Writer/Photographer: Stacey Lovett
The Alamo City always appreciates a little rock rolling into town and the bad boys of Whitesnake showed San Antonio how to get wild, proving that rock most definitely ain’t dead.
Tempe Arizona rockers The Black Moods opened the night showing a sound cultivated three decades ago is not the least bit arid coming out of the American southwest today. Driven with heavy beats and solid guitars these guys nurture an oasis of sound out of the rock of ages with tunes like “Bad News” worthy of the music scene to keep their eyes on them. They were a fitting opener for such heavyweights as Whitesnake and set their own tone for the night.
The power in both sets flowed into one another, not simply a Black and White division, as the night covered the full spectrum of rock’s colorful scene from Coverdale’s roots in Deep Purple to the light that Whitesnake’s success has shined into modern day. Every note they’ve breathed into rock continues to blow away fans onstage, as they spare no part of a true rock and roll performance. The die-hard fans sported their Whitesnake tour shirts from the 80s and frontman David Coverdale didn’t take it down slow and easy with any part of what he’s given onstage since then going full thrust for fans as they returned the love in the high energy show. As the fourth stop on their three-month “Flesh & Blood” tour, San Antonio celebrated the old and embraced the new material divided up within the set which is to be released to the public next month on their newest album. This exclusive sampling of the album’s newer sounds, built off of 40 years of unrestrained high octane corporal influence, puts a bit of a new harder spin on their material singing to today’s temperament. Whitesnake’s enduring sound and spirit speaks to their generation – one that existed before streaming music, when emotion was analog, and live performances fed the soul and albums were carefully crafted playlists cultivating a specific mood. Their performance held true to this notion giving the crowd every bit of what they wanted when they wanted it. Their music reignites a love of long ago and proves a timelessness in the adoration each song brings. Every member of the band engaged with their fans throughout the show setting a mood and spreading power to all – from the guys mirroring the overt choreography with their own air guitars to flirting with the female fans in between licks they reached out to not only join hands with the fans in the front row but shared an experience with even those in the back screaming for more. On whatever level the music spoke to them and however many years they’ve been singing along, the level of heart fans of all ages showed proves the timelessness of the band and rock and roll itself.