Ancient RAINBOW and DARK PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner joined the Bulgarian rock band AXA on stage last Wednesday (September 14) in Vratsa, Bulgaria to perform several classic songs. Video of her appearance can be seen below.
Earlier this month, Turner said it had been “absolutely liberating” to finally drop the hairpiece he had worn since he was 14 after being diagnosed with alopecia aged three.
The singer, who turned 71 last month, went public with his new look on August 25 in a series of publicity images released to promote his upcoming solo album, “Belly of the Beast”. In a press release for the LP, Jo said he started wearing the wig to deal with the “emotional and psychological damage caused by cruel bullying at school”.
“In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse”, Jo admitted. “I have nothing to prove and I can wear a wig – or not. I’m free to do whatever I want. I’m a grown man and starting to grow into an older man.
“A lot of men in this business end up making the decision to continue to ‘do their hair’ or shave their heads, which is very fashionable today. Either way, it takes a lot of courage. personal. stronger and gave me the motivation and strength to rise above others. Anger and pain are a great tool. If applied correctly, they could develop you into the best version of yourself. view.'”
In a new interview with the “Rock Of Nations with Dave Kinchen and Shane McEachern” podcast, Jo talked about what it was like to finally give up the wig after all these years. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “This is absolutely liberating. First of all, I’m going to give some context. This was an open secret. It wasn’t like I was trying to fool people or denying it or I actually never thought about it was it important but certain, shall we say haters, or whatever, those bigots, those bullies, they would always shoot me, which I have always thought they were just jealous enough, really, to be honest with you. it said more about them than about me. They’re not my kind of people. And the music? That’s what’s important.
He continued, “I knew it was on my so-called to-do list before I left this planet. And while we were making this record, I started thinking to myself, ‘Something has to happen.’ And my partner, my wife, my co-manager – she’s amazing – she just said, “It’s time, man.” And I said, ‘You know, you’re right.’ Even though I was worried about it – of course, she naturally knew that I would be a little scared, because you’re stepping into unfamiliar territory – she said, “You know what? Once you are yourself, people love you more.’ And she was Damn fully agree. Once you’re yourself, people like you more, because you come out and say, “That’s me.” I have nothing to hide. I have nothing to prove. Take your pictures. Do what you have to do. And hey, by the way, here’s the disc. Now what?'”
Alopecia areata is a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss. Hair follicles are the structures in the skin that form hair. While hair can be lost from any part of the body, alopecia areata usually affects the head and face. The hair usually falls out in small round patches about the size of a quarter, but in some cases there is more hair loss. Most people with the disease are healthy and have no other symptoms.
Alopecia became a talking point in the mainstream media in March when the actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock to Oscars ceremony. Will bethe wife of, the 50-year-old actress Jade Pinkett Smith, lost her hair due to alopecia and has always shared her struggle openly. The clash took place after Rock made a joke while calling Pinkett Smith “G.I. Jane” in reference to her bald head, which she previously explained was due to alopecia. The shocking incident saw Will be storm on stage to hit Chris following the offensive comment before returning to his seat and shouting “keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” shortly before he collected his best acting gong for his role in “King Richard”.
A few hours later Jo first posted his new photos on social media, another ex-RAINBOW singer Graham Bonnet taken to his Facebook page to share one of the images and he wrote in an accompanying message: “Hi everyone. Graham here. I post this photo of my friend Joe Lynn Turner because I was moved to tears today when I saw it.
“Jo illustrates the meaning of rockstar. His courage is astounding. This industry is ruthless (especially in our genre), especially when it comes to hair. I still hear the story of Ritchie Blackmore post a guard at the door of my hotel to prevent me from having my hair cut. BTW, that never happened, even though he was so pissed off when I visited the hairdresser.
“But I digress……I don’t know if Jo will see this, but I want him to know how proud I am of him and how touched I was by his honesty.
“You paved the way today, Jo. If you’re reading this, I want you to know that I never realized what a handsome man you were until I saw this picture.”
Jo was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album “Difficult to cure”which featured the band‘s most successful UK single, “I surrender”.
During Turnerit’s time with RAINBOWthe band had their first US chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
1990 saw Turner reunited with RAINBOW chief Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DARK PURPLE for the “Slaves and Masters” album.