Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/RAINBOW singer Doogie White has issued the following update:
"Well, it's a week or so now since my departure from Yngwie's RISING FORCE. Just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who has mailed me to say how much they enjoyed my work with the Big Swede. It really was time and not totally unexpected. I am weighing up my options at the moment and pressing ahead with the solo album I started in September 2007. I am just having to bring my plans forward a little and do a wee bit of juggling schedule-wise."
White previously stated about his upcoming solo album, "So far I have secured the awesome talents of Craig Goldy [DIO] and Pontus Norgren [TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT], Rudy Sarzo [QUIET RIOT, DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE], Neil Murray [BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE] and Greg Smith, Patrik Johansson [YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] and the very splendid Derek Sherinian [DREAM THEATER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN]. In addition to these guys, RATA BLANCA's guitarist and mainman Walter Giardino has agreed to play on a couple of songs.
"It's early days but the album is coming together very nicely. It's good to be stepping out and not be in the constricts of a band situation where the demands of others sometime outway the sensibility and understanding of the songs.
"I believe the work we have done so far is interesting, different and valid. Fuck me!! I sound like a car salesman, but it's true.
"This will be an album that covers many aspects of music that I have enjoyed over the years and then some.
"I have also contacted my old friend Ritchie Blackmore's management to asked if he would be interested in playing on a song or two. Hell, we could even work on some of the ideas we had for the aborted follow-up to 'Stranger In Us All' [the RAINBOW album that Doogie sang on]. While I don't think he will, I thought it only polite to ask."
White and Yngwie Malmsteen officially parted company last week after six and a half years together. Doogie joined Malmsteen's band in September 2001 and recorded two albums with the legendary Swedish guitarist: "Attack" (2002) and "Unleash the Fury" (2005).