Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner, who suffered a heart attack a year and a half ago, says that he is fully recovered and healthier than ever.
"Calling it a wake-up call is exactly right," he told The Jerusalem Post in a new interview. "After 40-plus years of touring and the heat of the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' lifestyle, it's going to catch up to you sooner or later.
"I've cleaned up my act a lot and feel like I have a new lease on life," he said. "I've got new opportunities to comprehend my mortality and to be more grateful. It was just a hell of a way to do it."
Turner's April 2018 hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that the singer was treated at a Minsk facility for "myocardial infarction," commonly known as a heart attack. Turner's presence at the hospital was also reported by Belarus's most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya.
Joe was the frontman of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender".
During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
1990 saw Turner reunited with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the "Slaves And Masters" album.
The 68-year-old singer is married to Maya Kozyreva, a lawyer from Minsk.