Australia’s Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale.
When asked about continuing the band for so many decades, he said:
“I would have laughed. Literally, I was writing the songs ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Crying In The Rain’ during the breakdown of my first marriage a long, long time ago. And I was coming up to my 30th birthday, and I thought, ‘That’s it.’ ‘Cause, really, nobody — I mean THE [ROLLING] STONES, THE WHO, are you kidding me? I’m three score and eight , but these guys are in their 70s.
“I can’t see doing ‘Still Of The Night’ in my 70s. So I’m not sure when that’s gonna happen. My wife’s banned me from using the word ‘retirement.’ But every f*cking day, I’m in gratitude and appreciation that my life is as it is, both in a private circumstance and in a professional circumstance. It’s magical. It’s magical. And there’s a lot of bands — you probably know them; I don’t know how long you’ve been doing this — but there’s a lot of bands that stay together for the money, for the economics of it.
“This band get on terrifically well as friends, as we call brothers, ‘Snake Brothers’, brothers of the snake, as good as they are live. And believe me, this is one hell of a muscular and powerful f*cking band onstage. Extraordinary.”