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JLT: “Ritchie gave his blessings”

Photo: Sergey Belyakov, www.sbelyakov.ru.

JLT in a recent interview with Spanish metal website rafabasa.com went on record that they’ve got Ritchie’s approval to go on the road as Over The Rainbow:

This project is very real and if you don’t see it, probably you couldn’t see it again, and it’s the reason because we would like to come all over the world, for the people to see it at least one time and stop the rumors because Ritchie gave it his blessings. He knows about it, very much, and he has discussed it with Jรผrgen and he knows that it’s a good situation for his son. He wants to feel proud as a father, it’s a very natural feeling, and he trust in Bobby and me in the project, because we’re like big brothers to Jรผrgen. We know him since he was 15, and we’re going to protect him, to take care of him like a young brother, so Ritchie feels very comfortable with it because he knows that his son is in good hands, and this is a important point for Over The Rainbow.

The interview is published in Spanish, but BraveWords has it in English.

40 Comments to “JLT: “Ritchie gave his blessings””:

  1. 1
    Al Cornish says:

    I overheard this conversation Ritche & JLT had at Starbuck’s. Ritchie ordered “Coffee, black”, and JLT asked for a poofy nonfat Latte with a pinch of lemon in a chintz china cup.

    Ritchie beheld this spectacle, snarfed on his coffee, and said, “I don’t care what you do, just leave me alone. And who the hell drinks that?”

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:


  3. 3
    George says:

    Oooooo Myyyyyyyy Gooooooodd,

    dear ths.com, pleazeeee stop postind something about JLT. Better to know nothing about him, than to read such Interviews which destroys his reputation and builts his stupid-puppy-image…

    Jurgen – In the shadows of RB
    JLT – In the shadows of RB’s Rainbow

    and such are all other members, silly cover band.

    And JLT talks about Jurgen as if Jurg is his boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜€ “and weโ€™re going to protect him, to take care of him…”
    haha, Who needs JTL’s protection? The son of RITCHIE BLACKMORE??? ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s Jurgen himself who protects and makes Over the Rainbow’s name somehow interesting, otherwise who would pay attention to Joe’s another cover-band???

    So, Joe, you really have to take care of Jurgen, if you wanna have another bucks to buy better lipsticks and vibrators ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 4
    TruthHurts says:

    Seems like Mr. JLT can not ever do anything right to some people..it’s actually a quite interesting interview for those who want to READ it, not scour over it like some bitter, paranoid gutterpress hack looking for any sensational garbage to write.

  5. 5
    Rascal says:

    Do they have to regurgitate this shite every couple of blogs?

    Sensational garbage? At least that would make it interesting………this is just ‘Dame JLT’ with his head up his ‘ass’………

    Does RB care less? I guess the royalty money helps keep Candice in underwear……..

  6. 6
    George says:

    wow, what a surprise, JLT told himself: “we take the original songs and we make our personal TRIBUTE to the band and to Ritchie”

  7. 7
    AndreA says:

    All this gratitude for Ritchie Blackmore that goes well for a pimp…

    nothing for the others (mainly for Ronnie James Dio,one of the founders).

    JLT sings piece written by Dio and Bonnett,he should allocate also some nice thoughts for them…

    >( )<

  8. 8
    HardRockPete says:

    This band is a joke as long as they don’t name it “The Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Tribute band”! What’s the point in doing this, JLT???? Shame on you! Again!!!

  9. 9
    james jay says:

    #1–I take my coffee —cream with sugar. Big deal. What kind of toilet paper do they use? I am sure you follwed them to the men’s room right? I would bet Blackmore wishes his son well and success. Blood always thicker than water no matter what.#1- Geez the coffee detective.

  10. 10
    kraatzy says:

    Long Live RockยดNยดRoll,

    Long Live Rainbow – maybe one time for surprise event with -2- Blackmores ????

    “Maybee next Time”

    …but not in the…

    16th Century …

    And maybee with new material ???

  11. 11
    Barfly Gypsy says:

    Is it susan saradon or Jlt in this picture? Sorry couldent help myself. I think JLT has i right to at least sing all the songs he cowrite with Blackmore and the others to Just as much as ritchie has the right. Cant say i liked that period of Rainbow with Graham Bonnett Or JLT for that matter to much AOR music for my taste. The instrumentals from those periods where god and the song Eyes of the world. otherwise compared to Rainbow with dio on vocals the GB and JLT stuff is far behind.

  12. 12
    nupsi59 says:

    five fat man are playing concerts with Rainbow music. Who cares… I hope, they don’t consider to do an album!
    I want to know what’s in Tony Carey’s water bottle – the national russian… but stop, let they have some fun and listen instead to Axel Rudi Pell, one of the t biggest fan of RB and the most underrated guitarist in germany. He does very fine covers of “When a blind man cries” and “The temple of the king”. Let’s wait for another studio-album from purple and hope, this “band” will not enjoy europe with concerts.
    I wish you well

  13. 13
    George says:

    Barfly Gypsy

    Dio was the best vocalist Rainbow has ever had, and Doogie White comes after Dio… then Graham Bonnett and at the last place: Donna Joe Lynn Turner!

  14. 14
    joe says:

    Susan Sarandon ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 15
    Bo says:

    George, Hard Rock Pete and others: Get lost. What on the hell have Joe done to you – you sad little persons.

    OTR is a copy band. A great one. DP of today are a great copy band and I love them. Paice is the only real DP member.

    IF RB dont want to play rock these day OTR and all other bands are welcome to play Rainbow songs. OTR just do it much much better and they have a great singer (who should change clothes I must admit).

    How do all you JLT hater looks? Fat, no hair, old clothes, Bears in your hand all day, no future and I could go on. I have seen to many of you during the last 30 year. Look at yourself (out AND inside) before you open your mouth again.

    I look forward to see OTR and DP soon. Both great bands.

  16. 16
    big al says:

    bears in hand? tough blokes eh? I say why shouldnt mr turner make a living on his old band…it looks pretty damn good on the footage ..ok so no mr black but maybe he may put in a guest appearance?

  17. 17
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Hard Rock Pete should not get lost, he is cool dude. A longtime vet here, who doesn’t post often enough, regardless of his opinion on this subject, everyone has a couple, surely. Let’s hear about it and respect each other, except of course for the doom laden one liner stuff… now that I can understand addressing, it’s interrupting.lol!

    Some people don’t like Joe, others just certain little things about him that don’t cut it for them but they still realize he is good. I guess I’m one of the latter.

    ****How do all you JLT hater looks? Fat, no hair, old clothes, Bears in your hand all day, no future and I could go on. I have seen to many of you during the last 30 year. Look at yourself (out AND inside) before you open your mouth again.****

    That’s a little better though, I must admit, tee hee! Hilarious!

  18. 18
    George says:


    Hahaha, quite ridiculous post, thanks for making me laugh ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Little sad persons? i think this better describes JLT than me… Did you read the entire interview? JLT says that his career used to me unsuccessfull, he was neglected everywhere and it was his DREAM to sing at a world stage. It was Rainbow which made JLT popular. now we have poor looser, who once sang in popular band and suddenly felt himself like a celebrity. He doesn’t love music, he’s NOT a real musician, as he tries his best to be JUST POPULAR! But no, in the rockworld he’s not considered to be celebrity, just ordinary good singer, and NOT legend.
    JLT is the very American commersant, but he didn’t manage to become a great commersant. Why? because USA has the far more popular ones, and the world outside of USA doesn’t need rock-commersant, they need REAL rock musicians…
    Ian Gillan & DP are ignored in the USA (for good) because they write and play what they want, and NOT what American or European shits want. They are musicians, music is the way to make people and yourself happy. Musician must do what makes him NOT rich, but happy. So does Deep Purple…
    Take a look at the Gillan’s story. he left DP in 73 coz he thought Deep Purple was turning into the kind of industry, money-making machine and NOT the MUSIC BAND.
    He never tried to be sexy, to be nice, to be celebrity… he was just natural and this naturaleness brought him the name he has now: GOD OF ROCK MUSIC. Gillan is in the great triumvirat of world’s best rock vocalists: Gillan/Plant/Mercury…
    He has never tried to be there, it happend naturally, as he didn’t have to emphasis how good vocalist he was, how nice looking he was, how talanted songwriter he was. People noticed all Gillan’s talant theirselves and put him into the prime of rock history….

    But poor JLT tries his best, and the results??? – we got not a rock singer, but a puppy donna… So, let me look and listen to Gillan (who wears the same skirt and jeans for the entire tour), and we let you to listen to the barbie who cares more of his new lipstics, than of making HIS OWN new band or new album…

    2. What about my appearence, i can send you my photo, in order to be sure that I’m not a fat ugly guy who hates JLT just because as if he’s nice-looking (and while in reality he looks like an old ugly donna)

    3. what about the copy-band, Don’t even try to repeat this phrase: “DP of today are a great copy band”, if you repeat, believe me that you’ll find yourself in very awkward situation here (if you’re not yet).
    Deep Purple WAS NEVER coping itself. DP WAS and IS the band which always do something new, they’re always TOP creative acts, put out new rexords every couple of years and ALWAYS tour with the new album.
    There’s NO Deep Purple member who ever copied the band. Outside DP all of them built their own authentical music and reputation:

    Ritchie Blackmore – Rainbow (one of the greatest rock band ever)
    Ian Gillan – Gillan, the band was a TOP act in the early 80’s in Europe and built the NWOBM.
    David Coverdale – Whitesnake, also a top band in the 80’s and still too popular now
    Roger Glover – not to count his fabulous music projects, he was the producer for world’s one of the most famous rock bands
    Jon Lord – the man’s Concerto is played by world’s best known orchestras, just among Bethowen, Bach and other classics concertos.

    look at the former Rainbow, or Black Sabbath members, Dio, Ozzy – they al built their great reputation OUTSIDE the bands they were in past.

    And what about JLT??? compare now Joe to the artists I mentioned below and you’ll guess how poor he is, as he can do NOTHING but covering his old bands!!!

    It’s a shame, the man like JLT was once, for a year frontman for the band like Deep Purple… he can’t be even compared to ANY former Dp members, JLT and rest the members are two different league, two different grade. difference just like A & Z…

  19. 19
    tony carey says:

    hi george, me again. what part of ‘blow me’
    didn’t you understand? you’re a jealous little shitbag, too. now, did THAT get through?
    sorry to the rest of you. sometimes I get pissed-off. the russian tour is sold out (and usually oversold)… judge us when you’ve heard us, motherfucker, or I’m likely to come round and bone your wife (again) while you’re working the slurpee machine, or asking ‘would you like fries with that order?’

    your BFF


  20. 20
    tony carey says:

    ps to george: turn on your spell-check, too, while you’re at it, numbnuts.

    cordially (look it up)yours, tc

  21. 21
    George says:


    GREAT JOKE, Tony Carey (with JLT) poor enough to reading&posting here? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyway, no matter who you are, YOU ARE LYING!!!
    One of my friend (who lives in Moscow and works right in B1 Maximum) told me that ONLY 50-60 percent of the tickets are sold. If we count that B1 club can hold max 3 000 people, and only 1500-1600 tickets are sold, then how can one call all this OTR shit successfull???

    P.S. I don’t care about spelling, I’m typing too fast because the lack of time, as i’m busy with doing my successfull job, not like someone who call Russian Provincial Tour a World Tour, and being on WORLD tour they have time to post some shit on DP’s fan site ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. 22
    George says:

    Surely, we know that you’re NOT Tony Carey, so, please… Tony has a very small nice name and small reputation, Surely he’s NOT Jon Lord for rock music, as well as JLT is NOT Ian Gillan for rock music (though JLT tries to have the equal ego to Gillan, but we all know Joe hasn’t done nothing that can be even compared to what Gillan, Dio, Coverdale or others have done)….


  23. 23
    tony carey says:

    george, we sold 3600 tickets at the b1 tonight. tc

  24. 24
    tony carey says:

    and you’re probably right; I should stay out of this petty shit – but as i mentioned
    before, I get pissed-off sometimes. ps spell-check works no matter how fast you type. dickwad. tc

  25. 25
    George says:

    No, lier!
    B1 holds MAXIMUM 3000 people and OTR sold 60% till now!!!

    btw, which is the next Russian village OTR playes? maybe they’ll manage to sell out the village’s club at least? ๐Ÿ˜€

    haha, how can they call this tour WORLD TOUR while it includes only some dates in Russia +1 in Ukraine??? that’s ridiculous, man…

    If you have time (and if you aren’t posting here from the B1’s dressing room ๐Ÿ˜€ ) have a look at Deep Purple’s Rapture of the Deep World Tour 2006-2008. here’s the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture_of_the_Deep_Tour

    the band covered the whole Europe, Asia, Australia, East Asia (Japan & China), New Zeland, South America, South Africa, North America (USA & Canada) and Middle East (Israel)-THIS IS REAL WORLD TOUR!

    if you are really TC, aren’t you ashamed of calling your Russian Province Tour a World Tour???

  26. 26
    George says:

    And you’re NOT a real musician, you know why?
    real musician NEVER posts on the fan site things like that: “If you won’t shout up, I’ll come and fuck your wife”…

    You fucked yourself by this words…
    Though I don’t believe you’re a real TC, sure… i think he’s more clever person than his “clone” which makes me laughing out loudly ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. 27
    George says:

    Actually, where’s the Main Donna? (you bet, I mean JLT :D)
    I bet he’s in his dressing room, making makeup and eating lipsticks, so go help him…
    You know that OTR isn’t gonna last, we’ll see the end just after Russian Tour. maybe 3-4 dates will be added in Europe’s pubs and that’s it ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. 28
    tony carey says:

    no, I’m not in the dressing room – I’m in room
    1411 of the korston Hotel in moscow. feel like getting your head rammmed up your asshole? come on over. tc

  29. 29
    George says:

    That’s great ๐Ÿ˜€
    you have no answer to my question regarding the “world tour” term ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You’re a great man, really, as you ruined yourself much more than any others could fuck your name ๐Ÿ˜€

    People will see your comments and will see who they’re gonna to pay bucks for ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ANSWER MY QUESTION: in comparison to Dp’s WORLD TOUR, how can you call Russian Provincial Tour a world tour?

  30. 30
    Maybe I'm A Leo says:

    I agree with George.

  31. 31
    tony carey says:

    actually, so do I. lost my temper…
    see you guys next year. tc

  32. 32
    stoffer says:

    I’m still on board with the OTR thing, I say let them play their gigs, make a little money, get to know each others styles and then hit the studio. Maybe if they can do this we can see them in the states next year?

  33. 33
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I just want to see TC f..k Georges wife, while George f..ks JLT, while JLT blows TC……You know, the Circle Jerk. ‘Over the Rainbow Coalition’.

    Now that’s Rock & Roll……oh and don’t forget to ‘Slap Joe’s Ass’. If you don’t, he will…..


  34. 34
    Dave says:


    You sound really frustrated and angry. Instead of ripping on TC and OTR why don’t you move out of your parent’s basement, form a band and we’ll see if you can draw a bigger crowd than just your closest relatives and the few friends you are probably desperately trying to hang on to. OTR is made up of former Rainbow members except the guitarist….deal with it. Don’t want to see em? Then don’t.

    As regards DP, the last album worth a shit was called Perfect Strangers. They haven’t put out ANYTHING memorable since. With reference to their world tours, they barely draw 4000- 5000 fans during their N. American tours. Hardly the success of days of old……
    Personally I would like to see OTR in N America and I wouldnt give a damn if their was 30 people in the club. Stuff sounds good, that s enough for me.

  35. 35
    Chrissy says:

    I think Over the Rainbow is a great idea.After reading some of the comments here its unbelievable that any of you are fans of Deep Purple and Rainbow.Do you just come on this site to make nasty comments?Some of you should get a life.

  36. 36
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Well…. jumping Jesus Christ on a ten foot pogo stick!

    This is some retarted nonsense.

    Goerge, your opinion should be respected but you make it hard with your posting about who’s who, who’s what and who should and shouldn’t be what. Agreed or not, lol.
    It really isn’t necessary to go that far with it, as it’s based on conjecture and it’s all subjective.

    Man, I’m getting sick of someone besides myself for the first time here, lol.

    I need a spell and a charm now for sure.
    This is beyond that of Tony’s grace and I’m not happy to know he’s reading it, let alone responding. But I can kind of see why.

    Hellinahandbasket for sure if we don’t tone it down, trust me, these guys will have no sympathy, as shown all so harshly in the past. Lets not wake up tomorrow and find this platform has vanished.

    (ducking and running, I hope I didn’t fan the flamer… respect, man)

  37. 37
    Michael says:

    It’s quite funny to read all the bitter comments. How would you whiners define “success” then?
    When Ronnie Dio played here there were less than 500 in the audience. Would you call that a success? Did I even care? Not at all. It’s only Rock n Roll people…Lighten up.

    OTR have survived their first gigs and it’s great that people get a chance to hear those songs again. If you don’t like it -stay home. It’s not harder than that.

  38. 38
    Rascal says:

    Still no bearded lady or sword swallowers then?

  39. 39
    AndreA says:

    Gillan in 1991 played here in Milan in front of no more than 300 fans (Naked Thunder tour)..

    it was a great concert at all and of course he realized that even if there were few people he enjoyied the audience at all.

    I remember (very well)after the concert,on the street,we waited him in front the place in which he playied..

    When we meet him I said to Gillan ” I am disappointed because there were not a lot of people tonite at the concert..”.

    He answered with quiet smiling and simple words “there is no problem,I did this concert for you that were here tonite,for the fans,not for the missing people..”


    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ o O

  40. 40
    nsoveiko says:

    To all concerned:
    comments for this post are closed. If you’ve read the comments above, you should have an idea why.

    George et al.: if we will have to choose between you being here and Tony Carey being here, guess who will win. consider this your last warning.

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