Whitesnake Cancels 2020 Tour: David Coverdale Surgery

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David Coverdale, in a video posted on Whitesnake’s Facebook page, March 23, 2020

David Coverdale announced today (March 23) that Whitesnake have cancelled their entire 2020 tour. The classic rock legend cited his need for bilateral hernia surgery. In a video posted to the band’s Facebook page, Coverdale said the condition makes it “very, very painful when I sing.”

Coverdale offered his apologies “for this unforeseen personal health issue, which I will have addressed at the first possible opportunity.

“Until then, I send my love to you & yours & hopefully we will meet again along the road.”

Just weeks earlier, Whitesnake had cancelled the Japanese dates of their Flesh & Blood world tour, due to the Coronavirus. The eight concerts were scheduled to begin on March 9.

In that March 5 announcement, the band called the decision “unavoidable” and indicated that they were working on rescheduling the dates.

Whitesnake had big tour plans for 2020. On Jan. 27, it was announced that Sammy Hagar & The Circle, comprised of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, plus drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, would be joining forces with Whitesnake, formed by former Deep Purple singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Coverdale with guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, drummer Tommy Aldridge, bassist Michael Devin and keyboardist Michele Luppi, for a 2020 summer tour. The 30-city U.S. run of outdoor amphitheaters will also feature special guest Night Ranger.

It’s not yet known who, if anyone, will replace Whitesnake on that tour begins July 9 before wrapping September 20. Tickets are available here.

To celebrate the tour announcement, Hagar and Coverdale released a special video discussing their first impressions of each other, how touring was then versus now, and more.

From the Jan. 27 announcement: Sammy Hagar & The Circle have quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy’s solo career, as well as the band’s hit debut studio album, Space Between, which scored them a #4 overall album on the Billboard 200 in 2019. Setlists include hits like “There’s Only One Way To Rock,” “Finish What Ya Started,” “Mas Tequila,” “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Can’t Hang,” “Rock Candy,” “Right Now,” and many more.

“I love some friendly competition on stage and that’s exactly what this is going to be,” said Hagar. “David and I have nothing but the highest respect for one another, but we would also like to blow the other guy off the stage! Add in Night Ranger and the fans will have one hell of a night of music.”

Whitesnake boasts a catalogue of powerful hard rock and chart-topping power ballads with seminal and anthemic hits such as “Here I Go Again,” “Still of the Night,” “Fool for Your Loving” and “Is This Love,” to name a few.

“The Red Rocker & The Snake??? OMG…I wanna see that show myself!!!,” said Coverdale.

Night Ranger have an impressive string of hits, including “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America.”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle with Night Ranger 2020 Tour (Tickets are available here)

Jul 09 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Jul 11 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Jul 14 – Alpharetta, GA -Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 15 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jul 18 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 22 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Jul 23 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 25 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Jul 26 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 07 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 11 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug 14 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 15 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Aug 18 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
Aug 19 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
Aug 21 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 22 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Sep 02 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sep 03 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep 06 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep 08 – Irvine, CA 0 FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sep 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 15 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sep 16 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep 18 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Sep 20 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

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  1. Rob
    #1 Rob 28 January, 2020, 12:53

    Is Jack Blades appearing with Night Ranger?

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 28 January, 2020, 15:46

      Not sure why, but the tour announcement from Live Nation omitted the individual names performing with Night Ranger.

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