Whitesnake star David Coverdale had a scary encounter with a black bear at his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada at the weekend (29Jun14). The Here I Go Again singer tells Classic Rock magazine he confronted the unwelcomed visitor after he had raided his refrigerator and relieved himself on Coverdale's kitchen floor.
The rocker explains, "It must have weighed 450-500 pounds. It... opened the fridge, ate his fill, then took a huge poop. I came upstairs and interrupted him.
"I shouted like crazy as I couldn't find my air horns. Thank God, he remembered where he entered... He headed for some sliding doors that we leave open when it's hot. They're only open five or six inches, and we have bear poles that prevent anyone or thing opening them. But I saw with my own eyes the creature rear up on its hind legs and squeeze out, taking an antique Tiffany lamp out as it escaped. Heartbreaking."
It's not the first time Coverdale has come face to face with a black bear in his home - one crept up on him while he was washing dishes back in 2007.
Whitesnake star Doug Aldrich has quit the band to concentrate on a solo career. Frontman David Coverdale confirmed the news via Twitter.com on Friday (09May14).
He writes, "It is with a heavy heart we bid adieu to super guitarist Doug Aldrich who is leaving WS to pursue a solo career. Fare Thee Well, My Brother!"
The guitarist was a member of the group for 11 years and featured on two studio albums, Good To Be Bad and Forevermore.
Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall, Kevin Bacon and David Coverdale have led the tributes to soul star Bobby 'blue' Bland following his death on Sunday (23Jun13). The veteran singer passed away at his home in Memphis, Tennessee after suffering complications from an undisclosed illness, and the news has prompted a flood of tributes from his famous fans.
Hucknall's first solo album away from his group was 2008's Tribute to Bobby, featuring songs recorded in honour of Bland, and he was devastated to hear of his idol's death.
A post on Simply Red's Facebook.com page reads, "Bobby Blue Bland - RIP dear friend. A great American, and a truly great singer. I will always love your wonderful music, Mick."
Bacon, who plays in The Bacon Brothers band with his sibling Michael, hailed Bland as his musical inspiration and recalled seeing him perform, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Favourite musical memory. Seeing Bobby (Blue) Bland in a tiny little club. RIP Bobby Blue Bland."
The Roots star Questlove was also full of praise for Bland and pointed fans towards his song Heart of a City (Ain't No Love), which was used by Jay-Z on his 2001 album The Blueprint, writing, "Bobby Blue Bland (you youngin's (sic) know him for the Heart Of The City sample) much respect due."
A cover of the song also gave rockers Whitesnake one of their first hit records and frontman David Coverdale wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "So sad to hear of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's passing... An immense talent who was a huge inspiration to me..."
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Matt Sorum is close friends with the late star's son Rodd Bland and he reached out to his pal after hearing the sad news: "My heart goes out to friend Rodd Bland who lost his father the great Bobby Blue Bland today RIP."
Rodd Bland subsequently replied to Sorum, "Thank you. Is it ok that I list you as an honorary pallbearer? He knew how much I respected u (sic) & he dug the Buddy Rich track u (sic) did."