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Reduced score: To Notice Such Things

December 4, 2017

Jon Lord’s music continues to trickle into published scores available to buy. Aimed at performers and/or students of Jon’s music, the scores are being meticulously prepared for publication by conductor Paul Mann a close friend of Jon’s.

A brand new score of Jon’s Durham Concerto is nearing publication by Schott Music, but many other works are already available. One is the new piano reduction of To Notice Such Things, Jon’s 2009 suite composed in memory of his friend John Mortimer.

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6th Jon Lord memorial concert in Warsaw

October 18, 2017

October 26 sees the 6th annual Jon Lord memorial concert in Warsaw.

This year, guests include Doogie White, one of the singers Jon used for his solo concerts and previously also known from Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group.

Watch Doogie sing Perfect Strangers with Jon in 2010:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAsWzpgR-nw

Full info and tickets:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1269438543171752

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Before I Forget, expanded CD reissue

October 10, 2017

Cherry Red Records have released the definitive CD reissue of Jon Lord‘s excellently eloquent 1982 solo album Before I Forget.

The album warrants reappraisal not just for featuring a slew of very familiar friends of Jon’s, but also for being a very versatile album – including its five bonus tracks – which sees Jon exhibit all his keyboard skills from rocking the Hammond over rhythm’n’blues piano and brilliant classically themed Moog work that really is a beauty to behold.

Photo from CD booklet

The A-list of performers includes: Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice, Whitesnake‘s Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, etc., Bad Company‘s Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell, and session drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips with delicious and distinct vocals supplied by the mother-daughter duo of Vicky and Sam Brown plus Tony Ashton and Elmer Gantry.

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Jon Lord Blues Project now on vinyl

October 10, 2017

The Jon Lord Blues Project live album has been released on double vinyl.

The album was recorded live in Rottweil, Germany on May 14, 2011 with the following lineup:

Jon Lord – Hammond organ
Miller Anderson – vocals, guitar
Maggie Bell – vocals
Zoot Money – keyboard, vocals
Colin Hodgkinson – bass, vocals
Pete York – drums

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15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show

September 19, 2017

Tonight sees the 15th anniversary of Jon Lord‘s final touring show with Deep Purple. At Ipswich‘s Regent Theatre on September 19, 2002, Deep Purple bid a classy farewell to their maestro, as he made good on his promise to himself to spend more time on his own music.

Jon would later guest with Purple on individual songs, but this was his final scheduled appearance.

In February 2002, Deep Purple’s winter UK tour came to a stop halfway through as more or less the entire band and crew caught a seemingly unbeatably bad case of the flu. This would have been Jon’s final tour, and as the remaining venues were postponed for September, it was agreed that Jon would appear at the second half of these concerts with his successor Don Airey handling the first half.

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​Blackmore plays live tribute to Jon Lord 

June 30, 2017

In a poignant and touching move, Ritchie Blackmore played tribute to Jon Lord at Rainbow’s show in Birmingham this week. Watch the performance below.

A set of career encompassing photos of Jon appeared on the large screen behind the band as Ritchie, sat on a stool with an acoustic guitar, performed the song to a pin drop quiet capacity crowd.

Carry On… Jon” is the instrumental piece, Ritchie Blackmore wrote to honour Jon after his passing, and on Wednesday night, Blackmore performed it live for the first time at Birmingham‘s Genting Arena at the final of a run of Rainbow shows that started last Summer in Germany.

“Carry On… Jon” was only done at this show.

Rainbow keyboard player Jens Johanson added an atmospheric and jazzy Hammond solo to the piece, before Blackmore rounded off the song with a beautiful run of flageolets.

Watch “Carry On… Jon” by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on June 29:

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A tribute to goose bumps, Köln 2017

May 8, 2017

More footage has been released from this year’s Jon Lord Tribute concert near Köln, Germany on January 27. We have previously reported on the event.

Arranger and keyboard player Martin Doepke had the rather brilliant idea of arranging The Batte Rages On for band and orchestra. Watch this and other fascinating clips below.

The concert’s authentic rendition of Sarabande reveals the rich cast of local musicians involved as well as percussionist and producer Mario Argondoña, who played on and co-produced Jon Lord’s Beyond the Notes album:

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1984-85: A downpour of Purple

February 12, 2017

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Fans of Jon Lord‘s time with Deep Purple – particularly the band’s reunion in 1984 – might want to take a closer look at a new limited edition book just out titled For One Night Only.

When Deep Purple reunited in 1984 and toured the world with their very succesful Perfect Strangers album, UK fans had to make do with just the one open air show at Knebworth nr Stevenage on June 22 1985. This turned out to be the wettest June day on record, and the torrential rain meant Jon Lord’s Hammond and synths had to be covered up in plastic sheeting just minutes into the concert (see photo).
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