You know, all my songs are relatives, brothers, sisters, cousins.
What anybody else thinks about you is really of no consequence. It's what you think of yourself.
I think we have two very important missions in life. One is to find out who we really are and the other one is to taste as much of life and experience as much of life as we can.
I don't avoid confrontation, people should know that.
The audience will make you feel like a demigod. But when you leave the stage, get back to being human.
In the last couple of years I've been facing down a lot of the demons of the past and trying to find out, who I am, It's something I think I'll be doing for the rest of my life.
Someone once asked me, `How does Jimmy Page strike you?' I replied, `With both hands, of course...'
Amateurs in professional situations make me very impatient.
I've always loved music, very simply, as a vehicle to express myself and that hasn't changed.
I probably listen to Burn more than any of them, because it was so new me, so novel. To see my name on an actual record was such an incredible feeling.
I've never been uncomfortable putting my heart on display, my feelings on display, certainly with an audience.
Artistic development is a thing of the past, sadly.
All my vocals were recorded at home, which was great for me. You can actually have a studio in a computer program called ProTools. I did half the record with ProTools.
Most of the albums that have taken long have been related to illness and fatigue or producer problems.
Not necessarily, a lot of my songs are firmly tongue in cheek.
I saw what Purple meant to people and I still hear it now when I'm in Europe. I'm always shocked that I'm still asked about Purple because it was such a long time ago.
Hard rock may have faded from the media for a time, but I've always been able to make a living, if not in America, then in the rest of the world.
The critics love to get out their knives and dine on Coverdale. But the worse the criticism gets, the more successful I become.
If I was a politician right now I would change just about everything.
I stand by every decision I've made throughout my career and my life, good or bad, up or down.
I've always thought live albums were cop-outs.
I'm the last person to ask 'what do you remember' from a particular time period... I like to learn from the past... not 'live' in it.
With Whitesnake it would have been inappropriate for me to have played Deep Purple songs, although I did at the beginning because I didn't have enough Whitesnake songs.
When I was very, very young, seven years old, I heard there was school where you could go to learn to draw. That was my absolute driven passion, to become an artist or a painter. So the romantic realist in me, I studied to be a graphic design artist and an art teacher.
Whitesnake more than most rock bands would get a very significant percentage of women in the audience and those were the ones I'd hear the voices because from where I am on stage is a pretty good spot.
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