Aldridge returns to Whitesnake
Drummer Tommy Aldrige has returned to Whitesnake for a third stint, David Coverdale has confirmed.
He replaces Brian Tichy, who announced his decision to bow out earlier this month in order to concentrate on new project SUN with Sass Jordan.
Aldridge says: “I can’t express how honoured and grateful I am to be back in the ‘Snake fold. Working with David and co has always been a labour of love. I’m so stoked to be back to finish what we started.”
Mainman Coverdale adds: “When I asked the band members to put together their wishlist of potential drummers, every one, without exception, had Tommy at the top of their list.
“Most of the fans who communicated their suggestions on the website wanted Tommy back too.
“It seems like our destiny to work together. This is going to be so much fun.”
Aldridge was previously a member of Whitesnake from 1987 until the band went on hiatus in 1991. Afterwards he played with Manic Eden, Motorhead and Ted Nugent, among others, before rejoining Coverdale’s outfit in 2002.
He remained behind the kit for five years before departing to join Thin Lizzy, then led by John Sykes. In 2009 the band were forced to cancel a series of support slots with AC/DC when Aldridge broke his collarbone. That kickstarted a series of events which saw Sykes leave Lizzy and original drummer Brian Downey return, leading to the creation of new band Black Star Riders at the end of 2012.
Whitesnake UK tour 2013
May 16: Belfast Oddyssey
May 18: Glasgow SECC
May 20: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
May 22: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 25: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
May 26: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
May 28: Birmingham LG Arena
May 29: London Wembley Arena