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15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show

September 19, 2017

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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Nigel Hopkins at RAH: Humbling and very emotional

May 7, 2014

Nigel Hopkins piano ed
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 around it. It still hasn’t hit me properly about how important it was. I am waiting for the moment that it actually sinks in.

The camaraderie backstage and on the rehearsals was amazing. It was like everyone had been family members and they were celebrating a birthday.

In this case, it was Jon’s life and music we were celebrating and I could honestly say that there were moments when every single band member, musician and singer felt the power of respect and love for Jon and his music from the audience. Humbling and very emotional.

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How we celebrated Jon Lord; the music, the artists

April 26, 2014

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 Wickens (Keyboards)
Murray Gould (Guitar)
Jerry Brown (Drums)
Neil Murray (Bass)
Mario Argandona (Percussion)

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

April 25, 2014

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 musician.

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‘The sheer range was breathtaking’

April 24, 2014

Jeremy Irons by Moth Clark CJL

‘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 loal resident from Jon’s hometown of Henley-on-Thames, giving his impressions of the concert.

The photo shows actor Jeremy Irons as he read the Thomas Hardy poem, Afterwards, over Jon Lord’s piano composition – performed by conductor Paul Mann. Photo by Moth Clark

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Greek tribute concert to Jon

November 13, 2013

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 for rock band and string ensemble.

Soldier of Fortune + Bourree + Sarabande:

Organ solo + Bach Onto This part 1:

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Afterparty at Sunflower 2012: Thank you, Jon

September 20, 2012

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 Heide’s report:

Planet Rock‘s Nicky Horne introduced the evening’s musical programme and pointed out that all of the music would be dedicated to ‘someone who sadly can’t be here, Jon Lord.’

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Review: From darkness, a light of hope

November 16, 2011

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 Project shows; a stack of Concerto concerts in Europe and Russia; a victorious Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall (complete with fierce bluesrock jam with Joe Bonamassa, a buoyant Bourree, the deeply personal beauty of Pictured Within and much more); and most recently a preciously delicate presentation of To Notice Such Things at a small rural church in Sussex…

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