Whitesnake’s David Coverdale Hints at Retirement at Age 69 (lol)
The coronavirus pandemic and a recent health scare in tandem have Whitesnake singer David Coverdale eyeing potential retirement. But not without a wink and a nod.
The 68-year-old vocalist recently spoke to Detroit radio station WRIF, speaking candidly about the surgery he needs on a bilateral inguinal hernia, which forced him to drop out of a planned summer tour with Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger (which will likely be canceled anyway):
“I have a feeling it’s gonna take a little while to get things back to any semblance of what we knew before. So what we have to do is think outside the box. I have to get this surgery and get up and running. And what better age for the Whitesnake lead singer to go out and retire on — 69.” [Laughs]
“I’ve always written songs that challenge me as a vocalist, and I’m 68 now. So I think 69 would be appropriate for Whitesnake’s lead singer [to retire], wouldn’t you?”
While Coverdale is clearly approaching the subject with a bit of levity, it’s certainly reasonable to think he’d be seriously mulling retirement as he nears 70 years old, and facing surgery to boot, in the middle of a global pandemic that may prevent touring for a year or more. But here’s to hoping we can get one last hurrah from Coverdale and Whitesnake; they were positively phenomenal at Hellfest last year!