Ex-Whitesnake Bassist Thinks His Relationship With David Coverdale Changed After He Got Rich

Original Whitesnake bass guitarist Neil Murray shared his opinion on David Coverdale and his personality during a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

Neil joined David Coverdale’s Whitesnake in 1978, and he worked for the band until 1986. During this period, he recorded seven studio albums with the band, including the self-titled record that was released in 1987. In the conversation, Neil was asked if he is still in touch with David, and he revealed that they hadn’t spoken to each other for many years.

However, it seems like they have patched things up as their latest conversation took place about a few months ago. While talking on his relationship with his former bandmate, Murray noted that the money David has been earning has created a gulf between their lifestyles. As Neil said, it is so hard to be on the same page.

Besides that, Murray mentioned that David also started to act differently during the interviews and pointed out that he has been giving the same quotes and stories for the past few years.

Neil Murray on David Coverdale and their relationship:

I didn’t speak to him for many, many years. I went to see Whitesnake a few times when I wasn’t in the band. And he’d even say onstage, ‘Oh, I hear Neil Murray is in the audience. I hope he’s going to come backstage afterward.’

And I wouldn’t do that simply because there would be such a difference between their level of success and what I was doing at the time, which would be virtually nothing or something very obscure. I’d just be very uncomfortable.

But we’ve had a few conversations. We aren’t really on the same wavelength anymore, I’d say. He’s lived in America since 1985. He’s been married to two different American women.”

He continued:

“The whole success in terms of the post-1987–and-onwards career has been so focused on that style of music. Even though he has great affection and nostalgia for the earlier albums, he doesn’t ever try to play that style of rock anymore.

I don’t know. If someone is a multi-millionaire, and I’m the opposite, no matter who they are, whether you know them or worked with them or whatever, there’s such a huge gulf between your lifestyles that it’s hard to get on the same page.

I get on fine with him, but it’s very much on his terms. If you read interviews with him, you don’t really get to the heart of David. It’s very much, ‘Here’s the same quotes and stories I’ve told everybody else.’ I don’t know him well enough now to get beyond that.”

Later in the conversation, Neil also touched upon the fact that he never intended to join a band to make money and recalled the time he joined Black Sabbath when nobody was interested in the band.