Is It Really That Bad: The Darkness Singer Shares Honest Opinion on David Coverdale’s Recent Live Performances, Reveals If He’d Go to a Whitesnake Show

Kicking off on May 10, David Coverdale is currently doing a Whitesnake farewell tour. After a lengthy break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s finally on the road, taking the band on the road one last time with a new lineup.

Since there have been some comments on Coverdale’s vocal performances, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has addressed the issue on his YouTube channel Justin Hawkins Rides Again.

As an experienced vocalist, Hawkins has also discussed recent Bon Jovi performances, addressing the online criticism.

While talking about Coverdale, The Darkness frontman explained (transcript via Blabbermouth):

“[David’s] lost a bit of power [in his voice]. It is the farewell tour, and I think this is most probably why.”

On whether he’d recommend seeing Whitesnake live, he said:

“I think it’s just a question of what you want from a gig. If you wanna go to a celebration of an amazing era of music with some guys that actually helped to define what that genre actually means… I’d go — I mean, I’d fucking go. It doesn’t matter to me, ’cause I will be sitting there… I’ll be singing all those songs front row, hands in the air, having a great time. And it’s a farewell tour, so by its nature, it’s nostalgic. But I think if you’re expecting to see David Coverdale in his pomp giving a vocal masterclass, it probably isn’t gonna be the right gig for you. But I personally would go, and I’d probably have a great night out as well. I think that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? A great night out.”

Whitesnake O2 Arena London 16 May 2022

“After the times we’ve had in the last couple of years… Ideally, even two years ago, David Coverdale probably would have been a better singer. Who knows how COVID affects us? We just sat in our houses doing fuck all, and then you’re suddenly expected to… the machine to crank into action and everything to be as it was. It doesn’t work like that. But as I said, I’ll see you down the front. Next time Whitesnake are playing anywhere near me, I’m down there rocking, and I hope you are too.”

You can check out the entire video report below:

Was It Really That Bad?!

Photo: Kerrin Key (15.07.2019 – Whitesnake, Saint-Petersburg (48302161742) (cropped)), YouTube screenshot


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