Whitesnake live 2004 in Tampere, FINLAND


16.11 2004

Tampere Ice Hall, FINLAND

Review and pictures by Marko Syrjala

The "Live: In the Still of the Night" tour landed Finland for the first time in September 2004 when band played in the front of a sold out crowd in Helsinki. A couple of weeks later they returned to play one show in the far North of Finland in Oulu and now they are here again playing a show in Tampere and still there is one more gig left in Turku tomorrow. So in total there are four Ice Hall gigs within three months in Finland by Whitesnake. So the question is, is this band popular or not?


Well to be honest, besides Helsinki, none of these shows were sold out and today there was approximately 3500 people when the capacity is somewhere between 5000-6000. But anyway, these are still great numbers when you remember that when Whitesnake last visited Finland they played in Helsinki in House of Culture whose capacity is around 1300 and even that wasn?t sold out back then. The opening act was a Finnish band called Kilpi but I didn?t follow them too much. They did an ?okay? performance but there?s not much to tell about them?


Then it was time of glorious Whitesnake. They opened with the old Deep Purple classic ?Burn? which was a really welcome addition to the bands current setlist. In the middle of the song band played a couple of chords from another DP classic ?Strormbringer? which also worked extremely well and then they returned back to ?Burn?. Marco Mendoza did really great job here when he was singing old Glenn Hughes high vocal parts during choruses. It was funny to see that even the average age of the audience was approximately thirty years and more still many people didn?t recognized that song at all?strange.






Next, a much more known song, was ?Bad Boys? from 1987 and then followed ?Love Ain?t No Stranger? from the 1983 release SLIDE IT IN. The later seemed to be a quite a crowd favourite. ?Ready and Willing? the first ?old? track and even the most cynical fans started to wake up. ?Is This Love? I don?t know? I do know that?s a big hit song, but in my ears it now sounds ?a little bit? updated. It?s one of those songs which should be replaced anytime soon?  Just my opinion, but still I am sure that I?m not the only one who wishes the same?  Another track from 1987 followed. ?Give Me All Your Love Tonight?. It?s a good rocker and David get the audience to shout their lungs out during the choruses. The very ?Led Zep? sounding ?Judgement Day? was played next. For some strange reason it was the only track played from the brilliant SLIP OF THE TONGUE album. That one sounded really cool.  I hope that there will be more stuff from that album in the future? SLIP OF THE TONGUE was released back in 1989, so this song was the latest song on the set list.





The guitar solo of Doug Aldrich could be called standard. His playing style sounds a kind of combination of Randy Rhoads and John Sykes and there were some nice licks played but … nothing special here. On the other hand his playing especially in ?1987? tracks was really convincing and there was no doubt who was the lead player of the show. Rumours tell that it?s going to be him who will probably write songs for next Whitesnake album (if it never comes out..? At least he did great job with Dio on the ?Killing Dragon? album). No wonder why David introduced him as a closest friend of his?






?Cryin? In The Rain?. It?s a good track but could easily be replaced with something else nothing else to say here. Tommy Aldridge?s drum solo was just amazing. Okay, he?s been doing that since his Black Oak Arkansas days in the 70?s, but it was still impressing when he was hitting drums without drumsticks. I have seen Tommy playing live some years ago with Thin Lizzy and he was now as good as then. He?s still definitely of the best rock drummers around.


Then it was time to go back to the early years of Whitesnake. ?Aint? No Love In The Heart Of the City? a song from the first SNAKEBITE album continued on and on something like ten minutes when David wanted to sing a long chorus forever with the audience. But it was good track anyway. Next song was another gem from the past ?Don?t Break My Heart Again?. It must be said that it was strange thing to hear when some of the old classics were kind of re-arranged. ?Don?t Break My Heart Again? was one of those and it was hard to even recognize. The musicianship was faultless and the guys played very well with plenty of passion but something was clearly missing when they played the ?old numbers??  





Well the end of the set was coming to near and two big hits from the eighties closed the main set. ?Fool For Your Love? and ?Here I Go Again? are kind of song which everybody know.  ?Take Me With You? was the first encore. It was a pleasant surprise because it?s been a while since it?s been a part of the set list. And again it was like during the ?Burn?. Many people didn?t recognize it at all.  Maybe people should buy also other than just ?Best Of Whitesnake? albums because these two tracks usually can?t be found from there… 😉





Of course the final song tonight was ?Still of the Night?. That song is probably the biggest song in Whitesnake?s history and it?s impossible to exceed, so was a perfect closer of the set.  It?s esteemed that David still could reach all the difficult high notes here.  We have to remember that he?s in the mid of his 50?s and unlike most of the men in his age he still looks really good and he sounded now even better than on his last visit in Finland in 1998. Altogether it?s great that he?s generally doing what he does and we can only hope that there are still many years to come. It also must be said that Marco Mendoza is a man in a right place. He?s style might not please everyone but to be honest he?s a amazing bass player, performer and a singer. David called him ?A most dangerous man in the world? and that?s because he probably is now getting more ladies attention than ?Big D? himself? Second guitar player Reb Beach remained a little bit hidden during the show. He was clearly playing mostly rhythm(!!!) guitar when Doug was taking the leader role. I don?t know if this role is the best possible for Reb because he has had a bigger place in Winger, Alice Cooper, and for a short time in Dokken…and he?s capable of so much more. Anyway, he performed well with good attitude and was even able to play a couple of solos there and then. Another ?man in the shadows?, keyboardist Timothy Drury, stayed mostly standing behind his instrument as keyboardists usually do. He took care of his job professionally with big smile on his face and that?s a good?


The set list was quite well chosen. It?s true that there wasn?t too many surprises but most of the crowd was surely pleased. Personally I would like to hear some more ?classic Whitesnake?. How about doing ?Lovehunter?, ?Young Blood? or ?Rough ?n Ready? next time? Also why to reject all the stuff from latest albums? For example ?Restless Heart? would be a nice addition in the set list?  Blaah? you will never get everything you want to? Wholly this concert wasn?t perfect but a really good one. Please do a new album sometime and come back soon, alright?


Special thanx to Ritva V??n?nen from Welldone Agengy and Promotion Oy and to Jussi Santalahti from Partysan Concert Promotion to get this review done!




Bad Boys

Love Ain?t No Stranger 

Ready n? Willing

Is This Love

Give Me All Your Love

Judgement Day

Cryin? In The Rain

Ain?t No Love In The Heart Of The City

Don?t Break My Heart Again

Fool For Your Lovin?

Here I Go Again

Take Me With You

Still Of The Night











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