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A country gentleman

David Coverdale at the Waerdse Tempel, the Netherlands, 2009; photo © artnaz, cc-by-nc-nd

Jam Magazine has a new in-depth retrospective interview with David Coverdale. David talks about what went wrong with Slip of the Tongue, how the Coverdale/Page project came about, and why it didn’t last long.

The Coverdale / Page project would revitalize the spirits of both musicians. Though the album was mostly overlooked by the grunge buying public at large, for those fans longing for the good ol’ rock and roll days of the ’70s, this album was an instant classic. Jimmy Page rediscovered his inner Led Zeppelin, and was musically brilliant. Coverdale wrote some of the smartest lyrics of his career. Unfortunately, the one thing that would have the won public over – a world tour – would never see the light of day, (outside of a handful of select dates in Japan).

For Whitesnake fans the world over, the following interview with David Coverdale fills in a missing piece of a very large puzzle often speculated about, but never actually discussed, until now.

Read the interview in Jam Magazine.

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

22 Comments to “A country gentleman”:

  1. 1
    Larry R. Toering says:

    He also got skinned on the Coverdale Page deal concerning ownership of his own lyrics, apparently he doesn’t own the material, an overlooked mistake he said he’ll never make again. But I see it as trickery when a contract is signed where something like that is missed. He says now he has lawyers for his lawyers.(read it yourself, that might help, David =good money down the drain)

  2. 2
    TruthHurts says:

    Very interesting.

    Coverdale/Page should be still around as a project today, I thought it was a great collaboration and the album was excellent.

    The tour (I never got to see it) was apparently great too:



  3. 3
    HZ says:

    “Suddenly there were all the rumors going around that Ritchie Blackmore was joining Whitesnake. He was out of Purple, and apparently the band was having more fun working with Joe Satriani. The thing is, I believe Purple was contracted to tour and Ritchie walked on them. They got a hold of Satriani to do some dates, probably had a blast doing it. The other one that wouldn’t go away was Sykes. People would ask me if I was going to revisit the situation, and I’m saying to them, “No, no, no, you can’t be serious! Why would I go back?”

    Ritchie wants to join WS? Rumors? Is DC serious to even put this possibility of rumors going around that RB is joining WS? Does RB needs WS in any scenario of his musical life?

    I red it up to here with attention only to realize that DC is infected with sort of musical “megalomania” 🙂

  4. 4
    Scatty says:

    That was a great interview. I’ve always personally maintained that Coverdale is one of the top 5 singers in rock history, whereas I wouldn’t place Plant anywhere near the top 1000. David’s a class act, a great singer and a great human being, and I’m glad he’s repenting for that glam-rock BS and going back to kicking ass and taking names.

  5. 5
    The Holy Chair says:

    Interesting nevertheless but I notice some ” thinghies” that trigger my eyebrows and toes.

    Contradictions amongst other things.

  6. 6
    John Bartone says:

    Nobody cares about David Coverversion…

  7. 7
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    I get the impression we just read a segment of ‘wishful response from Jimmy Page’ from Mr. Coverdale. Hopefully Jimmy will bite. Coverdale/Page was fantastic and would be a great vehicle for DC to do some Real singing for a change. A follow-up is LOOOOOOONG overdue and I do believe we just got a glimpse of the possibility of that occurring….Hopefully SOON!!!! Plant bailed out on the LZ project after the O2 gig. Page should re-establish the C/P project for a great follow-up. DC stated there were 40+ songs written. Seems like a no-brainer to me.


  8. 8
    Larry R. Toering says:

    @Tracy… as he said, ‘why would I go back?’ -this applies across his board. 🙂 I don’t think he looks back on it as a great career choice because of them deal I mentioned. It left him instantly bitter. Like I said, he doesn’t own his own work there, he got screwed out of it.

  9. 9
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Larry, Ghost, Sybil, whatever @8…

    Yeah, he ain’t going back…..riiiiighhhht. But as with all professionals, he knows where he gets his best kudos. As with any ‘professional’ musician…..Never say Never. There have been thousands…’no I’m sorry, Millions’ of statements from All of these artists that eventually ‘Bite them in the ARSE’ due to contradiction.

    I will bet you that he and Jimmy get together for another Go…..

    What is your limit?


  10. 10
    Hartmut says:

    “Ritchie wants to join WS? Rumors? Is DC serious to even put this possibility of rumors going around that RB is joining WS? Does RB needs WS in any scenario of his musical life?”

    As unblievable as it might sound, WS did a couple of festivals in Germany/Europe in 94, GH was on the bill as well as BBM, and one concert magazine indeed DID list “Whitesnake feat. Ritchie Blackmore”. So yes, it was printed, wherever it came from…

  11. 11
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ $ Scatty, are you serious? You wouldn’t place Robert Plant anywhere near the top 1000?? I can’t believe anybody thats into hard rock would say that 🙁 RP is 2nd only to Gillan in my opinion, because they started it all…DC is of course fantastic too!!

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    Coverdale clearly showed during the little tour that he could sing Zeppelin songs better than Robert Plant…while Plant was not able to sing ‘Coverdale/Page’ songs…

  13. 13
    The Holy Chair says:

    A word full of deaf and blind people : (

  14. 14
    The Holy Chair says:

    A woRld full of hasty people as well : )

  15. 15
    The Holy Chair says:

    And who is Sybil?

  16. 16
    Jesper Wodschow says:

    Any live CD’s from Coverdale/Page?

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Chair, Priest, …

    ‘Sybil’ was a movie back in the 70’s, about a young girl whom due to an abusive childhood, developed a split personality disorder whereby she assumed multiple personas with different names and different points of view regarding the same issues…..as in, “Ghost, Larry, Priest, Chair, T, Strat”, etc.


  18. 18
    Roberto says:

    Plant-Page ‘shake my tree’ (from the Coverdale/Page album)

    Coverdale-Page (same song in comparison)

  19. 19
    The Holy Chair says:

    Thank you Mister Zero.

  20. 20
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    You’re welcome Mr. Chair. I see where you are going with this but No Cigar. I have always used my name. I just added the extra ZtH for grins. Ain’t no identity problem here……capish???


  21. 21
    The Holy Chair says:

    Yep, at least I can sit on it. : )

  22. 22
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Me thinks you sit too long…….

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