Former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale says that he is contemplating retiring in 2017 on the 30th anniversary of the release of one of the best-selling hard rock albums in history, WHITESNAKE‘s “1987”.
During an interview with RollingStone.com that focused primarily on DEEP PURPLE‘s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Coverdale said: “I was trying to retire. I released a thing called ‘The Purple Album’, which I thought, after losing Jon Lord [former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist] in 2012, I’d received a message from his representative to say, ‘He’s determined to kick this. Would you be there for some kind of PURPLE reunion thing?’ I said, ‘Tell him I’m there for him.’ And sadly he didn’t recover. But I reached out to [former DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie] Blackmore after 30 years of hostility to bury the hatchet and with no other agenda other than to share the sadness and sorrow. And we started communicating into 2013 when he asked me to speak to his manager about working together and doing either Blackmore/Coverdale or some kind of PURPLE thing. And really, I love what I do! Knowing me, I started working on revamping or contemporizing ‘Burn’ songs. I thought, ‘He’s not going to want to do ‘Come Taste The Band’ [songs that were originally recorded] with Tommy [Bolin], God rest his soul. But, sorry, I thought, with his wife, he has BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, and I thought, I’ll rearrange the song ‘Sail Away’ for us to do as this renaissance duet kind of thing. But I couldn’t agree with the ideas that they had. So I thought, well, this will be my farewell album. Glad I came in! But it did so fucking well, it’s like now, I’m looking at retiring next year on the 30th anniversary of the ‘1987’ album.”