WHITE SNAKE withdrew from his previously announced North American tour with the SCORPIO because of the singer David Coverdale‘s “continued treatment of a persistent upper respiratory infection”.
SCORPIO will still play all the shows on the trek, with support from Swedish THUNDERbeginning August 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and ending October 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Earlier today (Friday August 5), Coverdale issued the following statement: “It is with deep disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that WHITE SNAKE can no longer join the SCORPIO on their US and Canadian tour due to my ongoing treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection which is affecting my ability to perform. This also includes the cancellation of our own headlining shows.
“Whereas WHITE SNAKE will no longer be on tour, the SCORPIO will continue. We wish our good friends, the SCORPIO All successes!!!
“We wish you good luck”.
SCORPIO issued a separate statement confirming WHITE SNAKEcancellation. They wrote: “We wanted to let you know that WHITE SNAKE will no longer be joining us on our US and Canadian flights believer in rock round.
“Nothing is more important than our fans and it was important to us to keep the shows going as planned.
“We wish WHITE SNAKE all the best and can’t wait to see you and rock with you all on tour with THUNDER.”
June 28, WHITE SNAKE dropped out of three shows on their spring/summer European tour due to Coverdale‘s infection of the sinuses and trachea. Three days later, the rest of the trek was canceled as well. At the time, David blamed the decision on “ongoing medical conditions, doctor’s orders and our concern for everyone’s health and safety”.
David was not the first member of WHITE SNAKE falling ill during the band’s last European tour. Guitarist Reb Beach missed several shows on the trek in June after being “under the weather”. June 25, WHITE SNAKE canceled their show Rocky Imperium festival in Spain due to the fact that the drummer Tommy Aldridge “fell” and “was bad enough at the time to have missed the first show of his career”, according to Coverdale.
WHITE SNAKE kicked off their farewell tour on May 10 in Dublin, Ireland’s 3Arena. The band’s 14-song set, which was part of a European tour with special guests EUROPE and co-headliners FOREIGNMark WHITE SNAKEthe inaugural performance of with the last two band members, keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist Dino Jelusickand Irish bassist Tanya O’Callaghan.
Coverdale had both of his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he had so much arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.
Before the pandemic, WHITE SNAKE was on tour in support of his latest album, “Flesh & Blood”which was published in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.