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Contribution to the madness and mayhem

David Coverdale with Whitesnake in Shizuoka, October 10, 2016; photo © Kei Ono cc-by-nc-sa

David Coverdale has recently appeared on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show recalling the first time he appeared on stage with Deep Purple. Copenhagen, December 9, 1973:

I walk onstage for the first time – where it came from, I don’t know, but I still do it – ‘Are you ready?’ I screamed into the microphone, and I’ve got a very powerful voice. So, like, everybody goes, ‘Oh my God!’ and there’s this roar from I don’t know how many thousands of people. And it was great.

Suddenly I’m singing, Ritchie’s smashing a guitar, dragging amp stacks over,” Coverdale recalled. “Paice is trashing his drums. And I’ve like become a member of the audience while I’m actually onstage. Lordy’s thrashing his organ, boys and girls, thrashing his organ every which way! And I’m going, ‘My God, I should do something, I should do something … ’ I’m going, ‘I can’t afford to smash anything!’

I had a ring on, which was like ten bucks, so I took it off with great drama, threw it on the floor and stamped on it. That was my contribution to the madness and mayhem!

Thanks to Ultimate Classic Rock for the quote and to Jim Collins for the heads up.



14 Comments to “Contribution to the madness and mayhem”:

  1. 1
    Kai Ammentorp Blücher says:

    Jeg var tilstede i KB hallen 🤘🤘🤘🤘

  2. 2
    Hacene Smaine says:

    In 1973 it was Ian Gillian on vocals.

  3. 3
    Jesper Wodschow says:

    I was there. He was pissed outta his mind. The band waited selvrealisering minutes before they entered the stage. His panicking was pretty obvious. Helluva show though. First song was Burn. Same venue burned down the same night as Black Country Communion did their show. Encore was Burn.

  4. 4
    Wojtek Cugowski says:

    Hacene Smaine But not on Dec 9th

  5. 5
    Jesper Wodschow says:

    If you wanna see a good mklll show go check out Glen Hughes currently touring the UK. They rock.

  6. 6
    Hacene Smaine says:

    They must be talking about California Jam in 1974

  7. 7
    Chris Pavlakakis says:

    Gillan left at summer of 73.

  8. 8
    Chris Pavlakakis says:

    He was there. He was also in California Jam.
    Where were you?
    In California Jam, Paice didn’t trash his drum kit.

  9. 9
    Hacene Smaine says:

    Chris Pavlakakis No I wasn’t

  10. 10
    Gordon Belbin says:

    No Gillan’s last show was Osaka on July 29 1973

  11. 11
    Alan Christopher says:

    June 29th 73 gillans last show.

  12. 12
    Andy Travers says:

    He didn’t mean literally trashing his drum kit 😉

  13. 13
    Michael says:

    Mr. Coverdale, please stand corrected , because it should be : I HAD a very powerful voice 🙂

  14. 14
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Sounds like a “ring-in” to me! 💍🏇📻🎤🎸💰🎉😎

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