Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category


New song world premiered in Wales

March 7, 2014
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Today, Friday March 7 at 3.30pm GMT, singer Steve Balsamo will guest with Wynne Evans on BBC Radio Wales.

The show will play a world exclusive premiere of All Those Years Ago, the unreleased song by Jon and Balsamo, from which Jon Lord’s photo book takes its title, and which will be released together with the book.

On the show, Balsamo will talk about his work with Jon Lord, the upcoming photo book and the concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating Jon next month.

The song itself is a gentle ballad with Jon on eloquent piano and Balsamo on eminent vocals, recorded in February 2010. Balsamo has confirmed that he will sing the song at Celebrating Jon Lord on April 4.

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- Maybe Jon caused the blizzard

June 7, 2013

Shades of Jon and RitchieRitchie Blackmore explains to the origins of his instrumental tribute to Jon – Carry On… Jon:

- We were snowed in, in that blizzard (on Feb. 8). The engineer and myself, the producer, we had nothing to do. I said, ‘I have an instrumental that I’ve vaguely finished. Do you want to try it?’

- I wrote it on the spur of the moment. I had a very melancholy kind of tune. Then I started thinking about Jon. I thought maybe we should do an organ part at the end, as a tip of the hat to Jon. Pat Regan is an accomplished organist. We put the organ sound on, and off he went. I guided him on a few things, like riffs and how Jon played syncopation with his right hand.

BN Dancer + Moon

- So it was a throwaway idea that turned into something. It was something to Jon, a way of saying thanks for the years. It’s hard to talk about, when someone says, ‘What did you think of Jon?’ I’d rather play a tune. We wouldn’t have put it on if we hadn’t been snowed in. Maybe Jon caused the blizzard.

Carry On… Jon is included on Blackmore’s Night’s new album, Dancer And The Moon

Buy the album from Jon’s webshop.

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BBC Radio 4 to rebroadcast Jon’s final interview

June 2, 2013

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BBC Radio 4 are repeating Rock’n’Roll in Four Movements, the programme first broadcast last August, which featured Jon’s last recorded interview.

Taking a closer look at the musicians that have worked to combine the worlds of rock and classical music, in the programme, Jon talks about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his early experiment with his Concerto.

Also featured are Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson who talk about the genre’s excesses, and Roy Wood who talks about the early days of the Electric Light Orchestra.

Listen to BBC Radio 4 Monday June 3 at 4pm UK time – or listen online right now.


- I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord

May 29, 2013

Watch Jon discuss the resurrected Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Tommy Vance in 1999 on VH1′s Friday Rock Show.

Filmed mere days before the Concerto’s 30th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, Ian Gillan lovingly explains how Jon’s Concerto originally helped raise Deep Purple‘s profile as the band was breaking through in 1969/1970 – and shows his affection for Jon.

- I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord.

With thanks to Tim Summers.

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Celebrating the life of Jon

May 27, 2013


When Rock Meets Classics is a highly recommended 48-minute radio retrospective in Jon’s memory.

Opening with a snippet of the piano version of Child in Time, the comprehensive yet succinct overview of Jon’s career features all-new interviews with a list of important players in Jon’s musical life – incl. an interview with himself conducted in 2010 – and is peppered with appropriate and inspired soundbites of Jon’s music.

The not often heard voice of Eberhard Schoener, Jon’s German conducting partner, speaks of the pair’s work on Windows and Sarabande.

Jon’s daughter Sara speaks about his departure from Deep Purple and his years as a composer ‘writing music every day.’

The broadcast also features illustrious interviews with Ian Paice, Paul Mann, Roger Glover, Rick Wakeman, Glenn Hughes and more.

First aired in July 2012, the piece is hosted by Eli Lapid of The Voice of Israel who has kindly made it available exclusively for


- I was very plugged for a long time!

May 26, 2013

Looking back at Jon and Frida interviewed at the press conference for Zermatt Unplugged 2010.

Among other things, Jon is asked about his current projects – which he explains are mostly orchestral, acoustic and more unplugged than his 40 years in rock’n’roll:

- I was very plugged for a long time, he jokes.

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- To my pianist… Frida’s tribute to Jon from Zermatt Unplugged 2013 Read the rest of this entry ?


A man who used to notice such things

December 29, 2012


Recollecting an interview Jon did with Exclusive Magazine in 2010 for the release of his To Notice Such Things album.

It was a commission from Shipley Arts Festival in the South of England. It’s a six different pieces, each one based on a moment or time in Jon’s friend John Mortimer‘s life.

Lingering impressions
Available worldwide:* Click to order CD now* Click to buy downloadIn the interview, Jon speaks of the impression people leave on each other,  which remains even after they pass away. Jon was proud of the fact that John Mortimer’s friends recognized their friend in the music Jon wrote.

‘I really felt that John was sitting on my shoulder as I was writing it. I think that’s the spiritual element of it. We can’t help it, we’re human – as time goes by, people recede in your memory once they’ve gone. It’s just the nature of the human beast. We move onward, we have to.’

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Dave Brubeck, Concerto inspiration, passes away

December 5, 2012

dave_brubeckPioneering pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has passed away on December 5, aged 91. His recordings include Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, but he was also an important inspiration for Jon’s idea to compose Concerto for Group and Orchestra.

In this 2008 interview, Jon talks of his early fascination with Brubeck.

- Within six months of being at Drama School in London [in 1960], I’d met a Dutchman who played the clarinet for fun and we used to play together. By the end of the first year I’d formed a jazz group with piano, bass, drums, and clarinet. We played weird modern jazz.

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