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Bernie Marsden and Adrian Vandenberg onstage with Whitesnake

David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden onstage at Sweden Rock Festival 2011. Adrian Vandenberg also in shot.

Bernie Marsden (right) and Arian Vandenberg (background) performed onstage with Whitesnake at Sweden Rock Festival tonight.

This is the news fresh in from The Highway Star’s on-site reporter Svante Axbacke, tweeting from the festival site.

‘He helped me start this band,’ David Coverdale said about Bernie Marsden, and the two hugged and played Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City with Marsden taking the second solo after Reb Beach took the first.

Marsden also performed Fool For Your Loving with Whitesnake – though without trying to upstage Coverdale’s young guns at the edge of the stage.

‘Please say hello to my Dutch brother,’ said David Coverdale to welcome Adrian Vandenberg to the stage. With four guitarists – current players Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach with both guests, Whitesnake closed their main set with Here I Go Again.

For the encores both guests came back onstage and did Still Of The Night.

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23 Comments to “Bernie Marsden and Adrian Vandenberg onstage with Whitesnake”:

  1. 1
    crabby says:

    Would rather be at this concert than wasting money with Deep Purple. The boston gig was horrible. Why play with an orchestra? Ans: To get more money into managment and band pockets.

  2. 2
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Again the Twilight Years are upon us…..hard to believe it’s come to this. I love the Old School Whitesnake, but to state Marsden didn’t want to show his predecessors up is like stating he wouldn’t want to show Steve Vai up…..I love Old Whitesnake as much as the rest, but to compare Guitar Virtuoso??? Sorry. Different types of guitar maybe, but showing up one for the other??? Need I say more regarding the ‘Narrow Minds’?

    See what I’m saying?? It’s a snapshot in time. enjoy each one.



  3. 3
    Karl-Heinz says:

    Good news.

    The great Bernie Marsden plays on “Still Of The Night”.

    It’s like Ian Gillan would sing “Burn”. Interresting.

  4. 4
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 2

    Your post is puzzling me.
    Where do you read BM states something?

    I do not see a ” read more” text within the head of the thread.

    I think you try to say Sykes, Vai and Moody et all should be there too?

  5. 5
    The Holy Chair says:

    I suppose a link could not hurt.



    Not very good quality and(I think)incomplete, if Ill find something better….I will post them.

  6. 6
    biz says:

    finally more than one whitesnake member onstage at a whitesnake gig 😉 something like izzy stradlin’ joining axl and his band a couple of times 😛 wish i was there

  7. 7
    Barfly Gypsy says:

    Strange to read comments about Bernie like this
    Whats the fuzz about still of the night? That album with John sykes
    it´s toghether with that stevie vai album with whitesnake the 2 albums that dont fit in at all in the whitesnake doscografia the total lack of blues feeling that is so caracteristic for whitesnake nowdays and in the beginning , that 1987 album it is so off and personaly i think sykes fucked whitesnake up for quite a while, i got back to listen to them now again because i think that Doug and Rob has put the blues back in the core of the heart of the band again ,and thats what i loved when a heard them the first time. And they write good songs now to.
    They are not just wanking there shreeding skills. Say what you want about Bernie hes not just a hell of a guitar player hes a super songwriter as well and also a god singer. And in my oppinion he and moody was as vital to whitesnake in the beginning as Blackmoore and Lord was to Purple.

  8. 8
    Barfly Gypsy says:

    (Karl-Heinz says:
    Good news.
    The great Bernie Marsden plays on “Still Of The Night”.
    It’s like Ian Gillan would sing “Burn”. Interresting.)

    And for the record ive listen to concerts with Purple with Coverdale on vocals where he did both Highway star and smoke on the water and other mkII songs whery good the one that fucks it up is mostly Hughes that tries to screem even higher than Ian and he just sounds like he is totaly out of focus, its not good.
    But i have never heard Ian try to do a MkIII song and i consider the ones on Made in Europe just as good as the ones on made in Japan maybe even better.

  9. 9
    Barfly Gypsy says:

    And Coverdale has made at least 2 good albums in the 2000 century.
    What has Gillan come up with and Purple since Blackmoore left 2 songs from 4 albums that in there setlist live, and for that matter the two most boring.
    I miss Blackmoore and Lord its not my Purple anymore Sorry Paice.

  10. 10
    philios distras says:

    god i would love to have been at that show

  11. 11
    butttocks says:

    sykes was awsome in whitesnake check ( Still of the night) is classic for it’s time and still sounds great. He brought the fire in ass sound to Whitesnake needed at that time, he did with Thin Lizzy, that put their music back on the map and regenerisd Phil Lynott, who sadly passed later that year.

  12. 12
    Fernando says:

    As far as I am informed, that was the very first time Coverdale and Marsden played Here I Go Again together on stage, a song written by the both of them almost 30 years ago. And as a bonus, along with the man that put the 1987 version solo to the same music… more than 25 years ago… very nice to read this news… best regards to all.

  13. 13
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    “Marsden also performed Fool For Your Loving with Whitesnake – though without trying to upstage Coverdale’s young guns at the edge of the stage.”

    from above article….

    need I say more????


  14. 14
    Bill says:

    Hello ladies and gentleman, I didn’t find anything wrong with Heyders comments about Bernies reconnection with the Snakes, I personally think that it is great that David reached out to Bernie to guest star on stage along with Adrian to come up and play! I don’t necessarily think that Bernie had to stay on the side of the stage to not Upstage the current geetar players! It’s a really good thing that DC and Bernie have reconnected as friends and musicians, as well as Mr. Vandenberg. The band is still a very viable entity, and really nobody would upstage anybody, that isn’t what this is about. Heyder is right, can’t we just enjoy that their playing together and enjoy this band that is in the twilight of their perspective careers? Lets just hope that DP can get back to work without orchestrations, and put out another strong CD, and then maybe they could consider reconnecting with all the DP musicians that is within the Purple realm, that would be a strong and fun show or three!! Or are the egos still to huge to be able to do that sort of thing? Lets just hope not! Cheers Wizard

  15. 15
    Joanna says:

    Great! Let’s hope Adrian will come back soon.

  16. 16
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @13: We were not trying to say Bernie should try to outshine his younger fellow guitar players, merely stating the fact that he kept in the dark in the background by the drumset while Beach and Aldrich still were at the front rocking away like BM hadn’t been there at all.

    Any criticism I would have about that would be that maybe the guys in the current line-up should have pushed Marsden to the front a bit. I’m sure he stood back there by his own free will but I think the current stars could have pushed the focus towards the guests a little bit more.

  17. 17
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 14

    Twilight of their career?

    I do not criticise you but….

    I think both DC and Bernie could do so much more and as classic as before if they were able to get together.

    How old are they anyway?
    Real bluesmen can go untill they drop dead.

    Still I have not seen a link from a YT that shows Still Of The Night with Bernie and Adje : )

  18. 18
    stefan says:

    I was there and it was great to see and hear Bernie again ! He seemed to be truly happy but a bit shy, to share the stage with old Cov again…..heartwarming !!!!!

  19. 19
    Gnuce Lee says:

    Bernie does not have to stand in the front to outshine younger players. He and Moody are Whitesnake more then any guitarist else.

  20. 20
    Pawel J says:

    Come on. I love “classic whitesnake” with moody mardsen paicey and murray. But that chapter is over. Good to know that DC respects them still. Listen to Forevermore. Great record – very powerful and bluesy too! For me that’s the point – great powerful sound with a bit of old whitesnake.

  21. 21
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 20

    I m afraid its been quite late to “kiss up” for DC”.

    For many years there was little trace of respect for the old Snakes.

  22. 22
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    That’s because the Old Snakes are GONE. Been so since the 80’s. Present Snakes are a fine bunch and are carrying the torch well…..Just like the present Purps….


  23. 23
    Campervan Beethoven says:

    Sorry but I think both DP and ‘snake are both well passed their sell by dates. Purple have made nothing interesting since Morse joined the band and ‘snake should have changed their name in 1987 to avoid confusion with the current aberration that masquerades as Whitesnake. Forevermore is a joke – it’s just noise with someone trying to be David Coverdale and trash cans for drums.

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