Justin Hawkins recalls seeing David Coverdale flirting with his mother
Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins recalled the moment he saw Whitesnake icon David Coverdale flirt with his mother at a concert.
Although he was unsure of the precise details, the incident took place when the two bands toured together in the UK and in the latest edition of his Justin Hawkins rides again vlog (available below), he seemed to have doubts about whether to tell the story.
“Actually, I’ve been through something that…” he began before shrinking, then going bankrupt. “I saw David Coverdale flirting with my own mother. And vice versa. It wasn’t comfortable – but it was David Coverdale. What are you going to do?”
Hawkins noted that the incident took place “years and years ago,” but did his best to remember the moment. “My mother was walking down the hall; David Coverdale was walking the other way,” he explained. “And as they passed each other, awkwardly trying to jostle each other to see who was going [first], he was trying to be a gentleman and my mom just said, “Well, let’s get royal!” And he said, ‘Me or you?’ »
That was just the start of the flirtation. “Just watching that exchange was…it made me vomit in my mouth — in a really good way, you know,” Hawkins said. “Because it’s David Coverdale and my mother. While my father watched helplessly. I’m sure it’s happened to a lot of people over the years.
In an episode devoted to his views on Coverdale’s current farewell tour, he recalls first hearing Whitesnake live on the radio via a British festival broadcast while stuck at home in a dated part of the country. Recalling the older singer’s catchphrase on stage, Hawkins said, “I sat there as a 14-year-old boy listening to him, and between each song he was like, ‘There’s a song for you! Which was just awesome. It was, ‘Oh wow!’ And I wish I was there, but I was 14, you know, in Lowestoft.
Addressing the criticism of Coverdale’s vocal delivery at the age of 70, Hawkins said, “I don’t know how people can complain… If you’re actually standing in the crowd and singing along to him – what you’re supposed to do when you celebrate a career like that on the farewell tour – you won’t be able to hear what he’s doing.
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