Whitesnake frontman, and also former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale spoke in an interview with 95.5 KLOS, and revealed an untold story about Deep Purple.
Here’s what he stated:
“Here’s something you might not now. Before I got the job at Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice were actually secretly jamming with Phil [Lynott] at Ritchie’s house.
I hadn’t joined it, I was one of the reasons, I think, Ritchie stayed [in Deep Purple at the time].
One of the best compliments about it ever, he said, ‘I wanted a man’s voice, and you brought it in,’ and I got all twitchy. Once I got the gig, that [supergroup] was off the table because he was unhappy the way things were going.
There was a great deal of friction at that time. I was a kid, I’ve got the job for my 21st [birthday], you know.”
He also talked his Deep Purple years in another interview, and said:
“Deep Purple constructed music in a very specific way. ‘Limiting’ isn’t the word, but it was a little more arranged. Ritchie and I thought it would be fun to have the freedom of a three-piece band, where basically everything was up for grabs musically – you could change every song every night, which we couldn’t really do in Purple.
We’d see Phil Lynott with Thin Lizzy at the Speakeasy club in London really early on in their career, and we thought: ‘Wow, what a fantastic voice.’ But we didn’t actually pay a lot of attention to his bass playing, because he was such a great vocalist.
So we thought we’d try something out – me, Ritchie and him. We got a day together in a studio in Holland Park in West London, and we just started to mess around to see what happened.
We started jamming some new stuff and seeing what happened, which is what we do with Purple anyway, though obviously the Purple set-up with very different. The stuff we were jamming was bluesier, more in a Cream or Free vein, that kind of idea.”
Click here for the entire interview via Ultimate-Guitar.