WIN: Whitesnake, Journey & Thunder tickets

Whitesnake: Rock legend frontman David Coverdale and his band at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.
Whitesnake: Rock legend frontman David Coverdale and his band at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.
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Superbands Whitesnake, Journey and Thunder are about to rock South Yorkshire when they share the bill together for the first time on a UK tour.

They play Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena next Monday, May 20.

Whitesnake: Rock legend frontman David Coverdale at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

Whitesnake: Rock legend frontman David Coverdale at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

And we have 10 tickets to be won.

Whitesnake founder and frontman David Coverdale, now 61, says he’s ready to party as this year’s self-proclaimed Anniversary Kid.

“It’s 40-years since I joined Deep Purple, 35-years since I started Whitesnake, 25-years since my collaboration with Jimmy Page and 10-years since Doug Aldrich and  Reb Beach with the revamped Whitesnake. Amazing,’’ he told The Star in a call from his home in Lake Tahoe, near Las Vegas.

“This year I am the Anniversary Kid. But when you get to my age every day is an anniversary.”

Thunder: UK rockers roll in to  perform at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

Thunder: UK rockers roll in to perform at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

He makes no secret of his age and he’s not sure how long he can go on - but he plans to keep rocking while he can give fans 100 per cent.

“I did 98 shows at 60-years-old, without one cancellation. But I will be backing off. So if you see Whitesnake performing I would grab that ticket, because I don’t know how long I can continue like this,’’ he adds.

 Here I Go Again, Is This Love and Still Of The Night are some of their biggest hits. And he reveals the Sheffield show will embrace the whole Whitesnake history, including a tribute to the band’s “fallen comrades”, late  guitarist Mel Galley, drummer Cozy Powell and keyboard player Jon Lord.

New album Whitesnake Made In Japan will be followed with a double CD, Made In Britain, in July.

Journey: Rock legends play at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

Journey: Rock legends play at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on Monday, May 20.

Coverdale is distracted during our call by an email from Sheffield’s own Def Leppard superstar Joe Elliott.

 “I told him I was doing an interview with Sheffield and  I’d send them his love. He says ‘Please do!’,’’ he said.

“We’re really good pals. If his mother knew the salty emails he sends me, she would disinherit him!”

Coverdale has fond memories of Sheffield. He revealed: “I remember playing at a Sheffield pub where Joe Cocker used to play in - I ended up being a  roadie for a local band there one night. Any opportunity to play in Yorkshire. Come on.”

Journey, now with the great voice of Arnel Pineda fronting the band, have had 19 top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. Hits include  Separate Ways, Faithfully, Open Arms, Any Way You Want It and anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ - the number one digital catalogue song of all time. 

It’s the band’s eternal message of hope.

Drummer Deen Castronovo said: “I tell other people to do what you love to do and follow your dream. Don’t Stop Believin’.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be in Journey. When I was younger I wanted to play in Kiss or this band.

“It’s going to be an incredible show. One power packed night. Awesome.”

Love Walked In, Gimme Some Lovin’, Dirty Love, She’s So Fine and Gimme Shelter are hits of the special guests, UK rockers Thunder.

They have been lured back on stage for an all too rare appearance but fans hope it could re-ignite their desire for more.

Singer Danny Bowes said: “It’s a great bill, like they used to be back in the day. Let’s face it, we could all do with a bit of cheering up at the moment, so hopefully the people who come will get a brilliant night out and go home happy.”

Guarantee seats. Tickets are £45 each, booking fee may apply. Buy in person from the Box Office, call 0114 256 5656 or book online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk.

Note, first band on stage at 6.45pm.

For your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets enter our draw by email or Twitter. 

Email your full name and contact details, with StarCompWJT in the subject field, to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk or follow digital editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompWJT. 

But hurry.

Deadline  is tomorrow, Friday, May 17, 2013, at noon.  Usual SNL rules and data terms apply, as below.

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