List of band members in David Coverdale's bands

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David Coverdale is best known for his band Whitesnake. Whitesnake emerged when Coverdale wanted to name his backing band on tour, before becoming a device for him to promote himself with though it remained his backing band and not a band in its own right. Later Coverdale would return to solo work and would also work with Jimmy Page on a project. Aside from Coverdale himself, there was a number of other overlaps in membership of these various groups. To construct an accurate chronology of his backing band therefore, the line-ups for David Coverdale Band, Whitesnake and Coverdale-Page have been included.

David Coverdale backing bands - transformed into Whitesnake (1976–1978)[edit]

Whitesnake wasn't so much formed, as evolved. It was put together during the process of David Coverdale's post-Deep Purple solo career. He began work with classic Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody on both his solo albums. The touring band in 1978 that Coverdale used (to support his Northwinds album) was the band that would become Whitesnake very shortly.

Period Lineup Releases
David Coverdale Band

(1976–1977)

with

  • DeLisle Harper - Bass (session musician)
  • Simon Phillips - Drums (session musician)
  • Ron Aspery - Sax (session musician)
David Coverdale Band

(1977)

David Coverdale Band/Whitesnake

(1978)

First Whitesnake era (1978–1991)[edit]

When reforming Whitesnake in 1982 after a brief hiatus, Coverdale brought back only Moody and Lord, and the hurriedly put together band changed as it settled. The session musicians required to complete Whitesnake's self-titled album in 1987 only played on the song Here I Go Again 87 (other than the keyboards), because this song was unfinished when the band was fired.

Period Lineup Releases
David Coverdale's Whitesnake

(1978)

  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Micky Moody - Guitar
  • Bernie Marsden - Guitar
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Peter Solley - Keyboards
  • Dave Dowle - Drums
Whitesnake (1978–1979)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Micky Moody - Guitar
  • Bernie Marsden - Guitar
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Jon Lord - Keyboards
  • Dave Dowle - Drums
Whitesnake (1979–1982)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Micky Moody - Guitar
  • Bernie Marsden - Guitar
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Jon Lord - Keyboards
  • Ian Paice - Drums
Whitesnake (1982–1984)
Whitesnake (1984)
  • David Coverdale - Lead vocals, piano, percussion
  • John Sykes - Guitar
  • Mel Galley - Guitar, backing vocals
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Jon Lord - Keyboards
  • Cozy Powell - Drums
Whitesnake (1984–1985)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • John Sykes - Guitar
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Cozy Powell - Drums

with

  • Richard Bailey - Keyboards (off-stage touring musician)
  • Live In 1984: Back To The Bone (2014)
Whitesnake (1985–1987)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • John Sykes - Guitar
  • Neil Murray - Bass
  • Aynsley Dunbar - Drums

with

Whitesnake (1987–1988)
Whitesnake (1988–1989)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Adrian Vandenberg - Guitar
  • Rudy Sarzo - Bass
  • Tommy Aldridge - Drums

with

  • Don Airey - Keyboards (session musician)
Whitesnake (1989–1991)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Steve Vai - Guitar
  • Adrian Vandenberg - Guitar
  • Rudy Sarzo - Bass
  • Tommy Aldridge - Drums

with

  • Rick Seratte - Keyboards (off-stage touring musician)

Coverdale embarks on Coverdale-Page collaboration (1991–1993)[edit]

When Coverdale split up the band in 1991 to work with Jimmy Page, he worked with Denny Carmassi (who had done a little session work in 1987 for Whitesnake), Guy Pratt and Brett Tuggle. Carmassi was on both the album and tour for Coverdale-Page while the other two only appeared on the tour.

Period Lineup Releases
Coverdale-Page (1991–1992)
Coverdale-Page (1993)

Coverdale-Page Tour

  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Jimmy Page - Guitar
  • Guy Pratt - Bass
  • Brett Tuggle - keyboards
  • Denny Carmassi - drums, percussion

Second era Whitesnake: temporary reunions (1994–1998)[edit]

Carmassi would join Whitesnake for the 1994 Greatest Hits Reunion tour which was organised shortly after Coverdale put the new compilation together. All three would join the band in 1997 for Restless Heart (though this was initially meant to be a David Coverdale solo project, and Pratt and Tuggle left before the support tour).

Period Lineup Releases
Whitesnake

Greatest Hits Tour (1994)

  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Warren DeMartini - Guitar
  • Adrian Vandenberg – Guitar
  • Rudy Sarzo - Bass
  • Denny Carmassi - Drums
  • Paul Mirkovich - Keyboards
Band split (1995–1997) Coverdale works on solo album, becomes Restless Heart
David Coverdale & Whitesnake

Restless Heart Reunion (1997)

  • David Coverdale – Lead vocals
  • Adrian Vandenberg – Guitar
  • Guy Pratt – Bass
  • Brett Tuggle – Keyboards
  • Denny Carmassi - Drums
Whitesnake Unplugged (acoustic)

(1997)

  • David Coverdale – Vocals
  • Adrian Vandenberg – Guitar
David Coverdale & Whitesnake

Restless Heart Reunion Tour/Whitesnake Farewell Tour (1997)

  • David Coverdale – Lead vocals
  • Adrian Vandenberg – Guitar
  • Steve Farris - Guitar
  • Mark Francis - Guitar
  • Tony Franklin – Bass
  • Denny Carmassi - Drums
  • Derek Hilland – Keyboards
Band split (1997) Coverdale takes time off after hectic tour

David Coverdale returns to solo work and tours (1998–2002)[edit]

Hilland, Franklin, and Carmassi all joined Coverdale for his Into the Light solo album in 2000. Earl Slick, Doug Bossi and future member Marco Mendoza also contributed.

Third era Whitesnake: 25th anniversary reformation (2002 on)[edit]

In 2002, Whitesnake reformed fully. Unlike the reunions of the mid 1990s, this is a full time lineup as existed previously in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Period Lineup Releases
Whitesnake

25th Anniversary Reformation (2002–05)

Whitesnake (2005–2007)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Uriah Duffy - Bass
  • Timothy Drury - Keyboards
  • Tommy Aldridge - Drums
Whitesnake (2007–2010)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Uriah Duffy - Bass
  • Timothy Drury - Keyboards
  • Chris Frazier - Drums
Whitesnake (2010–2011)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Michael Devin - Bass
  • Brian Tichy - Drums
Whitesnake (2011–2013)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Michael Devin - Bass
  • Brian Tichy - Drums
  • Brian Ruedy - Keyboards
Whitesnake (2013–2014)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Michael Devin - Bass
  • Tommy Aldridge - Drums
  • Brian Ruedy - Keyboards
Whitesnake (2014–present)
  • David Coverdale - Vocals
  • Joel Hoekstra - Guitar
  • Reb Beach - Guitar
  • Michael Devin - Bass
  • Tommy Aldridge - Drums
  • Brian Ruedy - Keyboards

Timeline[edit]