The Deep Purple Member David Coverdale Didn’t Want To Hire To Whitesnake

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Formed initially as a backing band for David Coverdale, Whitesnake quickly became a huge phenomenon in the rock and roll world. With their pretty faces and successful music, they won several awards and became known as one of the best hard rock bands during 1980.

The band was formed by Coverdale shortly after he quit another iconic band, Deep Purple. Deep Purple went through a hard time after their guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left the band to form Rainbow. Tommy Bolin was hired as a replacement, and right before he passed away from drug intoxication, the band’s management announced that Deep Purple had disbanded.

The band members went on their own ways to form new bands or continue solo after the breakup. One of those bands that were created was Whitesnake. In the beginning, it was only a backing band for the singer, and he had assembled successful musicians, including Cozy Powell, Micky Moody, and Dave Holland. However, the lineup changed throughout the years, and Coverdale is the only constant member.

How Did The Other Members Of Deep Purple Join Whitesnake?

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In 1978, two years after Deep Purple’s breakup, Whitesnake started working on their first album, and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord joined and contributed to the album by replacing former member Pete Solley’s keyboard parts. A year later, while they finished working on their second album, their drummer Dave ‘Duck’ Dowle was fired and replaced by another Deep Purple friend, Ian Paice. The album was released after the firing of Dowle, and Paice didn’t replace his parts.

To the fans, it seemed like Coverdale was reassembling Deep Purple, although he was only trying to bring the best to his band. As published in Loudersound in 2018, he thought that it was ‘amusing’ that people thought he was assembling Deep Purple and admitted that that was not in his plans at all.

Here is what he said about recruiting Lord and Paice:

“I thought it most amusing that anybody would think me so Machiavellian. As if I had such a master plan to re-form Deep Purple under my own flag. No, that’s just how it happened. There was no big plan at all, and Lord and Paice were most welcome. Only I would have loved for us to have been more commercially successful at that time, as I’m sure they would too.”

Why Didn’t Coverdale Want To Hire Glenn Hughes?

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In an interview five months ago, he stated that Lord and Paice were available in those days, but Glenn Hughes wasn’t, and so, he didn’t make him an offer. He wanted to collaborate with other members too, but it couldn’t happen. It seems clear that David’s aim while forming Whitesnake wasn’t to establish a second Deep Purple; he only wanted the best players.

Here is what he stated in the interview about not inviting Glenn Hughes:

“Glenn had his own agenda in those days, and I think he still had an awful lot of experience to have to get back to being Glenn Hughes. I am a huge fan of his first solo album. He sends me all of his records, I’m delighted he is working, and hopefully, doing so well with these guys – super players [The Dead Daisies]. When I did the Purple thing [the 2015 Whitesnake record ‘The Purple Album’], that was after talking to Jon, he told me he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he said, ‘Will you do something Purple related with me, once I kick this thing?’

I went, ‘I’m yours, John. Whatever you want.’ Sadly, he didn’t. I’ve actually been listening to the Purple and going, ‘Wow, I was so young.’ I can hear what I would do now with more experience. It never occurred to me to bring in a former member. I reconnected with Ritchie Blackmore, we kept it really quiet, under the radar. I thought that was going to be my last hurrah, to go out as I came in. But it was not to be.”

You can watch the full interview below.