Doug Aldrich is best known as part of the twin guitar attack in Whitesnake. But, before he hooked up with David Coverdale – and, indeed, Ronnie James Dio before him – he played in a number of successful bands, including Lion and Burning Rain. The latter outfit released two highly under-rated albums, ‘Burning Rain’ and ‘Pleasure To Burn’, in 1999 and 2000: recently, however, Aldrich found time amid his heavy commitment to Whitesnake to re-unite with vocalist Keith St Clair and record a third BR album, the superb ‘Epic Obsession’.
On the eve of Whitesnake’s latest UK tour, PM caught up with the extremely affable Californian in Belfast (where Aldridge and ‘Snake bassist Michael Devin had arrived early to conduct a guitar workshop), to talk about Burning Rain, the new album and it’s two re-issued predecessors. Of course, the conversation – conducted in a hotel coffee bar with a gaggle of garrulous grannies on a day trip gabbling away at the next table – also touches on Whitesnake, and particularly Aldrich’s admiration for David Coverdale, and his working relationship with the frontman. The insightful interview also touches on Aldrich’s period in Dio, his admiration for the NWOBHM – and reveals how Gene Simmons played a role in the guitarist’s late-blooming career.
‘Epic Obsession’ by Burning Rain is released via Frontiers Records on Friday (May 17th), as are the remastered versions of ‘Burning Rain’ and ‘Pleasure To Burn’.
Read our review of the three albums here: http://planetmosh.com/album/burning-rain-burning-rain-pleasure-to-burn-epic-obsession/
Check out Burning Rain’s official Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BurningRain
Saturday 18th – SECC, Glasgow
Monday 20th – Metropoint Arena, Sheffield
Wednesday 22nd – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thursday 23rd – Arena, Manchester
Saturday 25th – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 26th – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Tuesday
28th – LG Arena, Birmingham
Wednesday 29th – Wembley Arena, London
Photos of Doug Aldrich by Paul Verner – www.livei.co.uk