Der Tod von Deep-Purple Legende Jon Lord lässt niemanden unberührt. Die Nachrufe von Freunden und Kollegen:
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple):
He was just an amazing character and, I suppose, the godfather of DEEP PURPLE, and we all looked up to him with tremendous admiration,“ Ian said. „If there was such a thing as a typical English gentleman in rock music, then it was Jon Lord. We’ve all been touched by Jon one way or another — anyone who’s involved in music, not only the fans, but also behind the scenes. We all know Jon for the inspiration and the incredible talent that he was. I could speak for hours about what he’s given us. We shall carry his memory forward and his music, of course.
Steve Morse (Deep Purple):
Jon just died. I’m shocked and don’t know what to do, so I’m going to try to tell you a little about Jon.
Jon was the powerhouse keyboard player that brought rock and classical directly together many times. The first was his timeless organ solo on ‚Highway Star‘. The next was his ‚Concerto For Band And Orchestra‘. I was able to perform with the whole band as it was played at Albert Hall before we toured extensively with it. Just weeks ago, I was able to play on a studio recording of Jon’s concerto and share some heartfelt thoughts and words with him.
Jon was the guy that would stop us from giving up on an idea in songwriting because it wasn’t immediately obvious. I remember him encouraging me in the studio to keep doing what I was doing as I played around with an idea that I was intrigued with. After writing something as amazing as his concerto, he still had the imagination to hear ideas on top of anything I suggested. He always had a regal, gentlemanly manner. Like any of us, he could get annoyed, but he would only show it with his wry and dry wit. Mostly, he was upbeat and a pleasure for anybody to be around. His humor was right up my alley, with us exchanging ridiculous thoughts like, ‚If Brenda Lee married Tommy Lee, her new name would be Brenda Lee…‘ Or having him finish the tune when an announcement at an airport would start with several musical notes to get your attention.