David Coverdale talked to Rock Candy Magazine about his huge hit “1987,” MTV and also about the dire finances he was into before it. Take a look:
“It was a ridiculous time for around about three years when MTV became this global monster. I’d go into a hotel room, and eight times out of 10, the TV would be showing MTV. And nine times out of 10, it was playing the video for ‘Still of the Night,’ ‘Is This Love’ or ‘Here I Go Again.’
“Was I prepared for the level of success the ‘1987’ album had? Professionally, yes. It was such a validation of the really hard work that went into that album.
“It wasn’t entirely the guys’ fault in earlier versions of Whitesnake that we often took six steps forward and four back. Management decisions were made that didn’t serve us well and it became incredibly frustrating.
“But once I took over the running of the operation myself, everything changed… and to go from almost three million in debt and within three months be richer than I ever was with [Deep] Purple was very reassuring.”
The musician added:
“I wasn’t prepared for that at all. I was with Tawny [Kitaen, David’s ex-wife who appeared in several Whitesnake videos during the band’s late-’80s peak] in LA and we couldn’t go anywhere.
“If we stopped at a red light on Sunset, we’d be chased by the paparazzi like something out of The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ It was whack. That was the primary reason why I moved out of LA to Lake Tahoe to live in a village of 5,000 people.”