Rocker David Coverdale says he can’t wait to come to Scotland to lay his hands on a special malt that knocked his socks off in San Francisco.
Glasgow holds a special place in the heart of the Whitesnake singer, who recalls playing sold-out gigs at the legendary Apollo.
“I still have the Apollo statues downstairs at my home here in Nevada,” the former Deep Purple singer reveals.
“It was heart-breaking when it closed.
“I once gave a fiver to the Jesus and Mary Chain to throw a glass of Scotch on the spot where the Apollo used to be.
“Speaking of which, I have to get to a whisky bar while I’m in Scotland. My wife and I were shopping in San Francisco recently when I was offered a glass of Ardbeg Alligator.
“It was astonishing and multi-layered, like being in a crofter’s lodge. It blew my socks off.”
David’s new live album, Whitesnake: Made in Japan, is available from tomorrow on CD and DVD.
“It was the first big festival we’d done in the country since 1984,” he says.
After a string of hits in the ’70s and ’80s, David put the band in cold storage.
“My daughter Jessica came along when I was making the first album. I now have two granddaughters,” the 61-year-old continues.
“I also have a 16-year-old son with my wife, Cindy.
“I did a lot of touring in those early years. I didn’t want to leave again and repeat the same mistakes.
“This is my third marriage, and I have to get the balance right between work and family.
“My wife was aware of how much I missed performing. My son was seven at the time and he could travel with me and experience parts of the world.
“I did it for four months and then started getting all these offers again.”
n Whitesnake, with Journey and Thunder, play the SECC and Newcastle Arena on May 18 and 22.
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