Joe Lynn Turner
August 21, 2016
By Andy Laudano
Photos by Andy Laudano
One Of The Greatest Voice In Rock N' Roll Returns Back To Big 'D'
After a long absence, hard rock legend Joe Lynn Turner returned to Dallas, Texas to play a benefit for the families of fallen Dallas Police Officers at the Curtain Club. There is no doubt that Turner is one of the greatest hard rock vocalists of all time, but he also comes from a long line of family members in Law Enforcement so this was a very special show for him.
As expected, the set was heavy on material from his time in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Turner opened with "Death Alley Driver" and followed with many of Rainbow's biggest hits including "I Surrender," "Spotlight Kid," "Street of Dreams" and "Stone Cold." It was also great to hear some of the lesser known hits like "Power," "Jealous Lover" and "Can't Happen Here" JLT was in great voice, belting out the songs like it was still the 80's and not 2016. Another show highlight was hearing Joe tell the stories behind some of the songs.
If you're gonna play Blackmore classics you better have a great guitar player who can do them justice. Trixter guitarist Steve Brown was more than up for the challenge, proving just how criminally underrated he is. Then you had bassist Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob, Great White, Dokken and a bunch of other great bands) doing his best Roger Glover. Drummer Matt Starr (Burning Rain, Ace Frehley) and keyboardist Gary Gerber filled out the rest of the lineup. The band was tight, sounded amazing and had great chemistry together.
As a nice surprise, Joe paid tribute to another legendary former Rainbow vocalist, the late, great Ronnie James Dio with great covers of "Man On The Silver Mountain" and "Long Live Rock and Roll." Turner also spent time in Deep Purple and while he didn't play anything from the album he did with them, Slaves and Masters, he did do a couple of DP classics, "Highway Star" and "Burn" with Brown doing a nice job singing the Glenn Hughes parts. JLT also briefly touched on his time with Yngwie Malmsteen, with a killer rendition of "Rising Force." It would have been nice to include a couple of songs from some of his great solo albums too, but the crowd was more than happy with getting the "greatest hits" set.
All in all this was a fantastic show for a great cause. It was also a very rare treat as Joe Lynn Turner doesn't tour the States very often as he is in demand all over the world. Lets hope it won't be as long of a wait for his U.S. fans to see him again.
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