When friends and colleagues of Jon Lord got together to celebrate his life in music at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2014, the evening turned into a magnificent display of love, affection and glorious music.
For this second installment of our look at the brand new vinyl editions of the show we focus on the first half of the evening’s second set. Deep Purple closed the evening (and not with Smoke on the Water for an appreciated change), but before them the stage had been graced by people like Glenn Hughes, a revised Paice Ashton Lord, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Weller and many more.
With a somewhat chronological running order, the rocking second half of the show started with two tracks from Jon’s 1960s group The Artwoods – sung by none other than Paul Weller; Things Get Better and I Take What I Want. Lord and Weller had performed together previously at the annual charity events Sunflower Jam, and Weller put The Artwoods’ rhythm & blues to brilliant use as a gentle intro to the more intense rocking that would come later.
Phil Campbell from The Temperament Movement fronted a revisit to the sorely missed Paice Ashton Lord. Silas & Jerome and I’m Gonna Stop Drinking were as funky and vibrant as when they were new, and Campbell owned the stage with his wonderful pastiche of Tony Ashton – all swagger and the morning after-voice. Continue reading “Jon Lord the rock legend celebrated”