Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category


Jon interviewed for Machine Head 40th

September 7, 2012

Classic Rock Magazine has produced a special anniversary issue commemorating the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple‘s Machine Head.

The magazine carries one of Jon’s final interviews – from June 2012 – focusing on the story behind the album:

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Video: Paul Mann’s Concerto interview

September 5, 2012

Exclusively for, here is conductor Paul Mann‘s tale of Concerto for Group and Orchestra.

In this 45-minute in-depth interview, Paul Mann takes us through the process of recording the Concerto in Liverpool and at Abbey Road Studios in 2011 and 2012.

He recounts the emotional day when Jon recorded his organ solo for the album; of working with all the guests on the album; and he also talks of the impact Jon’s Concerto had on his childhood years and how it helped shape his decision to become a conductor.

The interview was filmed on July 11, five days before Jon passed away.

Pre-order the standard CD edition and the digipack CD+DVD-audio edition (which includes a 5.1 mix of the Concerto). These will be released on September 28.


– I want it to sound absolutely spot on!

September 4, 2012

In this previously unheard March 2011 interview, Jon Lord speaks enthusiastically of his plans for the new studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra, that is coming out at the end of this month.

He explains his thoughts behind using different players across the movements, and how years of honing the score coupled with modern studio technology would now allow him to produce the most perfect recording of the Concerto possible.

– I’ve worked so hard on the score that it’s now in as good a state as it can possibly be in, and therefore I would like to have it recorded, so it can go down in posterity. I’ll do it with a hugely respected orchestra and with Paul Mann, who knows it inside out. There couldn’t be a better conductor for a studio recording of the Concerto.

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“Be positive. It costs nothing. It means everything.”

August 16, 2012

Jon Lord at Sunflower Jam, July 2011

Shortly before he passed away, Jon gave a couple of interviews that are now beginning to appear.

One is a major feature in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine and the other is a BBC Radio 4 documentary on rock musicians delving into the world of classical. Listen below for a short preview.

Rock ‘n’ Roll in Four Movements
When rock’n’roll began, it was music of rebellion fighting against the strait-laced world of classical music. The two worlds seemed far apart until the late Jon Lord wrote his Concerto for Rock Group and Orchestra, writes BBC in their preface.

Stuart Maconie talks to Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson about the genre’s excesses. And the late Jon Lord, in his last ever recorded interview, talks about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his early experiment with his Concerto.
BBC Radio 4, August 23 11.30am (GMT)
Listen live on the day

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Jon Lord plans studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra

May 20, 2011

Jon Lord is working on the definitive studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra, originally composed and first performed in 1969. The Concerto was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 (album release shown here) and again in 1999, but has never been recorded in a studio environment.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Paul Mann are confirmed for the new recording which will be completed later this year.

Updating the score
Jon has had plenty of opportunities to listen to and adjust the Concerto score.

– Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto Tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvellous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score.

Paul Mann

Liverpool Philharmonic and Paul Mann
–  I’m thrilled to have the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on board. I have immensely enjoyed working with them on several occasions since recording Durham Concerto with them in 2007. They are a wonderful group of players,  and with Paul Mann conducting – a dear friend and a man who knows the score inside out – there couldn’t be a better conductor and orchestra for this studio recording of the Concerto, says Jon.

Contrary to ill-informed rumours on other websites, no other Deep Purple members – current or former – are involved in the recording.

The musicians who are involved will be announced in due course.

Jon Lord photo: Kasia Łaska


– It is blood and sweat and tears!

April 29, 2011

Interspersed with clips from the concert in Krasnodar, Russia, in this thorough interview  Jon Lord speaks about his strong feelings for Russian classical music, Deep Purple‘s reputation in Russia in the 70s, his recent talk with Ritchie Blackmore and much more…

In the clips, Jon’s answers are shown in English. The Russian questions have been translated below.

Part 1 questions:
What do you think of Russian audiences?
What’s the difference between playing rock and playing classical music?
Would you do a reunion with Deep Purple?

Part 2 questions:
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Jon Lord talks Hammond shop with Malc Deakin

January 20, 2011

Making synthesizers look daft…

In this fascinating half hour video, Jon Lord discusses Hammond organs with session player and composer Malc Deakin. They recount Jon Lord’s invention of the glorious Hammond beast and how he came to meet one in Outer Mongolia.

Filmed at Jon Lord’s home studio, they also discuss Lord’s next musical plans, dealing with wooshing deadlines, playing Green Onions in D and much more.

Thanks to Hammond UK.


Come Taste The Band was Deep Purple’s love child

October 17, 2010

Listen to Planet Rock‘s brand new interview with Jon Lord from this week.

To coincide with the release of the 35th anniversary edition of Come Taste The Band, Jon Lord talks about his time with Deep Purple Mk4 – and the reissue of the expanded Deepest Purple compilation album, both of which are released this October/November.

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