WHITESNAKE has recruited Joel Hoekstra (NIGHT RANGER) as its new guitarist following the departure of Doug Aldrich.

Says WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale: 'One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for WHITESNAKE in Arizona. 'Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also his very agreeable personality and he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug's replacement in WHITESNAKE.

'We jammed together and were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join WHITESNAKE on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.

'Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with NIGHT RANGER'.

Aldrich left WHITESNAKE on May 7, explaining in a statement that he 'had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal.' He added: 'Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable.'


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