Tonight Jon Lord will play his first UK solo show covering his solo career. In conversation with Lichfield Festival Director Richard Hawley at Garrick Theatre this morning, Jon Lord talked about different aspects of his music and his career.
Here are a few excerpts:
– All I’m trying to do is combine the two things that thrill me the most; the sound of an orchestra in full flight and the sound of a rock band in full flight.
– I love playing at places like the Lichfield Cathedral – buildings where people for centuries have come to worship and cry and celebrate.
Jon Lord had considered doing Bach’s Toccata on the Lichfield Cathedral’s organ, but decided not to.
– I can’t get up the stairs, he joked, and explained that the organ is tuned in a way that wouldn’t work.
Asked about a Deep Purple Mark 3 reunion, Jon Lord said:
– Snow balls in hell. I mean, why? It would be good to play, it would, but Deep Purple already exists, and Ian Paice is playing with them, so that negates it. I think it’s time to put the Deep Purple reunion stories to rest.
– 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.