Doug Aldrich

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Doug Aldrich
Aldrich performing live with Whitesnake in 2008
Aldrich performing live with Whitesnake in 2008
Background information
Birth nameDouglas Aldrich
Born (1964-02-19) February 19, 1964 (age 57)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • bass
  • vocals
Years active1982–present
Associated acts

Doug Aldrich is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He was born February 19, 1964 and founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St. John in 1998 and has played with the bands: Whitesnake, Dio, Lion, Hurricane, House of Lords, Bad Moon Rising and Revolution Saints. He is currently a member of the band The Dead Daisies. He has also released several solo albums. Doug toured with former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes' band in 2015. It was announced in early 2016 that he would be replacing Richard Fortus as guitarist of The Dead Daisies.[1]


Aldrich began playing guitar at age 11-- inspired by his older sister's Jeff Beck albums. Aldrich's first guitar was a cheap Les Paul-copy purchased from a Sears catalog. Fresh out of high school, Aldrich met the girlfriend of Kiss drummer Eric Carr-- who told him that he was the type of guitarist Kiss was looking for to replace Ace Frehley. He subsequently auditioned for Kiss in 1982 but the spot ultimately went to Vinnie Vincent.[2] Aldrich said that although the members of Kiss treated him very well during the audition process Gene Simmons told him to "lose this number" when Aldrich attempted to talk with him again months later.[3]

Aldrich joined L.A. glam band Lion in 1983-- recording two albums and one EP before the band broke up in 1989. He was briefly a member of Hurricane-- replacing founding guitarist Robert Sarzo in 1989. He participated in the writing and recording of Slave to the Thrill (1990) before leaving the band.

Aldrich joined the critically acclaimed production show Raiding the Rock Vault at the Tropicana Las Vegas in early 2014 where he performed six shows a week with other rock 'n' roll greats including: Robin McAuley (formerly Survivor, MSG), John Payne (Asia), Howard Leese (Bad Company, Heart), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) and Andrew Freeman (Offspring), among others. This collaboration was still on ongoing project as of late 2015.[4]

Doug joined the Glenn Hughes solo European tour as guitarist during 2015 (along with drummer Pontus Engborg)-- to complete the power trio with Hughes on bass and vocals.[5]

It was announced in late January 2016 that Aldrich would be replacing Richard Fortus as guitarist in The Dead Daisies-- as Fortus was to be participating in the Guns N' Roses reunion.[6] Aldrich was in Nashville with The Dead Daisies as of late January 2016 working on a follow-up album to Revolución (2015). Aldrich is reunited As a member of The Dead Daisies with bassist Marco Mendoza. The two previously performed together in Whitesnake. Aldrich performed with The Dead Daisies on the Kiss Kruise VI event in November 2016.


Aldrich was endorsed by Jackson Guitars. He used their Dinky and Soloist Superstrats as well as his own signature model which has bridge and neck position-- humbucking pickups were "Full-shred" pickups which Seymour Duncan specially wired. California-based Suhr Guitars currently offers Aldrich signature humbucking pickups.[7] He plays various Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters through Suhr/ Cameron hot-rodded Marshall JMPs and Vintage Modern amps. Aldrich became an official endorsee of ESP Guitars in 2016. Aldrich sums up his philosophy of playing this way: "I'm not one of those guys that follows whatever is trendy. I'd rather do what I do best and do it to the best of my ability."[8]


Year Artist Album Notes
1983 Mansfield Gonna Rock You B/w Overdrive EP
1986 Lion Power Love EP
1987 Lion Dangerous Attraction including "The Transformers (Theme)"
1989 Lion Trouble in Angel City
1990 House of Lords Sahara Guest Guitar
1990 Hurricane Slave to the Thrill
1991 Bad Moon Rising Full Moon Fever EP
1991 Bad Moon Rising Bad Moon Rising
1992 W.A.S.P. Crimson Idol Guest Guitar on track 4
1993 Bad Moon Rising Blood on the Streets EP
1993 Bad Moon Rising Blood
1994 Doug Aldrich Highcentered
1995 Bad Moon Rising Junkyard Haze EP
1995 Bad Moon Rising Opium for the Masses
1995 Bad Moon Rising Millwall Brick
1995 Bad Moon Rising Free
1997 Doug Aldrich Electrovision
1997 Doug Aldrich The Electro-Lesson / Guitar Instructional Video Video
1999 Bad Moon Rising Flames on the Moon Compilation
1999 Burning Rain Burning Rain
2000 Burning Rain Pleasure to Burn
2001 Doug Aldrich Alter Ego
2002 Dio Killing the Dragon
2003 Dio Evil or Divine - Live in New York City Recorded 2002, DVD
2005 Bad Moon Rising Full Moon Collection Box-set
2005 Dio Evil or Divine - Live in New York City Recorded 2002, Live album
2006 Dio Holy Diver - Live
2006 Whitesnake Live... In the Still of the Night DVD&CD, Recorded 2004
2006 Whitesnake Live: In the Shadow of the Blues
2008 Whitesnake Good To Be Bad
2010 Dio Electra Single
2010 Dio Tournado – Limited Edition Tour Box Set 4Disc Box set ("Killing the Dragon", "Evil or Divine" DVD & CD, "Electra")
2011 Whitesnake Forevermore
2012 Dio The Very Beast of Vol. 2 Compilation
2013 Whitesnake Made in Japan CD/DVD
2013 Whitesnake Made in Britain/The World Records CD/DVD live
2013 Burning Rain Epic Obsession
2015 Revolution Saints Revolution Saints
2016 The Dead Daisies Make Some Noise
2017 The Dead Daisies Live & Louder Live
2017 Revolution Saints Light in the Dark
2017 The Dead Daisies The Covers: Live at Planet Rock EP
2018 The Dead Daisies Burn It Down
2019 Burning Rain Face the Music
2019 The Dead Daisies Locked and Loaded: The Covers Album Compilation
2020 Revolution Saints Rise
2020 Whitesnake The Rock Album Compilation
2020 The Dead Daisies The Lockdown Sessions EP
2020 Whitesnake Love Songs Compilation
2020 Dio Killing the Dragon Deluxe New Remastered Edition + Bonus CD Live
2021 Whitesnake The Blues Album Compilation
2021 The Dead Daisies Holy Ground

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  1. ^ "GN'R members Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed leave The Dead Daisies; Doug Aldrich in". Metal Insider. January 28, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Classic Rock presents Whitesnake The Official Magazine pg.127
  3. ^ "DOUG ALDRICH RECALL'S HIS AUDITION TO REPLACE ACE FREHLEY IN KISS". Backstage Pass. Backstage Pass Rock News. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Aldrich, Doug. "Doug Aldrich – back at Raiding The Rock Vault". Doug Aldrich. Doug Aldrich. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Hughes, Glenn (June 2, 2015). "GLENN HUGHES announces DOUG ALDRICH as guitarist for European tour". Glenn Hughes. Coast to Coast Fanzine Bulletin News. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Doug Aldrich joins, Richard Fortus & Dizzy Reed depart". The Dead Daisies. January 29, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Suhr Aldrich Pickups". Suhr. January 20, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "Doug Aldrich Biography". Lastfm. July 24, 2006. Retrieved February 10, 2017.

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