Carry On… Jon is the title of a new instrumental piece written by Ritchie Blackmore in tribute to his former band mate for 25 years.
The Deep Purple-esque track will feature on Blackmore’s Night‘s upcoming album Dancer And The Moon to be released in June.
Ritchie Blackmore spoke about Jon last July:
- Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner companion.
- We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the word was that he was recovering and doing much better. This news came as a complete shock.
- Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories, said Ritchie Blackmore.
Writing new music
For a few years, Jon had talked about writing new music with Blackmore.
- I’d love to write something for Ritchie Blackmore to play. It’s been discussed by us, and we both keep saying it. His acoustic style is astonishingly good, Jon said at a Q&A session in Lichfield in 2009.