A few days ago, around the time of DEEP PURPLE’s induction into Rock ‘n’ Roll of Fame where Ritchie Blackmore‘s presence was felt even though he wasn’t there, the guitarist pitched in Joe Lynn Turner‘s eligibility for the inclusion. But, of course, with Ian Gillan opposing Blackmore joining the group at the awards ceremony, Turner making it seemed impossible from the beginning. Still, the latter took it with dignity, and here’s Joe’s comment on the recent events.
“Congratulations to DEEP PURPLE for their long overdue induction.
I am proud and blessed to be a part of the band’s legacy. However, Richie Blackmore’s absence at the ceremony was truly noticed. His credo always was and is to know your own truth and walk your own path, to follow no one. A true ‘outlaw’ til the end.
So I am humbled and touched by the recent Blackmore’s post concerning my work with the band. His respectful and supportive comments of my efforts on the ‘Slaves and Masters’ album were better than any ‘award’ I could receive, especially from an organization that has lost the point many years ago.
I agree that ‘Slaves And Masters’’ is a great album as our collaborations have always been a mix of magical chemistry and artful integrity that will stand the test of time.
My heartfelt thanks and sincere respect to a true original.”