad Boys“, „Love Ain't No Stranger“, „Is This Love“ and pulsing, but uncomfortably pale below any expectations of „Here I Go Again“ - which closed the regular part of the concert.
Though, „You Keep On Moving“ was performed very well (no wonder that this song is an old number from Deep Purple 70-ies phase and that Coverdale has announced it with his typical theater), but honest emotions have fully blown out during an acoustic version of the classic "Soldier of Fortune“. Coverdale proved he can still combine and deliver emotions and technically above average performance, while Hoekstra and Luppi kept the instrumental lead. The reaction from the crowd was more than positive.
Before that, I must mention a performance of another brilliant Deep Purple song, „You Fool No One“ with Devin's appealing blues intro played on harmonica. In total, we witnessed one very satisfying concert. Encore was only one song, „Still of the Night“. The night ended with inevitable „We Wish You Well“ and „Always Look on the Bright Side of Life“ by Monty Python over the hall sound.
Coverdale and Halford are generation (they were born in 1951) but I must summarize that, within genre and in the right context, the frontman of Judas Priest would take a victory in the sense of "being in the better form at certain age". Both require a delay. Both are saved by excellent guitar solos of the respective band members. In Coverdale's case also backing vocals. This year, I have seen the concerts of the original bands of both legends. But if I have to choose, I would name Halford the winner, even if by a millimeter. Nonetheless, last night's concert was a quality one, technically and emotionally. And successful. The venue was almost full and Coverdale communicated with the audience well - spirited and optimistic.