Whitesnake-Purple Tour 2015-Thurs.,July 2,2015@Casino Rama

David Coverdale and his band Whitesnake played to a sold out audience at Casino Rama on Thursday. It wasn’t merely a simple Greatest Hits Thursday to the band’s monster-sized hits (and hair) from the late ’80s, the band offered a heavy dose of its new album, a collection paying tribute to Coverdale’s years as lead singer of Deep Purple in the mid-’70s. That might have left some disappointed who wanted more tunes from the band’s Slide It In, Whitesnake and Slip of the Tongue albums, but the focus on Deep Purple’s blues-rock provided a better showcase of what Whitesnake has to offer now, in 2015.

half of the show was dedicated to The Purple Album, with the band taking the stage to album opener “Burn” and then their big hit”Slide It In.” A big charmer, he thanked the crowd multiple times. When he wasn’t complimenting and saying “Wow” to scantily-clad women in the front rows, Coverdale was leading the band through Deep Purple cuts like “Mistreated,” and “You Keep on Moving.” Given that these tunes come from the mid-’70s, with all the musicians given time for long solos as Coverdale moved around the stage, he pounded his chest and pointed at various folks in the crowd. And the crowd were screaming for more, singing, dancing and taking pictures.

Coverdale who is his 60s was in great spirit, vocally and physically, and still doing those trade mark mic-stand-thrusting moves. In guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, you have two axe men with some amazing tech skills, shredding out riffs that would have made ace original guitarist Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore proud. Keyboardist Michele Luppi managed to do some justice to evoke DP’s Jon Lord. There was a great tribute to both Jon Lord and Tommy Bolin during the set. And in the rhythm section, bassist Michael Devin was a talent, singing harmonies and playing harmonica, while sixty five year old drummer Tommy Adridge, a long-time Coverdale musician with a long resume of talented musicians he has played for, used drums sticks, no sticks at times and did some crazy moves with his hands to beat the drum skins. Coverdale and his band are on tour for the rest of the year and these vets don’t look like they will be slowing down soon.