Whitesnake are an English hard rock band, founded in 1978 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple) in North Yorkshire. The current members of the band are Doug Aldrich (lead guitar), Reb Beach (rhythm guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Ruedy (keyboards) and Tommy Aldridge(drums). In their early years, Whitesnake played in a hard blues-rock and heavy metal style. By the mid-80s, the band had moved towards a more commercial hair metal sound. They were named the 85th Greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.