WHITESNAKE Frontman DAVID COVERDALE - "I'm Looking At Retiring Next Year On The 30th Anniversary Of The 1987 Album"

April 10, 2016, 8 years ago

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WHITESNAKE Frontman DAVID COVERDALE - "I'm Looking At Retiring Next Year On The 30th Anniversary Of The 1987 Album"

Interviewed in New York City at the Rock And Roll Hall Of fame induction ceremony, Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale hinted to Rolling Stone.com that he'll be packing it in after commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1987 album (aka the eponymous Whitesnake in North America). Following is an excerpt from the interview:

Rolling Stone: How does it feel? What was the whole sensation like?

David Coverdale: "It was a lot of fun. It's so interesting. A lot of people are asking, "Do you think it's about time?" It really has nothing to do with, about time. Glenn and I are busy. He's got his solo career, I have Whitesnake, an amazing family, an amazing life. The journey almost became with the induction of me into Deep Purple. And that adventure continues today." 

Rolling Stone: But it's been a long journey.

David Coverdale: "I've got the 30th anniversary of my real big album next year. I was trying to retire. I released a thing called The Purple Album, which I thought, after losing Jon Lord in 2012, I'd received a message from his representative to say, 'He's determined to kick this. Would you be there for some kind of Purple reunion thing?' I said, 'Tell him I'm there for him.' And sadly he didn't recover.

But I reached out to Blackmore after 30 years of hostility to bury the hatchet and with no other agenda other than to share the sadness and sorrow. And we started communicating into 2013 when he asked me to speak to his manager about working together and doing either Blackmore/Coverdale or some kind of Purple thing. And really, I love what I do!

Knowing me, I started working on revamping or contemporizing Burn songs. I thought, 'He's not going to want to do Come Taste the Band with Tommy,' God rest his soul. But, sorry, I thought, with his wife, he has Blackmore's Night, and I thought, I'll rearrange the song 'Sail Away' for us to do as this renaissance duet kind of thing. But I couldn't agree with the ideas that they had. So I thought, well, this will be my farewell album. Glad I came in! But it did so fucking well, it's like now, I'm looking at retiring next year on the 30th anniversary of the 1987 album." 
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On April 8th, rock legends Deep Purple were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who has never made a secret of his love for the band and has been pushing for Deep Purple's induction for years. Check out his speech below.

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