Whitford St. Holmes, featuring the dynamic duo of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Ted Nugent vocalist/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, are back together and ready to release their new studio album and hit the road with Whitesnake – all beginning on June 3rd.
Joining the two on the road will be bassist Chopper Anderson and keyboardist Buck Johnson, who both played on the Reunion album. Filling in on drums for all dates will be Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators) replacing Troy Luccketta, who will be touring with Tesla at the same time.
“We are very excited to have Brent join us on this run,” says Whitford. “Troy is so good, he is just not an easy guy to replace!”
“We really needed a guy with the right feel.” adds St.Holmes, “Brent brings that with him along with the power that kicks these songs out like they were meant to be. We can’t wait to get out there with him.”
When asked how Brent felt about his new gig he was quick to answer. “I was already excited for the new Whitford St.Holmes reunion record. So, it goes without saying how thrilled I was to get a call from Derek and Brad asking me to step in on drums for the upcoming tour. Playing brand new music with these two legends, and in such a great new band, couldn’t be more exciting! I consider them both architects of my own musical makeup, so of course I’m looking forward to playing a few of their own classics as well!”
Whitford St. Holmes are excited to reunite and reclaim the rock magic they first produced over thirty years ago. It was 1981 when Whitford, who had left Aerosmith, first teamed up with Derek St. Holmes to release their self-titled debut. Tracks like “Sharpshooter” and “Whisky Woman” carried on the stadium rock n roll style that made them famous. The album received critical acclaim and they did a successful round of tour dates before returning to their respective bands and shelving the duo.
Recently, while living in the same town on the outskirts of Nashville, the two got together and began writing a number of songs. Before they knew it, they had an album, assembled a band and recorded the self-produced, and appropriately titled, Reunion. Playing these songs live is going to be the icing on the cake for Whitford and St. Holmes, as Derek said, “We want to share it with our friends, all those hardcore rock ‘n’ roll fans… Like our fans and good whiskey, we all seem to get better with age. These new cuts are bold, brassy and ballsy and we can’t wait to play them live.”
The upcoming tour with Whitesnake launches on June 3rd in Dallas and continues on through Texas, Indianapolis, Ohio, Detroit, Boston and more with headlining dates peppered in between. This leg of the tour will conclude on July 2nd with a headline show. The band will also play with Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 31st at Festival Park in Elgin, IL.