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1984-85: A downpour of Purple

February 12, 2017

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Fans of Jon Lord‘s time with Deep Purple – particularly the band’s reunion in 1984 – might want to take a closer look at a new limited edition book just out titled For One Night Only.

When Deep Purple reunited in 1984 and toured the world with their very succesful Perfect Strangers album, UK fans had to make do with just the one open air show at Knebworth nr Stevenage on June 22 1985. This turned out to be the wettest June day on record, and the torrential rain meant Jon Lord’s Hammond and synths had to be covered up in plastic sheeting just minutes into the concert (see photo).
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Cologne Again, Tribute to Jon

January 25, 2017

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Bergheim near Cologne in Germany is the place to be for fans of Jon Lord‘s music this Friday. The town will host its second Tribute to Jon show featuring musicians who played with Jon.

Put together by keyboard player Matin Doepke, the concept was first premiered in 2014, when a competent cast of musicians performed classics and gems like Sarabande, Lazy, Highway Star, April and many more to a capacity audience.

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Come inside: Exclusive book snaps

November 30, 2016

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All Those Years Ago is the photo biography on Jon Lord‘s personal life and music career.

Right now we’re offering sneak peeks inside the book over at Jon’s Instagram profile: instagram.com/jonlord_org/

The photo shown here was taken backstage on tour with Deep Purple somewhere in America in 1974 and shows Jon getting ready for the show with David Coverdale in the background. Photo: Fin Costello.

banner3All Those Years Ago is available from JonLordShop.org and includes 240 pages of exclusive, personal and touching photos and tributes to Jon from friends, family and band mates. Also enclosed is a booklet of additional photos by photographer Fin Costello and a 10″ vinyl single of two unreleased songs recorded by Jon Lord in 2010.

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Gemini Suite reissued in December

November 24, 2016

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Jon Lord’s 1970 work Gemini Suite is scheduled for reissue on CD this December. Remastered from the original stereo mixes at Abbey Road, it marks the start of a new Jon Lord reissue series on earMUSIC.

Gemini Suite was first performed in September 1970 at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the rest of Deep Purple as soloists. The following year it was recorded at the Abbey Road and De Lane Lea studios as Jon Lord’s first solo project.

The six movement classic-rock fusion work was inspired by the members of Deep Purple and was commissioned by the BBC after Jon had created his initial orchestral work Concerto For Group And Orchestra together with Deep Purple in 1969.

The studio recording of Gemini Suite features the London Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Oscar winner Malcolm Arnold with guest musicians Albert Lee(guitar), Yvonne Elliman (vocals) and Tony Ashton (vocals) as well as Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass) of Deep Purple.

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New Jon Lord work celebrates life and love

September 20, 2016

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An exclusive new version of Jon Lord‘s Zarabanda Solitaria will feature on a brand new series of CDs titled Music For My Love.

Released by London-based label Toccata Classics, the series will ultimately comprise more than 100 new works for string orchestra composed and recorded in the honour of a young woman whose life ended much too soon. The first CD in the series will be released at the beginning of November.

Originally recorded by The Smith Quartet on the album “Dance” in 2010, the piece has now been arranged for string orchestra by conductor Paul Mann.

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– Jon was a patron of the label and a friend of its owner, Martin Anderson, whose partner Yodit Tekle is being commemorated in this set of recordings. I wanted Jon to take his place among the many other major contemporary composers who are involved in this project, but unfortunately, there isn’t really a suitable piece among the finished works. So it seemed appropriate to create an orchestral version of the Zarabanda Solitaria for this particular project, says Paul Mann. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Extra classic photos from Jon’s career

September 2, 2016

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The photo biography on Jon Lord‘s life and career now comes with a special photo supplement featuring classic photos of Jon by renowned rock photographer Fin Costello. Let’s have a look inside.

JL GH sigThe supplement opens with a touching foreword by Glenn Hughes – and is exclusively hand signed by Glenn. It then moves on to a fascinating series of atmospheric full page photos of Jon from the 1970s.

Jon is seen on- and offstage with Deep Purple and solo – including this rare shot of Tim Bogert (of Beck Bogert & Appice) jamming onstage with Deep Purple at Nassau Coliseum in March 1974.

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The last 100 copies…

June 21, 2016

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All Those Years Ago is the exclusive photo biography on Jon Lord‘s life and career.

Now down to its final 100 copies in stock, the book was created in close cooperation with Jon Lord’s family by Rufus Stone Limited Editions.

At a special price, these last 100 copies come with an special photo supplement featuring a selection of photos by legendary music photographer Fin Costello personally selected by Vicky Lord.

Costello photographed Deep Purple on and off stage on many occasions, and his iconic photos adorn several of the band’s albums including Made in Japan, Burn and Made in Europe.

The photo supplement comes in its own clamshell box individually signed by Glenn Hughes. The photo biography itself is signed by Rick Wakeman. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Jon Lord’s 75th

June 9, 2016

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Today we celebrate what would have been Jon Lord’s 75th birthday.

His music continues to excite, exhilarate and endure.

Please share your thoughts and memories on Jon and his music.