Roger Glover, bass player with Deep Purple, has summed up the past year in his online diary. He was particularly moved by what he experienced and remembered at the concert that celebrated Jon Lord.
‘A host of friends and admirers saluted Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall. Tears of wonder, joy and sorrow ran all through the first half as Jon’s beautiful mind was revealed by the stellar performances on stage.’
‘I pictured myself on that same stage in 1969 standing next to, and relying on, Jon, as his vision of oneness in music became palpable. I learned a lot that day.’
‘Of course I’ve listened to Jon’s albums over the years but one forgets how rich they are, how deeply introspective, how personal, how stocked with soaring melodies and unexpected chord shifts. And lovely lyrics.’
‘The gentleness of this gentle man is astounding, coming from the hard rock maestro that he was behind the Hammond organ. A sound that roared through our lives.’
The film and recording of this evening is still available:
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5 thoughts on “‘A sound that roared through our lives’”
there will never be another Jon Lord, the only master of the Hammond.
So true. Jon’s sound roared through all lovers of Deep Purple lives, and then you can add his unique personality. For sure we all miss the giant in so many ways.
Strongest memory of Jon was watching him rock his organ back and forth to Black Night Newcastle City Hall in 1972, I was 14. Loved his work and immaculate presence ever since. He can never be replaced. Rock on Jon….wherever you are now.
what made purple rise above all others, answer : jon’s hammond
Amazing, Thanks for sharing with us