Coverdale Tried To Be Respectful With New Deep Purple Tribute Album

. (Classic Rock) Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale says the band's forthcoming Deep Purple tribute record, The Purple Album, delivers on his plan to honour the group that gave him his first big break.

Set for a UK release on May 18, the project presents a collection of reimagined tracks from Coverdale's time fronting the Mark III and IV versions of Purple from 1973 to 1976.

The singer says he executed his planned tribute to each of his former bandmates with Whitesnake, which features new addition Joel Hoesktra from Night Ranger following the departure of longtime guitarist Doug Aldrich - now with Revolution Saints.

Coverdale tells Billboard: "Everyone did their homework, and every performance is done respectfully in honour of Deep Purple's musicians. Though I focused on the twin-guitar attack of Whitesnake, we had a guest keyboard player because a huge part of the Deep Purple sound was Jon Lord playing that amazing Hammond organ.

"There were respectful nods to the original musicians throughout the album, and it has come out delightfully. It's a tribute to Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore, who gave me my break in the first place." Read more here.

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