David Coverdale In Lip-Synching Claim
Singer Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow/Deep Purple/Yngwie Malmsteen) has accused Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale of miming to pre-recorded tapes.
In an interview with Spain’s The Metal Circus webzine, Turner said:
“To be honest with you, I have one machine that helps sing the backgrounds — it’s from DigiTech, and it’s a great technology — but it’s not samples, it’s live; you have to sing into the microphone and then this machine will take your voice, whatever you put into this machine is exactly what you get.
“So if you sing like shit, it’s gonna sound like shit. So there’s no wizardry, there’s no tapes.
“Because recently I heard on the Internet that David Coverdale was using all kinds of tapes. Well, I was in Finland [in June 2008] with Graham Bonnet and we were on the same festival [Sauna Open Air] as Whitesnake, and I couldn’t believe he was using these tapes — for lead singing! Not just backgrounds, but lead!
“And I was… My mouth was open. I was like, ‘What the fuck, David?! You can’t do this. You look so stupid, so foolish.’ And everyone is complaining about this. No, I’m singing live. This is what you get; that’s it…
“I’m not trying to talk shit… This is true. Everybody sees this… I couldn’t believe it, because he [David] was always one of my favourite singers.
“To use tapes for a lead vocal… I can understand backgrounds if the [rest of the band members] don’t sing. But for lead?! You’ve gotta be kidding!”
We have asked Coverdale for his comments on Turner’s claims and are awaiting a response.