Mr. Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito was born on the second of August of 1951 in Hackensack, central New Jersey, USA. He was musically gifted and began learning the accordion and then guitar. He has stated that seeing Grand Funk Railroad at Madison Square Garden in New York City provided the impetus to become a singer. His high school band featured ‘Joe’ on both the mike and guitars. The band prophetically performed covers of Deep Purple songs.
After a successful period in the band Fandango the rechristened Joe Lynn Turner joined Rainbow in 1981 as a replacement for Graham Bonnett. Coincidentally, years later Joe Lynn Turner’s band would tour with Alcatrazz, the band of his predecessor in Rainbow, Graham Bonnet. Years later Turner and Bonnet would also tour jointly in Europe. He recorded Difficult To Cure, Straight Between The Eyes and Bent Out Of Shape albums with Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow and is credited with giving the band much commercial acceptance. With Blackmore disbanding Rainbow and regrouping with Deep Purple the singer would begin his solo career, which has since included many detours through Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot and even Deep Purple’s disdained Slaves And Masters album of 1990. He was also considered for the vacant Foreigner vocalist slot after his departure from Rainbow. Turner can also be heard on an Icarus Witch album, A Mr. Big album, Riot’s The Privilege Of Power album on the song Killer, worked with Lee Aaron as well as Eddie Ojeda’s Axes 2 Axes album. The new Blackmore/Turner collaboration lasted only album. A series of solo album followed. Under Cover and Under Cover 2 are cover albums full of songs originally performed by the likes of UFO, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Live In Germany’s song list features mostly Rainbow songs.
In recent years Turner has sometimes been involved with Classic Rock Cares, a project to help underprivileged children. Turner joined Over The Rainbow in 2008, a Rainbow covers band featuring former Rainbow Personnel keyboardist Tony Carey, drummer Bobby Rondinelli and drummer Greg Smith. Interestingly, the band featured the younger Blackmore, Jürgen Blackmore on guitar. Alcatrazz with Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White were touring Japan in September of 2010 as Voices Of Rainbow. The former Rainbow singers’ bands would perform in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
Joe Lynn Turner visited Mayor Mustafa Akaydin of Antalya Turkey in August of 2010 to solicit support for an international music festival he plans to organize in the city. He reportedly received a positive response.
JOE LYNN TURNER – LIVE IN GERMANY – FRONTIERS/BLISTERING
What can one say about Joe Lynn Turner who has fronted Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen with his trademark shoulder-length do and sunglasses without coming across as repetitious? Turner has gone back to the well many times before with his cover version albums and various other projects. Live In Germany is more legitimate given how the songs are mostly ones he had been involved with originally. With the bulk of the album focused on Rainbow (Death Alley Driver, I Surrender, Power, etc.) Turner throws in a couple of his own songs and then strangely covers Deep Purple’s Burn to perfection to close the set. Burn is a barnstormer and the singer mimics Coverdale and Hughes perfectly. The rest of the songs are hallowed hard rock territory, which is why the dominance of keyboards over the guitar is slightly harrowing. Hearing the guitar performance on Blood Red Sky, for example, makes one wonder why the guitars were not given the predominance that Ritchie Blackmore’s songs deserve. Still, this is Turner and crew and no song is denigrated. In fact, the wailer is still in top form and barely anyone could have performed these 30-year old tunes this well even today. – Sheila Wes Det