On the Durham Concerto CD:
– This is a studio recording that we made last July in Liverpool in the Philharmonic Hall. We had two and a half days up there to record that. It’s the same piece as you heard in the Cathedral but done under studio conditions so we were able to control the acoustics.
– I actually thought the Classic FM live recording was very good and captured the acoustics of the Cathedral but the CD is in a more acoustic controlled setting. I’m thrilled to bits with how it’s turned out.
On The Concerto and Deep Purple’s reaction to it in 1969:
– Its been written that “Jon wanted to play in orchestras and the rest of the guys didn’t.” That’s not quite how it was. I thought The Concerto was a good idea and an experiment and to be perfectly honest so did the band. I was perfectly happy to play rock music and if all I’m remembered as is a rock Hammond player then I’ll be happy with that. I’m very pleased and proud of my work with Purple and happy to be known as a rock artist.
On Rod Evans’ fake Deep Purple in 1980:
– The last time I saw Rod was across a court room. I had to go and appear in court because it had to be stopped because it just wasn’t Deep Purple.
On the latest Hoochie Coochies album, Danger, White Men Dancing:
– It’s out now and doing very nicely thanks. It’s not one of those albums that’ll go into the Top 10 but it’s good blues party music, its heart on the sleeve, Hammond based rock/blues.
On what has become known as ‘Jon Lord’s dream’ of reuniting all past Purple members for an anniversary event:
– I won’t be holding my breath. Its just a dream.
On the immediate future:
– I’m definitely doing a new album, definitely with more Hammond and less strings and less cross-over. I’m putting a touring band together. As I’ve never done a solo tour before, I’m going to start that in the UK.
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