Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale planned to take this year off. But with two big multi-platinum album anniversaries — the 25th for “Slide It In” and 20th for “Slip of the Tongue,” complete with repackaged editions — he felt it was prudent for the group to be visible.
“I’ve turned into the anniversary kid this year,” says Coverdale, who’s also observing the 35th anniversary of “Stormbringer,” the second of three albums he recorded with Deep Purple, as well as, oh yeah, his 10th wedding anniversary. But musically, he says, the Whitesnake celebrations are closest to his heart.
“Once I started Whitesnake.com and started to interact with people around the world,” Coverdale explains, “I found out how much of my music was a backdrop to people’s lives. Someone met their life’s partner at show or played our song at their wedding. It’s been a humbling experience, actually.”
Coverdale is also grateful that the music made enough of an impact for Whitesnake’s 1987 hit “Here I Go Again” to be included in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.”
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It keeps the song alive,” says Coverdale, who hasn’t yet started planning a follow-up to 2008’s “Gonna Be Bad,” which was the first new Whitesnake album in nine years. “Everybody’s got a different story for what ‘Here I Go Again’ meant to them, too.
“I wrote it in Portugal about the breakdown of my first marriage; now it’s one of the biggest rock anthems around the world, and the audience can relive it with me every time we perform it. I love when certain songs, like that one, develop an identity and start to belong to people as opposed to the artist.”
Whitesnake performs with Judas Priest and Pop Evil at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 15) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $38.50 and $55 pavilion, $20 lawn with a $60 lawn four-pack. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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