Whitesnake Announces Lineup Change

Tanya O'Callaghan / Michael Devin

Longtime Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin has left the group, the band announced on social media. Their post said the band and bassist “decided to go their separate ways after an amazingly successful decade together.”

“We all wish Michael every success in his life and all his endeavours,” they added. “Apart from numerous tours, Michael applied his talent to studio albums Forevermore, The Purple Album, and Flesh & Blood. We sincerely thank him for being part of our journey and for all his exceptional gifts he brought to Whitesnake.”

Aside from his work with Whitesnake, Devin has also played in Lynch Mob, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and the Led Zeppelin Experience with Jason Bonham.

Frontman David Coverdale, who turned 70 this year, has stated he plans to retire after his next round of touring the world. However, he was amped up to announce the band’s next bassist: Tanya O’Callaghan.

“For whatever reason Whitesnake has never featured a female musician in the band before… Bad Boys!!!,” he wrote. “But, when we saw TANYA performing with our friend Stephen Adler’s Band at the M3 festival in 2019 & we were all blown away…An electrifying performer. When Whitesnake & Michael Devin decided to go their separate ways, Tanya was the first person we reached out to & thankfully she accepted our invitation to become a Snake…”

Aside from Adler, O’Callaghan has worked with a who’s who of the rock world: Maynard James Keenan, Dee Snider, Nuno Bettencourt, Michael Angelo Batio, and more. She will join Whitesnake for their next scheduled performance on May 10th in Dublin, Ireland to kick off a European tour.

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