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JLT: “I am not delusional”

Joe Lynn TurnerJoe Lynn Turner recently spoke to Metal Express Radio. The conversation was inevitably steered to the Rainbow reunion, for which JLT outlined his vision:

There`s been so much chatter on the internet about a Rainbow reunion. Is that all it is chatter or is there something of great substance there?

There`s been a lot of miss-speak from the journalists about this who like to twist phrases and twist words. All I can say is this. I`m in touch with the camp. I am not delusional, I know what I`m talking about and I`m not over talking it. I`m telling you as each month goes by what the news is. We are going to meet in the late Fall and that`s it. It`s probable but that`s it at the moment. We are going to get into a room together and if it works fine but if it doesn`t then we`re on our bikes. I think the only way it wouldn`t work is if we didn`t want to work at it. We both have the full intention of getting together and working on it. I have some ideas already knowing exactly where we should go and I`ll present it to Ritchie and I know he`ll say that I`m absolutely right, this is who we are. He`s also asked me if I remember about a song that I once wrote over 20 years ago, I have that stored away. He wants me to get it out and bring it down to work on.

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43 Comments to “JLT: “I am not delusional””:

  1. 1
    Paul Deblond says:

    Fingers cross… ??

  2. 2
    Coronarias says:

    I am not delusional.

    One word too many in that sentence.

  3. 3
    Kevin Staden says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4. 4
    Robert Van Het Hoen says:

    I do r3member him mentioning 2 more S & M tracks in older interviews. Put your money where your mouth is and a track with a killer riff , I kinda cant grasp the title but it was something with ” love” in the title

  5. 5
    Robert Van Het Hoen says:

    In 2007 he mentioned a track called ” Lonely for you”. Stroke at midnight he also mentioned which he redid on a solo album of his.

  6. 6
    Luca Di Vincenzo says:

    If this is true and not bullshit, then its fucking unbelievable! I would pay whatever price to listen Ritchie play Rainbow again! I mean it!

  7. 7
    Scoot says:

    I’m just going to keep saying he’s delusional and that he should quit talking until there is something of substance to discuss. Maybes. Mights. “Meetings”. Talking in secret places mean nothing.

  8. 8
    The Highway Star says:

    Late fall? Someone is not in a hurry…

  9. 9
    Kevin Staden says:

    He’d got a new album to promote first.

  10. 10
    El Gibleto says:

    Here we go again…

  11. 11
    byron says:

    “I have some ideas already knowing exactly where we should go and I`ll present it to Ritchie and I know he`ll say that I`m absolutely right, …”
    Yes Joe,yes…God only knows what would Ritchie do without you…

  12. 12
    Ray Barclay says:

    It’s not going to happen.

  13. 13
    Rado1 says:

    So Slaves & Masters is the last great Deep Purple album. Oh well, give me a break…

  14. 14
    Purple Tickler says:

    Meet in late fall, yes – but what year ?

  15. 15
    ffitz says:

    “Knowing exactly where we should go” I’m sure Mr. Blackmore will be glad to just follow you Joe. If I were Ritchie, that statement alone would mitigate any sliver of interest in a reunion.

  16. 16
    Murray says:

    have they found some unrealised tracks? or maybe other sessions from when he did street of dreams from blackmores night the village lantern 2006? could be the tracks shelved that were rewritten as the battle rages on album

  17. 17
    Ron says:

    I saw Blackmore’s Night last May in Alexandria, VA, USA. It was sold out. The stuff Ritchie and his wife say all the time about their audience was not true for this show. Virtually all were there to see Ritchie play the white strat. The event was all about Candice after Ritchie made his appearance. Other than to get people to buy tickets, Ritchie is in the background. I think Ritchie has checked out mentally and if he does reform Rainbow it would be a big change and big change for Candice because without Ritchie she wouldn’t attract any audience. I think she likes her gig and Ritchie obviously is committed to her dream.

    If he did go back to rock, I don’t see why he’d go with JLT. Makes no sense to me. He could get somebody new or better…..how about Myles Kennedy …. guy seems tireless and he loves Purple.

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    It is a fine line between being delusional & exuding self confidence. You have to give Turner his due for his pride in what he has been involved in with Rainbow etc! I was only commenting over at Classic Rock a few days ago, in respect to Difficult To Cure being the strongest of those 3 albums, because Turner had the least involvement in it! Well that is one of the reasons in my opinion, the others may be Airey’s involvement, it is the first album hence plenty of fresh new ideas, Glover’s fairly involved in it also. SBTE is the weakest because Turner had too much input into it! Songwriting or I should say co-songwriting wise! It is too ‘cheesy’ that 2nd Rainbow effort from them! Bent Out Of Shape was an improvement & thankfully has 2 cracking instrumentals on it, the same scenario as DTC. that sort of says something to me. Still, Blackmore was opting for that AOR thing at that time, hence the Foreigner & Bad Company comment also! It was the 80’s after all.
    Regarding Deep Rainbow being the last ‘great’ Purple album, well again Turner’s personal pride in his effort stated there. Nothing like pushing the boat out, so to speak! The Battle Rages On is miles better in my opinion. I am talking Blackmore related Purple, as that is what Turner is referring to no doubt, possibly.
    As to Blackmore working with him again, I would prefer it if he didn’t, but what would I know! Cheers.

  19. 19
    Niki says:

    Reality time. If Coverdale can’t get past the rottweiler then what chance Joe Lynn Turner? If Richie was serious about a Rainbow reunion (and lets face it, he’d only do it for the money) he would be giving Graeme Bonnett a call. Now that would get some attention! If Blackmore really does want to return to rock music, and all the crap dissolving Blackmore’s Night would cause, then he really should turn up at a couple of Whitesnake shows this winter and speak to DC about a new album and a fresh musical start next year. Simple.

  20. 20
    kraatzy says:

    … About “asking for Stranger In Us All with Doogie White, were you asked first?

    No I wasn`t. I was shocked as we were supposed to get back together as that was the promise he`d made when we were coming back from Japan.
    I was shocked but didn`t cry into my beer about it.”

    … Hey Joe … what did you do with that gun in your hand … ? 😉 😉 😉

    I will be very very very
    and a lot of more very very wondering, if this “wishing to work together” will get a real nature.

    Let´s wait till the end of the year and have a look, what will happend.
    I will promise, that it will happens totaly N O T H I N G !!!



  21. 21
    kraatzy says:

    @ 6… Luca Di Vincenzo.

    Me too brother
    Me too

    But I´m realist and not a dreamer

    My dream:
    The banyo player will please us with some hard Rock´N´Roll stuff …
    Please don´t wake me up …


    Long Live Ritchie


  22. 22
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    “You should just listen to the music, it`s the last great Deep Purple album. That`s it, the last one. There`s none better, song for song after it. No way. Ritchie has said in many interviews that it is one of his favourite albums and he can`t understand why it didn`t make more of an impact.”

    Joe, That’s delusional….

    “He said he`d carried Deep Purple for years and made them rich.”

    Ritchie, That’s delusional….


  23. 23
    Moreblack says:

    Well Slaves And Masters tastes as Purple!!Bananas tastes as bananas.

  24. 24
    Chip says:


    Stompy footed JLT yells. If you have to start a sentence like that, it is likely you really are.

  25. 25
    Brad DeMoranville says:

    In the US I’m afraid the would play tiny bars (as great as Ritchie is). Maybe other markets. Good luck!

  26. 26
    byron says:

    First meeting in the late Fall….second meeting in March 2016…Third meeting in September 2016:”It won’t happen..Ritchie and Candice have another album to do”.
    Winter 2016:Glenn Hugues:”I’m talking with my bro’ David.Ritchie said he could be involved in da project”
    etc. etc.

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    Ted@22 – Just because Turner says Blackmore allegedly said that, doesn’t actually mean that Blackmore said it! And even if he did say it, we would never know in what context it was said! Blackmore is known for his sarcastic, witty, tongue in cheek way of saying things at times. Cheers.

  28. 28
    @xel says:

    JLT said: “I am not delusional…..”
    @xel says: “….and Planet Earth is not round”.

    Will this unbearable absurdity *ever* stop?!

  29. 29
    al says:

    @ he( JLT) remade a couple of The Battle Rages On.The Stoke of Midnight (AKA One man’s Meat)

    ok Now I’m not saying that Battle Rages On was the best Deep Purple album,considering the circumstances an all,but Joe Lynn Turner has been dismissive and harsh about it,and One Man’s Meat is not the strongest song in that album,but when I listened to Stroke of Midnight,I think that One man’s meat version with Gillan is much stronger.He has his opinion about stuff and Ritchie,he is wright in some stuff and totally wrong when he thinks he “knows” what Blackmore wants to do, said and such.I doubt it that Blackers will go back and make another tour and album with JLT,Ritchie seems happy and comfortable with his wife and that is what it is.I would have loved that Coverdale,Hughes.Emerson,Paice collaboration to happen,but it didn’t and why we should think that in “fall” Joe Lynn Turner would sit with Balckers camp and talk him into playing rock and “loving his ideas” cmon Joe get off your high horse.Blackmore would not listen to that. Fall could be a long way to Eternity Joe,so stick to your plans and solo stuff and keep playing Purple,rainbow songs,instead of blabbaring about “the last best Deep Purple album” that you made.

  30. 30
    Troy Wickman says:

    Dio is gone. Jon passed as well. Cozy went a long time ago. These things must be on Ritchie’s mind, especially in view of the fact he now has two young children to take care of.

    Returning with Joe makes business sense. When non-hard core fans are asked, it is he who most remember. Further, his voice is still quite intact, and he and Blackmore already have a working relationship. He knows what Ritchie would want, and Blackmore would not need to “break in” anyone.

    Anything rock from Blackmore would be big news, and the curiosity factor should provide a sufficient familial nest egg.

    But it has to be done soon. Blackmore’s fans are getting old, too.

  31. 31
    Buck says:

    Once delusional, always delusional!!! 🙁

  32. 32
    Anthony says:

    @19 Ritchie doesn’t need the money and IF he does resurrect Rainbow it will purely be for nostalgic reasons. Makes sense getting Joe on board for the reincarnation as both he and Ritchie get on very well and he still has a great voice..also you can bet your house Joe will give 200% to the cause!

    I am all for a Rainbow reunion but a little bit of me is thinking will we get “re-hashed” “re-imagined” riffs..will the old spark be there…will the music be fresh and engaging? Who knows but I don’t want the last Rainbow album ( if it is ) to be a complete dud regardless if Ritchie has nothing to prove to anyone

  33. 33
    Andy says:

    Here we go again, it seems JLTs time frame keeps getting pushed back. I thought a while ago JLT said the summer, later on he said the fall and now it’s the late fall. I haven’t listened to “On Stage” in while, time to give it spin. Actually, we have may have a better chance of seeing a remastered version of “On Stage” than a Rainbow reunion.

  34. 34
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    REALLY? You didn’t post my comments? They were spot on. Hey Moderator…. who is Delusional Now?


  35. 35
    Rick says:

    ” I have some ideas already knowing exactly where we should go and I`ll present it to Ritchie and I know he`ll say that I`m absolutely right, this is who we are. ”

    Really Joe? Ritchie will follow YOUR lead? LMAO !! Joe you sound VERY delusional.

  36. 36
    Ron says:

    JLT has some of the bad habits Hughes has….JLT has taken some uncalled for shots at Gillan when he was in purple and about the lyrics to “One Man’s Meat” off TBRO. Like Hughes he takes these shots then goes and sings Gillan’s tunes like he was a member of purple during the hey day. They both make me sick. What hypocrites.

  37. 37
    Cameron says:

    Come on Ritchie . Put the Acoustic Guitar away for a while. Come back to Rainbow. It’s what the fans want.

  38. 38
    Blake says:

    I think you are!

  39. 39
    peter says:

    Cameron says:
    Come on Ritchie . Put the Acoustic Guitar away for a while. Come back to Rainbow. It’s what the fans want.
    May 23rd, 2015 at 01:45
    I second this

  40. 40
    Andrew53 says:

    Of all the possible rock comebacks RB could make, a tie-in with JLT would be one of the last I’d care to see. Slaves and Masters a great DP album? If that’s your standard, there’s really nothing more to say.

  41. 41
    CDJ says:

    I think that if Tony Carey’s “Rainbow Project” ever gets beyond tiny cafées in Norway & survives long enough to make it over the pond, it wouldn’t be surprising if RB turned up to jam with ’em if convenient. It would be great to see how those two would interact on a stage, now that they’re both grownups (…sorry; make that “OLD”.). I
    t’ll be interesting to see & hear how that project fares with Doogie White at the mic on july 31st, & if it’s any fun at all, well,…who knows where that’ll go?
    Prolly the biggest chance of seeing RB on a stage with a REAL rock band again ;-)! And I doubt that JLT would be in that calculation – He’s a fine choice for the cheesier Rainbow era tunes, but DW does the Dio tunes better, whilst still melodic enough to get away with the later Rainbow material.
    Early days for TC’s project yet, but hey – time flies. So far, they’ve gotten great feedback for their “village café/neighborhood pub” gigs here. Norway’s a tiny country, 5 million people. I’m pretty sure they could do 200+ capacity clubs elsewhere..;-).

  42. 42
    CDJ says:

    …AND not mentioning what an opportunity to hear sum new kickng hard rock new material that’d be.
    TC’s a great song smith, he’s still got it. He just needs a good kick up the b¤tt, which i’m sure RB could provide. & i’m sure ol’ grandpa’s got some rockin’ riffs stowed away.
    If there’s to be any new Rainbow material Rising (see what I did there;-)?), that’d be what I’d wanna hear.

  43. 43
    Fernando Mattedi says:

    It is fun to read this two years after, when what we all find out is that- yes, he was quite delusional…

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