To celebrate that Over The Rainbow returns to Sweden for two more shows
this year, we were granted an exclusive interview with both Joe Lynn
Turner and Bobby Rondinelli. And the best part of it was that you the
fans could send in your questions. Welcome to this exclusive Joe Lynn
The South American tour was not cancelled. In fact,
you can see all kinds of pictures and other stuff from the tour on my
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/joelynnturnerofficial
There were a few shows that we were trying to schedule that never made
it to the official tour schedule due to either business or contractual
reasons or other reasons beyond our control. It was a blast and I had
a great time meeting the South American fans!
I know Jon and the guys in the band but we have not
been in touch lately. They are so busy with their projects and I have
been really booked up schedule-wise also. As for a future collaboration
as I have always said, “Have pen and guitar will travel.”
That means that if any of the guys from Bonjovi wanted to collaborate
and if the timing or situation was right I would welcome the opportunity.
Not at this time as far as I can tell. Ritchie is
very committed to Blackmore’s Night and really enjoys that genre
of music. He’s always wanted to play that type of music ever since
I first got to know him. I am glad he and his wife, Candice are happy
and enjoying what they do so much. In the meantime. OVER the Rainbow,
with Ritchie’s son, Jurgen, on guitar has been a big success so
far and I am packing for a long tour or Russia and Europe right now. We
are playing several arenas there so many fans will get to hear Rainbow
songs played by guys who all used to be with Rainbow and the son of Rainbow’s
Yes, we are already doing those types of things in Over
The Rainbow concerts now. Hopefully, you will get a chance to check the
band out and see for yourself. We like to keep the specifics a surprise
because if we gave it all away the show would not be as exciting. We may
not do the songs exactly as Rainbow used to do them because Ritchie was
the originator but we will do them our own way.
Thank you for the compliments on that song. I have
played it live in some situations, like in South America. It depends on
the audience, the venue, the set length and what the promoter/concert
organizer expects. Some songs are great songs on record but do not translate
well live. “Endlessly” might work in some situations but not
in others. Having said all that, I have received a lot of feedback from
fans in that they would like to hear more solo-JLT songs in future solo
JLT concerts so I do plan to work a couple more into the set.
We have discussed this and would like to do some originals. We seem to
think a live CD with one or two originals (bonus tracks) might be the
best way to go for a first release. If the newer material is well-received,
maybe a CD of originals is possible. Only time will tell. Right now, the
focus is on this tour which is really a gruelling schedule.
I never said they did that track so you seem to be a bit confused. Ritchie
wanted me to do “Lonely For You” along with “Stroke
of Midnight” on my solo CD “Second Hand Life.” DP did
another track but not “Lonely for You”---another track that
was not used. As for “Lonely for You,” we’ll see where
that goes in the future.
Hopefully sometime soon after the Over The Rainbow tour that I am getting
ready for right now.
I have a mixed opinion. On the positive side, the videos end up on You
Tube and various other places and that viral spread of the video can help
you gain fans and promote the band or artist. On the negative side, the
quality is usually never good or a poor representation of the actual sound.
This can make an artist---especially a singer---sound worse than they
sounded “in person” (live) and that can actually make an artist
look bad in the eyes of some fans.
Again…there are positives and negatives. If they are sharing music
with people who are not fans then they are possibly turning on new fans.
That is very positive. On the negative side, in my case my music is my
income; it’s how I survive and how I support myself and my family.
So, not paying a small amount for a download (i.e. on I Tunes it is very
inexpensive to download an album or song) adds up and does eventually
affect my income. The more income an artist has the more he can afford
to put out quality product in the future.
I really do not have time to surf the Internet at all. If one of my staff
members or friends sends me a link, I will take a few moments to check
it out but it usually has to be someone I know and there needs to be a
good reason for me to take the time to look at whatever they send me.
I would have loved to do that but did not have the time. The cost and
time to make a high quality music video is sometimes not worth the effort.
Where would it be played? The music video channels do not seem to play
a lot of videos featuring new songs by classic rock artists. They play
some but the slots allotted for these artists are limited. Would fans
buy just one video? I am not sure. They might just post it on You Tube
and people could view it for free…LOL! The video would have to be
REALLY good and to be honest, I just have not had the time to something
on the level of quality that I would want. Sometimes I think fans have
no idea how booked my schedule is. There are a lot of things I am involved
with that we do not send out a press release about, post on my website
or My Space site.
Johnny Lang, I work out to AC/DC, I still love Nickelback and I have rediscovered
a band that was more popular a few years back called Rooster. Because
I just got back from Brazil, I am also listening to a lot of Samba and
I have not necessarily been thinking about that right now. Both of them
are excellent but right now I am focused on the upcoming Over The Rainbow
Tour. Thanks for the suggestions.
He does not have to sound like Ritchie, that’s not a requirement
for my solo material. The guitarist has to have great technique, a lot
of soul and feeling rooted in the blues. A guitrist might be brilliant
but if they are nothing but progressive blistering technique without lots
of feeling, forget it. They should be a decent writer as well ad have
appreciation for song structure.
We need to get through this next tour and then we will re-assess ou set
list. It’s possible we might include some tracks like “Gates
of Babylon” and “Spotlight Kid” but we need to always
go for obscure but popular-obscure…LOL…if you get my meaning.
The set needs to be very well balanced. A lot of the younger fans we are
playing to are just discovering Rainbow.
Glenn and I are really busy with our own projects now. I thought the work
we did in HTP was brilliant and I would love to do another HTP album if
the situation and timing was right. I am in contact with Glenn off and
on but we are both so busy that it’s difficult.
Then there would be no OTR. As I said there is no OTR without a Blackmore
on guitar. Everyone else has been in an incarnation of Rainbow in the
past also. There is no substitute otherwise we do become just a tribute
band and we are not and never have been a tribute band. We need the Rainbow
bloodline that’s why we are authentic.
If they approached me about it and the song was the right song, sure,
I’d love to do another Blackmore’s Night track.
Thank you for your loyalty encouragement. Without you, I would not have
as much drive and ambition to keep making this music. I thank you all
and will see you on tour!
I want to thank Lisa Walker, all of you who has
sent in questions and of course a special thanks to Joe Lynn Turner. More
info on Joe can be found here
and more info about Over The Rainbow can be found here.
© 2009 Paul Deblond