Chris’s Juicebar recently conducted an interview with legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excepts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his motto in life:
Joe: “You put me on the spot with that one. I used to think I had a motto. You caught me with that one. I guess it would… just try to be yourself. Try to open up. Try to love everyone and love yourself, because I think most hatred in the world comes from people not loving themselves. And my father, thank God, he always told me, he said: ‘Know where you come from, know where you’re going.’ He goes, ‘Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds and be yourself.’ And if I said, ‘Well, I don’t know who I am,’ [he’d say], ‘You’ll find out, my son, so be yourself, no matter what they say.’
“I don’t know. It’s difficult to have one motto, because the mantra changes, and at time you need a different mantra, and then you must operate under that mantra as well. So I wouldn’t tell anybody that you can only have one thing. You must find the love. It’s all about love; it’s what it is. If you can just open yourself, become vulnerable to people and not be afraid, you’ll find that not only will they love you, but you might love you too, you might love yourself. And I think that can change the world.”
On his most valuable personal experience and memory:
Joe: “What a great question. I think finding true love. I think that was it. It just completely gave me a second chance on life. I mean, I can think of… all the fame and fortune and all the things… Nah! None of it means anything without this. So I think it’s true love — finally having true love in my life, and knowing it, the beauty of it and all. Because I had never really known it. I’d write about it, I’d sing about it, I’d scream about, but having it…. Oh! How blessed. Incredible. I think that’s it. That’s gotta be it.”
Turner is reportedly married to Maya Kozyreva (pictured below with Joe), a lawyer from Minsk, the capital of Belarus. “She is my greatest asset in life. She’s my angel,” he told Guitar World in 2012.
Joe was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album “Difficult To Cure”, which featured the band’s most successful U.K. single, “I Surrender”.
During Turner‘s time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
1990 saw reunited Turner with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the “Slaves And Masters” album.