Tag: Adrian Vandenberg
Former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has revealed that he is being forced to defend himself again against his former Vandenberg bandmates, over HIS name. Former members Bert Heerink, Dick Kemper and Jos Zoomer are now trying to take control of the Vandenberg name through a trademark office. An initial lawsuit filed by the three was dismissed by a judge.
Adrian Vandenberg said about the situation: "Sometimes there are things in life that are so ridiculous and seemingly far-fetched, that if the scriptwriter for a cheesy TV soap would come up with it, the producers would roll on the floor laughing, foaming at the mouth and tell the writer to start looking for another job. Well, in my life a situation just as surrealistic is happening as we speak."
"Some of you may remember that before joining my close friend David Coverdale in his band Whitesnake, I had my own band under my own name 'Vandenberg', which I founded, wrote all the music and lyrics for, made the paintings for the album covers, designed the logo for etc. etc. and I eventually disbanded my own band in 1986 to join Whitesnake."
"Now sit down, fasten your seatbelts, here comes the surrealistic part: almost a year ago I got summoned by a lawyer representing the three guys who I invited to play in my band at the time in 1981, trying to claim my own name 'Vandenberg' and actually trying to prohibit me from using my own name 'Vandenberg' through a lawsuit .. now how bizarre is that?!?"
"These individuals, singer Bert Heerink, bassist Dick Kemper (appropriate first name) and drummer Jos Zoomer, each of them factually not having achieved anything worth mentioning in about 27 years, now opportunistically trying to lift piggyback on the name/reputation that I was fortunate to build through years of working my ass off with Vandenberg, Manic Eden and Whitesnake. A sad situation indeed, since I always thought these guys were friends."
"The Bert Heerink attempt is even more pathetic than the others, since I had to fire him from my band a year before I disbanded it, for reasons that I won't disclose right now. So this individual wasn't even in my band when I disbanded it. Nevertheless this person attempts to claim my personal name 26 years later (apparently Heerink doesn't have anything to say at all about his own life, because his 'wife' is in charge of this whole thing, Spinal Tap-style) Naturally the judge wiped their claims away. You'd expect these leeches would crawl back embarrassed under the damp, mossy stones that they'd been hiding under for 27 years, but noooo; right now they're trying once again to hijack my name through a different route (a 'trademark office')."
"It is basically like when you invite a couple of people for a ride on the backseat of your new car, and then after the ride these passengers claim that your car is now theirs because they were given a ride in it. Some people have no shame... In Holland their first attempt was all over the newspapers, and after several questions from you guys I promised to keep you up to date about this bizarre situation. Don't hesitate to let these individuals know your honest opinion about this, whatever it is, they have FB pages."
"I will keep you posted again as soon as news comes up about this surrealistic, but actually sad soap. Never a dull moment!"
Wow, you can't say Adrian doesn't tell it like it is. I would like to think this filing will be bogus too.
"Live At Donington 1990" is now available in Europe from Frontiers Records as a limited-edition 3LP vinyl edition with the following track listing. In North America the release is scheduled for August 23. On August 18th, 1990 Whitesnake headlined at the premier UK festival, the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington, now known as Download.
The Monsters of Rock festival was one of the most memorable events on an unforgettable world tour that saw the band play to over one million people around the on the ‘Liquor & Poker World Tour’.
An incendiary musical chapter of the band that featured Steve Vai & Adrian Vandenberg on guitars, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge & singer David Coverdale; a high octane performance, firing on all cylinders...and Whitesnake in all its fiery musical splendour.
The package has already been released as a 2CD, DVD and 2 CD/DVD combo pack and now will be released as a 3-LP special vinyl set:
Lp1: Side A: Slip Of The Tongue; Slide It In; Judgement Day - Side B: Slow An Easy; Kitten’s Got Claws
Lp2: Side A: Adagio For Strato; Flying Dutchman Boogie; Is This Love; Cheap An’ Nasty - Side B: Crying In The Rain (Featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum Solo); Fool For Your Loving
Lp3:Side A: For The Love Of God; The Audience Is Listening; Here I Go Again; Bad Boys - Side B: Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City; Still Of The Night
Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale says that the band's current tour is being recorded for a possible live album release. He said, "We are recording many of the shows. We shall listen to them after we finish touring, of course, to see if we have 'the goods' for a live double CD." So we may see another live album from Whitesnake in the near future.
Whitesnake's "Live At Donington 1990" DVD/live double CD set wil be available on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America, via Frontiers Records. Here's the official trailer:
On August 18th, 1990, Whitesnake headlined the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington festival (now known as Download). Whitesnake's performance at the festival was one of the most memorable events on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour" that saw the band play sold-out shows to over one million people. It's mixed in 5.1 stereo, and features guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and of course, vocalist David Coverdale.
The 'Live At Donington 1990' DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never before seen stills of the band on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour 1990", plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of the "Slip Of The Tongue": album. Please see below for the respective double CD and DVD track listings. The "Live At Donington 1990" will be available in 2CD set, DVD coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.