Archive for the ‘Words from Jon’ Category

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- I want it to sound absolutely spot on!

September 4, 2012

In this previously unheard March 2011 interview, Jon Lord speaks enthusiastically of his plans for the new studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra, that is coming out at the end of this month.

He explains his thoughts behind using different players across the movements, and how years of honing the score coupled with modern studio technology would now allow him to produce the most perfect recording of the Concerto possible.

- I’ve worked so hard on the score that it’s now in as good a state as it can possibly be in, and therefore I would like to have it recorded, so it can go down in posterity. I’ll do it with a hugely respected orchestra and with Paul Mann, who knows it inside out. There couldn’t be a better conductor for a studio recording of the Concerto.

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Jon wishes you a Happy New Year

December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to all of you and thank you so much for your wonderful, kind and inspirational messages over these last few difficult months.

I have been mightily sustained by reading them and will continue to be so. You are a very special lot indeed.

I am doing well and I will be back with more news and updates in the next week or so. In the meantime, party hearty but look after yourselves.

I wish you success and happiness, and above all I wish you health.

God bless

Jon

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Jon says thank you for Classic Rock Innovator Award

December 2, 2011

© Foruli PublicationsWhen Classic Rock Awards recently honoured Deep Purple with The Innovator Award, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice were there to accept the award.

Ian Paice read out this message from Jon:

I very much wanted to be there this evening to stand with these fine chaps – my musical companions of more than forty years and indeed my friends for a lifetime – but, although my progress is really good, I am finding that the treatment I am undergoing often leads me more towards a cup of cocoa and an early night than to a bottle of red wine with it’s accompanying table-full of wonderfully scurrilous gossipmongers and joke-tellers.

May I add my heartfelt thanks for this award and for recognising that what we did – when we were just five brave lads with no regard for boundaries but with an abiding love of writing and playing music – was indeed innovative. It was also loud, down and dirty, subversive and dangerous, intricate and yet often blindingly simple, very exciting to play and above all else it was astonishingly good fun – and yes we did “dance and sing and stand on a mountaintop.” Didn’t we just.

My heartfelt thanks too to the gentlemen on the stage for being part of changing my life and for playing like heroes. Oh, and please don’t forget who first bullied them into playing with an orchestra!

I’ll see you down the road somewhere.

God bless.

Jon Lord

Photo: Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover at the Classic Rock Awards, © Foruli Publications

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Jon: Your responses have touched my heart

August 30, 2011

A personal message to you from Jon:

Just a quick line or two from an absolutely overwhelmed, gratified and humbled musician.

Your responses to the news of my condition have touched my heart in a way that has truly helped to make my life a better place to be than it had occasionally threatened to become these last few weeks.

Your wonderful messages wishing me strength and courage have given me even more strength and courage – and so much more than you can ever know.

I read many of them with tears in my eyes, grateful for this cast-iron proof of the innate goodness of the human being, and grateful to every single one of you for your invaluable support.

This message goes out too to all the similarly wonderful folk on other websites whose support has been equally warm and strong and I want you all to know how greatly heartened and comforted I am by all this.

The treatment continues and I am confident and being supported by my glorious family and an amazing group of friends.

See you soon.

God bless
Jon

Photo: Florida, March 1994 by Ram Samudrala

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A Message from Jon:

August 9, 2011

I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure.

I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

God bless and see you soon
Jon

May we also, at Jon’s request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music).

Thank you.

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Jon Lord honours Tony Edwards

November 14, 2010

Jon Lord writes:

“A few days ago – fittingly, on Remembrance Day – I lost a friend. He was my manager from 1968 to 1976, my daughter Sara’s Godfather and the man who was instrumental in helping me to realise, in 1969, the dream which defined my musical life – that of a Concerto for Group and Orchestra.

Tony Edwards was a good man and a man also of deep-seated enthusiasms. He had a passion for, and a great interest in, Deep Purple and its various member’s careers, as well as a genuine enjoyment of the band’s music.

He was the reason that Richie and I were able to get together at the end of 1967 and the sole reason too for our being able to form the band that changed our lives. Without him and this early financial and emotional support, there would have been no Deep Purple.

He was a rock and a firm foundation on which we could build our musical house. It still stands, and it stands as a monument to him.

Thank you Tony.”

Jon Lord

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Ronnie Dio: goosebumps as big as they come

May 18, 2010

Jon Lord writes:

I would like, along with my wife and daughters, to express my sadness at the passing of Ronnie Dio.

A friend of many years standing and a truly delightful man. His voice was an instrument of power and of beauty, and was a seminal influence in rock music. His loss is even more devastating when considering how much more he would have had to offer us.

My heart goes out to dear Wendy, and my thoughts are also with Roger and Richie, who were so close to him for so long.

I will always cherish the memories of those remarkable nights at The Royal Albert Hall in September 1999 when, sitting on the stage with all the massed musicians of Deep Purple, The London Symphony Orchestra et al, Ronnie sang Roger’s lovely song “Sitting in a Dream” and brought us smiles and tears, and goosebumps as big as they come.

I shall forever connect that song with that moment and with Ronnie.

Rest in peace my friend.

With love
Jon

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Everything louder than everything else? Not at all…

April 8, 2010

In preparation for Jon Lord’s upcoming concert in Liverpool on June 16, one of our readers, Richard Archer-Jones posted a message to Jon Lord on this website. Here is Jon’s reply:

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