With more than three dozen members during its 36-year history, Whitesnake ain't no stranger to lineup changes.
Another one hit the hard rock group over the weekend when guitarist Doug Aldrich, who's been with Whitesnake the past 11 years, announced an amicable departure and thanking "big bro David" Coverdale, Whitensake's founder and frontman, "for such a killer run together!! So man songs, tours, projects, always inspiring and pushing each other."
Aldrich, who also played in Dio, saluted Whitesnake's fans for being "so amazing to me and it's an honor to play for you with WS. I love you guys and I'll see you again. Thank you so very much for the unending support." Aldrich was part of two Whitesnake albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and "Forevermore" in 2011. No reasons were given for the departure, and Aldrich did say that he has "no plans at this time to go solo :) I'm just not in the Whitesnake/David Coverdale band anymore."
Aldrich has become a regular in the Raiding the Rock Vault show in Las Vegas, playing five nights a week with other veterans such as Asia's John Payne and former Heart member Howard Leese, who also plays with Paul Rodgers and Bad Company. Whitesnake, which is off the road for the moment and is planning to record a new album, has not yet announced a replacement for Aldrich