Whitesnake pair rock Portsmouth music shop with hits

ROCKING From left,store owner Mike Devereux, drummer Brian Tichy, guitarist Doug Aldridge and Carl Whiteside from Nevada Music.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (114339-1)
ROCKING From left,store owner Mike Devereux, drummer Brian Tichy, guitarist Doug Aldridge and Carl Whiteside from Nevada Music. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114339-1)
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MUSIC lovers got a treat when members of legendary group Whitesnake rocked up in a Portsmouth music store.

Musicians from the rock group descended on Nevada Music, Fitzherbert Spur, Farlington and wowed a packed crowd with an 90-minute performance of classic numbers.

Drummer Brian Tichy and guitarist Doug Aldridge took to a stage and blasted out covers of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak and Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog.

The legendary duo also belted out hits made famous by guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix.

Afterwards fans had their memorabilia signed and got the chance to ask questions and have their pictures taken with the stars.

Session drummer Jack Stephens, who runs the drumming section at Nevada Music, also showcased his skills at the event.

The Whitesnake duo, who endorse Marshall Amps and Natal Drums, visited Nevada Music to support the store’s link with the music brands.

Jack, 23, said: ‘This wasn’t just about promoting the brands.

‘It was also about doing something fun and a bit different for our customers.

‘When the guys from Whitesnake came up, everyone was taken aback because they are legends in the industry.

‘When they started performing people couldn’t believe they were literally feet away from them. Brian and Doug were so down to earth and friendly with everyone.

Robyn Carnell, 19, from Drayton, sales assistant and administrator at Nevada Music, said: ‘As rock stars ,you expected them to walk in and ignore everyone but they weren’t like that at all.’

She added: ‘The turnout was fantastic. More than 100 people turned up for the performance from Whitesnake.

‘More came through the doors when they started doing autographs and signings. Brian and Doug spent up to 10 minutes with each person. It was brilliant to see.’