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:

A moving Pictured Within:

Any Fule Kno That, a song which Jon often excelled on during Deep Purple‘s Abandon tour in 1998, was also given a rare orchestral treatment:

The Battle Rages On:

You can follow the concert organizers on Facebook.



  1. Simply put. This is mighty awesome

  2. This is fantastic stuff! I hope it’s gonna come out in any form (CD/DVD) for fans. Really would love to have that one.

  3. wish someone would tour with the concerto! I miss seeing Jon live.

  4. I agree that this would be a fantastic DVD!
    Concerning the Concerto: you are still in time! On the 10th of June in Eijsden (near the city of Maastricht, Netherlands) there will be a fantastic performance! And only E 8,50 a ticket… I saw them some weeks ago in Tilburg and can only recommend going there! If you please allow me to pass the link: http://www.saintececile.nl/IManager/Content/9060/IICE/mt2593/mi1584076/mu1494277030/mv4560

  5. ps. In case I was unclear with the above message/link: the Concerto will be performed in its entirety!

  6. Thanks, Arjan. What sort of arrangement will it be performed in?

  7. Summarized: everything except for regular violins. The best Dutch harmony orchestra, for the occasion enriched with double basses, harp and this accompanied by a band of mature rockers (guitar, bass guitar, drums, organ! and a slightly younger singer). I already had the fortune to hear them play a month ago in Tilburg, with (when corrected for friends and family of the orchestra and for the members of the other orchestra of that occasion that had played before the coffee break) hardly any audience. They were announced with what sounded like an apology: “And now for some piece of fusion from 1969, by a composer that you probably never heard of… Though I spot 1 man in a matching T-shirt right there in the middle of row 12, he seems to be aware of what we’re going to do…”. That was me… The absent violins have been carefully taken care of via adaptations in the score. Only at the end of the second movement, the scherzo entry of the violin misses. And I missed the crucial 2 x 5 pumping notes on the bass trombone at point 755/764 at the end of the third movement (bass trombone was present but not acoustically detectable at that point). The whole team is highly trained and motivated. One month ago, I had accidentally discovered their earlier performance and anticipated at the best a mediocre echo of the real stuff, but I was arrogantly wrong. Saint Cécile may be an amateur team, but they give a professional performance. This time in their home town Eijsden and (if the weather will be good enough): in the yard of the local castle (there is a plan B for rain)! Unfortunately, no recording is planned… Hotels and B&B in the village are all fully booked, but this is a touristic area, so a bit further away, e.g. In Maastricht, there should be no problem to find accommodation.

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