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JOE LYNN TURNER Talks Premonition Of RANDY RHOADS' Death On Tour - "We Saw A Black Aura Around The Driver..."

Joe Lynn Turner recently guested on WESU’s syndicated Noize In The Attic and spoke openly about ghosts, vaccines, Ukraine and foreseeing tragedy leading to guitar legend Randy Rhoads’ death.

Turner: "We were on tour in the United States - Rainbow - and we were in Memphis. We were changing buses because our driver, Bill Miller, from Florida Coach, was taking a holiday. So Ritchie (Blackmore) and I came down a little bit late out of the hotel and everything was taken from one bus to the new bus. So, Ritchie and I were walking toward the new bus, and we looked at the driver, and he looked at me, and I looked at him, and he said 'Do you see it?'  And I said, 'I see it.'  We saw a black aura around the driver because we were really into this kind of stuff; energies and frequencies, and supernatural paranormal stuff.  

We had the road manager entice Bill Miller, our original driver, to stay on. We paid him double, I think, but he stayed on, because we wouldn’t get on the bus with this guy. Because when you get on a bus with your driver, you gotta be really safe because we were in Germany when Metallica’s bus turned over.  We were about a half hour behind them, and you know what happened there.  

Anyway, this story is where the driver - we wouldn’t get on a bus with the driver; we felt it was unsafe. Well, that driver - I think his name was Aycoff (Aycock). He also had a small plane pilot's license, and he was the guy with Randy Rhoads. He was the actual pilot."

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Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash while on tour with Ozzy Osbourne in Florida in March 1982. After driving much of the night, they stopped at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus while Osbourne remained asleep. On the property, owned by the Calhoun Brothers tour bus company, there was an airstrip with helicopters and small planes. Without permission, tour bus driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane. On the first flight, Aycock took keyboardist Don Airey and tour manager Jake Duncan with him as passengers. During this first flight, Duncan later revealed that Aycock "buzzed" the bus in an attempt to wake drummer Tommy Aldridge. The group then landed and a second flight soon took to the air with Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood aboard. Though afraid of flying, Rhoads wanted to take some aerial photos of the countryside for his mother.

During the second flight, more attempts were made to buzz the tour bus. Aycock succeeded in making two close passes, but botched the third attempt. At about 10  a.m., after being in the air for approximately five minutes, one of the plane's wings clipped the top of the tour bus, breaking the wing into two parts and sending the plane spiraling out of control. The plane then severed the top of a pine tree and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames. Rhoads, Aycock and Youngblood were killed instantly.

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