Whitesnake have parted company with drummer Chris Frazier as the band continues to work on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Good To Be Bad.

Frontman David Coverdale has moved swiftly to fill his vacant stool by hiring Brian Tichy.

But the Cov is still searching for a new bass player after it was revealed long-time rhythm king Uriah Duffy has followed Frazier out of the door.

A statement released by the band’s new record label, Frontiers Records, stated: “Whitesnake have officially announced that bassist Uriah Duffy and  drummer Chris Frazier are going their separate ways from the band after a fun filled and successful journey together.

“Whitesnake wish Uriah and Chris every success in pursuing their individual musical careers and express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional contribution they both made to the legacy of the band.

“Whitesnake are proud to welcome drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Brian Tichy (www.briantichy.com).”

Whitesnake are currently in the studio writing and recording the follow up to their award winning Good To Be Bad album, which is expected to be released throughout the world on the Frontiers label in Spring 2011 to coincide with their return to touring.