Joe Lynn Turner Interview
Were it not the way things were done on RockSomething, there should really be no need to give Joe Lynn Turner an introduction. Having sung on Rainbow, Deep Purple and Fandango records, many solo albums and in the Hughes/Turner Project, surely the man deserves to be recognised by anybody on a site about rock. Adam Harrold was very fortunate to get hold of one of the greatest rock vocalists around to talk to him about the latest album, working with Blackmore and Malmsteen and of course that voice…
RockSomething: "The Usual Suspects" has been
received very positively - seemingly more so than "JLT" and
"Slam" - why do you think this is? Has the new record label
I really enjoyed "The Usual Suspects",
one of the main reasons, is because your vocals are slightly more reminiscent
of your Rainbow days. Would you agree? If so, was this a conscious effort,
or did it just kind of happen?
How long did it take to do the vocals?
What are your favourite parts of the album?
When and how did you discover that you could sing
not only incredibly well, but in so many different styles?
Your songs quite often talk about love and the
loss of love, are they often based on real experiences, or are they sometimes
Are you enjoying the song writing experience more
as a solo artist, or were there perhaps times with Ritchie Blackmore or
Glenn Hughes that were better?
Thinking of song writing, Malmsteen is someone
you worked with on the "Odyssey" album, and he's well-known
for writing completely by himself - was that different for you?
Many people seem quick to suggest that Blackmore
is a hard man to work with, yet you seemed to get on fantastically, why
do you think this was? And do you still talk?
Rainbow always had fantastic lead singers - but
do you think that you were the one to make the albums more accessible
to a wider audience?
What have been some of the highpoints of your
And low points… Disappointments?
Which albums are you the most proud of - and why?
Many people might not realise that you played
guitar with Fandango and later drums with Heaven. Do you play any other
instruments!? And have you never been tempted to do all of an album yourself?
What are your plans for the future?
Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to
readers of the site/your fans?
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