Whitesnake Busts Out the Iconic White Jaguar for 'Shut Up & Kiss Me' Video: Premiere

Tyler Bourns


It's fair to say here we go again when it comes to Whitesnake's video for the new track "Shut Up & Kiss Me," premiering exclusively below.

Frontman and group leader David Coverdale, even at 67, cuts a spry and dapper figure as he drives the same white Jaguar that Tawny Kitaen memorably performed splits over in the 1987 "Here I Go Again" video. The new clip, directed by Tyler Bourns, shows Coverdale arriving at Club Snake in Lake Tahoe, where he resides, while fans outside gush over the iconic vehicle before the band's performance.

"This is much more of a lite-Snake kind of video, in that it's fun stuff" Coverdale tells Billboard. "We'd releases a very dark, intense video for the song 'Burn' from The Purple Album (in 2015). This has the same sense of fun we had back in the halcyon MTV days. The people who are coming to the club and see (the car) are going, 'Omigod! That's the Whitesnake Jag!' and having their pictures and stuff taken with it. It's just a lot of fun."

That's the same spirit Coverdale and company applied to making its new album, Flesh & Blood, which comes out May 10. Produced by guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra and executive produced by Coverdale, the 13-song set is Whitesnake's first of new material since 2011 and comes about while Coverdale was recovering from double knee replacement surgery during 2017. "I've never had so many challenges in my life in terms of distractions and the pain, of course," Coverdale notes, “but Joel and Reb assured me that I was conscious most of the time -- I must've been. We have an album. We felt like we owed it the fans, and when Frontiers came to me and said, 'Do you want to do another studio album?' I thought, 'Well, first off, I have to sit down with Reb and sit down with Joel.' We'd jammed together and played together, but we'd never written together. And within minutes it was obvious I could make the commitment, and I'm thrilled with what we've achieved together."

The riff-heavy Flesh & Blood includes one track, "Gonna Be Alright," built from a riff written for what was supposed to be a second Coverdale-Page album with Jimmy Page that never transpired. "It's been sitting gathering dust for 20-odd years 'til destiny proved (Hoekstra) was the one to finish it off for me," Coverdale notes. But Flesh & Blood encountered problems when last year when Coverdale's home studio crashed, forcing a delay in the album's release.

"We had, like, 85 percent of the mix done and the entire studio just f***in' crashed," Coverdale recalls. "We didn't even know for almost two months if we'd saved whatever was there or if we would have to go back and re-do everything. Fortunately, it was all there once we got back up and running again."

After touring last year with Foreigner -- "To go out and see if my knees worked," Coverdale says -- the group will be returning to the road in earnest this year to promote Flesh & Blood. A North American tour begins April 12 in Newkirk, Okla., with dates into May before heading to Europe for festivals and headlining dates.

"I've been kind of trying to retire more times than Sinatra, and it just doesn't seem to work," Coverdale says. "This is going to be a necessary injection in all of us, inspiring, to do these new songs -- as long as they're accompanying 'Still of the Night,' 'Is This Love' and 'Here I Go Again,' of course, and they fit in beautifully. I can't buy the excitement level we have right now; We have a group thread going on text and everybody's just chewing at the bit to get on with it and start playing these songs for people. It just feels very fresh and very exciting and full of energy."

The full track list for Whitenake's Flesh & Blood includes:

Good To See You Again
Gonna Be Alright
Shut Up & Kiss Me
Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
Always & Forever
When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
Trouble Is Your Middle Name
Flesh & Blood
Well I Never
Heart Of Stone
Get Up
After All
Sands Of Time

Bonus tracks on the CD+DVD version:

Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track)
If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track)
Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix) - DVD audio track
Sands Of Time (Radio Mix) - DVD audio track
Shut Up & Kiss Me (Video Mix) - DVD audio track

Whitesnake's upcoming tour dates include: 

4/12: Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans First Council Casino*

4/13: Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino*

4/15: Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory

4/17: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater

4/19: Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort*

4/20: Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre

4/22: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

4/23: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

4/25: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino*

4/26: Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC

4/28: Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium

4/29: Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center

5/1: Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National

5/2: Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino*

5/4: Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival#

5/5: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak

5/7: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

5/8: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

5/10: Hampton Beach, NJ @ Hampton Beach Casino*

5/11: Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino*

5/14: Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre

5/17: Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino*

5/18: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino*

European Tour:

6/12: Tilburg, NL @ 013

6/14: Donnington, UK @ Download Festival #

6/17: Prague, CZ @ 02 Arena **

6/19: Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum **

6/20: Zurich, CH @ Rock the Ring Festival #

6/22: Clisson, FR @ Hellfest #

6/23: Dessel, BL @ Graspop Metal Meeting #

6/25: Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Track

6/27: Zajecar, RS @ Gitarijada Festival #

6/29: Plovdiv, BG @ Hills of Rock Festival #

7/1: Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane

7/3: Zagreb, CR @ SRC Salata

7/5: Sered, SK @ Sered Amphitheatre

7/7: Cologne, DE @ Palladium

7/10: Gavle, SE @ Furuviksparken *

7/15: Saint Petersburg, RU @ Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre

7/17: Moscow, RU @ Crocus City Hall


#Festival Appearance

** With Def Leppard


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