The Two Bands David Coverdale Refused To Be Like

Not every musician can survive after leaving a band with worldwide fame and millions of fans. This is why David Coverdale‘s career choices following his departure from Deep Purple were particularly important for defining his future. The frontman managed to form Whitesnake, which was initially created to function as his backing band but later gained global recognition.

Although he followed a clever path with his new band, Coverdale made a bold move by deciding to fire his entire band once. While his actions were debatle according to many fans, the musician had a good reason, which he revealed during an interview at that time. Let’s take a look at David Coverdale’s statements and his desire to not be like two major rock bands that experienced the same changes.

Why Did David Coverdale Fire The Best Line-up Of Whitesnake?

In 1985, guitarist John Sykes and David Coverdale started working on new songs for the next album. However, Coverdale soon contracted a serious sinus infection that made recording nearly impossible for most of 1986. While doctors were concerned about the signer’s future, Coverdale eventually recovered, and the recordings were continued.

However, conflicts started to arise between Syles and Coverdale before their upcoming album was fully recorded and released. As a result, the Whitesnake frontman dismissed Sykes from the band and created much controversy with his decision.

The self-titled album, which was a make-or-break for the band, was eventually released in 1987. Fortunately, the record gained huge commercial success, but the cracks within the band got deeper. Eventually, Coverdale disbanded Whitesnake indefinitely on 26 September 1990.

David Coverdale Named Two Bands He Didn’t Want To Be Like

During a 1987 interview, David Coverdale was asked about firing arguably the best line-up of Whitesnake. According to the musician, the attitude of the musicians had changed in that period. They had started practicing the opposite of what the band stood for when he first formed it.

In addition to this, Coverdale stated that not every band thinks and acts like this. For instance, the Monkees or Duran Duran both had several line-up changes and each member’s dismissal caused a ‘million broken hearts.’ If you ask the frontman, he wasn’t interested in having a band that consists of negative members who influence their work in a bad way.

When asked about the line-up change, Coverdale said:

“It’s just that the attitude changed. I mean, the whole important thing to remember is that when I came up with the concept of Whitesnake, it was just a vehicle for good rock and roll songs. It’s not the Monkees or Duran Duran. If somebody leaves, it’s like a million broken hearts, it’s a musical outfit, and that’s it.

If an attitude creeps in and a personality wants to change what I want to go for, and any negative percent of attitude comes in, then it’s not interesting to me anymore. It’s the flexibility of being able to work with some of the finest musicians in the business.”

You can watch the interview below.