Joe Lynn Turner Says Yngwie Malmsteen Didn’t Want Bob Daisley And Eric Singer In His Band


Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner recently appeared in an interview with Metal Edge and revealed that Yngwie Malmsteen did not want to work with Bob Daisley and Eric Singer for his ‘Odyssey’ album.

After playing with Steeler and Alcatrazz, Yngwie Malmsteen released his first studio album ‘Rising Force’ as a solo artist in 1984. The album entered the charts in Sweden and the U.S., and the rocker also received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the Grammys. In this record, he collaborated with Jethro Tull’s Barriemore Barlow and Rainbow’s Jens Johansson.

Malmsteen’s successful career in the music scene continued with his next album, ‘Marching Out,’ which came out in 1985. The album reached number 52 on the U.S. Billboard and remained on the chart for many weeks. Jens Johansson and Jeff Scott Soto contributed to this album.

Unfortunately, the musician went through some challenging experiences in the late ’80s. For instance, he had a severe car accident that put him in a coma for a week and caused nerve damage to his right hand. However, Malmsteen did not stop creating and released his following record, ‘Odyssey,’ in 1988. He worked with new names on this album, including Joe Lynn Turner and the session bassist Bob Daisley.

Recently, Lynn Turner stated that Polygram music company wanted him to collaborate with Yngwie Malmsteen to produce a commercially successful album as they knew about his musical abilities. As he revealed, it took some time to prove to Malmsteen that he was worthy of working with. Turner disclosed that Bob Daisley and Eric Singer were also supposed to work on the record, but Yngwie refused as he wanted to continue with his Swedish musicians.

Joe Lynn Turner said the following when asked how he ended up working with Yngwie Malmsteen:

“Jim Lewis from Polygram had phoned me up and said, ‘Look, we want you to do with Yngwie what you did with Rainbow,’ which was to make Yngwie commercial but still keep the hard edge. And Jim knew I had the songwriting abilities and all. So I went out to California and met Yngwie, and he was like a trainwreck. I figured out psychologically I needed a whip and a chair like a lion tamer to find a way in so that he would welcome me. I guess because we partied heavily for three days and talked a lot, that sort of convinced him I was worthy.

Soon after that, I went back to New York to get some clothes and pack some stuff, and when I returned, Yngwie was in the hospital from a car accident. So instead of abandoning ship or anything, I stayed in L.A. because with the Johansson brothers, keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Anders Johannson, I was the ‘elder’ in the band. At one point, we were going to have Bob Daisley and Eric Singer in the band, but Yngwie was rebelling against that because he wanted his Swedish guys in the band who were amazing players, yet there was a lot going on.”

Lynn Turner said he helped Malmsteen a lot during his post-accident process and stayed beside him. He mentioned that he wrote tracks for ‘Odyssey,’ which turned into another successful Malmsteen album. However, the pair started to have disagreements, and Turner pursued other projects.

Joe Lynn Turner continued:

“I was the one taking care of him in the hospital. I was getting wire transfers of $80,000 from Polygram to keep him in ICU to save his life; otherwise, they were going to send him down to the county hospital. On top of that, he had a manager who spoke in the third person, had a Rolls-Royce, and carried around cocaine and a .44 Magnum.

So I stayed there and took Yngwie’s tracks, and I just wrote to them, and ‘Odyssey’ became a very successful album. It had accomplished what we needed; it was commercial, but at the same time, it retained his identity, and I think he plays brilliantly on it, regardless of what people may say. But then he started to butt heads with me, and there was no way I could stay in the band anymore, so I moved on.”

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