Before putting together Whitesnake, singer David Coverdale fronted Deep Purple from 1973 to ’76, recording three albums with the group. He is revisiting those albums on Whitesnake’s next release, The Purple Album, which will be out on May 19th.

Coverdale says, “It’s a tribute – an homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago. I said to Ritchie Blackmore, ‘You guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.’ The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert.”

The selection of vintage tunes includes “Burn,” “Love Child,” “Sail Away,” “Stormbringer,” “The Gypsy” and “Soldier of Fortune.” Whitesnake will support the album with a tour starting May 28th in Washington State and running at least through July 18th in Indiana.

Coverdale says he and Blackmore talked about working together again following the death of Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012. He explains, “The tragic loss of Jon made me finally realize that life is too short to hold animosity, bitterness and resentments. I decided to reach out to Ritchie to share the sense of grief and loss of Jon with him, and to express my gratitude to him for bringing me on board Deep Purple. During the conversation, we did discuss the idea of getting back together in some way, which was Jon’s wish.” It never did materialize. Coverdale says, “I didn’t share [Blackmore and his manager’s] vision of the project. I sincerely wished them well and respectfully withdrew.” But it was during this time that Coverdale revisited the Purple albums he sang on and decided to re-record some of that material with Whitesnake.