Joe Lynn Turner feels “his project” Sunstorm should have changed its name when he left
Former Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Deep Purple lead vocalist Joe Lynn Turner was recently interviewed by Yiannis Dolas for Greece’s Rock Pages.
After 14 years and five studio albums with Sunstorm consisting of Sunstorm (2006), House of Dreams (2009), Emotional Fire (2012), Edge of Tomorrow (2016) and The Road To Hell (2018), Turner left the band. Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Vandenberg, The Lords of Black, The Ferrymen) replaced Turner for Sunstorm‘s sixth album Afterlife, which was released via Frontiers Music Srl back on March 12, 2021.
With respect to Sunstorm, Turner indicated: “Sunstorm was never a band. It was a project. My project! And when I walked away from the project they should have let that project named die. And that should be it. When they came out with Sunstorm again, it wasn’t Sunstorm! And, I think the fans reacted and erupted, very vehemently against what they were doing. So that was my only issue really. The fact that “can’t you call it another name?” Just call it another name, but I tried to be as gentleman as possible, really I did. Because I had to write two different sort of statements, because apparently people weren’t understanding what was happening on the first statement. The second statement was a little clearer and I said, “look, this is exactly it”. It’s not that I won’t do an AOR record. It’s not anything like that. In fact, we found about 10 cuts that I did in Sweden years ago and they are great AOR songs. So, what we wanna do is to brush them up, maybe put new drums on them, etc, you know, and that’ll get released at some point. It was just that we had enough of each other – I think Frontiers and I and it was time for me to move on. Really was!”
You can listen to the interview with Joe Lynn Turner below and/or read other excerpts from the interview at Rock Pages‘ website.
Sunstorm‘s “Edge of Tomorrow” video feat. Joe Lynn Turner: