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14th July 2017

joe lynn turner

Former Rainbow and Deep Purple frontman Joe Lynn Turner has taken aim at Ritchie Blackmore for putting out a sub-standard version of Rainbow and consequently disrespecting the fans.

Speaking to Australia's Illawarra Mercury newspaper from his home just outside New York City just before his first trip to Australia "in years" as part of the 'Legend Voices Of Rock' tour, Joe, 65, delivered some harsh words for former bandmate Blackmore.

"I had worked with Ritchie's manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic," he said.

"When I say authentic, I mean authentic line-up, regardless of who was still around, who wasn't.

"We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow... and they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together."

Joe said this was "not so disappointing as it was shocking.

"Why would anyone of his iconic nature want to come out and not be as good as he can be?

"Because obviously the reviews haven't been that good. And that's not for me to say - that's what people are saying. It's obvious that it's just not living up to snuff.

"So it's a shame that they didn't see the vision that they should have put an authentic Rainbow together, because all the fans feel disrespected in a way.

"They were hoping that they would get a chance to see at least some cast of Rainbow members, all in one place, all at one time. And that just didn't happen."

The 'Legend Voices Of Rock' tour will feature Joe touring alongside ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball and Mark Gable of the Choirboys with each of the vocalists performing chart-topping hits from their respective careers.

Joe said performing material from Rainbow and Deep Purple, including songs he didn't originally appear on, was integral to giving fans what they wanted.

"Everybody said, 'look, you sang for both bands, so can we kind of split the set about 50/50, and take care of the people who like the Rainbow stuff and the Deep Purple stuff?

"When I was with the bands, they were pretty lenient; at the same time they said, 'please just respect the original, and then make it your own'.

"I don't like to go too off the mark, out of respect for the writers and the people that are listening to the song.

"The point is to give a very sincere rendition of the song, and that's what you have to do."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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