former RAINBOW and DARK PURPLE Singer Joe Lynn Turner joined the Bulgarian rock band AXAT on stage last Wednesday (September 14) in Vratsa, Bulgaria to perform several classical songs. The video of his performance can be seen below.
earlier this month, gymnast said it was “absolutely liberating” to finally ditch the hairpiece he’s worn since he was 14 after being diagnosed with alopecia at the age of three.
The singer, who turned 71 last month, went public with his new look on August 25 in a series of promotional images released to promote his forthcoming solo album. “Belly of the Beast”. In a press release for the LP, yeah said he started wearing the wig to cope with “emotional and psychological damage from cruel bullying at school.”
“In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse” yeah authorized. “I don’t have to prove anything, and I can wear a wig – or not. I’m free to do whatever I want. I am a grown man and I am becoming an older man.
“Many men in this business eventually choose to continue wearing hair or shave their heads, which is very fashionable today. In any case, it takes a lot of personal courage. Assholes in high school trying to kick me around made me stronger and gave me the motivation and strength I needed to rise above the rest. Anger and pain are great tools. When used properly, it can evolve you to become the best version of yourself. Instead of running away, I hid in plain sight.'”
In a new interview with the “Rock Of Nations with Dave Kinchen and Shane McEachern” podcast, yeah talked about what it was like finally getting rid of the wig after all these years. He said (as transcribed from BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s absolutely liberating. First I’m going to give a little background. It was an open secret. It wasn’t like I was trying to fool people or ever denying it or anything. In fact, I never thought of it was that important but sure let’s say haters or whatever these bigots these bullies they would always shoot at me which i always thought was pretty jealous to be honest it said more about them than me. They’re not my type of people. What about the music? That’s what’s important.”
He continued, “I knew this would be on my so-called bucket list before I left this planet. And while we were making this record, I started to feel, ‘Something has to happen.’ And my partner, wife, co-manager – she’s amazing – she just said, ‘Now’s the time, man.’ And I said, ‘You know, you’re right.’ Even though I was apprehensive – of course she would know I’d be a little scared because you’re stepping your foot into unfamiliar territory – she said, ‘You know what? you more.’ And she was Damn it good right. Once you’re yourself, people love you more because you come out and say, “That’s me. I have nothing to hide. I don’t have to prove anything. Record your shots. Do what you have to do. And hey, here’s the record by the way. What now?'”
Alopecia areata is a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss. Hair follicles are the structures in the skin that grow hair. While hair can be lost on any part of the body, alopecia areata usually affects the head and face. Hair typically falls out in small, round patches about the size of a quarter, but in some cases the hair loss is larger. Most people with the disease are healthy and have no other symptoms.
Alopecia became a topic of discussion in mainstream media in March as an actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock In the oscars Ceremony. WillHis wife, the 50-year-old actress Jade Pinkett SmithShe has had hair loss due to alopecia and has always shared her struggle openly. The confrontation took place afterwards rock made a joke and called Pinkett Smith “GI Jane” regarding her baldness, which she previously explained is due to alopecia. The shocking incident saw Will to meet Storm on stage Chris after the insulting comment, before returning to his seat and yelling “keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth” just before collecting his best actor gong for his role “King Richard”.
A few hours later yeah posted his new photos on social media for the first time, ex-colleagueRAINBOW Singer Graham Bonnet took to his Facebook page to share one of the images, and he wrote in an accompanying message, “Hi everyone. Graham here. I am posting this photo of my friend Joe Lynn Turner because today I was moved to tears when I saw it.
“yeah illustrates the meaning of rock star. His courage is overwhelming. This industry is ruthless (especially in our genre), especially when it comes to hair. I still hear the story about Ritchie Blackmore post a guard at my hotel door to stop me from getting my hair cut. By the way, that never happened, even though he was so mad when I went to the barber.
“But I digress…I don’t know if yeah I will see, but I want him to know how proud I am of him and how touched I was by his honesty.
“You blazed a trail today yeah. If you are reading this, I want you to know that I never realized what a beautiful man you are until I saw this photo.”
yeah was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album “Hard to Cure”which contained the band’s most successful UK single, “I give up”.
While gymnast‘s time with RAINBOWthe band had their first US chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
1990 saw gymnast reunited with RAINBOW Leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DARK PURPLE for the “Slaves and Masters” Album.