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Backstage Pass: Over the Rainbow with Joe Lynn Turner

That dynamic voice, so expressive and soulful, that graced classic material by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen could only belong to one man: Joe Lynn Turner. Mostly known for his work in the hard-rock arena, Turner started out with the eclectic late-’70s outfit Fandango, singing and playing guitar on the group’s four albums. After Fandango broke up, a call from a representative of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore led to a stint with Rainbow that lasted from 1981-1984. 

WEB Exclusive! Somewhere Over The Rainbow: An Interview with Joe Lynn Turner

Joe Lynn Turner was the perfect voice to bring Ritchie Blackmore Top 40 success. Turner was a young, good-looking kid with a Lou Gramm style voice that was both powerful and sensitive I have often called the single “Stone Cold” Foreigner with a killer guitar player. While that is a bit tongue-in-cheek, Rainbow took a directional turn with Turner in the band that paid off big time. What has he been up to? What does he really think about the state of music today? And what was it like to make it big in Rainbow? Click here to find out!