In March, Whitesnake were forced to cancel all of their upcoming tour dates. This news was no great surprise given the current circumstances, however the cancellation wasn’t solely due to the spread of Covid-19.
“All tours – Europe, UK & US – are being cancelled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring me to have surgery,” Coverdale said in a statement. The former Deep Purple vocalist described it as an “unforeseen personal health issue” that he would address “at the first possible opportunity.”
The announcement came just one month after Whitesnake’s show at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena was postponed due to a medical emergency. The band were able to get back onstage four days later and played tour more shows in Asia before their touring schedule came to a standstill.
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Speaking to Oldies 100 host Steve King, Coverdale more or less confirmed the British hard rock giants wouldn’t be getting back onstage this year. “Number one, not only do we have to get rid of this completely and utterly, but all the venues are going to have to be sprayed down and disinfected,” he said. “And people are going have to be temperature checked.”
As for what the life of a touring musician might look like post-COVID, Coverdale indicated they’ve “got to be prepared for an entirely new game.”
Coverdale and King started the interview by talking about the 35th anniversary remaster of 1984’s Slide It In. “My god it crushes,” Coverdale said. “You’d be astonished at how loud, crystal clear it is. It’s thrilling.” He also spoke about the new Whitesnake retrospective, The ROCK Album, which is due out on June 19.