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‘ello mate

Israeli English language newspaper Jerusalem Post has an interview with Joe Lynn Turner on the occasion of him playing a couple of gigs in the country as part of the Rock the Opera project.

He recall his audition for Rainbow in the early 1980s:

We were robbed at ChicagoFest along with Billy Joel and Jethro Tull of $80,000 of equipment – it took the wind out of our sails. I really needed a new gig, and out of the blue, I got a mysterious phone call from this guy asking me if I liked Deep Purple and Rainbow.

DEEP PURPLE is my all-time favorite band, and it turned out that the person calling was Blackmore’s personal assistant. I thought somebody was pulling my leg when he said ‘Ritchie wants to talk to you.’ Even when the next person said ‘ello mate’ in a British accent, I didn’t believe it.

I took a train out to this studio in Syosset in Long Island, walked in, and saw Blackmore and John Lord sitting there, and realized it was the real deal. At that moment, I may have been slightly intimidated, because you’re meeting your idols, but I really needed the gig so I was pretty calm.

Read more in the Jerusalem Post.

Now, the big question is what Jon Lord was doing at a Rainbow audition?

Thanks to Gary Poronovich for the info.

8 Comments to “‘ello mate”:

  1. 1
    Tom Koifman says:

    I will be in TLV show!

  2. 2
    Steve says:

    John Lord was there? Seems out of sorts.

  3. 3
    dpmuc72 says:

    I suppose JLT told the journalist what happened when he was auditionned for Rainbow and when he auditioned for DP. The journalist mixed both, and in the end, the article talks about Jon Lord in Rainbow. I cannot imagine JLT could talk about Jon Lord being in Rainbow. He is getting old but I think he hasn’t lost his head yet !

  4. 4
    Steve Hunt says:

    I’ve read this story before.It was Glover not Lord at the audition. Maybe that was lost in translation.

  5. 5
    Daniel Miller says:

    Does anyone have a pinch of salt handy?

  6. 6
    Rock Voorne says:


  7. 7
    Rock Voorne says:

    Not bad at all Joe




    Appearantly he did this in my country, the Netherlands as well?



  8. 8
    Al says:

    Gee,we know this story already. JLT makes sure we don’t forget it by repeating 100 times.
    But this time around,kind of got mixed up.

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