Interview: Joe Lynn Turner Talks Sellersville, PA Performance, Memorable Moments
Photo courtesy: Sellersville Theater and used with permission

With a career spanning nearly forty years and credits that include collaborations with the likes of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen and John Waite, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock’s most soulfully expressive vocalists.

Turner’s most recent work includes the Sunstorm project, Edge of Tomorrow as well as last year’s The Sessions. A covers album featuring the acclaimed vocalist paying homage to some of his all-time favorite artists.

On Sunday, May 7, Turner will bring his golden voice as well as his arsenal of hits to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA for the very first time.

AXS recently spoke with Joe Lynn Turner about his upcoming performance in Sellersville, new music and more in this exclusive interview.

AXS: What can fans expect from your performance at The Sellersville Theater?

Joe Lynn Turner: We haven’t been in the States for a long time so this time around we’re going to keep the set list more classic, with Deep Purple, some Rainbow stuff you haven’t heard in years, some Malmsteen, a few originals and even a cool [Jimi] Hendrix cover. We've also got a new guitarist, Angus Clark, who was referred by Joel Hoekstra from Whitesnake. He's a guitar star and I think fans are really going to enjoy him. We’re just going to go out and have some fun because that's what it's all about. I’m looking forward to coming to Sellersville and seeing all of the fans, and they’re going to see a great band that’s going to kick ass and deliver.

AXS: Last year you released The Sessions tribute album. What made you decide to take on a project of cover material?

JLT: It all started a few years ago with Cleopatra Records and a charity organization they were giving money to. They chose a lot of notable people to join in and we did a few tracks. These were songs from my past that I had played in my cover bands and it was just a hoot to do. Before I knew it I had compiled ten to twelve songs and that's when they said they'd like to release an album. I said let’s do it and the reviews for it have been incredible. I'm very happy.

AXS: What was it about the music from that era that made is so special?

JLT: In my opinion, it was during the height of rock and roll. There was so much more original sounding and creative people. It was something singularly different and unique. That’s what makes it special. We were very lucky to grow up with that music.  

AXS: Ritchie Blackmore recently announced a series of dates as well as some recording with a different line-up of Rainbow. What are your thoughts on it?

JLT: Even though I might not necessarily agree with it, Ritchie has always done what he wants to do.  I know that some of the fans had never seen us before, so I wanted to give them an authentic Rainbow reunion. One where we could have had a two-hour extravaganza on stage with all the singers and as many players as we could find. I guess management felt differently about it and decided to go with this current situation. I wish him luck with it.

AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

JLT: Right now, I'm working on a project with a pretty famous producer out of Sweden and an artist who also has a couple of bands. I’ll be going back in soon to do some writing. It has the classic rock attitude in an industrial metal vein. I can't say much more about it because it’s in progress but it’s coming out great.

AXS: Of all the highlights of your career what stands out to you as most memorable?

JLT: I’d have to say early on when I had the opportunity to join Rainbow and we arrived at Madison Square Garden. By that point, we had already played bigger places, but when you come back home to New York (which is my town) and all of your family and friends are there along with 20,000 people, that was something special. I still remember the night I saw Grand Funk Railroad and J Geils Band there. That was one of the nights that turned my whole life around. I was in college at the time but at the same time knew that I had to stay with the rock and roll. I eventually got the opportunity from Ritchie to join Rainbow—which I'll always be thankful for—worked my butt off and the rest is history. But just the prestige of that venue and it being my hometown was a special moment for me and made me feel that I had arrived. For all of the people who thought I was going to fail, it was a night when I finally got to prove to them that I didn't.

Joe Lynn Turner will perform at The Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on Sunday, May 7.
Tickets are $33 / $45
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.