15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show

Tonight sees the 15th anniversary of Jon Lord‘s final touring show with Deep Purple. At Ipswich‘s Regent Theatre on September 19, 2002, Deep Purple bid a classy farewell to their maestro, as he made good on his promise to himself to spend more time on his own music.

Jon would later guest with Purple on individual songs, but this was his final scheduled appearance.

In February 2002, Deep Purple’s winter UK tour came to a stop halfway through as more or less the entire band and crew caught a seemingly unbeatably bad case of the flu. This would have been Jon’s final tour, and as the remaining venues were postponed for September, it was agreed that Jon would appear at the second half of these concerts with his successor Don Airey handling the first half.

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The last 100 copies…


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. Continue reading “The last 100 copies…”

Jon Lord enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple


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Last night in New York, a classic 1970s image of Jon Lord adorned the backdrop as Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Present at the induction were Ian Paice, Jon Lord’s wife Vicky LordRoger Glover and Ian Gillan (see photo below) together with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Also inducted were Ritchie Blackmore and original singer Rod Evans.
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In memory of Keith Emerson

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Keith Emerson has passed away. Here he is pictured with Jon Lord in Japan, 1993.

Together with Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord formed a musical triumvirate of inspirational keyboard maestros that shot to prominence in the early 1970s.

Emerson broke new ground with Emerson Lake & Palmer where he would alternate between piano, Hammond organ and his pioneering work on the Moog synthesizer, the early and very large versions of which often dominated his side of the stage with their tangled cables and numerous controls.
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Instant Karma: Remembering Jon Lord


Today is the third anniversary of Jon’s sad passing. Rather than mourn, he would have wanted us to celebrate with music.

This clip has never been shown before. A relaxed Jon Lord onstage in his local community near Henley on Thames in June 2009, celebrating Armed Forces Day with a band that included a few of his mates.

It had been a sunny day until sometime during the band’s performance, and the clip opens with Jon quiping about the weather forcing the band to curtail their performance – ‘health and safety all that, innit?’ – before he introduces John Lennon‘s Instant Karma and featuring a short but sweet solo on the Hammond.

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Jon Lord book sale tonight

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Signed postcard 400At midnight tonight (GMT time), we open our special commemorative sale of All Those Years Ago, the Jon Lord photo book.

For a five day period ending on July 16, 2015 (see update below), the third anniversary of Jon’s passing, the book will sell at £150 incl. world wide delivery.

Update: book sale ends July 20, 2015.

As a special bonus, the first 25 copies will come with a postcard signed by Jon Lord. Jon had signed these while on tour, and they recently came to light among our stock. See an example to the right.

Also available will be the Jon Lord Signed Edition of All Those Years Ago. See top photo. Signed by Jon Lord, these will sell at £300, and there are five copies only.

The signatures were signed by Jon, when the California Jam Books were produced. Jon signed them 3 weeks before he died.

Both editions will be available only from JonLord.org. As always, a portion of the profits will be donated to Jon’s favorite charity The Sunflower Jam.

Special commemorative offer ends July 20 2015.

Orders can be placed from midnight tonight (GMT time): JonLordShop.org

More details about All Those Years Ago.

‘A sound that roared through our lives’

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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.