David Coverdale Says He Was Angry At Jimmy Page When He Refused To Cooperate

Former Deep Purple and current Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale reflected on his collaboration with Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page during a recent interview with 107.7 The Bone’s Lamont & Tonelli. David revealed that he intended to work on another album immediately afterwards, whereas Page refused because of his manager, which was infuriating.

For those of you who may not know, David Coverdale and Jimmy Page came up with the idea to collaborate when Whitesnake disbanded, and Led Zeppelin’s reunion attempt failed, both happening around the same time. They released a studio album named ‘Coverdale–Page’ on March 15, 1993.

Their collaborative studio album received mixed reviews from music critics as some praised the successful blend of their styles while others thought it was a second-hand Led Zeppelin album. Regardless of the criticism, the record charted in 12 countries, and reached No. 4 in the UK and No. 5 in the US.

Following a short Japanese tour in December 1993, Coverdale and Page parted ways and haven’t worked together ever since. However, both musicians brought up the strong possibility of reunion and a reissue of their first record for the 30th anniversary of ‘Coverdale–Page’ in 2023.

During a recent interview, David Coverdale looked back on when he first collaborated with Jimmy Page. Apparently, everything went pretty smoothly for the rockers as they had creative chemistry. Since their work was so effortless, Coverdale offered Page to make another album or release their first one as a double.

According to Coverdale, Jimmy Page didn’t accept his offer as his manager talked him out of it, which was infuriating for him. On the bright side, some of the songs that were initially for Page ended up in the Whitesnake album, ‘Restless Heart,’ such as ‘Take Me Back Again’ and ‘Woman Trouble Blues.’

Regarding his work with Page, Coverdale said:

“I was very excited. Jimmy and I worked very well creatively, as you can hear, and we had another four or five songs which were unmixed. And I said, ‘Jimmy, I’ve got all these other ideas. Let’s just do a Coverdale Page 2′ or let’s make a double album.’

And sadly, his manager at the time talked him out of it, which was infuriating. However, some of those songs that I had to present to Jimmy are on the ‘Restless Heart’ record, two of ’em. It was ‘Take Me Back Again’ and ‘Woman Trouble Blues.’

Those were originally ideas for Jimmy and me, had we made a second album. But in 2023, it’s the 30th anniversary, so look for something special. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

You can listen to the entire interview down below.