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Whitesnake announce new album, Flesh & Blood, unleash song “Shut Up & Kiss Me”: Stream

The veteran rock band kicks off a US tour in April

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    After spending last year celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, Whitesnake are ready to forge ahead in 2019 with the forthcoming release of a new album Flesh & Blood. The news dropped today with the release of a video for the LP’s first single “Shut Up & Kiss Me,” which pays homage to the imagery of the group’s past while presenting a leaner, meaner sound.

    The 13-song album, due out May 10th, is the first collection of new material from Whitesnake since 2011’s Forevermore. Their last release, The Purple Album, from 2015 found the band putting their own spin on tunes that frontman David Coverdale recorded during his time as a member of Deep Purple. According to an interview that the 67-year-old singer gave to Billboard about Flesh & Blood, this new album does feature a bit of the past as the song “Gonna Be Alright” was apparently built from a riff that he had written for a potential Coverdale-Page reunion.

    The video for “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (watch below) also pays homage to the era when Whitesnake was in regular rotation on MTV. The clip features an appearance by the white Jaguar that Coverdale’s then-wife Tawny Kitaen memorably danced upon and the silk jacket the singer was wearing in the video for “Here I Go Again”.

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    “After the intense darkness of our last video, if anything, it’s ‘light’ snake, you know?” Coverdale remarked. “My video director and creative partner Tyler Bourns and I discussed a great storyline for the video, which involves a surprise guest: my fabulous old white Jaguar. We ended up cleaning and detailing it, as it has been in storage since I moved to Lake Tahoe, then we dusted off my old turquoise silk jacket….and I was thinking, ‘Man, this is going to be fun!’ It’s a respectful acknowledgment and positive nod to the past, just fun stuff.”

    (Buy: Tickets to Whitesnake’s Upcoming Tour)

    As for the album, Flesh & Blood was produced by Whitesnake guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, and recorded primarily at Coverdale’s home studio in Lake Tahoe. And according to the singer, the record should have been out sooner than May, but the band was forced to delay its release after the studio ran into some technical issues.

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    “We had, like, 85 percent of the mix done and the entire studio just f–kin’ crashed,” Coverdale told Billboard. “We didn’t even know for almost two months if we’d saved whatever was there or if we would have to go back and redo everything. Fortunately, it was all there once we got back up and running again.”

    Even before Flesh & Blood is released, Whitesnake will be back on the road, kicking off a full month of dates in the U.S. on April 12th before heading to Europe in June for gigs with Def Leppard and some festival dates. You can get tickets here.

    Check out the video for “Shut Up & Kiss Me” and the band’s tour schedule below, and pre-order Flesh & Blood at this location.

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    Flesh & Blood Artwork:

    Whitesnake - Flesh and Blood

    Whitesnake – Flesh and Blood

    Flesh & Blood Tracklist:
    01. Good To See You Again
    02. Gonna Be Alright
    03. Shut Up & Kiss Me
    04. Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
    05. Always & Forever
    06. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
    07. Trouble Is Your Middle Name
    08. Flesh & Blood
    09. Well I Never
    10. Heart Of Stone
    11. Get Up
    12. After All
    13. Sands of Time

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    Whitesnake 2019 Tour Dates:
    04/12 – Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans First Council Casino
    04/13 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino
    04/15 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
    04/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
    04/19 – Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort
    04/20 – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre
    04/22 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
    04/23 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
    04/25 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    04/26 – Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC
    04/28 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
    04/29 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
    05/01 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National
    05/02 – Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino
    05/04 – Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival
    05/05 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
    05/07 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    05/08 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
    05/10 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
    05/11 – Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino
    05/14 – Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre
    05/17 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
    05/18 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino
    06/12 – Tilburg, NL @ 013
    06/14 – Donnington, UK @ Download Festival
    06/17 – Prague, CZ @ 02 Arena *
    06/19 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
    06/20 – Zurich, CH @ Rock the Ring Festival
    06/22 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
    06/23 – Dessel, BL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
    06/25 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Track
    06/27 – Zajecar, RS @ Gitarijada Festival
    06/29 – Plovdiv, BG @ Hills of Rock Festival
    07/01 – Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane
    07/03 – Zagreb, CR @ SRC Salata
    07/05 – Sered, SK @ Sered Amphitheatre
    07/07 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
    07/10 – Gavle, SE @ Furuviksparken
    07/15 – Saint Petersburg, RU @ Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre
    07/17 – Moscow, RU @ Crocus City Hall

    * = supporting Def Leppard

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