Joe Lynn Turner isstill touring and giving the best of himself to his fans. Friendly, passionate and talented, a workaholic musician who never stops.
Maila-Kaarina: You were in Brazil in 1992 with Deep Purple but it´s your first time here doing a concert backed to your solo career. What have you planned for this concert?
Joe Lynn Turner: I´ll play all my own stuff, a little bit of Rainbow, a little bit of Malmsteen, Purple - my Purple - and some of the older. It´s gonna be a great set. And the first meet to - I mean, let me mention this because it´s new way - songs I haven´t done for 20 years and songs I´ve never done. So Brazil is going to be an year mark where I actually will change my set for the future with my band in the States and everywhere, I´m gonna do all this stuff.
Maila: So we´re gonna have a special concert here!
Joe: Yes, Brazil is gonna kick off the Joe Lynn Turner´ solo tour.
Maila: Could you tell us a little of how your experience with your past bands have been?
Joe: You know I try to leave the past in every situation, you know, in every experience that I´m involved. I don´t believe in taking the negative times, and trouble, anything like that. You know, bands, there is always trouble and since you get one more person you gonna hit trouble. So I think for the most parts in my position I had great time in all situations, with Purple, Rainbow, Malmsteen or any other artist, I mean great works always came out. That´s a really important thing, it´s the music. So, the music speaks and I think the music shows that we create integrity, character and it´s timeless.
Maila: And you decided to go on with your solo career right after Deep Purple?
Joe: Well actually I was doing the solo career, hmm, when we were on the plane coming back from Japan, they came over to me and said: “Well we´re gonna do in Purple some changes, you´ve got the solo career going on, and then Rainbow was supposed to go back together, however it didn´t, but I was always on for my solo career and Richie felt that it was just too tough to handle, you know, he has everything established, he needs someone he can mold, that´s the way he is. And then he took my band as well. So, it is ok cause they asked permission.
Maila: You´ve recorded over 30 albums with many different people and projects. Are all your projects rock or you´ve played other stuff besides rock?
Joe: Yeah, a lot of different stuff. I think if you just limit yourself to just the same rock, if you only have one, let´s put it this way; I like to do different things and now I´m doing a dance record with these guys from Sweden, and it´s a machine, we call the group The Machine because they are some of the best producers, writers, videologysts, everything and I think there are going to be great songs, some of what Rick Astley did, you know, great songs but they had the dance beat and we can even rock it up a bit. You know, that´s gonna be something completely different. So I also gonna be doing what Bon Jovi does in the last album. It´s not straight ahead rock, it´s a little more, it´s kind of got a twanger. And I´m also doing a new solo album. So I´m very busy and I´m thankful.
Maila: And do you consider yourself steps ahead from some other musicians because of this width you have in your career, the opportunity of doing so many different things and not having some kind of narrow mind?
Joe: The type of vision I think people have because that´s maybe all they see, that´s all they can do. And maybe it is but maybe it´s not and I like to experiment, stretch out, and see what pushes me, you know, to different directions as a vocalist, guitarist, writer, because I write for a lot of different people from all over and, I can do commercials for TV and radio, I covered backstreet boys, for example, "The One". And it´s just great you know…. Lot of times I found out that people don´t understand you when you do too much.
Maila: I agree with you. People nowadays need some kind of label so that they can stamp you and if they can´t do it they kind of feel that you have no personality, that you sell yourself, they can´t see there is much more involved.
Joe: Yeah and it´s sad, it´s very sad because you should want the person to be all they can be, if it´s your child or even yourself, wouldn´t you want to do everything you can?
Maila: What kind of advices would you give for all those who want to follow your footsteps?
Joe: You have to want this more than anything in your life. You need to be disciplined, focused, directed, being tenacious, you always have to hold on and you have to be prepared for disappointments because it´s so part of it. It´s not a lifestyle, it´s something in strength and if you really wanna do this you gotta be strongminded, stronghearted.
Maila: And you´re gonna play with a Brazilian band. What are your expectations about them?
Joe: I have no expectations. I never do. When you´re playing together expectations are never good. But I´ve already met the guys and I know they are great musicians and great people and I like to hang up with nice people. I think they´re gonna KICK ASS.
Maila: So you´re not scared of playing with people you´ve never heard about?
Joe: No. I feel nothing. Cause I think I´m doing my best and of course they´ll do it too and they´re all going to rise.
Maila: I´ve heard that you´ve been through a new project called Purple Rainbow, is that truth?
Joe: Let me tell you the story. I´ve known it for two days only. It all started with Toni Carey. I was supposed to play for the Russian president and because I had a problem with the time zone during Wasting Tour I couldn´t do it. Toni was supposed to be involved with that as well. It was supposed to be a gathering for all the Rainbow guys. So he got me the idea: Why not let this happen? After that he just asked my manger: Would Joe be interested? And my manger said: Sounds something that Joe would like. But I was really never told about it until this morning when I received a call and my manager asked me: Joe, what is this? I think that Toni talked to someone and that´s it. But it´s pretty immature, we haven´t anything settled up. So, it´s just a little more than a gossip but there is nothing really done yet so there is nothing I can really tell you about that.
Maila: Let´s play a game then. I tell you a word and you tell me the first thing that comes out to your mind after listening to it.