Whitesnake frontman, and also former Deep Purple singer, David Coverdale, has spoken in an interview with Subculture Entertainment and revealed some rare stories and details belong to his band.
Also, he talked about the guitarist of new rock bands and revealed what he really thinks about the sex element in the rock scene.
The interviewer asked a question about their playlist in concert:
“How he goes about picking a setlist for the band’s live performances?”
David Coverdale answered:
“I’m involved with a bunch of guys who care genuinely about what we do. So I want people to express themselves individually.
If you listen to Whitesnake’s latest album ‘Flesh & Blood’, you can hear that the individual performances are all incredible.”
The rhythm section is a separate entity and the incredible guitar interplay is like a beautiful sonic tapestry. And I want that in the performance that people get to see.”
David Coverdale moved on to another topic and started to talk about the guitarists of new rock bands, and he explained why we couldn’t see any guitar heroes these days. He also revealed what he really thinks about the sex element in the rock scene.
“A lot of the new rock bands don’t really have guitar heroes, and, to me, it’s fucking synonymous with rock. And also the sexy ‘roll.’ I’m not interested in just being a rock band; I wanna be a rock and roll band. I like the sex ‘element’ in rock, which that’s the ‘roll’ aspect.
The whole expression ‘rock and roll’ was [coined] in the blues and jazz days as a sex act: ‘C’mon, baby, let’s go and rock and roll.’ Nothing to do with fucking guitars.”
“We’re definitely featuring some of the new songs. We found stuff like ‘Hey You (You Make Me Rock)’ and ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’ are huge crowd[-participation] songs. All of ’em. And ‘Trouble Is Your Middle Name’ — they just fit right into the live performance.
It’s as if we’ve been doing ’em for 30 years. But what it’s done is refreshed the older songs. So you come out of doing ‘Trouble Is Your Middle Name’ and then play ‘Slow An’ Easy’ or ‘Slide It In’, and those songs are amped up even more because you just played something fresh and new.
So it just feeds itself. And the crowd and the fans of Whitesnake, from what I can see on social media, are extraordinarily proud of the fact that their favorite band is still creating relevant rock and roll music that stands up to the biggest successes we had 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 40 years ago. And that’s one of the very validating things.”
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