Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Retirement Not a Part of Hard Rocker's Agenda

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Retirement Not a Part of Hard Rocker's Agenda

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Whitesnake and former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale considered retiring last year after 40 years in the business -- for a fleeting moment.

"Whitesnake is still the greatest outlet of expression for me," Coverdale said. "It's oxygen. I can't live without it."

Coverdale, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April for his work with Deep Purple, leads Whitesnake into Montclair on Tuesday.

The show is part of the band's Greatest Hits Tour. Whitesnake has plenty of gems to choose among, from early-career rockers like "Fool for Your Loving" and "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" to 1980s mega-hits "Here I Go Again" and "Still of the Night" to recent goodies such as "Good to Be Bad" and "Love Will Set You Free."

Coverdale said formulating a set list for the show wasn't as challenging as one might think. "I realized many years ago that you can't please everybody," the British hard rocker said.

"Primarily we put in songs that we genuinely want to play. Pretty much 50 to 60 percent of the set is the real biggies we have to play and, fortunately, we want to play."

Whitesnake has undergone several iterations over the years. The band's current lineup includes guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, and drummer Tommy Aldridge. "They are super people, and I can't wait to get onstage with them," Coverdale said of his band mates. "This band is truly gifted and insanely musical."

Whitesnake's most current effort, "The Purple Album" (2015), featured the band recording Deep Purple songs from the Coverdale era, which included the albums "Burn" and Stormbringer" in 1974 and "Come Taste the Band" in 1975.

Coverdale is best known for his time in the classic band for his aggressive and soulful performances on tracks like "Burn," "Might Just Take Your Life," "Mistreated," "Stormbringer" and "Lady Double Dealer."

"The 'Purple' album was inspired by the loss of [Purple keyboardist] Jon Lord," who died in 2012, he said. "I had some new ideas about how we could rearrange, redecorate some of the songs."

The singer entered Deep Purple as an unknown replacement for former vocalist Ian Gillan. Coverdale had big shoes to fill. …

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