BERNIE MARSDEN - David Coverdale To Contribute To New Solo Album
by Martin Popoff
Classic lineup Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden is enjoying the well-appointed reissue of his first two solo albums, '79's And About Time Too and '81's Look At Me Now. But Marsden, the blues marksman, is not resting on the past, speaking to us, in order to guarantee reception, "from a small cupboard in Abbey Road Studios."
"Yes, I'm in the studio as we speak, at Abbey Road, recording a new album for release in the autumn, or as you guys say, the fall," laughs Bernie. "It will be a solo album. I'm recording it for a company called Mascot, out of Holland, and they have a great line-up-Joe Bonomassa, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather-and Steve's going to be playing on my album, Joe Bonomassa, Joe Satriani, and David Coverdale is singing on a track of mine. So that's gonna exciting for me."
As for general style, "I've kinda gone back to, sort of Ready An' Willing, kind of gone retro, but with a 2012/2013 sound, if you know what I mean. A young guy's producing it, and I'm very pleased for them to do it, because they bring a lot to the table. I just write the songs and play guitar, which is nice."
As for the Cherry Red/Hear No Evil reissues, first concerning the debut And About Time Too, Bernie explains that, "The motivation was really, I was approached by a Japanese record company after the Whitesnake tour of Japan, and they got straight onto my management people at the time, and they said they wanted to do an album with me. That was the reason. Most unlikely to me, but there you go."
And then, bang!, Marsden found himself in the company of some of rock's greats, including Jack Bruce, Don Airey, Jon Lord, Cozy Powell, Simon Phillips, Ian Paice and Neil Murray. Was the man intimidated?
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