Russia was a strange experience. There is still a hierarchy there. I was incensed that the audience was 100 yards away from the stage in St Petersburg. The mayor's rose garden was protected by armed guards and a couple of the dignitaries' kids were put in the front row. I dread to think what the video will look like - it must have looked as though we pulled about 60 people. I always get very nervous on the day of a show. I never know till I walk on and shout 'Are you ready?' whether there is anything in the old throat. The coach is getting an overhaul when we finish. It definitely needs some shock absorbers. My arse has been taking a good 'ole licking.
David Coverdale is lead-singer of Whitesnake, who play Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (0602 482626) tonight and Brighton Centre (0223 202881) tomorrow
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