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Joe Lynn Turner

New interview with Joe Lynn Turner on Classic Rock Revisited. Quite interesting even if you don’t agree with everything he has to say. He talks about his latest album Second Hand Life, his days in Deep Purple and the prospects of a Rainbow reunion and other things.

Here are some tidbits:

Jeb: Do you think Blackmore will ever quite doing Blackmore’s Night?

Joe: That is the question of the universe. […] I think it is possible that a reunion could happen – that is a political answer but he always gets tired of things and he always is looking for new blood so there is always the chance of something happening.

Jeb: If Rainbow were to get back together who should be the singer? Ronnie James Dio or you?

Joe: I know it won’t be Dio because I talk to Ronnie and he is doing quite well on his own. […] It should be me. I will tell you why, Dio had the heavier sort of dungeons and dragons stuff – don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff and I am even singing some of his stuff like “Last in Line” and “Rainbow in the Dark” in Big Noize. I am a huge fan of Ronnie James Dio but we [Rainbow with Joe Lynn Turner] did have the sales. We also had the worldwide notoriety and the commercial success. They had a poll one time about who should be the singer and overwhelmingly it was me — and I need the work [laughter].

Jeb: You were not a young kid when you joined Rainbow. You were 27 or 28.

Joe: I was immature. I was an American and I was used to seeing guys on stage trying to entertain an audience. I was over zealous and I was over doing everything. Ritchie and Roger helped to grow me up. Ritchie would say, “Just wrap your fucking legs around the mic stand and sing with all that soul power that you have. Quit prancing around the stage like some sort of poofta.” It made sense and I finally got it. Now, I kind of combine a little of both because I am an American and not a stoic, pretentious Englishman.

Read the whole thing here.

14 Comments to “JLT in Classic Rock Revisited”:

  1. 1
    stoffer says:

    It’s a good thing JLT is so humble!

  2. 2
    Drdp says:

    Nice full interview. I don’t begrudge any of his comments. I DO wish we still had that unwiped version of the ”Difficult To Cure” album with Bonnet’s vocals though. I always thought ”Jet To Jet” from the first Alcatrazz album was “Spotlight Kid” though.

  3. 3
    Cranberry says:

    JLT sings DP and Dio !! He’s the DP family tribute act!!

    You cling on to that Blackmore fantasy……….

    F@@king hilarious!!

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Here we go again…..JLT at what he does best. BLOVIATE!!!!!!

    As I stated in the “JLT Scrap (Crap) Metal” blog, he should only be heard singing. Not seen or heard talking.

    Bottom Line Here:

    “His Alligator Mouth overloads his Hummingbier Asshole”.

    Nuff Said…..


  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Sorry for the Type-O…..it was supposed to be spelled “Hummingbird”.

    Get it?

  6. 6
    Cranberry says:

    JLT should be heard singing……………not seen or heard talking ???????

    Id prefer Dio to sing Dio songs

    Id prefer Gillan to sing DP songs.

    JLT………just doesnt fit anywhere……

    Clinging on to the Rainbow Days and his mate Blackmore……….

    What an embarrasment he really is………..

  7. 7
    Sami says:

    Clinging on to the same old JLT-bashing…
    quite sad of you guys, lacking of imagination & not very constructive and progressive, that’s for sure 🙂

    But what can we expect from the pathetic little boys’ rock police club…

    Nuff said, F@@king hilarious indeed.

  8. 8
    Sami says:

    Don’t forget to take your little pencils & notepads with you when JLT comes to town next time…we don’t wanna miss one bit of your intelligent criticism 🙂


  9. 9
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Uh oh……Sorry. I forgot there are still some “Teeny Boppers” that like old fat “Used to be pretty boys” and probably have a life size poster of JLT on their bedroom door.

    ARF ARF ARF…..

    Sorry SAMI, but if you will read what I wrote, I didn’t attack JLT’s ability as a vocalist. I have always stated positive things about his pipes. It’s the rest of him that could be done without. I must agree with CRANBERRY though. He keeps referring to his ‘Purple’ connection as though it will keep him alive or even worse, as though he made some huge difference. He is probably the least important “Purple” figure.

    Again, I’m not bashing his talent, just his “Arrogance”.

    Sorry to hurt your little “Fan Feelings SAMI”.


  10. 10
    Cranberry says:

    Sami…I dont see it as JLT bashing.

    I just dont see where JLT fits into the scheme of things. I dont dislike his voice, his Rainbow days were great.

    Shame he can’t find his own way instead of poaching unreleated material. The interview reads like his head is stuck so far up his own ass.

    ‘a poofta’…………..its just hilarous

    Dont be so sensitive Sami……….wipe away those tears.

    Love from
    ‘The Pathetic little boys rock police club’

    Arf Arf

  11. 11
    Rasta Man says:

    Hey Joe

    hey man

    56 and still wearing spandex

    It just aint cool

  12. 12
    Sami says:

    ARF ARF 🙂

    What!? spandex not cool…of course it is!!!


  13. 13
    Fred says:

    Dio is back with sabbath so Rainbow cannot have him!

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    JLT needs to do shows with his own material, (HTP, Rainbow MK25?, Slaves and Masters) there is plenty and some of it quite good, whatever. Like someone said above “quit poaching” let go and move on.

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