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 … Continue reading 15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show

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Nigel Hopkins at RAH: Humbling and very emotional

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

How we celebrated Jon Lord; the music, the artists

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

Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes + More Celebrate Jon Lord at Tribute Show

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

Afterparty at Sunflower 2012: Thank you, 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

Review: From darkness, a light of hope

Jon's From Darkness to Light at Nürnberg's Meistersingerhalle, Germany on Nov 13 2011. Review by Rasmus Heide A gorgeous, contemplative 25-minute prayer piece for choir, piano and strings, From Darkness To Light engulfs the mature crowd of concert goers at Nürnberg's Meistersingerhalle on Sunday night. 2011 has been a stunning year for Jon; several Blues … Continue reading Review: From darkness, a light of hope