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Whitesnake Live in Stockholm

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Monday, October 4, 2004 @ 9:29 PM


Whitesnake, With The Zan Clan,

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REVIEW BY: Patrick

I was on my way to see Whitesnake, a band that haven’t had an album out since 1989, or is it 1990? However since I used to be a big fan, I really wanted to check out how Mr. Coverdale was doing these days.

I came to the Hovet Arena in Stockholm at the same time as someone from stage is screaming, “We Are Zan Clan -- Who the Fuck Are You?!” At first I didn't recognize him, but then I saw that Zan Clan was no other than Zinny Zan’s (former singer of Shotgun Messiah) new band.

I used to think Shotgun Messiah was the greatest band out of Sweden back in 1989, so this was surely a surprise. Zan Clan had cool and catchy songs with good hooks and heavy riffs and the audience seemed to like them, too.

Zinny was just as I remember him since back in the ‘80s -- all over the stage and working the crowd real well. There must be something with Zinny and guitarists, ‘cause one of his guitarists (there was two in the band) was really amazing and had a great stage presence too. Zan Clan closed their set with a Cheap Trick cover “Surrender” after 40 minutes.

Whitesnake came on and started with Deep Purple’s “Burn,” that went in to a little bit of “Stormbringer,” and then back again to “Burn.” Let me tell you that this was a breathtaking opening.

Both guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach were working hard on their strings, while Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge kept a rock steady beat.

I had seen Whitesnake back in 1984 and in 1989, but I have to say that I have never seen them better that this gig in Stockholm. David seemed to enjoy himself and was just a king on stage leading the crowd through an a cappella version of “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” that nearly brought the roof down. Tommy Aldridge went in to a drum solo and halfway through the thing, he just threw the drumsticks away and played the drums with his bare hands -- this made the audience go nuts once again. Whitesnake closed the set with “Still of the Night” and off they went.

Now when I’m writing this, I feel that I have seen the best ‘80s concert, with two bands that really rocked and gave it their all but with one exception: IT IS 2004!

Whitesnake -- you were amazing, and Zan Clan was a good warm up for them, too.



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