Whitesnake has announced the first two dates for their upcoming farewell tour.
The group, formed in 1978 by singer David Coverdale after the disbandment of Deep Purple, are set to perform at two festivals in 2022: the Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 23 and the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena, Spain, from June 24 to 25. .
This final round should come as no surprise to Whitesnake fans who have kept an eye on Coverdale over the past year, as he has pitched the idea of ââa farewell tour several times in the recent past. A 2020 trek was canceled to give the singer time to undergo hernia surgery and he then suggested that a final Whitesnake tour would take place in 2022, assuming the dust had settled on the pandemic and that the live shows were up and running again.
The idea has been clearly running through her head for some time, however. In the fall, Coverdale, who had just celebrated his 69th birthday two months earlier, joked on the Rhino Podcast, “What could be a better age for the Whitesnake singer. [to retire] that 69? I even designed some really horrible t-shirts to go with it. “
He explained that he had vague intentions to wrap things up at some point this year, but obviously things were pushed further. “So the plan was to literally do an appreciation and a gratitude [tour] for such extraordinary support for five decades and then maybe until 2021, âCoverdale added.
If this is truly the end of Whitesnake and the band chooses not to record another record, the legendary catalog will have 13 studio albums, one of them being The purple album, a reimagining of songs from Coverdale’s time spent in Deep Purple. Their latest album, Flesh & Blood, was released in 2019.