David Coverdale is a singers singer. From Deep Purple, to Coverdale Page and of course his own mighty Whitesnake, David’s vocal prowess is revered not just by fans but colleagues such as Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot and former Deep Purple band mate Glen Hughes. With their latest album Flesh and Blood coming out earlier in the year, Whitesnake will be headed to our shores with old friends The Scorpions in early 2020. We were lucky enough to have David take some time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.
H2Z: Australian fans have waited 12 years for you to come back and tour, will the new ‘Flesh and Blood’ album form a big part of the setlist, or will it be more of a greatest hits show?
DC: Very much part of the show…The album & it’s success has revitalised the band…& performing some new songs has reenergised the more classic hits…Most of the set will be familiar to our fans…It’s going to be a grand night with The Scorpions & The Snakes…
H2Z: Whitesnake’s Australian tour with Scorpions is the biggest hard rock tour of the year, who should take credit for both of you playing here on the same bill?
DC: The Scorps & Whitesnake are old mates…& we share the same agent…so, it all comes together very well…A evening of solid songs for the audience to get into.
H2Z: You’ve previously said the songs on the new ‘Flesh and Blood’ album have links back to Whitesnake’s beginning, are there any new or old songs that will always make the setlist?
DC: Of course, there are some songs we’d get our arses kicked if we didn’t play them…but, I never tell people what we’re going to be playing …I like surprising them…
H2Z: The ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’ video has reached a huge audience on YouTube, were you expecting that kind of a reaction?
DC: You never know, but you always hope with new music you’re going to connect with people in a positive way…but, bottom line, you never really know…so when a song catches fire with our audience, as ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’, it’s an added bonus…The whole album has done this for us, to be honest…It’s the most successful record we’ve made for some time, I’m happy to say…
H2Z: As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has been performing for five decades, what story will you share with us that we haven’t heard before?
DC: None…you’ll have to wait for my book “How White Was My Snake”
SCORPIONS AND WHITESNAKE
Australian Tour 2020
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19
QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE MONDAY FEBRUARY 24
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