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Joe Lynn TurnerRock Overdose has recently spoken to Joe Lynn Turner and has published a teaser for the upcoming interview. The teaser, naturally, features Joe explaining how he didn’t get the latest Rainbow gig:

I’ll tell you what happened. And that’s the short story. For over a year I was talking with his management and we wanted to have big plans with an authentic Rainbow reunion, with the integrity of the old members, with Doogie, Graham. Everyone singing, everybody playing. This what the fans really should see. Not what he is doing now. I believe it’s a cover band. And we wanted, I wanted, to be involved only if this was the situation. So, when he started to back off from that situation, I set this whole thing back and said: “If you want to do this, I’m not gonna be involved”, because for me, it’s a cheap way. And I don’t think the fans deserve it. I think it’s a shame that he feels this way. So, to make it short, I said I am not involved and then he would comment on the press and the newspapers that Joe Lynn Turner is not involved and he doesn’t know it yet. Well, I knew it. And it was a very classless way to announce that to the world and I don’t respect that very much. And I don’t think anyone should respect that. But that’s his problem. I’m not angry about anything. I just feel that I wasted my time in trying to make an authentic Rainbow reunion happen and I was betrayed. The fact of the matter is that I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. What he is doing now, is a cover band. I don’t think he gives anything to the fans. You could hear Ritchie play, but so what? That’s it. And I think a guitar player of his stature, should have the best way possible to return. I don’t think he made the right decision. That’s all I can say. He can do what he wants. Most people were saying that I was crazy, I was delusional, when I was talking about his return to rock and laughed at me. And I was upset about it. At the same time, I am not anymore. I was telling the truth. People should understand that I always say the truth. And what I said today IS the truth. I wanted an authentic Rainbow. Not this. So, good luck, Ritchie. I wish you well.

Complete interview will presumably be published by Rock Overdose some time in the future.

31 Comments to “Not angry about anything”:

  1. 1
    Jerry Kayne says:

    Ritchie fans want to see Ritchie, Paice, Roger, Gillan, and Jon Lord. JLT won the lottery and still milking it. Sour grapes

  2. 2
    Nick Martinez says:

    If someone is not angry about something or someone they won’t speak bad of them.Joe already has,bad publicity

  3. 3
    Mike Whiteley says:

    All the recent Rainbow/JLT/RRHOF news to one side,is there any word that Purple is in Nashville working on their new album ??
    Just wonderin’.

  4. 4
    Markus Lemberger says:

    JLT singt nicht – und das ist gut so.

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    I can’t hold back any longer. First of all. an ‘authentic’ Rainbow concert cannot happen as we know. RIP RJ Dio & Cozy Powell! Because this joker knows that, he rests on his laurels, so to speak, that the next ‘authentic’ Rainbow involves him! Comical!
    What does this guy think when he keeps saying, the fans deserve more than this or this is not what the fans want etc? What would he know of ‘what the fans want’? Well, we know what many would like & it ain’t Rainbow with you Turner! The other point is that he keeps saying things about Blackmore being ‘classless’ or selfish etc, Who is the one putting this version & it’s musician down? Calling the band a covers band is disrespectful indeed!
    However he says he is not angry, yeah right, resentment, bitterness & jealousy Tuner, not good attributes to entertain, let alone air in public! And he keeps saying he talks the truth. Yes, perhaps he does in regards to this drama, who can tell! But don’t mouth off in public about it. If he had kept his motormouth shut from day one, it wouldn’t be such an issue, the truth that is! Keep it private, Blackmore wasn’t saying anything about it, but Turner’s ego was totally out of control, he couldn’t resist! Say Bye Bye now Joe!

  6. 6
    Michele Teso says:

    Blackmore doesn’t want a reunion with people he fired o went away or he donnot like to play with.Great RB

  7. 7
    al says:

    God this guy makes me cringe,He is so vain and desperate for attention.We all knew that Blackmore would have never rocked with this Bozo…so just shut up.We rather see the new guy JOE

  8. 8
    CWS says:

    The only career you had, was through Ritchie Blackmore. The only Rainbow cover band there was, is Over the Rainbow, you’re cover band JLT! So keep your mouth shut! You’re losing your last fans ….. ash hole! Cry baby!

  9. 9
    Markus Horster says:

    Hi Mike,
    You are totally right – I do absolutely agree.
    Why is there no word about the recording session which should currently took place in Nashville
    Have anyone heard anything about it?

  10. 10
    VirginKiller says:

    I think Joe deserved to get the job, to my knowledge he is the only member from Rainbow that has been keeping those songs alive since Ritchie turned to Medieval music. Milking a cow? Last time he played a Rainbow/DP-setlist show in Stockholm, there were maybe 30 people attending, I hardly think he even expected to earn any money from that tour from the beginning, he does it because he loves doing it and the 30 of us attending the show loves hearing him doing it. I think he probably makes more money from Rated X than he does from doing Rainbow songs. I for one hope this doesn’t mean Joe Lynn Turner will stop performing Rainbow and Purple material. That being said, maybe Joe Lynn Turners performance doesn’t appeal to everyone and most people might even prefer other vocalists, it doesn’t change the fact that Turner is a hughely dedicated musician and works hard to keep the 80’s Rainbow songs relevant. For fucks sake, the man wrote Street of Dreams and can still sing it brilliantly today!

  11. 11
    frank says:

    Perfectly right!!

  12. 12
    Jean says:

    I dont like JLT but I gotta agree with you: a professional. Just such a pity that competence doesn’t mean humanity (humility?)…

    I’m really looking forward about Blackmore playing stuff with the great guys of his cast! Curious as hell and impatient as a child!!

  13. 13
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I think that Joe has written & sang some great songs, he is a good vocalist. However, Joey wears his heart on his sleeve (He’s from New Jersey for crying out loud!) & this often leaves him open to all kinds of criticisms… When the critics sense the slightest crack in his armour, they turn on him like a pack of starving savage dogs. Strong language, I know, but what have any of you lot done to equal or better the man?. Rock on Joe, you’re a legend!.

  14. 14
    Rascal says:

    JLT is hilarious

    He talks about this being a tribute band – He has spent the last 20+ years performing various tribute acts. He has based the majority of his career living off the success of other musicians and bands. His own work is minimal, unsuccessful and bland.

    Tread those grapes JLT – of course your not angry!!

  15. 15
    LRT says:

    Might help if both Joe and Rockworld would follow what’s really going on before going to press. Much of this should be dismissed before it even ran. And all this moronic business about who’s really pulling strings here is a hilarious example of how little too many people are following. It’s like the insistence that anyone like Ritchie has any say about a band he used to be in performing on any stage whatsoever, including the HOF. Are people really that stupid to think he can call that? GIGANTICALLY IGNORANT theory going around at his push. No, neither does he. It’s all hype. What’s really the matter with people here.

    As for JLT himself, like him or not “his own work being unsuccessful?” Well, he’s a rich man, and not from washing dishes, so there is a flat out example of what we’re looking at here, which gives him all the more reason to shut up but he doesn’t. PR and dodgy internet press will be all that is left of the legacy within five years time if this keeps up. The dangerous thought is how many punters will it take with it.

  16. 16
    Adel says:

    Ritchie is either crazy or very clever. Either way he is a great guitarist but intellectually dwarf like Gillan once described him in an interview long time ago. He destroyed DP in the early 90 when he insisted on bringing Turner and wanted DP to sound like a pop band. Turner has a great voice and would have done a great job but Ritchie wants it his way or the highway!!! His come back with unknown singer is nothing but a tribute band. I agree with Turners comments fully and Coverdale has been reaching out for Ritchie as well for years but nothing materialised. He can always falls back on his medieval rubbish if his come back falls. I never wish anything bad on anyone but karma is for real!!!

  17. 17
    al says:

    @ 10

    Deserve has nothing to do with it! Street of Dreams?! oh yeah that’s him.The guy might be dedicated and passionate but that doesn’t change the fact that he will never be in the same podium as the big ones,and you know which ones I am talking about.And quite honestly man,I mean cmon his albums?! The songwriting and the quality are mediocre to say the best.He had some good stuff for only the fact that he won the lottery and sang with Blackmore.No personality and presence,his albums are a bad cliche and pathetic and that is all.Of course this is my opinion.We need to see the new guy with big pipes and different approach….and so is Blackmore so Joe keep crying an playing in Russia and dine with Putin somewhere down in Crimea.

  18. 18
    KlausVonScribe says:

    JLT…suggestion! Listen to Difficult to Cure…the very, very, very end…you know, the toiled part with the flush…that’s what everyone does every time you open your mouth about Rainbow, ReUnions, and Blackmore….laughs and flushes, Joey…

  19. 19
    Anthony says:

    @16 I’ll let ya know what the Rainbow tribute sound like when I see them in Germany this year featuring an unknown guitarist called Ritchie Blackmore! cheers

  20. 20
    robert says:

    I believe Blackmore is telling his journey in hard rock with the three up coming shows.
    The perspective is his own, not the other musicians who have been in Deep Purple or Rainbow.
    This is why he didn’t include any previous members, which would have been a thankless task with various musicians possibly complaining that they weren’t chosen to participate…(like JLT)!
    For Blackmore this not a reunion, but more a remembrance of the music he played 20 to 45 years ago.

  21. 21
    MacGregor says:

    robert@20- excellent comment. That & the fact that these musicians in this current band are not carrying any garbage with them, from the past! Keeps it fresh indeed! Forget all the older previous vocalists, no disrespect to Dio of course! The possible Coverdale thing a while ago would have been a downer also, he is past his best as a lead vocalist, they all are, it happens, father time watching & waiting again!! It was always only ever going to happen with a new younger vocalist! Bring it on! Cheers.

  22. 22
    Elprupdeep says:

    @ 5/6/7/8… Well say guys and girls… I wish my english was as good as 5 and I could express the same way…
    Cover band..???? . that’s direspectful… These guys Ritchie appointed are not guys who do cover… And as Ritchie said… HE DISCOVER A LOT OF TALENTS…
    And JLT should be thinking about that… If it was not for Ritchie you will be working in the factory with all the ladies…
    U had your chance… Not good enough for Ritchie… So just accepted , He is the MASTER…
    And yes… Ritchie is right… Because if Ronnie and Cozy(rip both) were still there, it would be no questions ask… They were Rainbow, not you JLT…
    Long live Ritchie and DP family…
    And prompt recovery and all the best for your fingers, Ritchie…
    Richard .

  23. 23
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:



  24. 24
    Lou says:

    Blackers to JLT… “No point ‘knock’n on the big oak door, all full up can’t take no more”.

  25. 25
    Jean says:

    xD why would Blackmore quote Gillan (even approximatively) in order to shut someone else up? Dint’t misunderstand me: I love this idea!

  26. 26
    Jean says:

    And from a time they didn’t even speak together anymore! 😀

  27. 27
    Rock Voorne says:

    Yes, but he did not nametag it Rainbow.
    The only thing, before you start, close to it was OTR which had 4 ex Rainbow members.

    I think you d like to call that a tribute act. Maybe so, but then whats the cuurent Deep Purple with 3 ex members of DP?

    You ll probably twist this around to suit your agenda, goodluck 🙂

    Btw, I feel sorry for Joe who was not by accidence thinking a reunion was very real.

    Ofcourse, one could suggest this is not the way to talk about in the press.

    I guess he thinks he has nothing to lose anymore because Ritchie will die soon(he is that old)and then its better to speak out your heart.

    He made great music with Ritchie way back, and no not just Street of Dreams.
    He also made great rockmusic with Yngwie, Brazan Abbot and to a lesser degree with Mothers Army, HTP, and on his own .

    Its true he needs this BIG partner which has been lacking since 25 years.
    Such a shame, because the man CAN still sing!

  28. 28
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Rock Voorne..(aka Priest1965),

    Yes, OTR was Tribute Act. No new material and only covering songs from a band from the past is the epitome of a Tribute Act. As for Purple, ALL 5 members are Deep Purple Members. MK8 Purple with current original songs and albums. Every MK before them were Real Deep Purple too. You know why? They produced original music. It doesn’t get any plainer than that. If Ritchie just tours this new line-up of players covering OLD Rainbow and Purple songs and offers nothing new and original, they too are just a Tribute Band. Remember the Tribute Band “Demon’s Eye” with Doogie White? They are no longer just a Tribute Band due to releasing a couple of fine albums of ORIGINAL MATERIAL; “Stranger Within” and “Under the Neon”.

    Any Questions?


  29. 29
    Rock Voorne says:

    Bringing up the argument that a band is not a tribute act of sorts(I d prefer the tag Travesty Act)is semantic noodling to me.

  30. 30
    Rock Voorne says:

    Forgot : because they release new product…….

    It could have been a great argument but it does not really win me over because most music of the morse era is forgettable .

    There is always something to nag about.

    Could not stand the fact that OTR did not play Eyes of fire, Stranded, Firedance, Tearing out my heart
    Talking about GREAT songs.

    What do you have ?

    Sun Goes down which they never play live and it also should have been extended with hammondsoli.
    Then again, i had the same complaint regarding the studioversion of Perfect Strangers.
    The live hammond soli were so superior to those 80’s synthsounds.

  31. 31
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Really RV? Now we are down to “My Song is Better than Your Song”?

    Denying the fact that there are great tunes from MK7/8 is just that… DENIAL. My point has nothing to do with what songs are better. It has only to do with originality and there is nothing ORIGINAL in a band going out and ONLY playing old songs from the past. It ain’t Rocket Science it’s common sense.

    Your comment: “I think you d like to call that a tribute act. Maybe so, but then whats the cuurent Deep Purple with 3 ex members of DP?” is a perfect example of that extreme refusal to face facts. These are 5 current members of DP. A band that continues to tour and produce new music and actually a band that all of it’s Ex-Members wish they were still a part of, apparently even TMIB since he is now doing the OTR thing and going out playing that old Purple stuff he is so tired of playing ironically. Sure would love to hear him cover a MK7/8 tune since he is doing the Tribute Act thing…… Yeah, maybe ‘Sun Goes Down’…. 😉


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