Whitesnake’s Download guitar battle

David Coverdale's band warm up the crowd for Def Leppard

Pic: Danny North
Whitesnake members Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach had a guitar duel midway through the band’s main stage set this evening (June 15).

The two guitarists traded high octane, complex riffs much to the delight of the crowd, before finally joining forces to play ‘Got What You Need’.

Playing the main stage before Def Leppard on the final day of Download, classic soft rock band Whitesnake started their set at 6.35 [BST].

Wearing a white and gold embroidered shirt which was open to the navel, showing off his chest and an array of necklaces, frontman David Coverdale was also sporting his trademark bouffant hair. He blew kisses to the crowd as they sang him the chorus of ‘Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City’, telling them “come on baby, it’s all yours, come on.”

Earlier in the set, Coverdale spoke of how the performance marked the fourth time the band had played Donington, the other times being at the Monsters of Rock festival which used to take place on the Donington Park site. “They may have changed it, but the heart and soul’s the same,” he said of the festival. He then commented on the sunshine, saying "this is the British Riviera!"

Coverdale, a former member of Deep Purple, finished the set with a fervent rendition of 'Still of the Night' and then thanked the crowd effusively.

“A thousand thanks for you hospitality, be safe, be happy and don’t let anybody make you a-fucking-fraid,” said the singer.

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Whitesnake played:

‘Best Years’
‘Bad Boys’
‘Can You Hear The Wind’
‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’
‘Guilty of Love’
‘Lay Down Your Love’
‘Deeper the Love’
‘Is This Love’
‘Got What You Need’
‘Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City’
‘Give Me All Your Love’
‘Here I Go Again’
‘Still Of The Night’


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