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Coverdale’s press conference in Kiev

On the eve of the first ever Whitesnake concert in Ukraine, David Coverdale appeared at a press conference in Kiev. Here we present you with the complete video recording of the event (about 20 minutes long). There’s quite a few of Purple reminicencies in there and plenty of trademark David’s joviality going on.

Thanks to Vladimir Drybushchak for the info.

32 Comments to “Coverdale’s press conference in Kiev”:

  1. 1
    Andrei says:

    Great interview, but miserable, very unprofessional translation from English

  2. 2
    andre sihotang says:

    I hope Coverdale retired before he reaching 60′.
    He is not Ian Gillan or Ronnie Dio.

    Whitesnake 2008 live shows on You Tube make me sick with rock music and persuade me to hear Robbie Williams or Cliff Richard. I hope I won’t.

    Man, how I miss Whitesnake early days? David Coverdale sang from his heart, it’s sooooo deep and touched. The music also drive me nuts everytime I hear it. Trouble, Ain’t no Love, Lie Down, Rock’n Roll Angels, Lovehunter, Bloody Luxury, Gambler, Don’t Break My Heart again, Fool For Your Loving. And Bloody Mary is always be my only dating song.. I love this one so much.

    But only if he adds some songs above to current Whitesnake set list, then I could admire him again as my hero. I love this current lineup, it’s peaceful and stable, but it’s about David’s voice.

    He may plan to work on a shop again…

  3. 3
    Roberto says:

    David Coverdale has the best voice of the story and I love him…wonderful singer and showman…
    but He lost his voice in 2008 and this is normal due his age…so now please David stop with Whitesnake and do something you don’t need to scream…

  4. 4
    R says:

    Coverdale is great!

  5. 5
    stefan says:

    Andre Sihotang!

    Sometimes I question your sanity or, if it´s just a case of shitful brains!

    First of all……It has nothing to do with age if he should retire or not,it´s about how fit and able he is to crank out and sing the songs!I don´t give a F**K if he´s 87 as long as the voice is intact!

    Secondly….Here you go again mention artists that´s just the opposite to rock music….Cliff Richard,Robbie Williams……???Come on!!I seriously question you´re passion and knowledge of DP,Whitesnake and rock music in general!

    That said…..It´s true DC´s voice were crap the last time I saw and heard them live(june 13th),and as I´ve stated elsewere,if it´s an permanent condition…. then yes,I think he should retire!Not beacuse of age but sheer fatigue!

    All years of touring and vocal abuse have maybe taken it´s toll,and if that´s the case here he have truly earned the right to retire gracefully!ROCK ON….WISH YOU WELL!

  6. 6
    Martin says:

    If Coverdale wants to go on with performances like from 2003 until today, he should retire, because he is screaming nearly all the time and his screams are out of tone, mostly. Furthermore, I dislike his behaviour of being a Twen. It shows not a matured character that accepts his own age. But he believes that people want to see that kind of Whitesnake-Outfit of the late Eighties and early Nineties.

    Personally, I prefer the old Whitesnake from the beginning to 1984 and I would like to see David perform with Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray. In addition, he could ask Jon Lord for a couple of shows. And you need a drummer similar to Ian Paice´s style, to perform that old material in a way it deserves. It should be warm and bluesy with songs in which the singer sings the songs with his wonderful voice and does not destroy any feelings with his bad screams.

    I saw Coverdale on a promotion date in Cologne / Germany where he sang a couple of songs only accompanied by Doug Aldrich on accoustic-guitar and it was wonderful, because Coverdale is able to sing very well, nowadays. The only problem is he does not sing on regular concerts. Moreover, he has a lot of entertaining qualities. Make use of it, David… I wish you well!

  7. 7
    Ole says:

    I believe both Coverdale and Deep Purple do live shows for commercial reasons only. What else should they do? The albums don’t sell much (DP don’t even care to make another album).

    So they do what they can! Do live shows because they are globally famous and can tour every country and city in the western world.

    If they were loaded with cash I believe they would all call it a day. As you might know DP sold all the right to their old albums long ago…. so there’s no cash coming from the old stuff.

    So, they will play as much as they need to live a good life!

    And, when DC is 80 he will not sound like he was 30… Same with IG and Dio…

    An option is really to stop going to the concerts. No one forces you to.

    BTW, I saw Whitesnake June 28’th and it sounded great! But, I did not expect DC to be 30 again 😉

  8. 8
    stefan says:


    You´re quite right,I don´t have to go to the gigs!So why do I?Call it loyalty,nostalgia or whatever, but I do!I can assure you that the day they´ll stop delivering…..I bow out!With the exception of the Whitesnake Copenhagen gig in june,they´ve done just that (DP included)….Delivered!!!

    I´m off to the Whitesnake gig here in Copenhagen next friday,second gig in 6 months!Maybe to make up for the crappy vocal performance last time(I hope so)!!I´ll cross my fingers,legs and chest that DC is back in shape and proves me wrong….If not,well….I´ll just go home humming “Ain´t gonna cry no more”……!!

  9. 9
    AndreA says:

    A Singer is free to decide when stopping the life-music,his life-music. Every work they’ll give us (DC,Gillan etc etc) will be a present to us,we have only to thank them.

    Who pretends to listen their voices as the same of the past has not good mind.

    Everytime the same discussion among us.
    Nobody is costrict to listen them,about me I hope a lot of years in future with these singers,more and more..

    I don’t like Blackmore’s Night,I don’t listen them,others love it and is right for them to listen RBnight

    we “like” always to complicate our life with strange words and unusefull discussion.

    Sometimes we loose respect for these Artistes,a singer is like a painter…like an actor…we all are not the GOOD PEOPLE to ask them to stop.

    Of course I love the old Whitesnake,but others love this line up,so LONG LIVE TO MR.Coverdale and TO ALL others like him.

    We have to die in our factories,in our offices,let them to decide for thir life!

  10. 10
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Ole, commercial reasons are why any individual or entity plies a trade. But you are way myopic, at least with Purple, if you think it is just for the money. Since my main man Steve joined the band, they have intense fun with each other on and off the stage. Nobody who follows these guys as individuals and as a band, can persuade me differently. Do you think Ian Superstar made great profit with his Gillan’s Inn tour here in The States? I was at the NYC gig and it was not sold out by any stretch. But the energy and comraderie was quite apparent. And Roger didn’t have to drive down from Connecticut to join in on the fun for commercial reasons. But dare I digress.

    I’m off to that joint to shoot some pool and enjoy a few pint’s. :>


  11. 11
    Keiron aka Gobberz says:

    I think DC still has the good voice, yes he isnt has young as he used to be, but knowbody is getting younger. Look at it this way, Dio is about 65, and still has a powerful voice, but would your voice be as good aftermonths of touring and signing. I doubt it. Thats why people dont constantly tour, he has to take some time off to rest the vocal chords, as does other bands and artists.

  12. 12
    micke says:

    The guy can really charm people… he’s good at that.

  13. 13
    Roberto says:

    you are arrogant and you didn’t understand what I wrote…
    If David Coverdale will be able to sing Whutesnake songs at 100 years old there’s no problem…but is normal,in fact as you said: “all years of touring and vocal abuse have maybe taken it´s toll…”so it’s a question of time…at his age I think it’s something permanent…and as said ANdrea: “Who pretends to listen their voices as the same of the past has not good mind”.
    Learn to respect other people ideas…

  14. 14
    Rascal says:

    Its a question of time for all of us!!

    And lets hope Coverdale can deliver…….

  15. 15
    andre sihotang says:


    Should I tell you I will prefer to watch those stupid bubblegum and silly pop singers than Whitesnake right now? It has nothing to do with our Deep Purple or other rock heroes. I’m talking ’bout Whitesnake 2008 live.

    ROCK ON – David Essex song, it’s a POP SONG too, huh?
    Def Leppard version is the best. It’s rock!

    Coverdale should hire a vocal teacher right now. He needs that. But he must not follow Led Zep trick, turn some songs into low-key, not in the original key. It’s a real shame. Don’t you know Jack Bruce said “F*** off, Led Zep, you’re a CRAP!!” in an interview days ago because of that?

    I can’t really enjoy Give Me All Your Love, Still Of The Night, Bad Boys, Fool For Your Loving(1989 ver), and especially IS THIS LOVE. It’s strange when a British blues singer try to sing like Journey, Van Halen, or Bon Jovi. Why people love those? Maybe it’s because American music ruled the world at the time. But I admit that John Sykes is the greatest Whitesnake guitarist ever.

    If Coverdale could not do a song properly, just drop it away… I think he is a BLUES SINGER, not a GLAM METAL SINGER.

  16. 16
    andre sihotang says:

    Btw, it’s good to see hard rock like Deep Purple and Whitesnake still around after the years with “I hate my self and I want to die” music, crappy boybands, cheerleaders pop, bubblegum singer, funny dance and disco, and others. I hope they could make it better.

    Rock!Rock!Till You Drop…
    Cheers all…

  17. 17
    andre sihotang says:

    Btw, it’s nice to see hard rock acts like Deep Purple and Whitesnake still around after the years with “I hate my self and I want to die” music, crappy boybands, bubblegum and cheerleaders pop, funny dance and disco, and others. I hope they could make it better in the next tour.

    Rock!Rock!Till You Drop…
    Cheers all…

  18. 18
    stefan says:

    Andre Sihotang!

    You´re missing the point! What I´m refering to is, age does not matter….it´s all about the music! Just take Glenn Hughes for example,his pushing sixty and sounds better than ever!

    I do believe I´ve earned the right to air my opinion `bout DC & Whitesnake,after all I´ve been around since day one and been to countless Whitesnake gigs over the years!Meaning……I have something to compare to!

    I do agree with you as far as the “American metal twiddly diddly” years are concerned,not my cup of tea! I did however enjoy the odd number or two,such as “Give me all your love”,”Don´t turn away”,”Looking for love” and “Judgement day”!

    John Sykes? Hmmm…..Big noise,big hair and a big ego! A little bit too metal for my taste but a great guitarist!

    Dream scenario for next friday: DC adds “Blindman”,”Too many tears”,”Don´t fade away”,”Might just take your life” and “Mistreated” to the set list! ROCK ON!

  19. 19
    Roberto says:

    personally I love the first two David solo albums, a lot of gospel soul.that would the perfect singing for David nowdays…

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    And then to say that it is Blackers main goal in life to annoy the hell out of us.

    I prefer the old set up of Whitesnake too

    Appearantly DC has found himself reasons to keep pursuing the 1987 road

    Time is running out

    People are dying

    Some are getting too old

    Why are all those wonderful great musicians NOT doing what they should?

  21. 21
    drew w says:

    “DP sold all the right to their old albums long ago”

    Who did they sell the rights to their backcatalog to?
    I know for a fact that David Coverdale still receives royalties from his Deep Purple albums.
    But are you saying that MKII royalties go elsewhere?

  22. 22
    Rascal says:

    He just annoys the hell out of you…….

    RB has moved on………..take a leaf out of his book.

  23. 23
    andre sihotang says:

    But I’m afraid the old Whitesnake sound would never come back, as both of these two great guitarist really act and play like Eddie Van Halen, Vito Bratta, John Norum, Steve Morse, and John Sykes.

    Coverdale ever said that he would play the old Whitesnake songs only in an intimate show or a small room or clubs.

    Yeah Stefan, Glenn Hughes is crazy! He is even better than in the 70’s, there’s no ambulance sound again on the microphone, but only his trademark soul and blues vocal. Unfortunately, solo career is not my joy as a rock music fans. So I do not enjoy his music too much, along with Eric Martin, Jeff Scott Soto, JLT(!), Scott Stapp(Creed), Bruce Dickinson, and Rob Halford.

  24. 24
    Roberto says:

    David Coverdale lost his voice in 2008
    Ian Gillan lost his voice in 2008
    Glenn Hughes still have his voice in 2008 but he is not a good composer.

  25. 25
    Ole says:

    Stefan & Ted

    I really do believe the guys are having fun touring! Having seen them quite a few times ther’s no doubt about it.

    And, they should be allowed to do so as long as they want without too much critics 🙂

    I only wished they would sell some more albums so we would get a new one!

    Really looking forward to the Strombringer remaster, too bad it didn’t arrive for christmas!


  26. 26
    Ted The Mechanic says:


    Indeed, it’s only a matter of time! Let’s dig what all of these musicians have had to offer, what they still offer, and be done with it!


    Believe it or not, we are on the same page as far as what we (selfishly?) want. But in principle, who are we to decide where their respective minds & hearts are? Your main man (and I must reiterate somewhare in a past post, one of mine. He is brilliant…) is playing “interesting” minstrel muzak. I know it’s flipping you out. You basically state it- “Blackers main goal in life is to annoy the hell out of us.” I’m beyond happy to say that my main man is keeping HUGE smiles & almost frenetic energy to our collective musical table(s)!!

    And finally, Ole, Cheers!

    No pool for me tonight. Fatigue Factor will keep me out of that joint!



  27. 27
    AndreA says:

    18 (Stefan)

    I saw 1 month ago J.Sykes On Stage with “ThiN LizzY”; even if like you I’ve always thought that he has a big-ego I have to admit that in concert He has kidnapped me,He catched me with his guitar. Great Sound and personality.


  28. 28
    purplepriest1965 says:


    It was not me who dug up that quote again

    I referred to it after someone here did that

    In general it s known that people like RB also like to inject a little poison into the proceedings by giving statements like this now and then

    I mean, who knows which stamenet is true or just meant to arouse?

  29. 29
    SEVEN-47 says:

    Gillan, Coverdale, Hughes, Morse, Glover, Airey, and Paice? Three lead vocalist formula worked successfully for Three Dog Night for approximately five years. Just a thought. 🙂

  30. 30
    stefan says:

    Sounds like a wet dream to me Seven-47,not very likely though!I do however appreciate your creative thinking……If only,if only!!!!ROCK ON!

  31. 31
    SEVEN-47 says:

    You’re right stefan, one too many Bud Lights when I came up with that one. ROCKIN’ ON!

  32. 32
    Dan says:

    David just had a vocal problem at Red Rock in the states.
    Hopefully this will be the cue for him to tone it down’ I’m hoping for something like ‘starkers in tokyo’. That’s a great album to showcase his blues vocal talent.

    I’m a huge fan of whitesnake, and went to see them in the uk on the Good to be bad tour, but David (after looking at recent US performances) needs a rest – he seems tired and stretched.

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