The death of keyboard wizard and rock giant Jonathan Douglas Lord at the age of 71 was reported here last year on the day of his passing
The Concert to celebrate Jon
was announced some time ago, and will be held at London's world famous Albert Hall on April 4 next year. Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse have already been confirmed as attending. For those not familiar with one of the greatest rock bands ever assembled, these names are:
Ian Paice — the first and only drummer Deep Purple
ever had. The twin sister of his wife is Jon's widow.
Roger Glover — bass player who replaced Nic Simper when Deep Purple Mark II was formed. Multi-instrumentalist Glover is also a songwriter but his other main strength is as a producer.
Steve Morse — lead guitarist.
And keyboard player Don Airey who has also played with the late great Gary Moore
and the most significant name missing from this list, Ritchie Blackmore. Will the man in black show up? Who knows, but in addition to his personal tribute to his long time collaborator he recently recorded an instrumental: Carry On Jon
, though it has been suggested a more fitting title would be Carry On Gary
Jon Lord composed and recorded a great deal of music, including classical, so the following short list of his Deep Purple tracks is purely subjective:
And The Address
- a Blackmore/Lord composition, this magnificent instrumental is the first track off the band's debut album.
- another Blackmore/Lord effort, from The Third Album
, with a full orchestration by Jon.
- the first song the band ever recorded. Magnificent.
Child In Time
- a group composition with the Mark II line up from the massive In Rock
- the title track from the first Mark III album was co-written by Ritchie Blackmore and new boy David Coverdale, but features some typically fine, frenetic keyboard work by Jon Lord.