David Coverdale has admitted that there is little chance of seeing former WHITESNAKE guitarist John Sykes on stage with the band again.
In a new interview with Eonmusic, Coverdale was asked if there was perhaps, some unfinished business between him and Sykes, to which he replied: “Not for me. I admire John, I wish him well in everything, but it was interesting that we were so successful in writing together, so successful, but as people, we weren’t. There was a constant rub.”
He went on to say that an attempt to reunite the pair was made nearly two decades prior, but ultimately nothing came of it. “A mutual friend put us together in, I think it was ’02 or something like that,” he said, “and we talked and stuff for a long time and it was lovely, but the more and more I spoke with him, I thought, ‘I feel the same as it was 30-odd years ago, and the last thing I want to do is make a commitment and then be calling my wife from Tokyo, saying, ‘What the fuck did I agree to this for?'”
He added: “When we lost Jon Lord [DEEP PURPLE keyboardist], I reached out to a lot of people — including Ritchie [Blackmore], god bless him — to bury whatever potential hatchet, and I put out feelers, and it wasn’t particularly positively received, so what I can tell you is I wish everyone well who I’ve worked with, because they all brought something amazing to the party.”
David also revealed that WHITESHAKE are planning “a very special project” to coincide with the band’s farewell tour which kicks off in spring 2022.
“We have, next year, a very special project for spring which I can’t talk about that’s going to be a nice surprise for people to accompany the world farewell tour” David said. “When this was signed, sealed, delivered, we said, ‘I don’t think we can just put a box set out. It’s my farewell tour. So we’ve worked on a very special project to accompany the tour. It’s not a box, but it’s a really great project.”
You can read the full interview at this location.