Thursday, June 20, 2013

Deep Purple: Jon Lord tribute concert announced

A tribute concert to celebrate the late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord's life and music will be held on April 4, 2014 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Artists confirmed so far include Deep Purple members Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse, as well as Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, along with Rick Wakeman, Joe Brown and Alfie Boe.

More names will be announced in the months ahead.

The evening will be hosted by the BBC’s Bob Harris.

Lord passed away July 16, 2012 at the age of 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

With Purple, Lord co-wrote many of the group’s legendary songs, including “Smoke On The Water,” and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Lord is best known for his orchestral work, “Concerto for Group & Orchestra,” first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

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