WHITESNAKE - From SLIP OF THE TONGUE to STARKERS IN TOKYO (1988/1998)


Vivian Campbell left Whitesnake in late 1988 and so the band's line-up changed yet again for the 1989 album Slip of the Tongue.

Although he co-wrote all of the songs, Adrian Vandenberg sustained a serious wrist injury, making it impossible for him to play.

Coverdale had no choice and found a new guitarist to record the parts, Steve Vai.

Slip of the Tongue (1989) sold three million copies and hit No. 10 in both the US and UK album charts.

The album also spawned three successful singles: the modern version of a classic as "Fool for Your Loving" (#37 US and No. 43 UK), "The Deeper the Love" (#28 US and No. 35 UK) and "Now You're Gone" (#31 UK and No. 96 US).

With Vai and Vandenberg both as new members, the band hit the road to support the album. After the last show of the Liquor and Poker tour in 1990, Coverdale decided he would fold the band.

Coverdale announced that he would be taking a break from the music business, but the next year he started to work with former-Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page, which resulted in the album CoverdalePage (1993).

Vandenberg, Sarzo, and Aldridge remained together, forming the new band Manic Eden. A new line-up of the band was assembled for 1994's Whitesnake's Greatest Hits album with Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini , drummer Denny Carmassi, the bassist Rudy Sarzo and guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, and the addition of keyboard player Paul Mirkovich.

In 1997 Coverdale and Vandenberg re-grouped to work together on a new Whitesnake album Restless Heart.

This was originally to be a solo album for Coverdale, but the record company pressured them to release it under the Whitesnake name.

However, despite a release in both Japan and Europe, it was never available officially in the US.

The album marked a return to the band's earlier R&B music. The album reached the UK Top 40 album chart and produced "Too Many Tears", which reached No. 46 on the UK singles chart.

A core line-up of Coverdale, Carmassi and Vandenberg was supplemented by Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt and Coverdale and Page keyboardist Brett Tuggle during recording sessions and by Mr. Mister guitarist Steve Farris, keyboardist Derek Hilland and The Firm bassist Tony Franklin during the ensuing tour.

During the tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg recorded an unplugged show in Japan entitled Starkers in Tokyo (1998).

The two also played another unplugged show for VH1 tv channel.

In the end of '97, Coverdale folded the band and took another break from the music business.

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