Coverdale has made it no secret that he was interested in a get together with the guitar great, and now he tells Classic Rock Revisited, he even had a dream list of bandmates.
Asked for his input by a Blackmore representative, the singer said, 'I said, 'I really appreciate the musicality of Roger Glover - and he produced two of my solo albums, but Glenn Hughes is my soul brother'. I recommended Keith Emerson as the keyboard player - he was a fan of Purple... Keith is a breathtakingly gifted musician."
He adds, "This is my best of, and everything is done with love and respect."
Meanwhile, Coverdale tells ThePulseofRadio.com he once considered a Deep Purple get together featuring Ian Gillan, who he replaced in the classic rock band, shortly before co-founder Jon Lord's death in 2012.
He adds, "Ian was one of the nicest blokes I met. I'd flown over to England to do a charity show for Roger Glover at the Royal Albert Hall... and Ian was there and we ended up carousing for, like, four days and nights. I ended up sleeping from the moment the plane took off from Heathrow back to Los Angeles. Woke up as we landed. The perfect journey!
"I have absolutely no problem sharing a microphone with Ian. None. To me, it would be the ultimate expression of gratitude to breathtaking loyalty from Purple fans."