Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale checked in with rushonrock from a snowy Lake Tahoe tonight stoked at the chart success new album Forevermore is enjoying across the world.

And the Japanese fans who have sent three versions of the latest record into the top 20 album chart have been rewarded with an October headline tour.

Forevermore crashed the top 50 on the Billboard album charts in its first week of release and landed at number six in Sweden – where Whitesnake will headline Sweden Rock later this year. “Right now it looks like it will do even better than Good To Be Bad,” said Coverdale. “It’s amazing that the album is selling so well. “On the back of the US sales we’ve been lined up to play a couple of big festivals before we come over to the UK.

“And because of the record doing so well in Japan we have to get over there. With everything’s that happened to the people over there they’re still finding the time and the money to buy the new Whitesnake record. It’s remarkable. But they will rise again from this tragedy and we’ll be playing for those fans in October.

“The European sales have been great – it’s top 20 across most of Europe – and the Classic Rock Magazine fanpack we did in the UK has been a huge success. People keep telling me they can’t believe how much is in that. But it really was for the fans.”

Whitesnake kick off the UK leg of the Forevermore tour at Newcastle City Hall on June 13 and we’ll be bringing you a full interview with DC next month. The new album goes on general sale in the UK on Monday with CD, CD/DVD and double LP vinyl editions available.