'It's just casual talk': Joe Lynn Turner backtracks on new supergroup, apologizes to Michael Anthony

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Joe Lynn Turner has issued an apology to Michael Anthony, saying that talk of a new supergroup featuring the Chickenfoot/Van Halen bassist and drummer Carmine Appice was just that — idle talk among friends.

That follows an unattributed report by Andrew McNeice at MelodicRock.com saying former Rainbow vocalist Turner was creating another all-star band in the vein of Voices of Classic Rock. The focus, according to that report, would be classic rock songs in the same vein of 1970s legends like Deep Purple, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin.

Turner, of course, had a stint as vocalist with Deep Purple, as well, after helping Rainbow to chart success with “Stone Cold” — the Ritchie Blackmore-led band’s first Top 40 hit.

Anthony, meanwhile, was Van Halen’s bassist from its founding through 2006, and has since moved on to work with Chickenfoot alongside Sammy Hagar, another Van Halen alum. Appice has recorded and appeared on stage with Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd and Rod Stewart.

Both Turner and Appice now acknowledge that they’ve discussed artists they’d like to work with, and that Anthony’s name came up along with figures like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. But they have released no official news on forming a new band, and that they have spoken to no one in the media about such a project.

McNeice, meanwhile, counters today at MelodicRock.com that he based his initial item on an interview Turner gave with Norway Rocks Magazine.

“Turner and Appice would like to specifically apologize to Anthony and his fans for any confusion this rumour or any casual conversations might have caused,” according to an official release. Turner is also now telling Classic Rock Magazine: “Carmine and I are long-time friends, and we have talked over the years about working together. These are conversations musicals like us have all the time. These conversations are not official news. It’s just casual talk.”

Turner has been touring more recently with Come Taste the Band, formed in 2011.

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