Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/RAINBOW singer Doogie White has spent the last few months writing and recording his first solo album.
Commented Doogie: "As Ronnie [James Dio] is off with Tony Iommi, touring and working on a new HEAVEN AND HELL album, I thought it was time to do some writing with my good friend Mr. Craig Goldy. We have written five songs together. I have also been working with Paul Logue from EDEN'S CURSE. In total, we have 16 killer tunes to work on.
"I have assembled the great, good and unwashed for this.
"We started in the autumn last year, kicking ideas around. Between us we have come up with some dynamic and aggressive rawk songs covering a colourful spectrum of hard rock. The drums were recorded in Florida late last year and we are now laying down the guitars, bass and keyboards.
"So far I have secured the awesome talents of Craig Goldy 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 earlier this 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).