has tapped 49-year-old Brian Ruedy
) from Orange Country, California to play keyboards on the band's upcoming tour.
Ruedy has worked in a succession of bands through the years, including Bret Michaels
(Poison) and Brian "Head" Welch
Brian recently reconnected with guitarist Doug Aldrich
which led to him becoming involved with Whitesnake.
Said Ruedy: "I am honored and privileged to be part of the Whitesnake family. It's an incredible opportunity. I am excited to bring new sounds and flavors to Whitesnake. I look forward to expanding on the already great Whitesnake material.
Brian is already immersing himself in the catalogue of Whitesnake songs in preparation for the band's upcoming rehearsals for the "Forevermore" world tour 2011.
Keyboardist Timothy Drury
left Whitesnake last September in order to "pursue a solo career.
Whitesnake's new album, "Forevermore
", due out in North America on March 29 via Frontiers Records, is set for release in four different configurations.
"Forevermore" will be available as:
a single CD
a CD+DVD combo: the DVD features the "Love Will Set You Free" video, the making of "Love Will Set You Free" video, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the recording of "Forevermore"; the CD includes three bonus tracks: "Love Will Set You Free" (alternate mix), "My Evil Ways" (alternate mix with drum solo) and "Forevermore" (acoustic version)
a double-LP vinyl edition
a special edition box set which includes the CD, DVD, LPs, as well as a cover litho, a poster and a logo sticker.
The digital album is available for pre-order now via Whitesnake.com and includes an instant track download of "Love Will Set You Free". Pre-order of the album is also available at all digital stores now, with Amazon digital stores offering "My Evil Ways" (alternate mix with drum solo) as a bonus track; while the iTunes LP edition features the "Love Will Set You Free" (alternate mix) and "Forevermore" (acoustic version) as bonus tracks.
The video for "Love Will Set You Free", which can be seen here, was directed by Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli). The clip was shot in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where singer David Coverdale resides.
"Forevermore" finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n' roll roots. The CD was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre).
Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.