Coverdale clarified the decision in a statement shared on the band’s website: “It is with deep disappointment and a heavy heart that I have to announce that Whitesnake will no longer be able to join Scorpions on their US and Canadian tour due to my continued treatment for a sustained upper. respiratory infection affecting my ability to perform. This also includes canceling our own headlines.”
The Scorpions pitched theirs own message to social media: “We wanted to let you know that Whitesnake will no longer be joining us on our US and Canadian Rock Believer Trip. Nothing is more important than our fans and it was important to us that we keep the shows as planned. We wish Whitesnake all the best and look forward to seeing you and rocking with you all on tour together [the Swedish rock band] Mother of Thunder.”
The trip starts in August. 21 in Toronto and ends on Oct. 21 in Las Vegas.
Whitesnake was forced to cancel their own headlines back in June while various band members dealt with medical obstacles. “Unfortunately, I have now also been hit hard,” Coverdale said then. “I started feeling a little out of breath two days ago and was just diagnosed with a sinus and trachea infection. The doctor recommends five days without singing and bed rest.”
White snake started their farewell tour in May, and was scheduled to continue on Aug. 18. When the band can resume performing again is still unclear.
“I’m 70,” Coverdale said in 2021. “It’s a very physically challenging thing for me to do at the best of times. But it’s very important for me to achieve completion and to express my appreciation and gratitude to all the people who have supported me for five decades, 50 years. It blows my mind – it really does.”
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