Keyboard player Nigel Hopkins played piano at Celebrating Jon Lord last month in London – including centerpiece Pictured Within and All Those Years Ago.
He kindly sent us his thoughts on the evening – with a musical memory of Jon added at the end:
‘I hope you enjoyed the concert. It’s taken me a while to get my head around it. It still hasn’t hit me properly about how important it was. I am waiting for the moment that it actually sinks in.
The camaraderie backstage and on the rehearsals was amazing. It was like everyone had been family members and they were celebrating a birthday.
In this case, it was Jon’s life and music we were celebrating and I could honestly say that there were moments when every single band member, musician and singer felt the power of respect and love for Jon and his music from the audience. Humbling and very emotional.