David Coverdale On Choosing Whitesnake Over Jimmy Page

In the world of rock music, there are few collaborations as intriguing and exciting as the one between David Coverdale and Jimmy Page. Back in 1993, these two rock legends joined forces to create the iconic ‘Coverdale-Page’ album, which left fans clamoring for more. However, recent plans to release fresh mixes of the album, complete with unreleased tracks, have been thwarted by the pandemic and Coverdale’s already-packed schedule, as the Whitesnake frontman shared with Ultimate Classic Rock.

David Coverdale explained that the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted their plans, as it hindered their ability to work together. While Coverdale had access to a studio near his home, Page wasn’t as fortunate. Moreover, the pandemic restrictions took a toll on their timeline, ultimately affecting their ability to commit to the project.

With a successful career spanning over 50 years, David had a lot on his plate, including a two-year farewell tour. The singer expressed his heartache at being unable to devote time to the ‘Coverdale-Page‘ reissue, as it’s a project he holds dear. In fact, he was very excited about the prospect of reissuing the album and adding previously unreleased tracks.

As the music industry shifted, Coverdale found himself unsure of how to proceed with the reissue. With the decline of CD sales and the rise of vinyl, he’s uncertain about the best medium for the project. The vocalist hoped that Jimmy Page, who seems to have exhausted the Led Zeppelin catalog, would consider taking on the reissue if he found it appealing. One of the unreleased tracks, titled ‘Saccharin,’ is a particularly enticing addition that Coverdale believes fans would love.

The singer’s words on the fresh mixes of his collaborative album with Page:

“COVID didn’t do us any favors. I’m really lucky — I have a studio within 10 minutes of my primary home. My guy at the time was a cancer survivor, so we were ultra-locked down. Jimmy, of course, where he lived, didn’t have a studio. By the time we came out of COVID, I never had time to do it with that kind of commitment.

You know, I’ve got a very significant agenda, which also, in that time, was a two-year farewell tour after an astonishing 50-year career. There was just no time. It breaks my heart not to do it; it really does. Because it’s a super, super record. But yeah, that was the plan, and I was very excited.

I really don’t know what to do. Within five years, they’re phasing out CDs. Last year, as you well know, vinyl outsold CDs. I don’t know who [to give this project to]. But I pray that Jimmy — I think he has potentially exhausted the Led Zeppelin catalog — that he would take something like this on if he was enthused. There’s a couple of tracks that we never got on there, [including] one called ‘Saccharin,’ which is to die for.”

So, the prospect of a ‘Coverdale-Page’ reissue remains uncertain due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and Coverdale’s busy schedule. As fans eagerly await further developments, it’s clear that the collaboration between these two rock legends still holds a special place in their hearts. It remains to be seen whether the stars will align once more for a reissue, but one thing is certain: the magic created by Coverdale and Page in 1993 will continue to resonate with fans for years to come.