On Friday, May 23, 2014, German power metallers RAGE
will take part in a very special event. The band will perform at "Tribute To Jon - Celebrating The Music Of Jon Lord"
, set to take place at in Bergheim, Germany. Art director for this project will be Martin Doepke
, who accompanied Lord
live on keyboards.
will be responsible for the rock part of the concert, the "NuMetal Symphony"
— orchestra bridging the gap from rock to classic.
See the greatest hits from DEEP PURPLE
and the "classic" works of Jon Lord
in a superb concert.
died on July 16, 2012 at age 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord
, who was known for his keyboard virtuosity and his reinvention of the Hammond B-3 organ sound, co-wrote such PURPLE
classics as "Smoke On The Water"
and "Child In Time"
, among others. Lord
and drummer Ian Paice
were the only original members to last through the band's initial run from 1968 to 1976. He was on board for their 1984 reunion and stayed on through to his 2002 retirement from the band, after which he's worked primarily in the classical field.
Over the course of his career, Lord
also worked with the ARTWOODS
, FLOWER POT MEN
, PAICE, ASHTON AND LORD
and good friend and neighbor, George Harrison
In a recent interview with Peter Makowski
drummer Lars Ulrich
stated about Jon Lord
: "I'm not sure that the people in today's hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was. He wasn't just another keyboard player on the side of the stage. In '66/'67, when Hendrix
and Ritchie Blackmore
were taking the electric guitar to a new level, by using banks of Marshall
stacks beefing up the sound, Jon Lord
was one of the first guys in hard rock to take the keyboards through the same process. He took a fairly standard instrument like a Hammond
organ put it through amplifiers and Leslie cabinets and introduced a whole new way of forcing the sound out of the keyboards.
said the other day that Jon
formed DEEP PURPLE
; he was certainly the instigator that made things happen. If not the musical leader, Jon
was the spiritual leader of the band. He was a pioneer, and I think that somehow that's gotten a little lost in the last few [months]. People are talking about, obviously, what a gentleman he was and what a fantastic band member but he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that's probably the biggest thing to remember him for."
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