Whitesnake's David Coverdale Respects His Bandmates Says Joel Hoekstra


(Classic Rock) Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra says frontman David Coverdale goes out of his way to be supportive of his bandmates. The former Night Ranger and Trans Siberian Orchestra axeman joined Whitesnake in 2014 and says he's enjoying working with Coverdale and fellow guitarist Reb Beach.

And he describes drummer Tommy Aldridge as "a living legend." Hoekstra says the band benefit from Coverdale's support and adds that he was touched when the singer name-checked him while being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year with Deep Purple.

Hoekstra tells Metal Rules: "David is great professionally and personally. He is very straightforward with what he wants with the band. On a personal level, I think he is really supportive of his players and loves to build us up. He even mentioned me by name during his Hall Of Fame induction, that's huge. It is very much appreciated as a guy who is still looking to make a name for himself.

"There are not many guys that can balance being a funny and witty guy then the next minute telling you stories about working with Jimmy Page or Ritchie Blackmore. I don't take it for granted, same goes with Tommy, no disrespect to anyone else but he is such a legend on the drums.

"I show these guys the proper level of respect and pick their brains to learn as much as I can from playing with them." Read more here.

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