DC's condition + First Tweets

  • I got this e-mail today (Friday, August 14, 2009) from: info@whitesnake.com

    Whitesnake US Tour Announcement



    Unfortunately, last night at the Red Rock Amphitheater, Denver, Whitesnake had to cut their performance short due to Mr. Coverdale experiencing considerable pain in his vocal chords. He was immediately taken to a specialist for examination. The specialist discovered that David was suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion. He was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks and then undergo a further examination. The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused. We therefore regretfully have to announce that Whitesnake will not be appearing on the remainder of the US tour with Judas Priest. Whitesnake sincerely regrets any disappointment this may cause.

  • Yes, ladies & gentlemen, we bought tickets to go & see DC in the States on the 22nd & 23rd of August...Yes, we were supposed to cross the Atlantic to see DC and I was sooooo happy to see him again.
    You can imagine my disappointment when I read this news :(

  • Maybe they could write some new stuff now that they have a little time off. Liked Good To Be Bad but I'd hate it if that would be their last album, this line-up is capable of making another good record.

  • It's not a good week for American rock gigs, what with the Whitesnake cancellations and Aerosmith with Mr Tyler injuring himself on/off stage. Nats and Jerome - so gutted for you planning to travel all that way. Hopefully David and Steve will both recover very quickly and be back in action. Having said that it's not all bad news - what with Mike Vanderhule playing drums for Y & T dates regardless of his broken wrist! Prayers to all xxx

  • Retirement is surely imminent for some of our favorite classic rockers, especially in hard rock circles. Many of them simply can't live up to their own high standards anymore due to physical limitations, as age catches up with them and the cracks start to show. Some weather the years better than others.

    David Coverdale looks pretty good, and his lower register sounds fine but he's lost a lot of range and he needs to play to his strengths.

    Aerosmith has enjoyed a 2nd shot at success ever since they regrouped in the mid-80's. Steven Tyler is 61 now, and I'm pretty sure he did a lot more chemical damage to his body than Mick Jagger did back in the day. Not sure how much longer they'll be around, given the recent health woes of a couple band members.

    Alice Cooper still looks and sounds good. I can see him giving up recording to dedicate his time to golf and radio, though...maybe continuing his annual Christmas shows...

    Blue Oyster Cult continues to hit the road for a pretty respectable string of dates every year. Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma may look like your Dad these days, but they have one of the coolest catalogs of songs around, they continue to kick ass and they rarely, if ever, play the same set twice. These past couple years every time I've seen them play a small part of me wonders if I'll ever see them again...

    Ian Hunter. Seemingly ageless, Hunter's voice has taken on a bit more rasp over the years. His recent material upholds the high standards of his earlier work.

    Dio. Also ageless, except for the bit of raspy edge to his voice these days. Still a consummate performer.

    Ozzy Osbourne. I used to be a big fan. He hasn't recorded anything worth my time for as long as I can remember. Thanks to his domineering television-obsessed witch of a wife, he's nothing more than a caricature. Ozzy will always be great because of his accomplishments, but he stopped accomplishing anything great long ago.

    Motorhead. I have no idea how Lemmy can keep doing what he does. He's 62 or 63 now, believe it or not. Lemmy is the ultimate rocker. Long live Motorhead!

    Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gary Rossington should retire the Skynyrd name, go home and be proud of what the band did. More members of this band have died than any other band I know...one singer, three guitarists, a backup singer, their keyboardist, their bassist...tragedy has followed this band for years. There's a lot of life packed into those songs.

    Scorpions. Would you believe Rudolf Schenker started the band in 1965?! Yep, and they've been recording since 1972. Amazing. The band is still going strong with two original members in Schenker and singer Klaus Meine, with no signs of slowing down quite yet.

    Uriah Heep. Man, these guys have a lot of albums out. Good stuff, too, despite a ton of lineup changes. Just one original member left at this point, but the others have been around a good quarter century now. The band's latest album "Wake the Sleeper" was among its strongest in years. Who knows how long they'll continue?

    Foghat. They were, and are, a great live band. But is it really Foghat? I can't really see the reason to continue at this point, with Lonesome Dave and Rod Price gone. Kind of like The Guess Who without Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman.

    The Moody Blues seem to have all but retired. They recorded a great seasonal album a few years ago called 'December', and released a really good live album. But they seem to have slowed way down, and I would imagine one day soon we'll realize they quietly slipped away.

    Eric Clapton withered away and died creatively years ago, if you ask me. Same with Carlos Santana.

    Gary Moore can still play guitar like a house on fire, but why he continues to tread water with this endless string of blues albums is beyond me. What a waste. The guy's a great songwriter, and the blues can be so limiting. Unless you're talking about Joe Bonamassa, who is very creative within the context of the blues. Bonamassa's work is outstanding! Heads up, Gary! You've still got some years ahead of you - make the most of them!

    Deep Purple still puts on a good show, even if their set is somewhat predictable. The Purple family tree is one of the most fascinating to follow, as its members branch out into funk/rock/soul like Glenn Hughes, classical music like Jon Lord, renaissance / medieval like Ritchie Blackmore, oldies like Nick Simper, AOR / hard rock like Joe Lynn Turner, rootsy / world / rock like Ian Gillan, progressive / fusion rock like Steve Morse, progressive / conceptual like Don Airey...and tons more offshoots from those. Rainbow, Whitesnake, Paice/Ashton/Lord, etc. Purple continues to put out new material, albeit not as frequently as they once did. Seems the former members are more prolific these days. Glenn is a perfect example, and he remains at the top of his game, which is quite exciting for fans of his work.



  • Blue Oyster Cult still have one or two good records left in them imo.

    My Purple related discography makes up a big part of my cd collection and they're definitely the most interesting out there, though I'm not into Blackmore's Night but Glenn and Joe Lynn Turner keep releasing good stuff and Whitesnake's last album was quite good though I hope it doesn't take DC another 8 years to record a new album.

  • Enjoyed the post Todd.
    Lemmy is amazing; I remember seeing him with Hawkwind in the early 70s during Space Ritual. Would never have guessed he would become what he has, an icon.
    BOC are, well, starting to get a bit stale. Have seen them SOOO many times, yet there are too many tunes they don't do live anymore. Heaven Forbid was a wonderful album, yet they never play anything live anymore. Of course since Bobby R. left the back beat is not what I am used to from prior drummers with the band.
    Heep is still amzing and ageless. Bernie Shaw is just fantastic as a front man, and Mick Box is one underrated guitarist. Love this band as much as the Byron days' lineup.
    Ian Hunter, well, anyone who read my posts here knows what I think of Hunter. At 70 years of age (that's right 70), he still can outwrite, outperform and outplay so many of those younger classic rockers. Heck, he still looks much the same as he did 25 years ago. I think Ian Hunter is the finest songwriter of our era (at least MY era), and he just keeps going storng.
    And let us not forget Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson. More energy from his performance than anyone I have seen in years. Just amazing he can keep doing what he does.

    Then there is the other side of the coin:
    I will make these short, but some bands just need to RETIRE ASAP
    Santana, Clapton, The Who (or what masquerades as the Who), Ozzy, Foghat, Loverboy, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles...
    Have seen these people perform in the "good old days", and some quite recently. I think retirement is a real good idea. One thing I will add to this list is some offshots from these people are still performing brilliantly; Lindsey Buckingham (Mac) and Gregg Rolie (Santana) still put on wonderful shows. In fact, Buckingham completely blew me away a couple of years ago for two nights while fighting a 102 fever.
    That's about all for that.

    On top of it all, I want to wish David a swift and complete recovery, but David, this is God's way of saying "you've had enough"

    "if only we'd turn around and notice the door to the cell is open"

  • I really liked the last Whitesnake album. I thought it was a strong effort, and it played to the band's popular late 80's sound. Personally, I would have preferred something closer to 'Slide It In', which managed to juggle a hard edge with the band's bluesier leanings. That album, along with 'Ready An Willing' are Coverdale's best under the Whitesnake banner, if you ask me. And I wish he'd revisit that older material in concert, instead of pretending the band started in 1984.

    BOC holds a special place in my heart, and like you I've seen them more times than I can count. Last time I saw them was about a year and a half ago. I saw two shows in a row, and there were only five songs that were repeated (for obvious reasons)- Godzilla, Reaper, Burnin' for You, Cities On Flame and ETI. I think the band does an exceptional job of keeping the setlist fresh for themselves and the fans. But there is material I wish they'd revisit that I doubt they'll ever do again for one reason or another.

    I've thought the same about Glenn at times, but then I'll see that he's done a show where he pulls out some nugget from 'Seventh Star' or the 'Burn' album. So you never know...:confused:


  • ok guys, this is good conversation and I'm trying to remember who said what. First of all, Frank said that amoung his list of people/bands that should retire was Fleetwood Mac. The moment I read that, I was thinking; "but wait, I just saw Lindsey Buckingham about 2 years ago and he was absolutely amazing. Then I saw Frank say basically the same thing, So, I agree that the band should maybe just take it easy, but Lindsey not only continues to put out really good new music, he pulls it off really well in concert. (Frank, did he do that wierd instrumental/vocal recorded thing in the middle of "Tusk" when you saw him? It's a shame that song got ommitted from the live package).
    Todd, you mentioned "slide it in" and "Ready and Willin' as your 2 favorite 'Snake releases. As good as it is, "Slide it in only comes in at #4 for me , w/ Ready and Willin', Love Hunter and Come and Get It, in the 1st 3 slots.

  • Quite simply, Lindsey Buckingham is a genius. I saw him a couple years ago when his 'Under the Skin' album came out. The guy's playing style is so unorthodox. When he performs live there are moments of mesmerizing intensity and breathtaking beauty. I was glad to see him with the reunited Fleetwood Mac, but he continues a very satisfying creative streak as a solo artist.

    I hear you about the Whitesnake albums...I like all the early ones, but as it happens the two I mentioned are the first two I ever heard by the band, and to this day they resonate with me most. That's not always the case with the artists I like, but with Whitesnake it is.


  • I hope hat many of these don't retire before 1 last show in the UK as there are many greats I haven't yet seen live and being a younger classic rock fan have missed so much of the live scene. Over on facebook we've been busy listign 50 bands who we have een live and at first I thought I would struggle to get 50, retty soon I was kicking myself that i hadn;t listed so many others I've seen. Would love to see Fleetwood Mac, BOC, Lynard Skynyrd, Gary Moore from thsoe listed above who I haven't seen. Not sure I will, Gary Moore is likely perhaps. Of all the greats I want to see live or have enjoyed seeing live though - I will always eagerly await Glenn's tour dates and be there at as many as I can make! He is always mind blowing, every performance is different, each album is a progression from the last, he isn't selling a record companies concept when he sells albums, he is selling what he believes in, giving us his soul! Keep working, keep touring, keep writing, keep on being you xxxxx

  • We had a little chat about this on the radio show on Sunday. My co presenter, Kev McD and DC go back many years to the days when Whitesnake were first mooted in Liverpool c.'77 (confirmed by DC).

    Todd, I thought your summing up was spot on really. I suppose if we put this into context, John Lee Hooker was still performing at his club the week he died aged 87. I am not suggesting that rock musos could last that long due to the dexterity needed to do what they did when they were 21. Although if the will is there on both sides of the stage then there's a way.

    BOC rock. Shame about Allen Lanier having to put his feet up but hey it kind of sums up what we are trying to say. Many of our icons like Bolin, Bonham, Lynott, Hendrix, Scott checked out for good due to the excesses so let's be thankful for those who survived. Odd thing to say I know, but again I reckon that's context.

    In days or yore, artists used to "franchise" their work out to pupils e.g. the School of Ruebens. That's one idea. You franchise the name out and let a younger band do the biz with the surviving originals acting as consultants, contributing here and there, writing and performing. Bizarre, but aside from some sci fi scenario, age waits for no man (or woman). But I think in reality those who want AC/DC or Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple can get some more of it in the shape of new bands like Airborne, The Answer, Heaven's Basement, Voodoo Six et al who unashamedly attach themselves to a key influence and take it forward with new original material. And all of these bands do it well I have to say.

    Grace's post was about Whitesnake so here's my two cents worth. I haven't seen Whitesnake for years. I haven't wanted to. My memories are intact. I won't even go on Youtube for a glimpse. Well that's not true. I did and I was horrified.

    I just wish David did what he said he was gonna do five years and take it down a notch or two on the House of Blues/club circuit with perhaps a semi acoustic set. That's not copping out. That's ageing gracefully with a cracking back catalogue to choose from. Maybe that will be the only way forward now. What's happening now is that kids at 2000 + venues and 10,000 + festivals are witnessing an icon trying to live up to the past. Whitesnake supporting Def Leppard and Judas Priest? Nah sorry no can do!

    For Glenn in 2009/10 no such problem. He can still choose the type of show he performs.

    But yes purplemusic I echo your thoughts. Get well soon David and prove the likes of me wrong!

  • By way of update, I have just chatted with Glenn for the radio and DC seems to be in fine fettle and good humour which is great news. Interview will be on www.7waves.co.uk at 8.05 GMT this Sunday (1.05 west coast 3.05 east coast) but I will send it to David Harrison as we seem to be overloading the internet link and you might get outage. Hopefully they will have sorted it. It will also be syndicated to www.getreadytorock.com

  • Retirement is surely imminent for some of our favorite classic rockers, especially in hard rock circles.
    Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gary Rossington should retire the Skynyrd name, go home and be proud of what the band did. More members of this band have died than any other band I know...their bassist...

    Make that x2. Even Leon Wilkeson's replacement- Ean Evans is now dead. Of cancer May 6.

  • It's interesting that my post about DC, turned into this fascinating
    thread about who should, who shouldn't, and who already has......

    But I'm kind of surprised that nobody thought to mention the Beach Boys.
    You couldn't call them rock, (not evn if you were a little old lady from Pasadena)
    especially after somebody came up with the phrase "surf music" when Dick Dale
    first appeared on the scene. But they at least deserve a mention, beause they've
    lost original people, they've broken up and re-formed, and they were, and are,
    the only people who could do justice ~ live ~ to "Good Vibrations."
    Anybody want to write a doctoral thesis on the broken genius of Brian Wilson?

    As far as DC is concerned......I hope that while he is recovering, and going slightly crazy
    at his house with nothing else to do, he wanders over to our favorite web site = GH.com
    and takes our advice: A blusey-funk / funky-blues album collaboration with our other favorite
    former "purple boy."

    OK, we all know how prejudiced I am in favor of the two composers of "You Keep on Moving."
    Glenn has sworn to us, many times, how that song was written when they were both
    ....only 5 years old.
    Consider it to be a school reunion between classmates; after all they both went to Deep Purple
    University together, right? But guys......you both know enough about music, (and so would the
    sound technicians in the booth) to team up together and give us Mk3 and 4 fans that beautiful
    Hughes/Coverdale harmony, that so many of us crazy people have never forgotten.

    OK, OK, I'll even agree to calling it the Coverdale/Hughes harmony, if that will help.

    So......if you happen to be reading this, Mr. Coverdale ~
    Take good care of yourself, be well, think about a CD of acoustic blues - sung in beautiful harmony
    with Mr. Hughes, make a gazillion dollars for yourselves, and make your long-time fans very happy.

    :) :) :) :) :axemurderer: :) :)

    After reading you comments about Ian Hunter, I opened up
    my copy of The New Yorker Magazine for August 3, 2009,
    to Page 15, and found this review:


    Ian Hunter, who recently turned seventy, is on a protracted winning streak
    that both belies his age and finds him making full use of his experience.
    The former Mott the Hoople front man began his solo career after leaving the band
    in 1974, and he's been through his ups ("Once Bitten Twice Shy," "Just Another Night")
    and downs (the over-produced, underwritten records of the eighties). In 2001, Hunter
    released "Rant" a powerful record full of nostalgic rave-ups, acerbic assssments of his
    fellow-man, and emotional ballads. "Shrunken Heads," from 2007, was even better;
    the opener, "Words (Big Mouth)," is one of the finest songs ever written about
    the limitations of language.

    Hunter's new album, "Man Overboard" (New West), finds him revisiting the successful formula
    of those recent records, focussing on strong songwriting and straightforward rock and roll.
    As Hunter has gotten older, he has gotten better at writing songs that are about something
    different from what they first appear to be - or rather, he writes songs that are about more
    than one thing. The opener, "The Great Escape," takes a story about a youthful barroom
    fight and refashions it as a tragicomic meditation on morality. "Girl from the Office," a sweet look
    at a workplace crush, has plenty to say about masculinity, freedom, and mystery. "Babylon Blues"
    has a wonderfully ragged vocal from Hunter, here in the service of a spirited bit of invective
    ("Don't try pulling me down to your level / Ain't nothing worse than a phoney-@$$ed rebel").
    And the title track starts off as a companion piece to his late-seventies hit "Ships" and ends up
    as an equivocal defense of the escapist powers of alcohol.

    Hunter and his Mott bandmates are reuniting for a set of shows in October at the Hammersmith
    Apollo in London. Most likely, they won't play any of his solo material. Their loss.

    - Ben Greenman


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