Last night saw the premiere of the 50th anniversary performances of Concerto for Group and Orchestra in Quebec, Canada. Newspaper reviews indicate emotions running high, a mass of musical mastery and a splendid evening had by all. See link to reviews below. Conductor Paul Mann, usually not a man prone to spiritual encounters, recalls the … Continue reading Quebec first night: Un concerto électrisant!
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 … Continue reading 15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show
Keyboard player Nigel Hopkins played piano at Celebrating Jon Lord last month in London - including centerpiece Pictured Within and All Those Years Ago. He kindly sent us his thoughts on the evening - with a musical memory of Jon added at the end: 'I hope you enjoyed the concert. It's taken me a while to get my head … Continue reading Nigel Hopkins at RAH: Humbling and very emotional
This is the official setlist covering all the music and all the artists at Celebrating Jon Lord - Royal Albert Hall, London - April 4, 2014 Jimmy Smith playback as audience arrived Introductory remarks by Vicky Lord Introduction by Bob Harris Orion Orchestra/Paul Mann (conductor) Orchestrations by Jon Lord, except were noted Fantasia from Sarabande House Band/Orchestra Nigel Hopkins/Wix … Continue reading How we celebrated Jon Lord; the music, the artists
The death of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012 was a big loss for those in the rock community, and to show how much respect he garnered, Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson, Yes‘ Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake‘s Mick Moody and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice and Don Airey all took part in a special tribute to the … Continue reading Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes + More Celebrate Jon Lord at Tribute Show
'The evening reminded everyone there, including many who had travelled from around the world, that nothing in our civilisation has a greater, more pervasive or longer lasting influence than music in all its forms.' Jon Lord's local paper, The Henley Standard, reports from Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall on April 4 with Philip Collings, a … Continue reading ‘The sheer range was breathtaking’
Under the title Before I Forget To Notice Such Things, the Jon Lord Tribute Band and the Hellenic Musica Viva string ensemble performed a live tribute to Jon Lord in Piraeus, Greece on November 10. Watch below samples of the evenings delightful performances of Jon's music - including a rousing rendition of Bach Onto This arranged … Continue reading Greek tribute concert to Jon
If Sunflower Jam 2011 was the unofficial crowning glory for Jon and his career, then this year's Sunflower Jam at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday Sep 16 was both the wake and the afterparty. Jon's singer Steve Balsamo paid a moving tribute to the missing maestro, and everybody else made sure the music stayed vibrant. Rasmus … Continue reading Afterparty at Sunflower 2012: Thank you, Jon