JOE LYNN TURNER: 'It Would Be Great To Work With RITCHIE BLACKMORE Again' recently conducted an exclusive interview with legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). An excerpt from the chat follows: Are you enjoying the song writing experience more as a solo artist, or were there perhaps times with Ritchie Blackmore or Glenn Hughes that were better?

Joe Lynn Turner: "I cannot say better I would have to say different. When you write solo you are left to your own one to disagree with you. I do not enjoy one way or another more. The creative process is always exhilarating. 12 hours can fly by if you are what I call 'in the zone,' creatively. I think this is the same in any creative profession." Thinking of songwriting, Malmsteen is someone you worked with on the "Odyssey" album, and he's well-known for writing completely by himself. Was that different for you?

Joe Lynn Turner: "The album was one of the best Yngwie or I had done. In my opinion it launched his career to a higher level, commercially. He has been chasing the formula and has not really found it with others since then in my opinion. Was it different? Different for him, because he was challenging it." Many people seem quick to suggest that Blackmore is a hard man to work with, yet you seemed to get on fantastically, why do you think this was? And do you still talk?

Joe Lynn Turner: "I think it is because he and I had mutual appreciation for each other and what we could contribute plus we both have a sincere appreciation for the art of the song. Ritchie and I have not had a conversation recently but that is not because we have any problems. He has been busy with his BLACKMORE'S NIGHT project and I have all these things I am always involved with. I would love to talk to Ritchie again and it would be great to work with him again as well." RAINBOW always had fantastic lead singers — but do you think that you were the one to make the albums more accessible to a wider audience?

Joe Lynn Turner: "Yes, thanks, I believe that is true. Thanks again for the compliment."

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