Joe Lynn Turner posted as message on Facebook for Deep Purple’s induction at the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame, as well as Ritchie Blackmore: “Congrats to Deep Purple for their long overdue induction …And I am proud and blessed to be a part of the DP legacy.
However…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… follow no one. A true ‘outlaw’ til the end.
So I am humbled and touched by the recent Blackmore 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.”—JLT