Whitesnake star Doug Aldrich has quit the band to concentrate on a solo career.

Frontman David Coverdale confirmed the news via Twitter.com on Friday (09May14).

He writes, "It is with a heavy heart we bid adieu to super guitarist Doug Aldrich who is leaving Ws to pursue a solo career. Fare Thee Well, My Brother!"

The guitarist was a member of the group for 11 years and featured on two studio albums, Good To Be Bad and Forevermore.