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Whitesnake announce keyboard player


Ever since Coverdale announced the Purple album and Purple tour, many of you have wondered — what about a keyboard player? Well, now there is one, and his name is Michele Luppi. He’s Italian, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, and he also sings (seems like a prerequisite for being in Whitesnake these days).

Here’s a medley of covers done by his own band (including Here I Go Again and Is This Love). He’s the singer/bass player here:

And here is an example of him on the piano:

Unfortunately, he does not appear to be a particular Hammond afficionado, so do not expect anything too too Lordiesque live.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

17 Comments to “Whitesnake announce keyboard player”:

  1. 1
    Steve Richards says:

    This months Classic Rock magazine has arrived in the post today and they slaughter the Purple album in their review section.

  2. 2
    Stevie Gillespie says:

    What the fuck would classic rock know about rock… real rockers know who is rock and who belongs in classic rock…. dickheads

  3. 3
    Paolo Angeli says:

    Just bought a ticket for a November show….

  4. 4
    Kevin J. Julie says:

    funny that he’d add a keyboard player After the album! regardless, i thought The Purple Album sounds cool.

  5. 5
    John Harjo says:

    Well I heard keys on Burn. I think Brian Ruedy played on the album.

  6. 6
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Really?? Gotta throw the old and tired SOS low blow about vocals? Come on, leave that to the responding haters.

    The guy does sound really good and obviously quite an accomplished musician all the way around. TMIB needs to snap him up for a Rock album. Plus his voice could easily cover some Rainbow and Purple stuff. Come on DC, loan him to Ritchie. Come on Ritchie, borrow him and do a friggin’ Rock Album and TOUR IT! This Purple Album offering from Mr. Coverdale surely has to have you thinking about it. I say you use all new musicians you haven’t played with before which will remove the Reunion stigma which would just give folks more to gripe about. New band, New music and a tour on the album with some covers of some the old goodies.

    As for this guy joining Whitesnake? Hell Yeah! Keep him on board David for the next actual Whitesnake album also (if he is Ready and Willing). He is a good addition. 😉


  7. 7
    Michele Teso says:

    I saw him in concert: i assure he has a fantastic voice ..Coverdale will put down Michele’s volume 🙂

  8. 8
    byron says:

    He”s really good…But he’s a lead vocalist on his own..it can be very frustrating for him I suppose?
    Anyway I presume that he’ll front his own band when WS not on tour.

  9. 9
    Ken S. Lusk says:

    He should have got a kick-ass keyboardist into the project….before going into the studio….

  10. 10
    Ian Clements says:

    Well I hope he gas a Hammond C3 as the last keyboard player sounded crap

  11. 11
    stoffer says:

    Oh Yeah, I like this guy he’s got some CHOPS!!

  12. 12
    Labruna222 says:

    Pre-order the record and bought tickets for the show in Belfast. Hard to understand so much negativity when being able to see DC et al playing MkIII stuff live is a blessing!

  13. 13
    al says:

    I don’t understand so much negativity around Coverdale’s voice and Whitesnake is general.You can say i don’t like it for such such reason,but to be so disrespectful towards the remake of MK3 is astonishing.Just go and watch Britney Spears or New Metal shit and that noisy crap.It is hard to maintain and stay on top for such a long time,unless you are a great performer and being so talented such as MR Coverdale.He is one of the few ones still around.Enjoy while you still can people and nuff with derogatory shit!

  14. 14
    Joe Crowley says:

    He’ll probably put it up, DC has no concert voice left.

  15. 15
    Michele Teso says:

    I was ironic 🙂 Michele has such a beautifull voice that DC will try not to make it heard 🙂

  16. 16
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Please, all you negative nay sayers…… Please offer a list of what you are listening to right now that is BETTER than what Whitesnake is offering with this Album and Tour….. PLEASE!!!!!

    I can’t wait for the list. I’m sure it comes close to the Rock Hard faction of this Whitesnake/Purple extravaganza. NOT POSSIBLE!

    Come On. Really? Such cheap shots? I bet none of you have the balls to say to DC’s face what you write here, hidden in your little rooms, under the dark light, all alone, in your little world of make believe whereby in your mind you are a Rock Star with the Voice and Musical Ability to go on forever as a hero that has no end……

    Damn, did I just write that? I must be Super Pissed Off at some Super A-Holes.

    OK, back to enjoying the fact that I will be seeing yet another band that gets ridicule from the Hide and Seek Ridicule Gang on August 2 in Nashville. DEEP PURPLE!!! Yes, playing Deep Purple Songs from the Past. Not the same as the Original Versions……. PURFECT!!!!! Just the way I like it. For those that can’t make it….. TOO BAD. I’ll send my regards.

    Ch-BeerZ Ass Holes 😉

  17. 17
    Paul Jacklin says:

    @16 With you totally

    Deep Purple at London’s O2 Arena, December 3rd
    Whitesnake with my 11-year old son at Wembley Arena, December 18th

    What a year – can’t wait and guess what I bet DC doesn’t sound a bit like most of those crappy YouTube clips, but yeah not as good as 1980, although the tunes rock just the same!

    I don’t understand the negative/troll mindset., however. I’m glad WS/DP can carry on, producing modern classics like Steal Your Heart Away and Above and Beyond etc which enrich my life and having missed their hey-day touring I sure do love it now.

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