David Coverdale Planned on Retiring After "The Purple Album" But Changed Mind

David Coverdale almost called it quits earlier this year.

Coverdale had intended on making Whitesnake's Deep Purple covers album, The Purple Album, his musical swan song but changed his mind after finding he was still enjoying playing that rock and roll.

David told Metropolis Radio in Macedonia (via Blabbermouth) "Well, it's interesting, because when I was mixing The Purple Album with my co-producer Michael McIntyre and Reb [Beach], it felt to me…You know, I was 63 years old, and I'm going, 'Man, how long do I have to do this? This would be a perfect closure for me — to finish as I started.' But it's just kind of… In essence, it's re-energized me. I still write new music. We'll be recording some new music next year. But it's just revitalized me… re-renergized. That's all I can say. So any ideas that I had six months ago of retiring… I was totally honest, when I was making interviews, that I thought, you know, 'This is probably it.' But I had an incredibly good time on this U.S. tour with my musicians. It was incredible."

Coverdale played with Deep Purple on the albums Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band between 1973 and 1976 and went solo for a couple of years before forming Whitesnake in 1978. The first iteration of the band lasted until 1990 after which he worked with Jimmy Page for three years. Over the intervening years, he reformed Whitesnake a couple more times, the last starting in 2002.

David will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple in April.

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