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  posted on 6/10/2015 at 04:32 AM
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/how-close-did-david-coverdale-come-to-reun iting-with-ritchie-blackmore/

In a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale was asked how close a PURPLE-and-Coverdale reunion came to being a reality. He responded: "Glenn Hughes [former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist] and I are very close, and Glenn's been after me to do some sort of a PURPLE reunion for some time. To be honest, and I mean no disrespect to my former colleagues, but it was never something that was interesting enough to stop me from doing what I love, which is WHITESNAKE.

"I certainly loved working with DEEP PURPLE and it was the beginning of my journey. I am forever grateful to those guys for having the courage to give me the opportunity, but it was not something I was wanting to do. I am totally happy to create new stuff working as WHITESNAKE."


He continued: "A representative of Jon's [Lord, former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist] called me just after he’d been diagnosed with cancer, to give me that information, which was chilling enough. He said, 'Jon said, on his recovery, would you be up for doing some kind of DEEP PURPLE reunion, whether it was Mach III, or whatever?' I said, 'Absolutely, I will be there for you.' As we know, sadly, Jon passed away. This opened up an opportunity to reach out, after thirty years of acrimony, with somebody that I truly respected, as a musician, which is Ritchie Blackmore. One reason was to express and commiserate the loss of Jon."

Coverdale added: "Regardless of whatever, those guys basically formed DEEP PURPLE and were incredibly influential to me. I've been able to tell everyone else I worked with how much I appreciated the opportunity, and still do to this day, other than Ritchie. Ritchie doesn't really bother reading rock mags and stuff like that. When I've said these things before, he doesn't see them. It was important for me to reach out to him for those reasons, with no other agenda whatsoever."

Asked when this was happening, David replied: "This was in 2012, and we communicated into 2013, and then he asked me if I'd speak to his manager to which, of course, I said, 'Absolutely.' She came on and said, 'Can you keep a secret?' I said, 'Of course not, I'm a **** ing singer.' She said, 'Would you be interested in doing something with Ritchie? My first thought was like BLACKMORE/COVERDALE like I did with Jimmy in COVERDALE/PAGE. That would be a very exciting musical premise because he introduced me to his first songs that he did on the first Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW album. They were initially songs he was proposing for DEEP PURPLE."

He continued: "I love the early RAINBOW stuff. 'Rainbow Rising', are you kidding me? When Cozy Powell came on board? That was fantastic. The idea of being able to do PURPLE, RAINBOW and WHITESNAKE was interesting, but then she said, 'Ritchie is curious. Who would you go for? Roger [Glover] or Glenn?' I said, 'I really appreciate the musicality of Roger, and he produced two of my solo albums, but Glenn is my soul brother.' I recommended Keith Emerson as the keyboard player. He was a fan of PURPLE and Jon and Keith had a very healthy musical rivalry. Keith is a breathtakingly gifted musician. Nobody had spoken to Keith, as this was just a discussion.

"It was during the talks for this that I started digging into our original [DEEP PURPLE] work. I was going, 'I hope he's into a fresh coat of paint on some of these songs.' I was a **** ing kid then. It was the first time I had written for an album. I can hear naivety all over the place. I started working on bits and pieces. I thought my arrangement of 'Sail Away' could have been a nice transition for what he is doing with his BLACKMORE'S NIGHT and we could tie it in with that thing and maybe even do something with Candice [Ritchie's wife] on that song. Once Carol, his manager, and I started talking about their vision for touring and stuff, it just did not resonate, and I wrote her a very, very respectful e-mail withdrawing from whatever that project could have gone forward with.

"It was literally sitting down with my wife, Cindy, and just saying, 'What a pity. I've done all this work.' Actually, that is typical of me to move forward with things. Pagey [Jimmy Page] would go, 'Fuck, man, you're so prepared.' I would go, 'I can't help it.' Cindy goes, 'Why don't you do this as a WHITESNAKE project?' I was, like, 'Why not?' I sounded out my [WHITESNAKE] colleagues, and Doug [Aldrich, guitar] was still onboard at that time, and the response from everyone was a resounding 'yes.'

"Doug and my wife were the only people at that time that I was sharing the news that I was talking with Ritchie, communicating with him, during the 'Year Of The Snake' tour. I think something must have been going on for Doug as he was really encouraging me to do it. [Laughs] Go figure! Doug would have been onboard, of course, but we just couldn't get together. It was just impossible to give it the kind of time.

"This project [WHITESNAKE's upcoming 'The Purple Album'] has been hugely respected by all my colleagues. There was nothing flippant or throwaway, you know. It was really, as I was mixing the project with Michael McIntyre and Reb Beach, that I started feeling that this was coming full circle for me. It was a feeling of completion. This is how I started, what an appropriate way to go back out. The other **** ing thing is, quite honestly, as Glenn and I have discussed for decades, the people that were running the PURPLE organization never ever thought of putting out a best-of Mach III and IV. We never understood it… **** ing whatever… so this is my best-of and everything is done with love and respect."

WHITESNAKE's twelfth studio album, "The Purple Album", will be released in Europe on May 15 and in North America on May 19 via Frontiers Music SRL. "The Purple Album" is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition, a deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks, four music videos and a behind-the-scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise.

Lay Down Stay Down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7_j7Qn2FSs&feature=player_embedded

Burn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7UxOrBb0Is&feature=player_embedded

David Talks about the "Purple Album"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T2inUoTLrs&feature=player_embedded

Stormbringer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk9wWj8Wh30&feature=player_embedded

 

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  posted on 6/10/2015 at 08:03 AM
Thanks for posting that Scott, interesting stuff.

I just listened to Lay Down Stay Down, a sterling tune from Burn, and I think that will be enough. Why Coverdale thinks that an old Purple fan like me would want to listen to this version as opposed to the original is beyond me. His voice has gone down a couple of octaves, and during his short lead, the guitar player is doing the wheedle-a-wheedle-a-wheedle-a thing that all uninteresting metal guitar players do. I see why Blackmore did not sign on. If I want to hear Purple songs with Coverdale, I'll put on Burn or Stormbringer.

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  posted on 6/10/2015 at 05:55 PM
Yeah Rob, I agree what you said about the guitar players , the guitar solos are a little to metal and shred. I think it was a nice idea , some of the songs are alittle different....but overall ...eh...

Back to the Blackmore reunion talk. I am pretty sure Carol Stevens(the manager) is Ritchies mother in law.
Sounds like alot of the communication about that project went through her and not RB. I am sure he laid the guidelines for the discussions and vision of the project. Shame it did not go through.
I would love to hear Ritchie electric again , and it wont happen with Deep Purple for sure.
I kind remember Lord talking about something like that happening along time ago, with Glen,David,Ritchie,himself and a possible Lars Ulrich on drums. Jon had alot of respect for RB and he hinted on wanting to work with him before his passing.


 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 11:14 AM
After reading that I wonder how close the reunion actually was and how much Coverdale is hawking his new Whitesnake album.

Let's face it, they put out 2 halfway decent albums, and I'm stretching halfway decent with Stormbringer. When you think Deep Purple, you think Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Emphasis on Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 11:45 AM
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After reading that I wonder how close the reunion actually was and how much Coverdale is hawking his new Whitesnake album.

Let's face it, they put out 2 halfway decent albums, and I'm stretching halfway decent with Stormbringer. When you think Deep Purple, you think Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Emphasis on Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.


ABBsolutely!

That Made in Japan lineup was the best.

Can't wait to see them this summer.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 11:57 AM
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After reading that I wonder how close the reunion actually was and how much Coverdale is hawking his new Whitesnake album.

Let's face it, they put out 2 halfway decent albums, and I'm stretching halfway decent with Stormbringer. When you think Deep Purple, you think Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Emphasis on Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.


Joe Lynn Turner claims he had discussions with the Blackmore camp as well about reuniting Rainbow so I tend to believe Coverdale.

I agree the Mk II version of the band is the most recognized but actually the Mk III Coverdale/ Hughes version of the band was huge when they first toured off of the Burn album which is excellent in it's own right IMHO.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 01:11 PM
Who knows if Coverdale (or Joe Lynn Turner) is telling the truth or just using the story to promote their own projects and using Blackmore's name to make sure they get press. However, I don't think from what I have heard of the Purple Album that Coverdale could pull off a Purple/Rainbow show with Blackmore.

I'd love to see Ritchie play the music he is most famous for, but I don't know if that will ever happen again. Until then I will enjoy seeing the current version of Deep Purple in Nashville in August.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 01:43 PM
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Who knows if Coverdale (or Joe Lynn Turner) is telling the truth or just using the story to promote their own projects and using Blackmore's name to make sure they get press. However, I don't think from what I have heard of the Purple Album that Coverdale could pull off a Purple/Rainbow show with Blackmore.

I'd love to see Ritchie play the music he is most famous for, but I don't know if that will ever happen again. Until then I will enjoy seeing the current version of Deep Purple in Nashville in August.


Sure they could be making it all up but seems too much of coincidence for me. Ritchie is an interesting cat and it would not surprise me if he put out feelers for some type of reunion as he has done it before with both DP and Rainbow.

I have seen current DP several times and always put on a good show. Steve Morse is a phenomenal guitar player but he lacks the charisma of Mr. Blackmore so if I had a choice I would take Ritchie version of DP any day.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2015 at 05:06 PM
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I thought my arrangement of 'Sail Away' could have been a nice transition for what he is doing with his BLACKMORE'S NIGHT and we could tie it in with that thing and maybe even do something with Candice [Ritchie's wife] on that song. Once Carol, his manager, and I started talking about their vision for touring and stuff, it just did not resonate, and I wrote her a very, very respectful e-mail withdrawing from whatever that project could have gone forward with.


Arg. Have you heard Blackmore's Night? It's insipid 'newage', rhymes with... so fact is, he is toast. Fully tamed and p-whipped. Coverdale's dreaming!

Would love to hear what Carol's "vision for touring and stuff" was... I bet it was hilarious, pure Spinal Tap! "Well, you see, we would require Candice to be present on stage at all times, no no, don't...just listen, she won't have to sing on every number, just lend her grace to the ambience, I would guess perhaps thirty percent of vocals, including a few Night numbers, not more than that...and when not singing we see her interpreting the harder rock music with a stylized Wicca coven of modern dancers, only the best, we've already contacted Alvin Ailey...and then there is the substance relapse issue... yes... Candice and Ritchie would require that no band members or associates visit their suite... and a separate aeroplane... that's right."


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  posted on 6/14/2015 at 05:13 PM
Would love to see a show of either DP III or Rainbow with
Blackmore's Night opening.

Ritchie's playing with Blackmore's Night is awesome. Perhaps not the out of control madness of his electric days but far more controlled and complex.
While most of the other rockers just continued to play their old hits, Ritchie took a chance and expanded his horizons. May not be for everyone but the playing is great and unique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnFp_1zJYPE

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  posted on 6/14/2015 at 05:23 PM
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Would love to see a show of either DP III or Rainbow with
Blackmore's Night opening.

Ritchie's playing with Blackmore's Night is awesome. Perhaps not the out of control madness of his electric days but far more controlled and complex.
While most of the other rockers just continued to play their old hits, Ritchie took a chance and expanded his horizons. May not be for everyone but the playing is great and unique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnFp_1zJYPE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=756A2WOYjKQ








I am with you CM I think Blackmore's night makes some really beautiful music.

Really not fair comparing this to Ritchie's rock days as it is different animal altogether

 

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