Archive for the ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’ Category

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‘It was such an honour’

January 2, 2015
Wix Wickens, Steve Balsamo and Nigel Hopkins backstage at Celebrating Jon Lord

Wix Wickens, Steve Balsamo and Nigel Hopkins backstage at Celebrating Jon Lord

Like Roger Glover, keyboard player Nigel Hopkins has also  shared his thoughts and feelings on Celebrating Jon Lord last April.

‘Celebrating Jon Lord was a show that had me revisiting my early childhood ear candy, evaluating my existence and worth, and had me for the first time ever looking out into a venue thinking, “My mum and dad would have loved to have been here to witness this.”

‘Also it was the first time an event gave me a sense of unity within the music world – rock, pop, classical, progressive. To me, it will be forever etched in my mind and heart’

‘No amount of money could have ever bought that feeling I had performing at the concert. It was such an honour to play with legends of the industry, childhood heroes, great friends and wonderful people.’

Celebrating-Jon-Lord_3D-MocThe film and recording of this evening is still available:
USA, Canada – order here.
UK, Europe, Japan, rest of the world – order here.

Nigel Hopkins’ Facebook page.

'My view from my set up. "Burn" was such fun to play that I was transported back to being a kid.' - Nigel Hopkins.

‘My view from my set up. “Burn” was such fun to play that I was transported back to being a kid.’ – Nigel Hopkins.

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‘A sound that roared through our lives’

December 30, 2014

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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.’

Celebrating-Jon-Lord_3D-MocThe film and recording of this evening is still available:
USA, Canada – order here.
UK, Europe, Japan, rest of the world – order here.

Read Roger Glover’s full 2014 update.

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– It was everything that we wanted it to be

November 8, 2014

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Classic Rock Revisited
recently interviewed drummer Ian Paice about Jon Lord in general and the concert in Jon’s honour in particular.

In this excellent interview, Ian Paice speaks with fascinating insight about Jon’s special contributions to Deep Purple‘s song writing, how the celebratory concert was structured, sharing the time keeping role with conductor Paul Mann and much more.

81T36r-0zoL._SL1500_On structuring Celebrating Jon Lord into two distinct sets:

– We decided to split the show into the two factions of Jon’s playing and composing. To give the night a natural crescendo, we decided to give the audience the more orchestral pieces he played and the ones he was really proud of for the first half of the show. The second half of the evening we decided to take as many pieces of music from his many collaborations that he had been involved with from his very, very first success. […] The short list we came up with we knew were songs that Jon thought were important. Some of the songs that we thought were important, from a keyboard standpoint, and from Jon’s sort of stamp being on it, made the list. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Celebrating the celebration in London

September 30, 2014
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Celebrating Jon Lord box set – click for larger photo

Tonight in London, invited guests gathered to celebrate the launch of Celebrating Jon Lord, the box set, DVD, Bluray and two CD sets released by earMUSIC of the concert honouring Jon Lord‘s life in music last April.

Held at Portman Square, London, guests included Ian Paice, Paul Mann, Don Airey, Roger Glover, Neil MurrayMicky Moody and Brian Johnson (of AC/DC).

Recorded at Royal Albert Hall on April 4, 2014, the various editions combine to include the full evening’s program of nearly three hours of music featuring Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Miller Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Neil Murray, Steve Balsamo, Phil Campbell, Jeremy Irons and more.

Three days after release, Celebrating Jon Lord has reached no. 9 on the German charts. All proceeds go to The Sunflower Jam.

Get your copy of Celebrating Jon Lord.

Thanks to Keith Sharp.

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Celebrating Jon Lord box set unboxed

September 1, 2014

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This is the Celebrating Jon Lord box set unboxed. It includes:

  • Blu-ray
  • 1CD Digi – The Composer
  • 2CD Digi – The Rock Legend
  • 7″ Vinyl: You Keep on Moving / Soldier Of Fortune
  • 7″ Vinyl: Deep Purple Above and Beyond / Fantasia
  • Exclusive T-Shirt
  • Two-sided reproduction of an excerpt of Jon Lord’s original, handwritten music score for “Sarabande” – signed by Paul Mann
  • 20 page reproduction of original show program

Pre-order now:
2CD The Rock Legend: http://smarturl.it/cjl_rocker_cd
CD The Composer: http://smarturl.it/cjl_composer_cd
DVD: http://smarturl.it/CJL_2DVD
Blu-ray: http://smarturl.it/CJL_BR
Box-Set: http://smarturl.it/CJL_Box

Full track list and details

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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

August 20, 2014

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Order Celebrating Jon Lord here

August 16, 2014

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Order your copies of Celebrating Jon Lord – live at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. It comes in five different editions.

USA, Canada orders – HERE
All other countries – see below.
Full details here.

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– Three good scores in one day

August 8, 2014
Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

deutschland_flag_25In this third and final part of our exclusive interview with conductor Paul Mann, he looks back at the rockier second half of Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall last April.

Paul was instrumental in helping The Sunflower Jam create this unique musical evening – a successful celebration of Jon Lord and his life of music.

Paul Mann discusses the concert’s second half as well as the aftermath and the emotions that ran through the Royal Albert Hall during the concert.

Paul Weller opened the evening’s second half with two Artwoods tracks. Photo: Moth Clark

by Rasmus Heide

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

As we move into the second half of the concert, the orchestra wasn’t involved in the Artwoods segment with Paul Weller singing. His involvement puzzled a few people. What was his connection to Jon?

– I think that Jon and Paul Weller were friendly, met occasionally and were mutual admirers, but I don’t think there’s necessarily any reason why we should have been restricted in our choice of performers only to people who were especially close to, or associated with Jon – especially when you have the chance to have someone like Paul Weller to do those songs.

– When we decided to include Artwoods material, he seemed the perfect choice, and besides which, I’ve always been a huge Jam and Weller fan.

Jon with Paul Well, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

Paul Well, Jon Lord, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

How were these two particular Artwoods tracks chosen?

– I think Paul Weller must have chosen them himself, in conjunction with Wix.

The Paice Ashton Lord pieces were a great surprise. How did you choose those two tracks?

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