Joe Lynn Turner Richie Blackmoren tulevista Rainbow -keikoista: ”Fanien kuuluisi saada enemmän kuin pelkkä cover -bändi”

Kirjoittanut Arto Mäenpää - 22.2.2016

joelynnturnerritchieblackmore_638Rainbow:ssa vuosina 1980–1984 laulanut ja ilmeisen kovasti mukaan Richie Blackmoren tuleville ensi kesänä tapahtuville Rainbow:n keikoille halunnut Joe Lynn Turner on hiljattain antanut Eddie Trunk Livelle haastattelun, jossa on jälleen puinut läpi Rainbow:n ensi kesän kuvioita. Joe Lynn Turnerin mukaan keikkoja ollaan alunperin mainostettu promoottoreille sillä uhalla, että Joe Lynn Turner laulaisi noilla keikoilla. Voit lukea Joe Lynn Turnerin ajatuksia Richien tulevista keikoista tästä:

”Well, I was shocked, only because for over a year… See, the truth is I wanted an authentic lineup for RAINBOW. I think the way that it should have gone down is an authentic lineup. I was talking to [bassist] Bob Daisley, [drummer Bobby] Rondinelli, [bassist] Roger Glover, [keyboardist] Don Airey… There’s a whole bunch of guys out there that were really willing to sort of get involved with this… open up their schedules and get involved. And, apparently, Ritchie didn’t wanna do that. So I spent a good year of my time working that out with Carole Stevens, his manager. And I was shocked, because I’ll tell you why. She was putting my name out there — and I have all the e-mails to prove this, by the way — she was putting my name out there, and it was… even in German, with a big agency out there in Germany, saying, ’Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore this June, 2016, together again. The perfect pair. Blah blah blah.’ And she was getting feedback from it.”

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”I’m honestly flabbergasted, because it made so much sense, especially with the deal that was presented to him. It made so much sense… number one, for the fans. You know, I’ve read a couple of things he said. He said he was doing it for nostalgia. Well, if he was doing it for nostalgia, why wouldn’t he do it the right way? So I don’t understand that contradiction sometimes. If we were gonna do it for nostalgia, we would have done it with an aggregate of guys that were authentic. And, to me, that’s the way to come out. We would have honored Ronnie Dio’s era [RAINBOW vocalist from 1975 until 1979], we would have gotten Graham Bonnet [RAINBOW vocalist from 1979 until 1980] up there, Doogie White [RAINBOW vocalist from 1994 until 1997] up there. To me, it was gonna be a RAINBOW extravaganza, and it was all set. A few songs from these guys, a few songs from those guys… It would have been great. We would have [Ritchie’s son] Jürgen Blackmore out on guitar… family. It was just gonna be a big party, and he just didn’t go for it. So I’m still scratching my head.”

”I thought it was a classless thing to do that Ritchie by announcing in [the French newspaper] Le Parisien [that he was going out and playing RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE songs with a new singer]. I had to laugh. [Ritchie] said [to Le Parisien], ’[Joe Lynn Turner] doesn’t know it yet.’ And the first thing I said was, ’Well, I think he’s making a mistake, but he doesn’t know it yet.’ What I mean by that is, Ritchie’s allowed to do whatever he wants to do, and he always does. I have no sour grapes about this, so let that be told. But I think a man of his status, an icon, really deserves a lot more. And what we were trying to put together, and we had a turnkey operation with Live Nation, the biggest festivals of the summer; we had UMG — that’s Universal Music Group, for those out there that don’t know — we had Universal [express an interest in releasing] box sets; we also had Rock Fuel Media, a huge video company, going to put out a DVD and the whole thing. I wanted to do a new album — at least four cuts — and maybe redo some other, older cuts in a new way, sort of update them. So this was a huge package and it was gonna be a big deal. And apparently he didn’t wanna do that. So it was a shock to me that somebody would turn down not only an incredible way to, sort of, go out in style, but also to make a whole bunch of money for himself, because he was set to make quite a bit of money on this one. So I wish him well. Like I said, I’ve got no sour grapes. I’m very busy and very fortunate and blessed, and I thank everyone out there for that love and support all these years that keeps me going. But I really wish he had done it a different way for the fans. I think the fans deserve better than a cover band.”

”I don’t know what happened. I don’t understand why he would go out and pick up, basically, two guys from BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. Jens is brilliant on keyboards, of course; I played with him in [Yngwie Malmsteen’s band]. And [new RAINBOW singer] Ronnie [Romero], I don’t know Ronnie. [He] sounds great. I don’t know. So I don’t know. I wish them well. But I’m still shaking my head.”