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a classic like "Fool For Your Loving."
We recorded "Trouble," "Lovehunter,"
"Ready an' Willing." By then, Jon Lord
and Ian Paice were in the band.
We were very successful in the U.K.,
Europe, and Japan, but the U.S. eluded
the classic Whitesnake lineup. We tried
- toured the U.S. with Jethro Tull, Iron
Maiden, and Judas Priest - but it never
really happened.
What was the typical stage setup for
Whitesnake?

That was the era of stadiums and large
halls, and it was all about power, with the
100-watt Marshall heads and 4x12 cabs,
all doubled for backup. There were little
effects except for wah and MXR-90. The
guitar for the job was, of course, The
Beast. I had a flight case built for the rigors
of the road. It has very little padding, but
you could run a tank over it.
After Whitesnake, did you wonder,
"What could follow that?"

Initially, I was feeling pretty low, but a
lecture from Cozy gave me the impetus
to get to work as a solo artist. So I put
together S.O.S., which went totally wrong,
then formed Alaska and played the U.K.
and Europe, including the Reading Festival. Alaska recorded a couple of albums
- melodic rock, lighter than the bluesy
edge of Whitesnake. I made a conscious
effort to introduce new names to the band,
though once again, Don Airey and Neil
Murray were recruited. After Alaska, I
drifted into film and TV music before I
had a call from Andy Taylor, from Duran
Duran. We co-wrote some fine songs for
his album and recorded music for a Mel

Gibson movie called Tequila Sunrise.
After that, I was managed for a time by
a lady who owned a studio and asked
me to compose a soundtrack for a movie
she was making in the U.S.; the film was
Runaway Dreams. Bad film, really, but
some decent music. I hired Micky Moody
for slide guitar, Zak Starkey on drums.
The film bombed, but as a producer and
soundtrack composer, I was elevated to
higher status - private planes and traveling a lot. But I was bored.
In '93, you teamed again with Micky
Moody.

Yeah, I put together a band with Moody,
Zak, and a great bass player named Jaz
Lochrie. After the film sessions, I realized
how good it was to play again, especially
with Micky. We recorded a couple live
albums and a good studio one. After
that, I put together The Company of
Snakes, and later, M3 - Marsden, Moody,
and Murray. We played all the material
we'd recorded as Whitesnake, and it was
very popular, but I was started receiving e-mails from Whitesnake's people;
promoters, especially in Russia and the
Baltic countries, were putting "M3" in
small letters and "Whitesnake" in huge
ones. But we never, ever claimed to be
Whitesnake.
You're well-known as a guitar collector. How did you become so interested
in vintage guitars?

My first serious guitar was a '61 Fender
Stratocaster, which replaced the Grimshaw. In my early pro days, I lived in a
house with Mick Ralphs, and he along
with Glenn Cornick educated me on the
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Marsden (left) onstage with Joe Bonamassa
in 2015. Marsden with a Gibson doubleneck
on the cover of Whitesnake's 1980
album, Live In The Heart of the City.

pleasures of guitar collecting. In 1970,
I traded that Strat for the '62 Gibson
Les Paul (SG), and soon after bought
my first Firebird, which I now call "the
UFO guitar." I then had my first Les Paul
single-cut, which was a goldtop that had
been refinished sunburst. I used that
guitar a lot with UFO and Wild Turkey.
Next came a '64 ES-335.
There's a story about you buying
and selling the Keith Richards 'Burst
for a £30 profit.

"Story" is the right word! There have
been many incorrect writings about that
guitar, I can tell you!
In '74, I received a call from Cosmo
Verrico, asking if I was interested in a Les
Paul Standard - nobody used the word
"Burst" in those days. Les Pauls were
starting to go up in value and I bought it
for between £300 and £400, a great deal
of money at the time. I was playing it at
home and it would not stay in tune at


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