Last night in New York, a classic 1970s image of Jon Lord adorned the backdrop as Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Present at the induction were Ian Paice, Jon Lord’s wife Vicky Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan (see photo below) together with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Also inducted were Ritchie Blackmore and original singer Rod Evans.
During the band’s acceptance speech, Ian Paice introduced Vicky Lord to the audience:
‘This delightful lady is Jon Lord’s wife, Vicky. We thought it was really important and necessary that she would be here to represent our good pal, who left us four years ago.’
The induction speech was given by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, who spoke about seeing his very first Deep Purple concert as a young teenager in Copenhagen in 1973:
‘At stage right, the regal Jon Lord. We love Jon Lord, yes we do. I’ve never seen anyone get so physical with his organ. But I was only nine. He did things with the Hammond C-3 that no one had ever done before, firing the result through a wall of Marshall amps and Leslie speakers, uniquely heaving up the sound into uncharted territory. Let me emphasize this, Jon Lord was the first to truly amplify and destroy the Hammond organ. Sadly, we lost him in 2012.’
At the induction, Deep Purple performed Highway Star, Green Onions, Hush and Smoke on the Water with large images of Jon on the backdrop.
On Youtube you can watch fan filmed footage of the speeches and music as well.
Deep Purple had been eligible for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1993.