November 18, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Whitesnake’s “Slip of the Tongue” CD, and to commemorate this, Rhino Records is releasing this 30th anniversary remaster package on October 4th.
This was a special record and time for me. My co-creating with Whitesnake/David Coverdale came at the perfect time and allowed me to live one of the dreams I always desired, to tour the world with a group of fantastic guys, with the world's greatest rock singer at the helm, (David Coverdale who is still going strong) and play guitar for thousands of people a night. It was sublime. I have a deep appreciation for Rudy Sarzo, Adrian Vandenberg, Tommy Aldridge, and David Coverdale. They were not only my friends but my teachers as well. I didn’t discover this until much later though. We all came together with many other great talented people, to make this epic record and tour. A big time congratulations to all the “Snakes”.
A little guitar trivia, this is the first recording I made with the first prototype 7-string Universe guitar I was working on with Ibanez at that time. I used this guitar on virtually this whole record. It offers quite a nice low end dimension that was unique at the time.
I would also like to give a shout out to the late and very great Howard Kaufman. Howard was Whitesnake's manager and managed some of the biggest acts of the 80’s. He was supreme and so very deeply loved by his clients and the entire music community. He’s one of those guys that if you were to ask about him to anybody that knew or worked with him, you would first see them light up, smile, and gush fond rememberings of his warm and positive energy. Congrats to you too Howard on this 30th anniversary of “Slip”.