Jon’s final Sunflower Jam out on DVD

Jon Lord + Rick Wakeman
Classic Rock SunflowerThe Sunflower Jam
have announced the release of their long awaited DVD of highlights from their 2011 and 2012 jams at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Including every track from Jon Lord’s final filmed live performance – at the 2011 Sunflower Jam – the DVD promises to be a veritable feast of goodies.

Possibly the most mouth watering track is Jon’s and Rick Wakeman‘s world premiered composition It’s Not As Big As It Was – along with Jon’s powerful work on Joe Bonamassa‘s The Ballad of John Henry – and Bourrée from the Sarabande album.

The double DVD includes two versions of Pictured Within; one with Jon and Steve Balsamo from the 2011 jam, which was moving enough; the second being Balsamo’s heartbreaking tribute to Jon filmed in 2012 a mere two months after Jon passed away.

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New photo book to celebrate Jon’s life

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.

Tell us your story
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

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

Happy birthday, Jon!

– I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord

Watch Jon discuss the resurrected Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Tommy Vance in 1999 on VH1’s Friday Rock Show.

Filmed mere days before the Concerto’s 30th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, Ian Gillan lovingly explains how Jon’s Concerto originally helped raise Deep Purple‘s profile as the band was breaking through in 1969/1970 – and shows his affection for Jon.

– I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord.

With thanks to Tim Summers.

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– I was very plugged for a long time!

Looking back at Jon and Frida interviewed at the press conference for Zermatt Unplugged 2010.

Among other things, Jon is asked about his current projects – which he explains are mostly orchestral, acoustic and more unplugged than his 40 years in rock’n’roll:

– I was very plugged for a long time, he jokes.

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– To my pianist… Frida’s tribute to Jon from Zermatt Unplugged 2013 Continue reading “– I was very plugged for a long time!”

Steve Morse remembers Jon

In this video interview, Steve Morse remembers Jon, starting with the first time they met at rehearsal 24 hours before their first concert together in Deep Purple.

In that dressingroom, Jon immediately picked up on Steve’s guitar licks and replicated them and improvised over them on the Hammond – a deep chemistry the pair would develop over the years onstage.

Steve goes on to talk about Jon’s input on the recording of the Purpendicular album, performing Concerto for Group and Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall – and on Jon meeting Steve’s youngest son and speaking to him in a Donald Duck voice.

– The patience he had. He could do so many things so well. We miss him.

Steve Morse plays guitar on the third movement of Jon’s Concerto, recorded in 2012. Available in the Jon Lord Webshop.

With thanks to Barley Arts Promotion.

– To my pianist… Frida’s tribute to Jon

This year’s Zermatt Unplugged Festival in Switzerland (April 9-13) made special effort to honour two of its own – Jon Lord and Claude Nobs.

A special lounge offered people the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to Jon and to Nobs, the man behind Montreux Jazz Festival and the Funky Claude in Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. Both gentlemen were patrons of Zermatt Unplugged.

Frida Lyngstad took the stage to speak about Jon. The two had been close friends for many years when Jon wrote The Sun Will Shine Again for her at a difficult time in her life.

Watch Frida’s tribute to Jon:

Frida Lyngstad’s Tribute To Jon Lord – Zermatt Unplugged 2013 from TheSunflowerJam.