During a recent chat with Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown, Whitesnake singer David Coverdale looked back on his time in Deep Purple, while also touching on his ’90s collaboration with Led Zeppelin guitar master Jimmy Page.
Asked about his former Purple bandmate Glenn Hughes, David replied:
“Glenn and I, we’re the only Purples who really have any connection with Ritchie – since 2012 I’ve been communicating with Ritchie, which was a fabulous ‘bury the hatchet’ scenario after the tragic loss of a mutual colleague and friend, [keyboardist] Jon Lord.
“Tragic, but it gave me the epiphany, ‘God, I’m not getting any younger.’ I felt the need to man those bridges, and this is all before this awful Coronavirus – we’ve all lost people.
“I was doing a lot of amends and texts and emails with people from not necessarily the music business, but people I hadn’t seen since the college days or local band days, I reconnected with them, and it was wonderful.
“And then I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna have to call Ritchie after 30 years of animosity.; There you go, Ritchie and I writing a book called ’30 Years of Animosity Can Be Fixed With a Phone Call.’ But yeah, that was really good to reconnect…
“Glenn and I, we were the new boys back in ’73, and we’ve just supported each other, and I love him dearly, and I think he is incredibly talented, and I whenever I speak to him now, he’s jamming with The [Dead] Daisies and stuff.
“He’s working with a former colleague of mine, [guitarist] Doug Aldrich, whom I adore – wrote some amazing songs, and he’s prominently featured on these three ‘Red, White & Blues Trilogy’ records. Super guitar player, I know Glenn’s in good hands.”
Coverdale also mentioned Jimmy Page and working with him again:
“Right now, I’m working on songs potentially to present to Jimmy Page or maybe a couple of bonus tracks for the new version of ‘Coverdale-Page’ – it’s all go here in Hook City, in Whitesnake Studios.”