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Get this man a string quartet

David Coverdale was a guest on The SDR Show and spoke. A lot. The whole thing is almost an hour long, and (full disclosure) we didn’t have time to sit through it. But Blabbermouth has some quotes that sound promising:

Well, there’s something we’ve got planned, obviously. It’s a very, very big year. I’ve got something planned for October… And I’ll be doing significantly more promo. It’s a lot to talk about. It’s gonna be very interesting.

“I’ve just been working with — I’ll give you some little clues — an amazing string quartet, beautiful women out of the Reno Philharmonic and a great string arranger called Jeff DePaoli. [Producer] Tom Gordon and I were sitting, like, ‘If we do another ‘Unzipped’ [WHITESNAKE’s 2018 collection of rare and previously unreleased acoustic performances], this will be great with a string quartet. Get me a string quartet.’ [Laughs]

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads-up.

13 Comments to “Get this man a string quartet”:

  1. 1
    Matt says:

    I look forward to any new recordings as other than a Coverdale Page reissue (can’t recall if that’s happening now) I think all of the back catalogue has been remixed & remastered to death – I’ve lost count.
    I think the ‘Starkers’ album was interesting originally, but also slightly boring. Subsequent releases of ‘alternate versions’ also didn’t do much for me. Just adding a string quartet intro to Here I Go Again is something I can do without. I’ll stick with the original.
    Saying that, I would welcome any revisits to the early solo albums (Whitesnake & Northwinds).
    Ultimately though…new ‘original Whitesnake’ material (non screaming, non screeching) with Bernie, Micky, Neil Murray is the only thing to get me really ‘ready and willing’ to purchase.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Starkers could have been so much better if Coverdale had played acoustic guitar himself, very basic and stripped down. Adrian’s acoustic guitar arrangements were however over-elaborate and totally missed the point, the way he played it would have required a whole unplugged backing band to sound good and at least one other acoustic guitar. Not every good electric guitarist is really at home on an acoustic (Michael Schenker isn’t either) and that really showed on Starkers.

    I think we’ll see a “Whitesnake with Orchestra” down the line. Now that Def Leppard have done it, David can’t be far behind. The new Def Lep outing is actually surprisingly good, the orchestral arrangements are a lot more creative than your usual fare, well done you Sheffield boys.




  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Knowing DC’s observant eye for all aspects of female wardrobe, he probably meant a G-string quartet tuned to “A”, no?


    Hasn’t that always been his thong … errrm thing since ‘Kitten’s Got Claws’ (06:20)?


    Alas!, just one more supreme inanity in Whitesnake’s inanity-rich catalog.

    Poetry class over!

  4. 4
    Andrew says:

    Please no, just retire gracefully.

  5. 5
    Max says:

    @ 1 @ 2 agreed!

    Love Is Blind has strings on it and makes good use of them IMHO. I would really appreciate something in that vein. A more stripped down setting, unplugged, seated, with strings or not, piano, female background singers, maybe a flute or anything – but please no more screeching and please no Whitesnake plus orchestra stuff. The last albums suffered from that wall of sound anyway so I can really do without even more bombast.
    The solo albums still stand the test of time and suited the man’s voice so well.

  6. 6
    Fernando Azevedo says:

    I agree 100% with Max

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Don’t we all!

  8. 8
    Beavis says:

    @ 4…Ego and greed says no!

  9. 9
    evillouie says:

    I can hear it now: “‘ere’s a concerto for ya!”

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “I’m gonna slide the bow, right to the top
    Slide the bow, I ain’t never gonna stop
    Slide the bow, right to the top
    I’m gonna slide the bow, slide the bow!”

    We can only wait and hope.

  11. 11
    Fernando Azevedo says:

    I still have hope that David Coverdale will make an album in the style of “Northwinds” or “White Snake”

  12. 12
    Terry D says:

    10years too late at least. His beautiful baritone went years ago and he has no range left. It is sad our heroes are losing their trademark abilities. Axl Rose did a two hour set at Glastonbury that ranged from pretty good to really weak and then to inaudible, Elton John did a set which ranged from excellent to club singer . Our own Ian Gillan is doing ok on the festival tour with perfect strangers and when a blind man cries being the highlights, he gets through the rest ok but like Elton is struggling to sing the “s” in words beginning with the letter. It is a tough job for these old guys even in front of their own fans. What would a BBC audience think of DC and IG if they were on a Glastonbury bill?

  13. 13
    Uwe Hornung says:

    If I were DC, I’d be ever so slidely worried …


    Always an inane song, but they do it justice. But even a man like Corabi is at the end of his range on some parts – goes to show what DC forced his not really falsetto-geared voice to do.

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