'That Metal Show' host Eddie Trunk backs singer David Coverdale's tribute to his former band.
David Coverdale calls from his Nevada home near Lake Tahoe, where he has been busy working on post-production for the new Whitesnake release, The Purple Album, due May 19 via Frontiers Music SRL. It's the first new studio album in four years (and the 12th Whitesnake album) for the charismatic singer, and it revisits his time as the frontman for Deep Purple's Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band studio albums, which Coverdale recorded during the "Mark III" and "Mark IV" periods of the band's lineup.
The Purple Album features revved-up versions of songs from Coverdale's tenure in Deep Purple some 40 years ago, from 1973 to 1976. The idea took hold after the death of Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012, when Coverdale reached out to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to share his grief and make amends. The two hadn't spoken in 30 years, and their last meeting had ended in a fistfight, but they started talking. Eventually they discussed doing a collaboration, but talks broke down when they could not agree on the musical direction.
Coverdale was ready to abandon the idea of revisiting his past until his wife, Cindy, made a suggestion. "She said, 'Why don't you look upon it as a Whitesnake album?,' and it really started to resonate with me, especially after a couple of glasses of wine," he recalls. "And I called my musicians, and they were absolutely thrilled about the idea." After talking to Frontiers, the band started working on the project. "Everyone did their homework, and every performance is done respectfully in honor of [Deep Purple's] musicians. Though I focused on the twin-guitar attack of Whitesnake, we had a guest keyboard player because a huge part of the Deep Purple sound was Jon Lord playing that amazing Hammond organ."