Whitesnake certainly is.

David Coverdale is heavy rock’s Frank Sinatra: Absolutely timeless, and with a touch of class that goes beyond his impressive vocal range. Joining him on guitar: Oakmont’s Reb Beach, a ‘Snake since 2002. (That’s him soloing below on “Here I Go Again.") Reb has been in the band longer than anyone besides DC.

I first saw Whitesnake on 7.7.81 at the Stanley Theater. Judas Priest on top, Iron Maiden opening: The “Heavy Metal Sandwich” tour.

I’ll see Whitesnake tonight at KeyBank Pavilion, performing between Foreigner and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

I’ll see Whitesnake five times on this tour.

As long as Mr. Coverdale shows up, so will I. And despite being 66, DC shows no sign of slowing down. His legend goes far beyond being a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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