Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow days included Roger Glover. Glover, on the other hand, told Rock Hard Greece that when Deep Purple reunited, he knew the original five-piece wouldn’t click like they used to. He stated: “We didn’t ask Brian Adams; I know he ran; I know I would have asked him; it doesn’t matter.” Richie was responsible for everything. We were a five-piece band in the beginning, but when Richie acquired Rainbow, he became the band’s leader; obviously, that was his band, and when we had the reunion, Richie couldn’t let go of his status as a leader, which caused a few problems.”

Blackmore had his say by bringing in Joe Lynn Turner for the ‘Slaves and Masters’ record, but it was short-lived because the rest of the band wanted to go back to their roots. The bassist went on to say: “It was his idea to shift this into Joe Lynn Turner time.” Ritchie chose Joe Lynn Turner, and Ritchie gets his way. Jim Peter was certainly a good songwriter, but we don’t want other people to write our music.”

Despite Blackmore’s objections, Joe Lynn Turner was forced to quit in order to reunite the original lineup for their 25th anniversary. However, Turner told Bravewords last year that he was the link for the original Deep Purple to take over: “Basically, he [Ian Paice] said, ‘Joe Lynn Turner was the link.'” We’d never have gotten to ‘Perfect Strangers’ or anything else if he hadn’t been there for ‘Slaves And Masters,’ because Ritchie would have bolted.”

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