Joe Lynn’s the liar, not me, says Scott Rolaf – and the singer’s only motivation in album dispute is money
The guitarist accused by ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner of releasing music illegally has lashed back at his former collaborator, saying he’s done nothing wrong – and Turner is lying, not him.
Scott Rolaf has made the album Light of Day, featuring Turner’s vocals, available for free. But the singer yesterday insisted the release was illegal, stating that he’d severed all ties with the guitarist after becoming unhappy with the way the partnership was working.
Turner said: “I never confirmed plans to release the album but Rolaf published it without approval from me. That misled my fans, members of my street team and reputable media outlets. These actions are, in my opinion, nothing more than an attempt by Scott Rolaf to gain fame on my name.”
Now the guitarist has lashed back, saying the singer is only interested in money.
Rolaf tells Rock News Desk: “The truth of the matter is money – or the lack of it. I worked hundreds of hours on this record. I never took a dime from him and helped him out on over a dozen of his own projects he did for hire. He said, ‘Hey, can you help me out? I need the money.’ His words.
“The record is my music. I wrote the music, the lyrics, the melody and the hooks. Joe sang his parts. We went through it song by song and we all thought it was crazy great. He said: ‘Broken is a monster’ – now he goes into rock star mode and says it wasn’t approved. That’s not true.”
The guitarist says it was even the singer’s idea to call the project Rolaf Turner: “He says he didn’t approve the brand. That is an outright lie. He went on radio splashing that name all over. He’s used that name all over his Facebook page and in magazines. He’s even posted every one of the songs on his Facebook page.
“He said to me, ‘We should start a company, RT Productions, so we can take on songwriting and video projects and do it all.
“The bottom line is I did his stuff for free and he did mine for free. It’s an even field. He sang my songs so I could have a great record to be proud of. And our agreement from day one was that if something happens with the songs it’s a 50-50 deal.
“He was well aware I’d done movies and TV commercials so there was a chance we could get airplay on a TV show. If that was to happen I’d say, ‘Great, drop off some currency,’ and Joe would get his share.”
Rolaf says he believes people should hear what he thinks are great tracks. “A magazine comment said: ‘This is among the best material performed by Turner since the 80s.’ All great music should be shared with fans.”
And his message to Turner is: “I’m not selling records or hurting your name. Personally I think this is the best you have done in a long time – and your fans deserve great stuff.
“It’s just a money thing, my lost friend. If there was a record company on this you’d be yelling it all over town. I’ve done nothing wrong.”