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Deep Purple confirmed for “Celebrating Jon Lord”

October 20, 2013

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The Sunflower Jam charity has excitedly confirmed that Deep Purple will be performing at Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall on April 4, 2014.

Following Deep Purple’s hugely successful run of shows at London’s The Roundhouse this month, fans of the band and of Jon, will get another chance to see them perform on one of the most iconic stages in the world, backed up by the 83-piece Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann – just how Jon would have wanted it.

The stylish poster design shown above was created by Jon’s son-in-law Al Cherrington before Deep Purple were added to the bill.

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The Sunflower Jam is a charity founded by Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. The charity passionately supports the research and application of holistic and non-toxic treatments for children and young adults suffering from cancer.

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Above and Beyond – Glover on Jon

October 1, 2013
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Jon and Roger discussing towels…

Deep Purple‘s new single Above and Beyond was written in memory of Jon. Bass player Roger Glover has released this message:

‘It’s fifteen months since that day in the studio when we heard the bad news about Jon. Strangely enough, although he left the band eleven years ago, his presence in the band has deepened since last year. Apart from the fact that his spirit seemed to pervade the recording sessions and that Now What?! is dedicated to him, these days an interview never goes by without one or all of us talking about him.’

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Paul Mann and Orion Orchestra confirmed

July 22, 2013

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The Sunflower Jam has confirmed the inclusion of Orion Orchestra: The Orchestra of Rising Stars for Celebrating Jon Lord At The Royal Albert Hall on April 4 2014.

The evening will include performances by the Orion Orchestra which will be conducted by Paul Mann, a close friend and musical partner of Jon Lord.

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Jon Lord with Paul Mann

Paul and Jon’s last project together was the recording of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 2011-2012 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Paul will conduct the Orion Orchestra, formed in 2005 by Toby Purser. Since then, the Orchestra has become recognised as one of the most dynamic orchestras for the cream of London’s music college students and graduates, with a repertoire stretching from the music of Azerbaijan to a performing and recording with Rick Wakeman (who of course, will also be performing at the concert for Jon).

Tickets will be available shortly.

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Jon remains here and close to us…

July 16, 2013

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Jacky Paice, Jon’s sister-in-law, writes today:

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the death of Jon. In many ways the pain of losing him still feels so raw and so close but in other ways we breathe a little easier every day knowing that Jon has passed to a better place, free from the pain, the worry, the exhaustion and all the other terrible, terrible realities of cancer. And, while he may have passed, he remains here and close to us every day.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t remember Jon and the wonderful man that he was. If we’re not remembering and reliving our memories of him, sat around the kitchen table at home, we’re working on the concert, speaking with his closest friends on a daily basis, imagining what Jon would have made of all this, awaiting the book that is about to be released, watching him perform on footage as we compile the DVD… He may not physically be here but, in a lot of ways, Jon is more here than he’s ever been.

We have been overwhelmed by the response from friends and fans since the death of Jon. The worldwide response from you all has been enormously helpful in supporting us, and especially my sister Vicky, throughout the last year. At the time, we could never imagine arriving at a place in which the beautiful memories, the fun, the laughter, the time spent together could outweigh the sadness and grief we felt when he left us, and while we may not be there completely, we are certainly well on the way.

To everyone who has taken time to show us how much you loved Jon, we thank you.

To family and friends, we hold your hand.

To Jon, we love you.

Jacky x

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All Those Years Ago – photo book details

July 16, 2013

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On the eve of the first anniversary of Jon’s death, Rufus Stone limited Editions has proudly announced a new, lavishly produced photo book on the life and career of Jon Lord.

Currently in production, the book will feature exclusive, never before seen, personal family photographs, contributions from Jon’s colleagues, friends and family, unpublished professional images and new, previously unreleased music and a live DVD.

Rufus Stone always wanted to produce a large format, mostly photographic book of Jon Lord’s incredible and respected career in the music industry.

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Wakeman pays tribute to Jon on BBC One this Sunday

July 12, 2013

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In Jon Lord: It’s All Music, Rick Wakeman pays tribute to Jon this Sunday on BBC One East Midlands.

The BBC writes:

‘The man who put the rock into the Hammond organ, Lord was always proud of his Leicester roots and went on to become not just a rock star but also a classical composer in his own right. Rick Wakeman also goes back to Jon’s former school to hear about his early passion for music.’

The feature airs this Sunday July 14 at 23:25.

Watch the preview (UK only).

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Concert to celebrate Jon: April 4, 2014

June 20, 2013

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We are very pleased to be able to announce that the concert to celebrate Jon Lord’s life and music will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4th 2014.

Artists confirmed so far include Deep Purple members, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse.

Iron Maiden frontman and long-time support of The Sunflower Jam Bruce Dickinson will also be performing along with Rick Wakeman, Joe Brown and Alfie Boe.

The evening will also be compered by the great Bob Harris.

There will, of course, be more names to announce so watch this space.

Tickets details will be announced shortly.

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New photo book to celebrate Jon’s life

June 9, 2013

Today, Jon would have turned 72.

In his honour, below is an exclusive and previously unseen clip of Jon rehearsing Lazy with Doogie White and the DCRS in Essen, Germany on November 15, 2010.

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Jon’s family and management are planning a deluxe photo book to celebrate Jon’s life. It will contain lots of previously unseen photographs.

To accompany the photos, the editors are assembling anecdotes, quotes or reflections that people may have on Jon.

If there’s a story, a quote or a joke he told, anything that you would be happy to see printed in the book and attributed to you – it can be one line or 2 pages, whatever feels right – please send it to book@JonLord.org.

If you have a photo that you would like to share as well, this would also be gratefully received.

Happy birthday, Jon!