Adrian Vandenberg states VIP things like meet and greets are like whoring out the band for money
Former Whitesnake and current Vandenberg’s MoonKings guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was recently interviewed by the White Line Fever Podcast and spoke about VIP meet and greets as well as reuniting once again with Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale.
Vandenberg stated with respect to VIP meet and greets (as transcribed by the White Line Fever Podcast):
“I am totally not into selling VIP things,” he said. “I know it’s a good way to make extra money but to me it feels like whoring out the band for money.”
“If people want a picture with me, its never been a problem, you know, because I still remember standing in the rain for two hours waiting for a picture and a photo with one of my heroes and I know what it feels like when they don’t do it.”
“You feel really disappointed.”
“So I take every opportunity. People are nice and friendly and they want a picture with you – no problem. It feels weird to sell that, you know? I can’t do that.”
In terms of his relationship and reuniting with Coverdale, Vandenberg advised:
“We became very good friends over the years and you never know what might happen because we always had vague ideas – well, actually pretty specific ideas – about maybe doing a blues album or an acoustic thing or whatever…”
“Sooner or later it might happen but right now we’re really involved in… David in Whitesnake and me in Vandenberg’s MoonKings so this is probably not the time.
“But I wouldn’t be surprised if, sooner or later, we end up doing something together in some kind of format.”
“I was in Whitesnake for 13 years, which is quite a long time. I still hold the record, I think.”
“David wanted to stop altogether because he was kind of worn-out on the road. He didn’t want to do it anymore. So two years later, when he called me up and said he wanted to start it up again, I couldn’t do it because I had all kinds of obligations for exhibitions for my paintings.”
“And those are always planned a year ahead because art galleries reserve the space a year ahead because exhibitions usually last three to six months or something.”
“I couldn’t do it but we did keep in touch always. We still do.”
You can listen to the interview with Adrian Vandenberg at White Line Fever Podcast.