Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tommy Aldridge Returns to Whitesnake For Third Stint as Drummer

Tommy Aldridge is returning to Whitesnake as their drummer for a third time, replacing Brian Tichy who left the group to pursue a new musical venture.

Aldridge has played with a long line of big names including Black Oak Arkansas, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy, but it's Whitesnake to which he keeps returning. His first stint was in 1987 when he signed on to tour with the group. That led to him becoming a permanent member and playing on the Slip of the Tongue album, the group's last before David Coverdale decided to put the band on hiatus.

He returned to Whitesnake from 2002 to 2007, appearing on three live albums that have been released over the years from that period.

David Coverdale said on the band's web page "When I asked all the band members to put together their wish-list of potential drummers for us...every one, without exception, had TA at the top of the list...Also, most of the fans who communicated their suggestions on WS.com wanted Tommy back in the band...So, without further ado, we are delighted to welcome him back with us...It seems it is our destiny to work together...This is going to be so much fun...Welcome back, TA!!!"

Aldridge added "I can't express how honored & grateful I am to be back in the Snake fold. Working with DC & Co has always been a labor of love. SO stoked to be back & finish what we started!!"

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