Whitesnake’s next album has the tentative title of Flesh & Blood, band leader David Coverdale has announced. And while there’s no release date on the horizon, it’s likely to arrive before their summer U.S. tour alongside Foreigner and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

A press release announcing the tour dates noted that Whitesnake "are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album Flesh & Blood.” It will be their 13th studio LP and the follow-up to 2015’s The Purple Album.

Coverdale discussed the project last month in a video connected with the 30th anniversary edition of the band's 1987 self-titled album. He said he was considering some way of bringing Whitesnake's breakthrough album to life onstage, but pointed out that the “problem is, we’ve got a kick-ass new album for next year, and it’s got some seriously Whitesnake live in-your-face stuff.” He noted that “it’s going to be really hard" to decide between what stays in the set list. "It’s nice to have the choice,” he said.

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock in September, the singer said of the upcoming album, "We’ve never had such an immense amount of positive material. I’ve worked, for the first time as writers, with Reb Beach and with Joel Hoekstra. Because when Joel came in, we were doing The Purple Album. And not only do we have great Coverdale/Hoekstra and Coverdale/Beach songs, but we have the three of us combining.

“The songs are f---ing excellent," he added. "We have 18 or 19 extraordinarily positive, potent, juicy classic Whitesnake songs from balls-to-the-wall to blues, to epics to ballads. It’s kick-ass. It’s definitely got me fluffed up."


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