Joe Lynn Turner Blames Ritchie Blackmore For Preventing His Rainbow Reunion Plans


In a recent ‘Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen And Shane McEachern’ podcast episode, former Rainbow and Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner shared his thoughts about Ritchie Blackmore‘s actions that have hindered his plans for an authentic Rainbow reunion.

Ritchie Blackmore and Joe Lynn Turner were original Rainbow members that had gone on their separate ways. However, there were talks about a possible reunion, and the two of them had been in contact to set up a renewed collaboration. Even though they had discussed several scenarios, Turner discovered that Blackmore had decided to perform classic Deep Purple and Rainbow songs with a new group of musicians.

Blackmore had ignored their previous conversations about reforming the band with a line-up that was close to the original to preserve its legacy. Joe Lynn Turner recently revealed that he had planned a Rainbow reunion with members who were still around, and wanted to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

The two-and-a-half-hour show was going to be an authentic Rainbow reunion. However, Joe Lynn Turner said that Ritchie Blackmore’s version, with new musicians who had nothing to with the band, and their management, prevented the highly anticipated reunion from happening.

Turner had even prepared to do a 3D documentary with Barry Summers, who had done the Guns N’ Roses biopic, but his plans fell flat. A sort of reunion happened, but it was more of a Blackmore’s Night show than a Rainbow reunion.

Joe Lynn Turner’s words about his ruined plans for a Rainbow reunion:

“Well, man, I tried to do that already. Before Blackmore did the reunion — you know, that ‘reunion’; call it what you want — we discussed having everybody in Rainbow together for an extravaganza. I mean, anybody who was still alive, paying tribute to Ronnie James Dio and everything and trying to get them all in one place to do a two-and-a-half-hour show, at least, an authentic Rainbow reunion.”

He added:

“It just got squashed down by his management and everything else. I mean, Live Nation showed up. I had a 3D documentary, like the Guns N’ Roses — same guy, Barry Summers, who did that; he’s a good friend of mine — and it just fell on deaf ears. And that reunion became — I don’t know what it was because it wasn’t a reunion of anything. There was nobody in Rainbow before who was there. It was Blackmore’s Night, really, with a new singer. That was it.”

Overall, even though Blackmore’s project triggered a sense of nostalgia, Turner clearly believes that it was inauthentic. If the musician had the chance to organize the reunion he planned for, it would have been an enormous opportunity to share their songs with a new generation of listeners.