Doug Aldrich has left David Coverdale’s seemingly ever-changing Whitesnake, though he says it’s not for his own projects. The guitarist had been with the group for 11 years.
“Thanks to my big bro David for such a killer run together,” the guitarist says. “So many songs, tours, projects, always inspiring and pushing each other.” As for what’s next for Aldrich, he adds: “Also, not sure how or where the info started about a solo career but this is not true or correct information. I have no plans at this time to go solo. I’m just not in the Whitesnake/David Coverdale band anymore.”
Aldrich was previously in the latter-day editions of Dio, appearing on 2002’s Killing the Dragon, and a series of concert recordings including 2006’s Holy Diver: Live. He collaborated with Coverdale on a pair of studio releases since joining Whitesnake, including the 2011 studio effort Forevermore, as well as 2013’s live souvenir Made in Japan.
Reports of Aldrich’s departure first appeared via social media, prompting an official statement.
“Well, I guess news that I have left Whitesnake was leaked,” Aldrich said on Friday night. “I planned and hoped DC and I could release a joint statement. We will as soon as possible, but everything happened so fast that we aren’t ready. … I’ll let you guys know what I’m doing ASAP, but for now please know I very much appreciate your support and will hopefully do a statement with My Brutal Brother DC shortly.”