Listen to Whitesnake Take on Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’
Coverdale sang with Deep Purple over a three-album stretch between 1973-76, releasing Burn and Stormbringer in 1974 alongside a group that included Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes. Deep Purple returned in 1975 with Come Taste the Band, featuring a lineup that replaced Blackmore with Tommy Bolin.
Now, Coverdale is returning to his time in the Mark III and IV editions of Deep Purple for Whitesnake's upcoming The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19. New guitarist Joel Hoekstra (formerly of Night Ranger) joins bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and guitarist Reb Beach in new versions of Purple tracks like "Lady Double Dealer," "Mistreated," "Soldier of Fortune" and "Stormbringer."
This new project grew out of a failed reunion attempt with Blackmore following the death of keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012. Coverdale has said that his wife suggested that he take the groundwork that was already laid for the Deep Purple covers and fashion it into something for Whitesnake.
“I took a little time to think about it,” he noted recently. “I spoke to my musicians, and everybody was incredibly positive, so it was all systems go.” The results, Coverdale added, work as both homage and “a huge thank-you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago.”
Whitesnake, whose most recent studio effort was 2011's Forevermore, have announced a string of dates in support of The Purple Album between May and July. Key stops include Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Antonio and Milwaukee, among others.
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