WHITESNAKE has pulled out of its previously announced North American tour with the SCORPIONS due to singer David Coverdale‘s “continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection.”
SCORPIONS will still play all the shows on the trek, featuring support from the Swedish THUNDER MOTHERbeginning on August 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and ending on October 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Earlier today (Friday, August 5), Coverdale released the following statement: “It is with profound disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that WHITESNAKE will no longer be able to join the SCORPIONS on their US and Canadian tour due to my continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection that affects my ability to perform. This includes the cancellation of our own headlining shows as well.
“While WHITESNAKE will no longer be on the tour, the SCORPIONS will be continuing on. We Wish Our Good Friends, the SCORPIONS Every Success!!!
“We Wish You Well”.
SCORPIONS issued a separate statement confirming WHITESNAKE‘s cancellation. They wrote: “We wanted to let you know that WHITESNAKE will no longer be joining us on our US and Canadian Rock Believer tour.
“Nothing is more important than our fans and it was important to us that we keep the shows as scheduled.
“We wish WHITESNAKE all the best and look very much forward to seeing you and rocking with you all on tour along with THUNDER MOTHER.”
On June 28, WHITESNAKE scrapped three shows on its spring/summer European tour due to Coverdale‘s infection of the sinus and trachea. Three days later, the rest of the trek was also called off. At the time, David blamed the decision on “continuing health challenges, doctor’s orders, and our concern for everyone’s health and safety.”
David was not the first member of WHITESNAKE to fall ill during the group’s latest European tour. Guitarist Rope Beach missed several shows on the trek in June after being “under the weather.” On June 25, WHITESNAKE canceled its show at the Rock Empire festival in Spain due to the fact that drummer Tommy Aldridge “went down” and “was bad enough at the time to have missed the first show ever in his career,” according to Coverdale.
WHITESNAKE launched its farewell tour on May 10 at Dublin, Ireland’s 3Arena. The band’s 14-song set, which was part of a European tour with special guests EUROPE and co-headliners OWNERmarket WHITESNAKE‘s inaugural performance with the group’s two latest two additions, keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist Dino Jelusickand Irish bassist Tanya O’Callaghan.
Coverdale had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.
Prior to the pandemic, WHITESNAKE had been touring in support of its latest album, “Flesh & Blood”which was released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.