“The Purple Album” features reworked versions of songs from some 40 years ago, from 1973 to 1976, including the first single “Stormbringer”, the title track from the 1974 album.
Asked by U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine if he has seen the “extreme reaction” the new version of “Stormbringer” received after it was posted on YouTube, Coverdale responded: “Yeah, of course. But have you seen the orders we have for this record? I’ve never made music for the haters. If somebody develops a cure for cancer, there will still be haters. I’ve no space in my life for haters or negaters. They’re not gonna buy my record. They won’t buy a ticket. Why the fuck should I give a fuck? They’re probably sitting at home, running their WiFi off their mother’s account. I owe those people nothing. Such opinions mean nothing to me. I’m talking to you from a fucking very, very beautiful residential studio. I have a home overlooking Lake Tahoe. I’m sixty-three years old, booking a world tour, the tickets are flying out the door… The odds are not in these people’s favor. They are wasting their hate.”
He continued: “I won’t release something unless I believe in it. I’ve come to a time in my life, after a very successful career, where I will do exactly what I like. Online the other day some clown wrote: ‘Coverdale’s well must have run dry.’ Well, what you have done in your life? Over forty years I’ve sold more than a hundred million records and written countless fucking rock ‘n’ roll anthems. How fucking dare you criticize me, dude? Fuck off to your bedroom.”
Asked if he feels the classic DEEP PURPLE songs are untouchable in their original form, Coverdale said: “When WHITESNAKE played ‘Burn’ for the first time, in 2004, the web site lit up. And, amazingly, ninety percent of those people hadn’t heard the song before. And it’s forty fucking years old, but, as daft as it sounds, these songs are new to some people. I’m getting tweets from people saying they’ve bought the original songs for the first time after seeing the album’s track listing. So PURPLE’s making money too.”