David Coverdale Empathizes With Steven Tyler’s Health Struggle, ‘It’s So Awful’

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale recently opened up about the status of the band after they were forced to cancel a series of European shows last year. The rocker also touched on the health of Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

During his appearance on SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,’ the rocker talked about the cancellations that were due to his suffering from a respiratory infection. He said:

“Well, my band and I are in touch all the time. There is still a Whitesnake, and there are still offers coming. I can’t entertain anything until I get my physical aspect together. I had a fall recently, which I don’t think helped my… I’ve got two torn rotator cuffs, which would certainly compromise my performance. But arthritis, all this kind of stuff’s kicking in.”

He then recalled the Aerosmith tour cancellation and touched on Steven Tyler’s health. Coverdale also acknowledged the age factor to be one of the obstacles of touring and producing music:

“My heart goes out to Steven after the [recent Aerosmith tour] cancelation. It’s so awful, getting older and having this burden of responsibility to try to be as good as you can so you don’t disappoint anybody. And I know how he feels, and I sent my love to him through our friends, mutual friends.”

After speaking of Tyler’s health, he opened up about his own health:

“But I can’t commit to anything until I know how my health is. The last thing I wanna do is go on tour and have to do what happened last year, which was come home, tail between my legs. It was heartbreaking. And being sick for a year didn’t really help matters.”

Whitesnake has been canceling their tours one after another due to Coverdale’s illness. In April, the rocker discussed the possibility of the band resuming the farewell tour in 2024, stating that it’s a health decision rather than a professional decision.

Similarly, Aerosmith’s tour was also postponed due to Steven Tyler’s ongoing vocal cord and larynx problems. All the 2023 dates for the ‘Peace Out: The Farewell Tour’ will be rescheduled for 2024.

Now it’s uncertain when, or whether Whitesnake will be back on tour, and there are no scheduled tour dates on their official website.