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Joe Lynn TurnerClassic Rock has some Joe Lynn Turner quotes apparently from an interview done after his London solo gig on April 5th. He is still insisting that Rainbow reunion is happening. Keep in mind that he has admitted previously that he had not spoken to Ritchie directly.

[Blackmore] is itching to do some rocking, and we’re going to get together in the fall. Ritchie is really, really ready to rock. He still has the chops too.

I’m not sure if it’s going to be a Rainbow reunion, or a bunch of remakes – which I destest, because you can’t improve on perfection. But that’s what’s happening.

Regarding the negotiations that allegedly happened previously, Joe said that it fell apart because of Ritchie’s commitment to his current band:

We had multi-million dollar deals set up with Live Nation. A 60-day tour to start with, HD 3D movie, everything – and then he had to finish the album.

Thanks to Classic Rock for the info.

56 Comments to “JLT is at it again”:

  1. 1
    Keith Livingstone says:

    He confirmed the same on Saturday night in Belfast when I asked him about working with RB again…”as long as I can get past the gatekeeper”…I believe he means RB’s mother-in-law.

  2. 2
    KlausVonScribe says:

    JLT should get together with Glenn Hughes and share stories of what was, and why they remain stuck in the mud.

  3. 3
    Dave Berry says:

    I was at the London show – it was wonderful, including a beautiful version of Catch The Rainbow dedicated to Ronnie James Dio

  4. 4
    al says:

    same old same old.You keep hoping Joe!

  5. 5
    Felipe Riveros says:

    Please god let this happen, everybody knows it would be a huge success. Plus Candice could use a couple of months off now that she’s a mother and all.

  6. 6
    Michael Ertl says:

    King of Dreams..LOL!

  7. 7
    John Hogg says:

    Better off with Dougie White

  8. 8
    Stephen James Smith says:

    I wouldn’t b e going anyway. Too much ego, not enough musicianship.

  9. 9
    Victor Ray says:

    Ritchie hasn’t said anything about a Rainbow reunion…I thought he was done with hard rock music…he’s happy performing the 16th century music with his wife Candice.

  10. 10
    Michele Teso says:

    Who will be the singer?

  11. 11
    Victor Ray says:

    Ritchie said that he would never again join Deep Purple or work with Ian Gillian again…

  12. 12
    Victor Ray says:

    Joe Lynn Turner is in a band called RATED X.

  13. 13
    Heepfan says:

    Everybody seems to be trying to play with Ritchie again…. at least this time JLT gave us a time frame !

    Now just for the record, I don’t think that blaming Ritchie’s mother-in-law would help a Rainbow reunion at all ! : )

  14. 14
    Michael says:

    The report in Classic Rock suggests that JLT said these things “after his solo show”, thereby implying that he said it during an interview with the reporter. This is not the case; JLT said it during informal chat and banter with an intimate audience, of which I was one.

  15. 15
    Jesper Petrusma says:

    You know, he never rulled out any of this.
    He and Ian are on good terms again since Lord’s death, and he stated in a few interviews that he wouldn’t mind a one of with his old bandmates or a guest appearance from time to time.

  16. 16
    Ian Grant says:

    Of all the Rainbow vocalists still alive, why would he choose to perform only with JLT? A Rainbow anthology, including Graham Bonnet & Doogie White would make more sense, with Doogie doing the RJD material as his voice is better suited to it.

  17. 17
    Rob says:

    I hope this is true I want to see Ritchie play rock again but he has just finished a BN album so I’m really not sure.

  18. 18
    Mick Wilsher says:

    Don’t hold your breath lol !!!

  19. 19
    Andy Travers says:

    I’ll ask him tomorrow night

  20. 20
    Alket Kellici says:

    you have no chance Joe,especially with those words about his wife and mother in law.Ritchie would not work with this clown anyway.

  21. 21
    Bruce Weldin says:

    if ritchie wanted to do a rainbow reunion dont u think he would contact u he enjoys what he is playing now leave it at that he is happy

  22. 22
    Phil Aston says:

    Ritchie does not need to do this, he has nothing to prove. He is happy doing Blackmores Knight. I imagine after his mother in law sees Joe’s comments it will never happen anyway. I have fond memories of Blackmore playing in Purple and Rainbow, I do not need to see him in his 70s trying to recreate the past.

  23. 23
    Scoot says:

    I will not believe this is happening until Ritchies mother-in-law says it’s true. Until then, I’ll presume Joe is just rattling pencils for publicity.

  24. 24
    Svante Axbacke says:

    It’s funny that anyone thinks Ritchie would let anyone stand in his way for this if he really wanted to do it.

  25. 25
    T says:

    Re: #20

    Blackmore and Turner are on good terms, and Blackmore has already worked with him. Turner guested on a Blackmore’s Night album.

  26. 26
    Scott W. says:

    John at # 7, I agree but Doogie is busy with Michael Schenker. I just saw them on April 1st here in CA. Doogie sounded great live and I have never seen Schenker smile so much onstage before! As Michael is my second fave guitarist, I never miss him when he comes around. To go off on a tangent here, am I the only one who gets tired of misinformed/ignorant fans? To wear something different, I wore my Rainbow SIUA tour T-shirt instead of a MSG one at the MSG show the other night as it had Doogie and the rest of Rainbow on the front. (I got it at the last Rainbow show ever.. if you do not count the Ebsjerg Festival show in Denmark). A ‘fan’ said “Rainbow?! Thats old school!” I said (while pointing to Doogie’s likeness on the shirt) “Well this is who will be singing with MSG tonight”. This idiot said: “Thats Dougie whatshisname”? I said ‘Yes, it’s Doogie”, he used to sing with Rainbow. Another dick said: Didn’t Blackmore start playing Celtic music?” Wow…! “I said well, not exactly…(I should have walked away at this point but did not want to lose my place in line!) After I explained a bit on Blackmore’s Night and the fact that it has been going on for 18 years, thankfully the discussion ended..! Next day a drummer was playing in a parking lot for donations so I went up and told him I was a drummer too. He said Bonham was his fave and that “It was hard to play his licks as Bonham was a left handed drummer”!??? I said no, that’s wrong. Then he said: “Well, I mean his kit is set up as a lefty”. Wrong again…then I tried to explain. Am I surrounded by idiots who just like to run their mouths and spew nonsense?!? If I do not know about a certain subject. I say so,. Why pretend to know what the F#*k your talking about…?! This obviously bothered me as I felt I had to get it of my chest. Sorry if it was off topic. Have a nice day and lets all keep the flag flying for good music!

  27. 27
    Nicola says:

    Ritchie has to get past the mother-in-law. That is why Rainbow are dead. Sorry lads, that’s how it is.

  28. 28
    The Demonseye says:

    Scott W. @ #26. Ha! Classic.. In the words of Michael Jackson who I believe Ritchie is holding out for to be his next vocalist “You are not alone…” I totally agree!

  29. 29
    Joeyrenaldo says:

    Ritchie is old. If Eric Clapton says he no longer is interested touring due to his age, why not Ritchie?

  30. 30
    Ben Davidson says:

    Joe is the best Rainbow singer for the job.

    Ritchie, if you do Rainbow again, please choose Joe. Yes, Joe did some pansying around back in the day – but for singing talent and quality of voice he is considerably above Graham and Doogie.


  31. 31
    Michael says:

    At the London show while JLT was debating Van Morrison’s nationality, he told an “English man, Irish man” joke, but the punch line of the joke had the English man being a clever but greedy grass who betrays the Irishman, while also depriving him of food. What would Freud have made of that?

  32. 32
    MacGregor says:

    Svante @ 24- I agree 100%. I just cannot believe that so many people think Blackmore needs a ‘minder’ so to speak. A manager who does the job correctly, only contacts the individual or organisation they represent, when it is something that the individual or organisation has previous stated may be of interest, depending on the situation. When the manager is contacted for a ‘request’ & it is something they ‘know’ the person(s) they represent does not need to hear about, they wouldn’t even let them know they have had a request, they simply kill it off, pronto! It doesn’t matter who Blackmore’s manager is, it is mindless to think that the manager is to ‘blame’. They would be simply doing the job correctly, whatever the outcome is. Does it matter that Blackmore’s manager is Candice Night’s mother, it appears so to certain ‘fans’ here & also over at Classic Rock! That is absurd indeed! Or is it because Blackmore’s manager is female perhaps. Many males out there in this world cannot handle a woman being in control, so to speak! It makes you wonder indeed! Cheers.

  33. 33
    Rascal says:


  34. 34
    Paul Flewitt says:

    Ironically, Blackmore could probably recreate his stuff better than any of the other reunited 70’s acts. Personally, I’d love to see him perform with Rainbow or Purple once more.

  35. 35
    George Martin says:

    @ 26
    There are a lot of people out there that do not follow music as closely as we do. I’ll never forget a few Deep Purple shows ago outside the Beacon Theater in New York I was hanging out, it was early wearing a Deep Purple T-shirt as always and some guy in a suit and a tie comes up to me and says who’s playing at the Beacon tonight? I said Deep Purple, he responded ” I haven’t seen them since 1985, is Blackmore still in the band? ” I first I thought he was messing with me but soon realized he was sincere. I told him Blackmore’s been gone since 1993. So who’s the guitarist? I said Steve Morse, he said Steve Morse from Kansas? I said yes among other things. Then he asked about the rest of the band when I told him Don Airey was the keyboard player he said is that the same Don Airey that was in Rainbow? What happened to Jon Lord? He continued to ask me if Rainbow was still together. It amazed me how someone who said he’s gone to like a million concerts in the 7o’s and early 80’s can not possibly know what’s going on now. I have a feeling that there are a lot of people like that. For me I will go see Deep Purple until the day I die! Can’t wait to see them this year in Englewood. Saw them last year in Florida as always they were great! Don’t let it get to you, just keep going and enjoy it while we still can.

  36. 36
    Nigel Young says:

    JLT wasn’t giving quotes to music journalists, it was said during the show, including the undiplomatic:
    “Unless his wife or mother-in-law gets in the way. She drives me fucking crazy.”
    In this recent interview, he said:
    “Rainbow. Ain’t gonna happen, man.”

  37. 37
    al says:

    @ 26

    this is more like “casual fans” so to speak dude for lack of better words.But yeah,it gets on my nerves to try to “explain” to this boisterous morons,who are there for the “noise” and get some kicks for their 12 pack of beer(some of them are drunk already before the show starts)…and I especially hate the moment when they pretend to know shit and “bully” you when the facts comes up.I had to tell this guys in Casino Rama that the keyboard player is Don Airey and Jon Lord is passed away.He looked at me in a way,like He could not understand what was going on and he had that expression:”and why the hell am I watching this show”? lol oh well,This is not the rock fans that are giving “us” the rockers a good name! lol

  38. 38
    Xavier Gomez says:

    well, do it before ritchie develops alzhimers or falls of stage n breaks his fingers ….

  39. 39
    bernie1v says:

    Well he is setting himself to look a right clown if non of this is true as he is repeating it in every interview he is currently doing and he also said the same thing at Edinburgh last week!

  40. 40
    Luca Di Vincenzo says:

    Please god make it happen, pleeeease!

  41. 41
    Alerickson says:

    If there was to be a Rainbow reunion, I would prefer Doogie White on vocals, had always hoped there would have been another album after Stranger in Us All, and this was my second favourite version after the Dio years

  42. 42
    Rick says:

    Joe give it up. I know playing small venues is not easy for a person with such a large ego but deal with it. As much as I love Rainbow without Ritchie your just another lounge singer. Lets see go on stage with Joe or sleep happlily with Candace? HMMMM ! Tough choice Ritchie.

  43. 43
    Scott W. says:

    Thanks for relating Demonseye, George and Al! I forgot to mention the incredulous ‘looks’ these guys gave me, as if I was either lying, or did not know what I was talking about! I also forgot that at one point one of them sang ‘his version’ of Mary Long’ which went; “selling porn from a corner shop…”?!? I was embarrased just to have found myself there at that moment…(stuck waiting in line). It definitely makes me appreciate the people here who post on the Highway Star! Even if we all have our own favorite MK’s of DP,and bands of the Purple Family, at least we get our facts somewhat correct! I sure would love to go to a show with some folks from this site so we could have a rational conversation before and afterwords! If ever anyone goes to a show in Northern California, give me a shout thru here.

  44. 44
    Paul Anderson says:

    #26 A bit off topic for Purple but similar to 26. a couple of years ago i saw Y and T at the Robin Bilston. A ‘huge fan’ of the band talking to others about how she had followed the band and other bands. Huge Faux Pas during the gig she shouted out and asked Dave Meniketti how the bass player was doing due to his health. A load of gasps and deep breaths were heard and a few stares. Dave calmly stated how Phil Kennemore had passed away some 18 months earlier. The ‘fan’ disappeared to the back of the hall right after that. As for an Rainbow reunion of sorts, yes some fans would love it. personally i think in the tradition of Rainbow it would be new muzos, but in mid 90s Blackmore did that. JLT should move on with his own stuff. Rated X is a great album that should be toured. He has done some great solo albums. Wish he would let go and move on.

  45. 45
    kraatzy says:

    Holy bull…t

    Everybody knows the titel from Jimi Hendrix: Hey Joe …


    Don´t know why, but he doesn´t learn anything …
    He is alwas a guy who talks talks talks and truely nothing happens …

    In the northern germany, we say to this kind of guy: “Schnacker”




  46. 46
    Theo says:

    @32 who says Blackmore’s manager does her job correctly? She is also Candice’s manager (and mum).
    Some request could be interesting for Ritchie and not for Candice….
    Candice, as a solo artist won’t draw much attention. Candice’s part in Rainbow would probably be as a background singer. So…..

    But personally I think Rainbow is over. There isn’t much to win. Let the legend live. A reunion could turn sour, disappointing.

  47. 47
    LRT says:

    @36 -thanks for clarifying that and sharing the clip.

  48. 48
    Ahti Kilpeläinen says:

    The London show 5th April in Borderline was excellent, thanks Joe & co.

  49. 49
    MacGregor says:

    Theo@ 46- I don’t know, who says the manager does her job correctly? Please let me know, I am curious. Yes, we know she is the mother of Candice & her manager also. Wasn’t Candice Night a ‘background’ vocalist & lyricist on the SIUA Rainbow album & tour. Yes indeed!

    Either way, the manager will do what they do, but it is utterly irrelevant for certain people to lay ‘blame’ at the manager. If this Turner desperation at being a global rock star attempt fails, it would have to be a positive wouldn’t it?

    Here are two examples of a rock artist’s management.
    Peter Grant from Led Zeppelin’s career was a manager, did anyone get past him? Most probably not I would say!
    Sharon Osbourne is Ozzy’s manager isn’t she? She does the job. Some don’t like certain things she does, that’s the way it is!
    Do they do their job correctly? Well that would depend on who defines the result as a correct one or not! Cheers.

  50. 50
    Theo says:

    MacGregor@49 all I wanted to say is that Ritchie’s manager has multiple interests. If she would advise Ritchie to reform Rainbow, it will have affect on Candice’s career. So you can ask where lies her priority.
    But who is to judge and who knows all the facts?
    I dislike Sharon O., but I think she’s a great manager. With Sharon handling DP’s career, I think they would be on a different level now. With the managements they have (had), there were so many wrong decisions in the past. Starting in the early 70s.
    For me Rainbow doesn’t have to reform.
    The magic of my first Rainbow concert (1977) will never be recaptured.
    I’m more interested in a Blackmore solo album, with songs like Weiss Heim, Son Of Alerik and some rockers with a young and eager singer.

  51. 51
    Kerry says:

    Someone should tell Joe that the ‘Rainbow Reunion’ already happened. It was called Over The Rainbow. Joe should remember, he was there. Ritchie passed on the family business on to his son, and has moved on to his retirement.

    I would love to see the White Strat rising again, but the books are closed on Rainbow as far as I can see. Something fresh and new please, Mr. Blackmore.

    (Blackmore, Bonham, Hughes anyone? Oh never mind, just dreaming here…)

  52. 52
    MacGregor says:

    Theo@ 50- I don’t think Candice’s career would be that greatly affected by a one off ‘reunion’! More like her & Blackmore’s private life would be though, they have 2 young children. So the concept of Blackmore travelling the globe incessantly with ‘Rainbow’ & crew, at the whim of a ‘$$$$promoter$$$$’, would not be on for both of them, I would presume! If Blackmore was open to a ‘reunion’ with anyone, I would say he would be the one who says yes or no. But as we know, who can tell? He has done it all before, no need to attempt a ‘nostalgic’ reunion in my book. I agree with you as to a Blackmore ‘solo’ album though. I would be interested in that of course. Cheers.

  53. 53
    Alan says:

    What a lot of rubbish written about how Ritchie’s manger would not let a Ranbow reunion happen.

    Quite simply if Ritchie wants to do it one day the he will. Simple as that, and if anyone thinks otherwise they are deluded.

    I would love it to happen but have my doubts. Ritchie is happy doing what he is and I for one respect that and will continue to see his play live no matter what band he is playing in

  54. 54
    Scott W. says:

    Posts #s 52 and 53 raise valid points for sure. If BN come this way again I will be there as I have only had the chance to see them once, in San Fran Feb 1, 2005.

  55. 55
    NWO says:


    A multi-million dollar tour?? Really? Where? Not North America. Rainbow – for all of you who like or love this band is NOT more popular than Deep Purple and probably not as popular as Whitesnake and look at the venues they are playing in North America. I doubt any Rainbow reunion could do 5000 seat venues. There’s no millions in that type of tour.

    Everybody is dreaming in Technocolour. News Flash – 4k technology is now out. The rock world is not the same.


  56. 56
    byron says:

    Well take a look at what the great Dave Ling from Classic Rock wrote about it:
    “It’s not really the place to re-quote him in such a public forum, but talking via my own Facebook page Live Nation’s Andy Copping would later poke fun at JLT’s claim that a Rainbow reunion is imminent, suggesting that so far as he knew Turner’s “crazy manager” hadn’t even spoken to The Man In Black and daring to suggest that Dave Grohl had been proposed for the role of drummer (!)… without checking first to find out whether the Foo Fighters were on the road. I have no words to describe such a farcical situation.”

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