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DC to Plant: “can we be friends again?”

David Coverdale; photo © Aleksandra Pruenner, image courtesy of Frontiers RecordsDavid Coverdale gave an interview to TeamRock Radio’s Classic Rock Magazine Show (to be broadcast next Wednesday, June 19) and said he wants to put his feud with Robert Plant to an end. The two exchanged bitter comments back in 1993, at the time of Coverdale/Page album, and have never spoken to each other since then.

My last words to Jimmy in London were: ‘I’d love to buy Robert a drink.’ I said: ‘When you speak to him, offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I’ve ever said, which were mostly defensive.’

I hold him [Plant] in the highest esteem as a human being, as an artist, and I really would like to, you know, sit down, buy him a drink, shake hands and say: ‘I’m really sorry, you know, can we be friends again?’

[Out of] my love and respect for Jimmy, I know he’ll pass that on to Robert – and Robert might go and tell him to **** himself, who knows, but I don’t hold any animosity, just disappointment in myself that I took the bait and ran with some ugly things. Because it’s not appropriate for somebody I respect so much.

Thanks to Classic Rock for the info.

19 Comments to “DC to Plant: “can we be friends again?””:

  1. 1
    Henrik says:

    – What did Coverdale say about Plant? And when?

  2. 2
    Roberto says:

    What negative things avid said about Plant in the past? I just know R.Plant pointed David as an imitation of himself (which is untrue and I think he was moved by the anvy for David recording with Jimmy and having a better vocal shape at that time). Robert P. even talked badly about Deep Purple…so I think even him should be sorry for some bad words he said…

  3. 3
    Michael Jinisiani says:

    fuck robert.. david is the king of rock…

  4. 4
    Finn says:

    I wish Gillan og Blackmore coluld do the same. Shake hands, have a drink and play som great music Again. It’s needed.
    I wish David all the best luck with RP.
    Time is to short to not be friends.

  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    I guess getting up in age has softened up the ‘mortality conscience’. After the passing of so many close friends and acquaintances..(Jon Lord, DIO, Gary Moore) and also seeing some dealing with illnesses (Iommi, Vivian Campbell), time is running out regarding making things right with folks. Good luck with that David. Hey, invite RP to do a duet on the next Whitesnake album…..along with Jimmy Page and TMIB.


  6. 6
    Hårstad Roy A says:

    Nah Michael, they both are kings in their own right. I’m so glad I’m able to enjoy them both 🙂

  7. 7
    micke says:

    Yeah, Robert Plant (despite being a fave of mine) did speak some trash about Coverdale and deep purple in the early nineties. Real snobbery trash..

  8. 8
    cyclone says:

    @2 I think it was a Blackmore vs Page thing? Page wins the popularity contest hands down…Blackmore wins everything else!

  9. 9
    Tommy H. says:

    It seems that David is on his tour to make peace with everyone. Why not …

    As I remember it: Wasn’t it Robert who wrote some annoying letters to Jimmy when he was playing with David? I believe it was hard to swallow that Jimmy teamed up with David who obviously copied a lot of Robert’s signature characteristics. But on the other hand: Isn’t it comforting to be such a heavy influence on other quite famous contemporary singers?

    In the early days of Zeppelin one could argue about the fact that Robert copied Buddy Guy A LOT.

  10. 10
    Not Responsible says:

    Mature and classy. We all have said hurtful things that we regret. To be able to gracefully take responsibility for them, admit our mistakes and apologize are marks of character and integrity.

  11. 11
    al says:

    Plant should shut his yap.If anything,Led Zeppelin having been plagiarizing music and singers,and as a singer he was “copying” Howling Wolf and other black singers in style.Coverdale doesn’t owe him anything.Plant was jealous at the time,that Page collaborated with Coverdale for a rock album,just to irk Plant.Classy gesture by DC.

  12. 12
    Expat says:

    Well, I wish both of them the best but they do take themselves a little too seriously. Apart from the fake posh accent hiding their roots for the American audience, they are old men who sang rock and roll, both lifting a lot from US singers on the way. Big deal. Plant imagines Zep are far more important in the history of music than they were, and Coverdale, well, what can you say — he’s ripped himself off enough I think he could put a circle around the sun, looking for gypsy queens, LOL. Now, the best suggestion here is the one that they do a duet with both Ritchie and Jimmy on guitar….live. Then, RB can go back to his Benny Hill backing band, Coverdale can act the old tart for another tour, Jimmy can ask everyone else to pay for the drinks, and Percy can act it up in Austin as a serious musicologist…. happy daze.

  13. 13
    Roberto says:

    Coverdale only occasionally reminds to Plant’s style (‘still of the night’ and some songs on the Coverdale/Page album) but in general he didn’t copied Robert Plant in fact he has his own style and peculiar timbre/tone…but if we have to look for similarities I would tell (the anyway inferior imo) Paul Rodgers…

    Robert Plant should shut up, he copied a lot from Steve Marriot (compare ‘you need loving’ by Small Faces vs ‘Whola lotta love’ by Zeppelin)

  14. 14
    Jack says:

    Led Zeppelin and Plant…kings of plagiarism!!! The must unoriginal band on the planet, every song they “wrote” is a blatant rip-off!!!! Deep Purple forever!!!

  15. 15
    al says:

    @13 If anything,Coverdale,it was very much influenced from Paul Rodgers.( being from the same area as well)…that is not the point anyway,the bottom line is that every one, one way or another “borrowed” from each other.
    @12 lol Posh accent I like that.
    @14 all the bands “stole” from other musicians,Blackmore has admitted that,riffs and such,but there’s no other band that blatantly stole music and lyrics from other singers and bands and not give the other person any royalties at all! just omitted in a most unscrupulous way other people!
    In Zeppelin case they always settled out of the court! Back in those days,there was no Ipads and Ipods and Itunes,Jimmy Page had millions of records at home and that “helped’ him to choose and listen to a lot of American Blues and folk.

  16. 16
    Roberto says:

    @13 what’s the need of your reply? No offence but I can’t see nothing really relevant added on my previous comment…

  17. 17
    al says:


  18. 18
    jeff says:

    perhaps DC is feeling twinges of ( real or imagined ) pending mortality and wants to tidy up some loose ends, should anything happen to him, a la Dio & Lord ( both RIP )….saw DC on YouTube giving a very nice eulogy to Lord….nice touch for someone often seen as a bit aloof…

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    john says:

    schizophrenic PLANT !! he did not realize that ZEP also stoles from many american black blues artists of the 40s and the 50s but the band never gaves them a credit in the ZEP album,….Plant jealousy to DC is too much !!

    BULLOCK !!

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