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

David Coverdale will host a new six part show on UK’s Planet Rock radio. The first of the shows will air this coming Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 1pm, with special guest Joe Elliott. Subsequent installments will broadcast the same time weekly until April 16th.

Planet Rock radio is available in the UK on DAB, on their free app, on Freesat, Sky, and Virgin Media TV, and also online. Caveat: in theory, the latter is also available only in the UK and asks to confirm your postal code when trying to access from what it thinks is “abroad”. Little birdie tells us that ‘SW1A 1AA’ works just fine, thankyouverymuch and God save the Queen. 😉

Thanks to Planet Rock for the info.

6 Comments to “DJ Coverdale”:

  1. 1
    Fernando Azevedo Filho says:

    Coverdale Rides Again!!!

  2. 2
    Ivica says:

    One of six … ladys and gentlemans,girls and boys … very special guest be Ritchie Blackmore !? 🙂

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Will he get into fights again to get Hendrix played like he did in those discos in Redcar? : – )

    Marvin Gaye was another favorite of his in his early Purple days. Yet he never had the guts to record an all-out soul album. It’s not too late, David!

    I remember how then-NME-scribe Bod Edmands

    – who btw had given Rainbow’s Rising a glowing review


    reviewed David’s first solo album. He didn’t pan it, but he felt it was still too close to Purple for comfort. He lauded David’s voice though and ended the review with a recommendation along the lines of “if he dumped his Robert Plant wig, got himself a slick, funky producer and some strong outside writers, a Robert Palmer-type career for a voice that deserves to be heard might be in the cards”.

    I still wonder about that alternative universe where DC would have gone a Joe Cocker/Michael Bolton route in the mid-seventies. Whitesnake did very well of course and made some great music (well, to be exact, they made great music in one era and did very well in another!), but that “alternative career” would have let us have more than just a glimpse of a David branching out.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    @ 3 -thanks for the link to the Musical Express reviews, a good one of Rising indeed & I found a few Yes stories as well after reading that little ‘nod’ to them in the Rainbow Rising rave.
    Old Coverdale eh, yes he may have done well doing something different to mainstream rock, he certainly had the voice for it & his vocal on that Butterfly Ball song is a sort of leaning in another direction, almost. I guess he just couldn’t resist the shenanigans of the rock ‘n roll celebrity stardom show. Cheers.

  5. 5
    max says:

    @ Uwe: Chapeau!

    Very well said. I always wished for something more in the vein of his first solo albums. Just love those songs, the soul feel, the brass, the female backings vox etc. A bit like Cocker at the time. Even Dr. John’s influences can be heard I am lead to believe. And that he made great music and did well in an other era made me laught. True. But – who bought that first albums apart from us? 😉 They all went to purchase 1987 … Pity.

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    1987 is an iconic 80ies hair pop metal album, no two ways about it. I myself prefer Ready ‘n’ Willing or even Trouble, but in it’s own limited genre that album is something. There is a reason why it sold so well.

    But Coverdale never recaptured that sound. What he, Sykes, Murray, Dunbar and Airey created on that one album, was never really emulated. Not by the Vandenberg/Campbell/Sarzo/Aldridge + assorted hired hand keyboarders live line-up DC created from scratch and certainly not by getting Vai in (I loved Vai with Alacatrazz, but he was out of his depth with Whitesnake).

    I don’t think that Sykes was a pleasant man in the 80ies and his attention-grabbing guitar playing in the Slide It In era grated on me big time, but for the purpose of the 1987 album he was the right gunslinger in town.

    And that first Blue Murder album was closer to 1987 in feel than the god-awful ‘they-produced-all-the-life-out-of-it’, totally overdone Slip Of The Tongue (DC’s Chinese Democracy if you will). Just imagine if Coverdale had sung this …



    … they would have conquered American airwaves all over again. Like Sykes or not, that stuff had some real balls, a gung-ho attitude and songwriting skills.

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