It’s seems a long time since they rock and rolled, but two vipers from the pit of the once totemic rock band Whitesnake, have risen for another strike. Yet with singer David Coverdale long gone, plus band name, will the bite of new group, Snakecharmer, be more than a scratch?
Guitarist Micky Moody and bass player Neil Murray seem to think so. They’ve devoured more than their fair share of action from the rock circuit over the last four decades, giving it large with the likes of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and…Boy George.
‘Of course it’s tough coming back,’ says Moody, ‘but you have to remember, we have the experience of playing live right through the 70s and early 80’s, wearing flares. So we know what tough is.’
This is no time for levity Mr Moody. How does he answer critics who say trying to better the explosive combination of Coverdale’s demi-waved locks and sequinned lycra of the late 90’s is a fool’s game?
He doesn’t. Mention of Mr Coverdale is met with numbed response.
‘There isn’t really a relationship with him. I last played with him in ’86 and haven’t spoken to him since. He changed an awful lot during Whitesnake.’ Says Murray.
Moody seems to share a lack of enthusiasm for discussing their former metal chum. Unlike his enthusiasm for forming rock bands with the word snake in the title, Whitesnake, The Snakes, Company of Snakes and now Snakecharmer. This can’t go on forever Michael.
The lads are decidedly upbeat about their new project and new recruits, ex-Wishbone Ash guitarist Laurie Wisefield, ex-Thunder drummer Harry James, ex-Heartland singer Chris Ousey, and son of Rick Wakeman, Adam, on ivories.
Together they’ve kris-crossed the landscape of rock and pop glitterati. In Snakecharmer, they now combine to cook up melodic rockular blues.
Reception for the new album, ‘Snakecharmer’, and UK live shows, has already landed them some dates in Japan. Doubtless Mr Murray welcomes this far eastern opportunity, regardless of unprecedented nuclear disasters. His tour of duty with Japanese rock warriors, Vow Wow, is of course, legend. They can still be reached for a chat at vowwowarmy online, incidentally.
That aside, do the fellas really have what it takes to make this latest metal rocket go off? Keep in mind flares have been and gone twice since you’ve been raising hell on slide guitar, Micky.
‘When I started playing gigs there were only three channels on the TV and the wireless, that’s all it was.’ He says.
Surely the rise of the web puts him off? Apparently not. This Moody won’t be swayed. Not even a flicker of shame registers when referring to radio as ‘wireless’.
‘We’ve got bags of experience, and with experience comes the confidence you need to make it happen.’ says Moody.
Perhaps he’s right. Not everything has changed, as Adam Wakeman’s daughter found to her cost when found on a tour bus by her father, ‘Never get on one of these without your Dad!’