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Coverdale picks Best Album award

Whitesnake has won the Album Of The Year for the Good To Be Bad at this year’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards. Here’s a picture of one very happy Mr. Coverdale collecting the prize.

Other celebrated glitterati included Ozzy Osbourne (living legend award), Foo Fighters (band of the year), Paul Stanley (best showman), Airbourne (best new band), AC/DC (DVD of the year for Plug Me In), Metallica (reissue of the year for the first three albums), Led Zeppelin (event of the yar for the O2 Arena reunion show), Jeff Beck (outstanding contribution), Peter Green (classic songwriter), Harvey Goldsmith (music promotion), Wayne Kramer (metal guru), Cream (classic album for Disraeli Gears) and Slash (Marshall ‘11’ award). Syd Barrett was posthumously awarded the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award, which was collected by Syd’s sister.

The ceremony was held in London’s Park Lane Hotel and also celebrated 10th anniversary of the Classic Rock magazine.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson and BBC for the info.

60 Comments to “Coverdale picks Best Album award”:

  1. 1
    Rascal says:

    A very flattering picture…………..

    Where did I put that bag of chisels?

  2. 2
    Martin Cook says:

    Surely thats Alice Cooper!
    Suppose this means another tour with the man retching out the words or getting the audience to sing the majority of the set. No thanks.

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Are you sure that isn’t Tawny?……..

  4. 4
    stefan says:

    Congrats Mr.Coverdale, an award well deserved! The last album was a great rockin´effort! Now, my only wish is that your voice is back in former glory, as I have tickets for the gig in Copenhagen december 19th! Yes, I´m giving you one last shot to convince me about your relevance of touring!

    I hope and pray for a great gig, but I fear the worst!If you fuck this gig up my good man….I wish you happy and well earned retirement!ROCK ON!

  5. 5
    John Bartone says:

    David who? Nobody cares…

  6. 6
    Patrick says:

    livig legend award – RB

  7. 7
    Patrick says:


  8. 8
    stoffer says:

    congrats to DC on the award, doesn’t look like he did when he was cranking it out for DP back in the 70’s, but who cares what he looks like .congrats DC

  9. 9
    andresihotang says:

    I’m a huge Coverdale fans. But it’s a pity that they do their best just in studio, NOT ON STAGE (you know what I mean).

    Coverdale needs to get rest or hire a vocal teacher to sing better in the next Whitesnake shows. Or WS should be disbanded. Sad to read the review that the keyboardist do much of the vocal duty backing Coverdale’s weak and tired voice. Also guitar duel should be dropped as both of them not Joe-Vai, Collen-Campbell, or even Richards-Wood.

  10. 10
    Bo says:

    It’s very easy Mr. Coverdale. Go back to the old Whitesnake sound, and you will have no problems.

  11. 11
    andresihotang says:

    Yes, the English R’NB and blues rock is very very suitable with his deep baritone voice, not the Led Zeppelin or glam style like in 1987. That’s where Coverdale’s home is. I’m still watching the video performance of early Whitesnake until 1984, he was singing from his heart. In 1987-1994, he sang from his lung with no heart. You can look the effect now, because he is not Brian Johnson or Ian Gillan.

  12. 12
    SEVEN-47 says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, and ? Hughes can handle the higher notes, and we could all enjoy some Mark III material! I know; I’m probably in the minority here, but I miss some of those “Burn” & “Stormbringer” tracks!

  13. 13
    stefan says:


    I like the way you think, won´t hold my breath though!
    It´s probably as likely as, Obama or any black person fancy hard rock music!!

  14. 14
    Rascal says:

    Missing ‘Burn’ and ‘Stormbringer’……true enough!

    DP Classics……..sure enough!!

    Remind me again why JLT’s circus tribute act sing them?

  15. 15
    Martin Cook says:

    Hey David,
    I’m seeing Bernie Marsden on Saturday, like me to see if there’s a way back!

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey Stefan

    Ever heard of

    Jimi Hendrix?
    Mothers Finest?
    Living Colour?

  17. 17
    stefan says:


    Of course I have,but that´s not the point! I have no intention of starting a debate about race and no, I´m not a racist!

    Ít just hit me due to the American Presidential election….Why is it that I´ve never seen a black person at any of the countless gigs I´ve been to????

    After all,they gave us the blues,soul,Hendrix and all rock music origins from these roots…..So why don´t they like hard rock,metal etc???

    Is it a cultural thing or just poor taste?Yes,I make no secret that I detest rap and hip hop…..To me it´s not music but primitive jungle rythms!

    Obama is to blame for these philosophical wanderings…..By the way,good luck to him….he´s gonna need it!ROCK ON!

  18. 18
    Rascal says:

    Its probably just a cultural thing.

    Went to Jamaica last year, loved the island, the people, and the music………..they dont need rock music…………all they need is reggae!

    They dont even take the piss out of ‘JLT’…..they have never heard of him!!!

    Sometimes ignorance IS ‘bliss’………

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 17

    I never implied you are a racist

    It always struck me that in the USA , in video s anyway, hard rock gigs had lots of great looking girls. Here it always seemed that the audience was mainly male.
    Women here in Holland seemed to have a strong inclination towards dance music.
    Only in the last years it seems to change a bit.

    I also signalled lots of people from Indonesia in rock crowds here in Holland and almost no black people
    On the other hand DUTCH men and women go to see anything, incl the other side.
    So that means mainly acceptance from one side to the other

    Oh oh,I should stop before it gets dubious.

    BTW, what did Obama do that you think he is to blame for bad music?

    That black people drifted from great music they made tehmselves into a regression seems evident, dunno why
    On the other hand, to me it seems that after the 60 s and 70 s white people over here drifted from great music into a regressional phase too

    Times change and it seems to me after a while the above changed too.

    Only wish that when I was around a certain age, 12 up to 25, my music was really loathed and crap was being made standard.
    It was only some years later new generations made their own choices and grabbed back to the good music

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Forget the word NOT in the end

    …..my music was NOT really loathed….

  21. 21
    stefan says:

    About Obama responsible for poor taste….I was kiddin´ around Priest!

    Mind you….I would be hilarious to see him greet Putin,Brown or whoever in baggy pants,10 pounds of goldchains,reversed cap and utter “Yo,whoz up?”!!!

  22. 22
    Crimson Ghost says:

    This is kind of interesting, although that was one of the first times I read a very organized and thoughtful post from Priest, some very good points I can agree with for once…

    I’ve seen many a black person at Purple gigs in the US, particularly in L.A. where even one gig in Hollywood had hundreds of blacks, due to it being a product line party for JBL speakers, but they were all getting off massively, it was worth photgraphing.
    But lets delve clear back to the 60’s… do you not clearly spot black men in both the Concerto 69 and Playboy After Dark DVD’s? DP’s music is music for all who like it, it’s when certain people get involved, that it becomes categorized for one culture or another.

    Rascal, who needs hard rock in Jamaica when the have reggae anyway? It jams hard in it’s own right, as any music that showcases the drums should… it’s superior to rock in many ways, but some just don’t get it, choice or not.

    Btw, Obama is the “savior” indeed, I was terrified McCain would win and keep pushing my wallet and security back to the stone age, hail to the man who put up the biggest number of votes since that asshole Reagan who started all this Bush crap in the first place! Now we’re onto something… just watch what happens to the world over the next four years minimum… if it doesn’t work, well… I don’t think he’ll be winning another election like so many idiots were anxious to give Bush that shot, only to be totally burned, along with much of the rest of the world he screwed.(I know of the two, which one’s hand I’d be proud to shake)

    Anyway, back to topic, I’m still enjoying ‘Good To Be Bad’ and I’m happy for David’s success from it, albeit rather lucky, it just shows he made an impact that could not deny him a proper comeback before he retires.
    I’m quite surprised to see that it out sold what “Queen” is bombing at, a new album… their sales figures are 6 feet under albums like this… hell, the Eagles have sold three million of their new one, yet Queen are the ones with all the number one hits under their belts, so go figure…

  23. 23
    Crimson Ghost says:

    To elaborate, Queen’s new album is NOT selling for shit compared to what it should… being who/what they are.(I guess Freddie’s ghost is ever so present) What a divebomber!

  24. 24
    stefan says:

    Queen….Can´t be no Queen without Freddie! I loved that band, and I´ve always considered Paul Rodgers as one of best vocalists ever,but this….this is just shameful!!

  25. 25
    SEVEN-47 says:

    I have not heard the album, but did see Queen + Paul Rodgers in 2006. It was an excellent show, no opening act. Rodgers vocals gave the Queen classics a harder edge. Very enjoyable!

  26. 26
    stefan says:


    Don´t mind them playing together,I just object to the name!They could just call themselves “May,Rodgers & Taylor”!!!ROCK ON!

  27. 27
    andresihotang says:

    Okay, okay, let’s go a bit far from Good TO Be Bad topic.
    This is about rock singer

    This is my top seven greatest vocalist in their old age (above 55 years)–> in order
    1. Ian Gillan
    2. Ronnie James Dio
    3. Paul Rodgers
    4. Steven Tyler
    5. Glenn Hughes
    6. Paul McCartney
    7. Eric Clapton

    And this is my top five worst vocalist in their old age (above 55 years)–> they should retired, don’t they?
    1.David Coverdale
    2.Bob Dylan
    3.Roger Waters
    4.Brian Wilson
    5.Mick Jagger

  28. 28
    Sami says:

    andresihotang : don’t forget Eric Burdon(over 60), now there’s
    The Voice! Check out his latest cd’s My Secret Life(2004) & Soul of A Man(2006), you would not be dissappointed!

  29. 29
    Sami says:

    Stefan’s right, no Queen without Freddie. Listened the

    new album twice, mediocre blues-rock with no Queen-

    trademarks whatsoever….not even in May’s playing. It’s

    a Paul Rodgers solo album by the sound of it. Yep.

  30. 30
    TruthHurts says:

    New Queen/PR:I think it’s a fine new LP and live act. Not like Queen with Freddie of course, but a very good new incarnation, in some ways BETTER – more straight ahead hard blues rock, less funk/pomp/theatre.

    May and Taylor are awesome players, and Rodgers is better than ever on vocals.

  31. 31
    andresihotang says:

    So Queen + Paul Rodgers should establish a new name for their band.

    Come on, this forum is about Deep Purple, not about Queen Elizabeth.

  32. 32
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I went to see their first tour with Rodgers and it was a huge dissappointment

    Not only there was a video tape of Freddy playing during Bohemian Rhapsody but during the entire show his audio was mixed into the sound
    Noone seemed to mind in the audience
    Very weird
    I heard the same thing happenened on their last tour

    Well, at least I have one good memory from the eveneing I went, the smell of appleblossom shampoo in the beautiful and long hair of the girl standing next besides me.

  33. 33
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I saw them in 2006 and didn’t see any such film or hear any such voice sampling, so maybe they did that before or after I saw them, priest.

    The show was good but I think Queen is past their sell-buy date but would have to attribute that mostly to Freddie and John’s absence more than anything else. Gone is the prog rock drama, traded in for blues renditions, and the album and tours strongly reflect that.
    A simple case of bad combo factors.

    Did someone mention Queen Elizabeth, or was that Gillan in 70 and 71?

  34. 34
    stefan says:

    I have a wish! Can we please do without those childish lists on this blog??? I think you know what I´m refering to andresihotang???

  35. 35
    Roberto says:

    This year Coverdale lost is voice(which was good for example the year I saw him:2003).Is this a problem?Gillan lost its years ago as Plant or others did…are these problems?NO,they are 60 and this is normal…Really can’t understand people….

  36. 36
    Roberto says:

    The best album of the year is sureli ‘the Newz’ from Nazareth and not the one from Whitesnake

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:

    A simple case of combo factors

    Please explain

    Combined factors?

  38. 38
    Martin Cook says:

    Re: May,Rodgers and Taylor.
    Shouldn’t it be Ian Paice and Friends as IP is the only original member left now.

  39. 39
    stefan says:

    Martin Cook!

    It depends how dispensable you are and what legacy you have!Blackmore,Gillan,Glover and Lord were replaceable……Freddie´s just irreplaceable,simple as that!!

  40. 40
    R says:

    Coverdale is great voice!

  41. 41
    Roberto says:

    Coverdale had great voice….

  42. 42
    Bill The Wizard Pierce says:

    You guys are crazy, and very cynical, Coverdales voice is still rockin, and the band kicks some serious ass, waitin on US tour dates in 09, GTBB is a serious rock record, that will stand the test of time!! Why are you gents and ladies talking about Queen? How can you put down Paul Rodgers like that? The man has serious skills, Actually the one of the few left that can get it done, ther are actually 4 vocalists left that can still deliver the goods, and that is Gillan, Coverdale, Rodgers, Hughes, please don’t even mention Plant, His compression is gone! Period. The Wizard

  43. 43
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Bill

    I am NOT putting down Paul Rodgers
    He s one of my favourites but I feel he is not the man to replace Freddy, probably noone is

    Luckily I saw Rodgers in Paradiso and \Nighttown, both in The Netherlands, early 90 s

    Stefan, dont get me started, Blackmore Lord, Gillan , Glover replaceable!!!!

    Personally I feel only mk 1 and 2 are worthy of the name Deep Purple

    Hell, I still miss Rod Evans
    Where is the ………..?!

  44. 44
    Rascal says:

    I dont think Paul Rodgers was ever intended to be a replacement for freddie.

    The name ‘Queen + Paul Rodgers’………..gives the game away…………….no pretention…. its that simple!

    I personally dont have a ‘hang up’ about the ‘worthiness’ of ‘band names’…………I enjoy the music………I dispensed with wearing badges, and stickers when I grew up.

    Does Coverdale need ‘botox’ or what?

  45. 45
    R says:

    David Coverdale = Great voice!

  46. 46
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I read you can use botox for your feet as well!

    They call it footfiller, duhhhh

    In case you did wear stilletto,s for years and now are suffering pain.

    The problem is called Metalalsargy, or something like that

    Botox is injected and so the pain is taken away and one is able to wear stilletto s again
    Maybe something for Gene Simmons?
    Or do I have to write TAWNY to keep with the thread?

  47. 47
    Rascal says:

    I dont wear stilleto’s that often if im honest.

    Fishnet tights……yes, but not stilleto’s

    ‘Aint No Love In The Heart Of A City’……the thread continues

  48. 48
    andresihotang says:

    The debate about this vocalist should be referred to their performance nowadays, actually not just only about our subjective opinions.

    I love Robert Plant and the way he singing, but the O2 concert was clearly nonstandard as most of the songs are in lowered key to adjust with the diminished voice of Plant. His shows with A. Krauss indicated that he didn’t use much of his high registry voice. He said that he do not interest in hard rock music again.

    That’s why Jack Bruce said “f**k off Led Zeppelin, you’re a cr*p” some days ago in an award.

    Again, my favorite singers above 60 is Ian Gillan (truly), Paul Rodgers (with Queen and vs mercury, that’s two other things), Eric Clapton, McCartney, J. Bruce,
    G. Hughes, Klaus Meine (did I mention him before?), and Ronnie Dio.

    I think Paul Rodgers debate here is about OUR OPINION about he doesn’t look well and suitable with Queen music, not about his performance. I don’t like that. So why many people goes to their concert?? For comparing: Van Halen with G.Cherone, Motley Crue with J. Corabi, Skid Row with (??), Deep Purple with Turner, Black Sabbath with Gillan(?!). Surely, Rodgers don’t included on that list (list of bands which failed to attract audience with new singers)

  49. 49
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Did I miss something? Who said that Rodgers does not look well?

    BTW, I don t think it s true that Sabbath with Gillan and DP with JLT failed to attract audience.
    Maybe in USA where TBRO failed while in Europe that surely was not the case?

  50. 50
    andresihotang says:

    Yes, somebody in this forum said that. And I’m not agree at all.

    DP with JLT is a predictable fault. The fact is, in DP basis the show was success, but in many places the number of audience even did not reach half of the place where the show held (look at some old reports). That’s why all mk7 members (exc. Morse) said many times the beginning of 90’s was the weakest days of their career, the playing was worse, the audience diminished rapidly. Sabbath with Gillan do not have many shows to be done as some personal thought Gillan was not a proper choice, and many reviews pointed sabbath become a little bit blues so that’s a bit fault for the metal king. Have you heard they play Smoke On The Water as an encore, without keyboards?

  51. 51
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Dont believe everything you read

    Have you been there during the TBRO gigs?

    Appearantly not

    I and others have covered this many times, things like that are lies from amongst others mister Gillan.

    I heard BS doing Smoke in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

    Cannot remember if they used keyboards, I think you are right on THAT one.

    > Sabbath become a little bit blues so thats a bit fault for the metal king,>


    What does that mean?

    Strange dictionairy or translating program you use, Andresi

  52. 52
    andre sihotang says:

    Yeah. I used early trans tool software for that particular sentence coz’ I don’t know how to describe it. It’s a pity, isn’t it.

  53. 53
    Mike Eriksson says:

    There was a time when David should have picked up awards like this one every year, but with this album, nah. The energy is fine and we get a couple of good songs. But all in all, his last solo outing was far better. His current band is not bad at all, so live it should be great. If David pulls it off… He´s like Gillan in that respect these days, his voice comes and goes.

    Still, any reward is good for Whitesnake, so I applaud that.


  54. 54
    Rascal says:

    If we are going to attribute lies to people, lets do it accross the board.

    Many write here and use their OWN particular brand of the truth to suits a particular discussion. The origins of this so called ‘truth’ is unclear, maybe taken from some publication, maybe a dvd, or maybe when ‘Gillan’, or ‘Blackmore’ knocked on their door and stopped the evening.

    Although it would seem mind reading, and deciphering body postures also plays a part.

    My favourite are the quotes…………Jon Lord said this, Blackmore remarked this………..

    Fucking hilarious………

  55. 55
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I guess you are right Rascal

    But its partly their own fault

    Like with Lord s Dream, he corrected that later
    I think all the other statements could have been withdrawn as well, dont ya think

    Its not that I m making things up just for the sake of it
    I dont drink that much

  56. 56
    Rascal says:

    Yes I think so too Priest………..Celebrity gossip, questions and answers are generally design to be intriguing……….they play the game.

    I think some ‘here’ just get a bit carried away…….. or though I suppose it can be a natural reaction

    Its a bit like defending our ‘Loved Ones’ at all costs, regardless of the crime.

    Its funny, we dont know these people yet some would almost put their neck on the line for them.

    Its some kind of hero worship.

  57. 57
    purplepriest1965 says:


  58. 58
    Rascal says:

    Prime example…………….

  59. 59
    purplepriest1965 says:


  60. 60
    Bill The Wizard Pierce says:

    Hey ladies and gents, listening to Rainbow, live in Munich 77 DVD, thats why i’m adding that I forgot to mention Ronnie James Dio, hell that man can still sing, saw the Heaven & Hell live at Radio City music Hall, man that guy can still sing like crazy and I think the guy’s around 67 yrs old, man talking about standing the test of time!! But this Rainbow gig is great!! crank it up!!

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