Joe Lynn Turner laughed at his mother’s desperate attempts to save his hair when it started falling out at age 3.
Last year Rainbow and Dark purple the singer revealed a new look, who appeared without a wig for the first time in his professional career, explaining that he reached the point where he didn’t feel like he needed to hide his baldness anymore. In a new interview with Highersaw the singer looking back on the effects of his early onset alopecia.
“I was born with a full head of hair, but when I was 3, my mom washed me in the tub and it all fell out,” Turner said. “Are you laughing? My mom tried this egg treatment—I had to sit there with all this yolk drying on my head! And I had no eyebrows—nothing. My eyebrows are now tattoos so you have facial definition. Without it you look like a fucking alien!”
He admitted it was “hard” when he realized he “looked different from other kids.” “When I entered kindergarten I felt really left out,” he noted. “When I was 7 I got a wig and it looked ridiculous. Later I got a better wig. But there was still bullying at school. I had some idiot rip the thing off my head and throw it down the hall . How embarrassing. is it? What does that do to you?”
But the experiences gave him the will to succeed, he added. “Thank God my parents gave me the support I needed… anger was a great motivator and I had more balls than brains. I wasn’t going to let this stop me. So instead of hiding, I moved on to the biggest stages in the world. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it.”
After suffering one heart attack in 2019, Turner decided to renew his approach to his art. His new album, The belly of the beast, is by far the hardest music he has ever presented. “I was so tired of doing this AOR cookie-cutter nonsense,” he explained. “I needed to do something different. And when I had the heart attack, I had an epiphany: You need purpose and meaning in your life. You need to dig deep—physically, professionally, creatively—to become the artist you really is.”
He noted that the record carried a central message: “Wake up, people! We’ve slept too long. We’re spiritual beings, but we’ve lost our way. Look at the state of the world—how did we get here? And we’re not here forever , so make it count.”
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