David Coverdale’s Struggle To Sing A Ritchie Blackmore Song With Whitesnake

Probably a musician’s biggest wish would be to make music without the politics that follow it. While there is a huge creative and joyous side of music, there are also politics. Band dynamics play an important role in establishing good and easygoing politics for the band’s music and paying everyone praise for their contributions. The whole process can go easily if a musician sticks with one band throughout their career, but in rock and roll, that’s usually not the case.

Once they leave and try to create something new, it becomes harder to present different songs that don’t belong to the previous band. It is even harder for the fans to accept that the musician has moved on, as many fans expect musicians to sing hits from their previous bands. When that doesn’t happen, it can lead to disappointment; hence, the musicians feel forced to sing their older hits in different bands, and when that happens, they may not be able to perform well.

Whitesnake was formed when David Coverdale left Deep Purple, and he also collected some other members from Deep Purple to join him in his quest. With a lot of members from his previous band, they decided to record Deep Purple songs that Coverdale was involved in and release them under ‘The Purple Album’ in 2015. But before that, they had sung a few Deep Purple songs here and there in shows. However, when it came to one song written by Ritchie Blackmore during the David Coverdale era, the singer felt like he was trying on clothes that didn’t fit him anymore.

In a 2006 interview, Coverdale opened up about this. He stated that he couldn’t bring himself to sing ‘Mistreated,’ a 1974 Deep Purple song onstage with Whitesnake. The band did the song justice, but he just couldn’t sing it, which was concerning and a little disappointing for the fans that came to watch the show. The singer chose not to pretend and decided not to sing it.

Here’s the story:

“I started out with it. We played it a few times in Japan at the beginning, and I just couldn’t get into it. It’s hard to articulate, but it was suddenly like trying to get into clothes that don’t fit anymore. Believe me, it was a disappointment for all of us, as well as some of you.

Even in rehearsals, I felt it, but I thought it would work better singing it to a crowd. The band played it marvelously. Doug was scorching the solo. It was a tough decision for me to make, as the band was so obviously enjoying it and committed to getting the best out of the song. I know a lot of people were disappointed that I ended up not singing. But I’m not prepared to ‘pretend’ up there.

Who knows, one day I may be able to pull it off. Sorry, it wasn’t this trip.I think most people realize it’s impossible for us to play everyone’s personal favorite songs from Whitesnake’s catalog in one concert, but if you are coming to the show to hear one song, then we have a problem.

He understood the fans’ side of the situation but remained determined that he doesn’t have to do it if he doesn’t want to or cannot. Hence he stated that it’s not okay for people to come to the shows just for one song. Coverdale didn’t indicate that he has something against the song because Blackmore wrote it, as they wrote the song together. It must have something to do with the fact that it’s a song from his previous band.