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Mistreated in the creative freedom

David Coverdale; photo: Steve Johnston; image courtesy of Frontiers Records

Metal Shrine has a very interesting interview with David Coverdale. He talks about his plans for the current year, Whitesnake’s upcoming live albums Made in Japan and Made in Britain, embracing the Internet age, possibility of collaborations with Glenn Hughes and Bernie Marsden, his touring schedule, personal losses, patching things up with Blackmore, and being an international operator.

When conversation steered towards expanded releases of the old material, David said:

“Northwinds” was rereleased in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

David Coverdale: Yeah, I had nothing to do with that. When you find out years later that your contract deny you any artistic involvement after you´ve written and recorded those songs, and the songs are precious to you like children… that applies by the way, to all Deep Purple. We have absolutely no say. It´s astonishing for a band of that power and contractually it was so castrated by the dinosaur elements of contracts in those days. Very disagreeable and of course still in play. Of the current Purple I believe several members tried to change this several years ago and lost in the British courts. I couldn´t stand what they did to “Burn” and “Stormbringer” and it was very disappointing to me and I have no involvement, so I won´t promote those things. Kevin Shirley was very respectful to me. He did “Come taste the band” and did a masterly job on it and I´d love if he did the “Burn” and “Stormbringer” records, but I have no say in that. I just collect my royalties. One of the things that I fully embrace is the freedom and the liberation that I have in my career now.

Read more in the Metal Shrine.

Thanks to Classic Rock for the info.

10 Comments to “Mistreated in the creative freedom”:

  1. 1
    ratbatblue says:

    As much as I’d have liked a MK III reunion at some point (Obviously not possible now) it’s great to hear that David and Ritchie are on good terms. No matter who plays with who and when, it’d be great if all the Purple family could do the same and we could all then truly celebrate and recognise how much pleasure they’ve brought to us fans.

  2. 2
    T says:

    At this juncture, it is vital that members of the extended Deep Purple family work with one another. The passing of Lord and Dio, for example, makes moot collaborations that could have been. “Coverdale-Hughes” even *sounds* right. Even Blackmore might be persuaded to do a one-off recording that did not involve touring. Who Knows?! Now there’s a title…

    David Coverdale contends that full albums may not be a necessity–something I have been saying all along. In this digital age, most fans would be gratified to hear a new song here and there from time to time which eventually could be put into some kind of omnibus collection. This idea would have benefited Deep Purple in the intervening years, keeping things fresh and the band in the forefront.

  3. 3
    Drdp says:

    ‘Ere’s a Quid for ya’!

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “In fact, let me tell you this.

    I´m sitting next to Doug Aldrich and I´m e-mailing on my iPad with
    Richie and my iPhone suddenly gets a text from Jimmy Page and Doug
    Aldrich goes “Fuck man! Nobody on the planet can say they´re e-mailing
    Richie Blackmore and texting Jimmy Page at the same fucking time!”.

    Richie said to say hi to Jimmy and Jimmy sent a hello back and I was
    like an international fucking operator here. (laughs)”

    : )

  5. 5
    cyclone says:

    @4…. you “Da” man!

  6. 6
    ivica says:

    Coverdale and Hughes together a good idea, one album or concert album
    they are
    Simon and Garfunkel hard rock music .. and much wider

  7. 7
    micke says:

    @ 4 Yes that IS a great story indeed!! 🙂

  8. 8
    Buttockss says:

    Poor dave he feels “MISTRETED”!!!!!!!!

  9. 9
    Australis says:


    NOW you’ve got an album!

    I understand Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham are free…

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Paul Morris and Bobby Rondinelli, please.

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