WHITESNAKE Frontman Becomes U.S. Citizen

Reno Gazette Journal reports: After living more than 20 years in the United States, rock musician David Coverdale has become an American.

In a private ceremony Thursday afternoon (March 1) at the Department of Homeland Security in Reno, Coverdale raised his right hand and swore to defend the Constitution and U.S. laws, a U.S. agent said.

Coverdale, a former singer for DEEP PURPLE and WHITESNAKE, has lived on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for 22 years.

"Of course he was obviously very pleased," said his assistant, Michael McIntyre. "It's been a long, drawn out process, especially the way things are today. He was thrilled to become a citizen after all of this time."

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Coverdale, 55, was born in Satlburn-by-the-Sea, England.

The singer joined DEEP PURPLE in 1973, founded WHITESNAKE in 1977 and worked with LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page on the COVERDALE-PAGE project in 1992. In 2000, Coverdale released "Into the Light".

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