VANDENBERG's MOONKINGS - WHITESNAKE Guitarist Invades The UK
by Martin Popoff

Having just completed European dates, Adrian Vandenberg (VANDENBERG, WHITESNAKE) and his killer classic hard rock band MOONKINGS are about to hit the UK for select dates, in support of their debut album, Vandenberg's MoonKings.

Dutch legend Adrian Vandenberg is best known for his three classic Vandenberg records plus his Slip Of The Tongue-era stint with Whitesnake (and don't forget his paintings!). But he's been quiet for a while. MoonKings, with its old school metal swagger, changes all that.

"What I've been trying to do," begins Vandenberg, "and I think I succeeded with it, I was trying to build a bridge between blues rock-based music, with its roots firm in the mid-'70s, but build a bridge to the dynamics to bands from now, with the energy of bands like, for instance, Foo Fighters or Queens Of The Stone Age, where it slaps you in the face, you know? Really, I do like bands who are playing the retro '70s type thing, but the thing I get bored with is when people really make it sound like it was recorded in the '70s. I really like the dynamics and the punch of modern-day bands as well. I'm trying to picture how a band like Free for Cream or Zeppelin or something would've sounded if they would've been 22-year-old guys now. They would probably sound much more dynamic than they did at the time, as far as recording goes, with in your face-ness of the drums and guitars and stuff. So that's basically the bridge I was trying to achieve."

Mission accomplished, and indeed, you won't hear a lot of Adrian's sort of classical influence from those Vandenberg records. But I still had to ask where that came from...

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