Greek-based Rockpages Web Magazine just put online the exclusive interview that it did with OVER THE RAINBOW's JOE LYNN TURNER (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE). Turner talks about a number of topics (including Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore, of course) and he comments on the recent tension/"war of words" between himself and David Coverdale. Here's an excerpt:
Rockpages.gr: There are some names I am going to tell you, and I like one word from every one, OK?
Joe Lynn Turner: "Yeah, sometimes these are very funny…"
Rockpages.gr: David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE).
Joe Lynn Turner: "Let me see what is the word that I can use for him…I am trying to use a word I haven’t used before…’cause I love David’s voice and he was one of my favorite singers ever…so how do I put this…what’s the word that I can use for him…I am trying to use a great word. I used fantastic, I used amazing…I used all these words before…Awesome! I think he is awesome! I am a big fan of David Coverdale, regardless of what was happening in the press lately."
Rockpages.gr: How do you feel about that?
Joe Lynn Turner: "It was a mistake. When I’m saying mistake I mean I should have never mentioned names. It was very inappropriate for me to do this. It was unprofessional of me to do this, I am not saying I didn’t hear or see what I heard, to put that straight. I am not saying I take back what I said, I don’t think I should have mentioned names, and I think that was inappropriate of me, and unprofessional to mention names. That’s all there is really. And I regret mentioning names…"
Read the whole interview at this location