Doug Aldrich

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Doug Aldrich
Aldrich performing live with Whitesnake in 2008
Background information
Birth name Doug Aldrich
Born (1964-02-19) February 19, 1964 (age 54)
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels Geffen, SPV, Frontiers, Spitfire, Eagle, Enigma, Z
Associated acts Whitesnake, Dio, Hurricane, Burning Rain, Lion, Brunette, House of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, Revolution Saints, Glenn Hughes, The Dead Daisies

Doug Aldrich (born February 19, 1964) is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St. John in 1998 and has played previously with the bands Whitesnake, Dio, Lion, Hurricane, House of Lords, Bad Moon Rising and Revolution Saints. He is currently in the band The Dead Daisies. He has also released several solo albums. In 2015, Doug was touring as guitar player of former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes band. In early 2016 it was announced that he would be replacing Richard Fortus as guitarist of The Dead Daisies, as Fortus is leaving that band to perform with the Guns N' Roses reunion.[1]


Aldrich was first introduced to the guitar at age 11 when his sister Jennifer introduced him to the playing of Jeff Beck. Aldrich's first guitar was a Les Paul model and came from Sears. Aldrich auditioned for Kiss.[2] He did not get the gig but as a result of the audition he met Gene Simmons and he and Gene are friends to this day. Aldrich was also once a highly sought after guitar teacher, at one point he was teaching over 70 students a week.

In early 2014 Aldrich joined the critically acclaimed production show Raiding the Rock Vault at the Tropicana Las Vegas, where he performed six shows a week with other Rock'n Roll greats including Robin McAuley (formerly Survivor, MSG), John Payne (Asia), Howard Leese (Bad Company, Heart), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) and Andrew Freeman (Offspring), among others. As of late 2015 this collaboration was still on ongoing project.[3]

During 2015 Doug joined the Glenn Hughes solo European tour as guitarist, along with drummer Pontus Engborg, to complete the power trio with Hughes on bass and vocals.[4]

In late January 2016, it was announced that Aldrich would be replacing Richard Fortus as guitarist in The Dead Daisies, as Fortus will be participating in the Guns N' Roses reunion.[5] As of late January 2016 Aldrich was in Nashville with The Dead Daisies, working on a follow-up album to Revolución (2015). As a member of The Dead Daisies Aldrich is being reunited with bassist Marco Mendoza; the two previously performed together in Whitesnake. In November 2016, Aldrich performed with The Dead Daisies on the Kiss Kruise VI event.


Aldrich was previously endorsed by Jackson Guitars. He used their Dinky and Soloist superstrats as well as his own signature model which has bridge and neck position humbucking pickups were "Full-shred" pickups which Seymour Duncan specially wired. Presently, California-based Suhr Guitars offers Aldrich signature humbucking pickups.[6] He plays various Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters through Suhr/ Cameron hot-rodded Marshall JMPs and Vintage Modern amps. In 2016, Aldrich became an official endorsee of ESP Guitars. Aldrich sums up his philosophy of playing this way, "I'm not one of those guys that follows whatever is trendy. I'd rather do what I do best and do it to the best of my ability."[7]


Year Artist Album Notes
1983 Mansfield Gonna Rock You B/w Overdrive EP
1986 Lion Power Love EP
1987 Lion Dangerous Attraction including "The Transformers (Theme)"
1989 Lion Trouble in Angel City
1990 House of Lords Sahara Guest Guitar
1990 Hurricane Slave to the Thrill
1991 Bad Moon Rising Full Moon Fever EP
1991 Bad Moon Rising Bad Moon Rising
1993 Bad Moon Rising Blood on the Streets EP
1993 Bad Moon Rising Blood
1994 Doug Aldrich Highcentered
1995 Bad Moon Rising Junkyard Haze EP
1995 Bad Moon Rising Opium for the Masses
1995 Bad Moon Rising Millwall Brick
1995 Bad Moon Rising Free
1997 Doug Aldrich Electrovision
1997 Doug Aldrich The Electro-Lesson / Guitar Instructional Video Video
1999 Bad Moon Rising Flames on the Moon Compilation
1999 Burning Rain Burning Rain
2000 Burning Rain Pleasure to Burn
2001 Doug Aldrich Alter Ego
2002 Dio Killing the Dragon
2003 Dio Evil or Divine - Live in New York City Recorded 2002, DVD
2005 Bad Moon Rising Full Moon Collection Box-set
2005 Dio Evil or Divine - Live in New York City Recorded 2002, Live album
2006 Dio Holy Diver - Live
2006 Whitesnake Live... In the Still of the Night DVD&CD, Recorded 2004
2006 Whitesnake Live: In the Shadow of the Blues
2008 Whitesnake Good To Be Bad
2010 Dio Electra Single
2010 Dio Tournado – Limited Edition Tour Box Set 4Disc Box set ("Killing the Dragon", "Evil or Divine" DVD & CD, "Electra")
2011 Whitesnake Forevermore
2012 Dio The Very Beast of Vol. 2 Compilation
2013 Whitesnake Made in Japan CD&DVD
2013 Whitesnake Made in Britain/The World Records
2013 Burning Rain Epic Obsession
2015 Revolution Saints Revolution Saints
2016 The Dead Daisies Make Some Noise
2017 The Dead Daisies Live & Louder
2017 Revolution Saints Light in the Dark
2018 The Dead Daisies Burn It Down
2019 Burning Rain Face The Music [..upcoming album in March..]
2019 Revolution Saints [..upcoming album..]

Other works

Tribute albums

Movies and TV Games


  1. ^ "GN'R members Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed leave The Dead Daisies; Doug Aldrich in". Metal Insider. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  2. ^ Classic Rock presents Whitesnake The Official Magazine pg.127
  3. ^ Aldrich, Doug. "Doug Aldrich – back at Raiding The Rock Vault". Doug Aldrich. Doug Aldrich. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ Hughes, Glenn (2 June 2015). "GLENN HUGHES announces DOUG ALDRICH as guitarist for European tour". Glenn Hughes. Coast to Coast Fanzine Bulletin News. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Doug Aldrich joins, Richard Fortus & Dizzy Reed depart". The Dead Daisies. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  6. ^ "Suhr Aldrich Pickups". Suhr. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  7. ^ "Doug Aldrich Biography". Lastfm. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2017-02-10.

External links

  • Official website
  • Burning Rain official website
  • Lion website
  • Bad Moon Rising website
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