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Whitesnake was a British heavy metal band, active primarily in the 1980s. The band was formed by David Coverdale[?] (of Deep Purple) and was originally popular only in Europe and Japan.

During the first years, their music was primarily blues-oriented Hard Rock. Members of the band include Jon Lord and Ian Paice[?] of Deep Purple as well as Bernie Marsden[?] and Micky Moody[?].

After a major personnel shift, Whitesnake released 1984's Slide It In[?], a platinum album. The following album, Whitesnake[?], was another huge success, driven by the power ballad "Is This Love".

The band was reformed again for Slip of the Tongue[?] (1989), which featured Steve Vai; the record did not sell well in spite of that. 1990 saw a Greatest Hits album, but other than that the band was dormant until 1997. In that year, an album called Restless Heart[?] was released, though not in the United States. Since then Whitesnake has only released an unplugged Japan show Starkers In Tokyo[?].

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