The flying Dutchman has been on a 16 year hiatus and was last seen working with David Coverdale's Whitesnake on the 'Restless Heart' album.
But after concentrating on spending quality time raising his daughter and making a living from his art projects Adrian Vandenberg has kicked off his clogs and picked up the six string again, much to the delight of fans who first heard his potential with a trio of albums from his eponymous named band Vandenberg who reached a high level of success in the early 80s before he disbanded the group and joined the pretty boy line-up of Whitesnake to promote the '1987' album.
Although he didn't actually play on that album, it is Vandenberg's memorable solo on the remixed version of 'Here I Go Again' that was a huge chart success. Although a serious wrist injury prevented Vandenberg from performing on the follow up 'Slip Of The Tongue', he remained in the touring line up and was always the main man in the eyes of Coverdale.
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Vandenberg's Moonkings features Adrian with three relatively unknown Dutch musicians with vocalist Jan Hoving having a real unique screamer of a voice that can scale the range of Coverdale that suits the style in which Vandenberg plays.
This album continues with the same feeling and vibe that Vandenberg worked on with Coverdale on the aforementioned 'Restless Heart' album. There's a couple of tracks here that have that Led Zeppelin style inherited by Whitesnake, for example 'Close To You' and the Pagey riffing of 'Leeches'.
There's a couple of ballads that still hold a hard rock groove with 'Breathing' and 'One Step Behind' whilst 'Good Thing' and 'Feel It' are elating party belters.
The album sees a reunion of Vandenberg with David Coverdale on a re-working of 'Sailing Ships' which is a welcome addition as this version is less polished and sounds as it was originally intended.
A most welcome return.
We also ran a competition where you could win a CD copy of 'Vandenberg's Moonkings' by answering the question: What Dutch football team does Adrian Vandenberg support?
The answer is F.C. Twente and the two winners were: