View Full Version : Jon Lord dies at age 71

07-16-2012, 09:57 AM
Fucking terrible news.

"Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with the rock band Deep Purple, has died aged 71.

He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August.

Lord, who co-wrote many of Deep Purple's legendary songs, including Smoke On The Water, played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

A statement issued by his publicist said he died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by his family.

Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and the band went on to become one of the world's most popular rock bands.

Deep Purple split in 1976, but after reforming in 1984 the band had six studio albums and performed concerts all over the world, with album sales in excess of 150 million units.

Born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941, Jon Lord began playing piano, taking classical music lessons from a very early age.

He received a scholarship to drama school in London at the age of 19, during which time he began playing jazz and rhythm and blues in pub gigs.

Lord retired from Deep Purple in 2002."


R.I.P. Jon Lord,will definitely be cranking up some Deep Purple in your honor.

07-16-2012, 10:06 AM

Inevitable, it's sad to say.

07-16-2012, 10:36 AM
R.I.P. :(

07-16-2012, 10:59 AM
That's a shame. I really enjoyed his work. If I had to pick a favorite keyboard player, he would have been it. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.

07-16-2012, 11:15 AM
Wow. That sucks. RIP.

07-16-2012, 11:22 AM
There was no better keyboard player in metal/hard rock history. I think he is just as much the Deep Purple sound as Ritchie Blackmore ever was. Sad day in metal. RIP

07-16-2012, 11:38 AM
Rest in Peace :grim:

07-16-2012, 02:31 PM
Very sad! I still say my favorite keyboard part of any song is 2:15 - 2:43 in Highway Star. RIP!

Travis The Dragon
07-16-2012, 02:43 PM
Truly a great legend and way too young to go! RIP :(

07-16-2012, 02:50 PM
Truly a great legend and way too young to go! RIP :(

Dude he was 71, not 21.

07-16-2012, 02:50 PM
RIP :boohoo:

John The Drummer
07-16-2012, 04:02 PM
RIP :(

07-16-2012, 04:17 PM
Dude he was 71, not 21.

I'm sorry but that made me laugh.


Truly a legend, RIP. :bouville:

07-16-2012, 06:49 PM
71 is still damn young for someone to die. I know its older but still. Anyone dying under these circumstances is always too young!

My best friend's mom died from Pancreatic Cancer while we were in 7th grade. SO I definitely know the pain quite well for everyone involved.

R.I.P. to one of the best Organist/Keyboardists to ever grace the stage!

07-16-2012, 08:01 PM

07-16-2012, 09:36 PM
Dude he was 71, not 21.

That's only like ten in dog years though!

RIP :(

07-16-2012, 09:47 PM
RIP. Jon was a legend and a true originator and inspiration. I can't say he was my FAVORITE keyboard player, but he certainly wins my nomination for most important. The role of keyboards in rock and metal music developed largely because of his playing. Dirty organ rules!

Average life expectancy for a man in the UK is 78 by the way.

07-17-2012, 09:43 AM
These two posts speak for themselves:

Steve Morse:
"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. It's hard to give anecdotes that convey an ease that somebody could give you, but he sure had that ability. We all love people that will pay attention to our kids, and years ago he charmed my (then) 5 year old son, Kevin with a Donald Duck imitation even while he was being hurried to get out of the dressing room and go to the green room for after show greetings.

Jon retired from the endless DP tour schedule, but continued to do appearances with original material and performances of his concerto. I knew he missed the band he helped start, but at the same time couldn't stand the relentless travel. From time to time, we would see him on tour, and he would sit in with us. The last time we played, less than a year ago, at the Sunflower Jam at Royal Albert Hall, he had just come offstage from performing with Rick Wakeman. Later I talked with him and his wife about how strange it felt to look around at the keyboards and not see him there at Albert Hall. We promised to do something together. Soon thereafter, we all learned of his battle with Pancreatic cancer. I kept hearing hopeful, positive reports that they might be making progress, but this sudden death caught me totally unaware. I thought we would meet and do a recording project in the future when he recovered from the chemotherapy. Well, we sort of did, but I had to record it and send it to him, as we were in different countries.

If you have friends, family, especially kids, don't ever miss a chance to do or say something special.... or simply appreciate the fact that they are there. One day, they won't be."

Ritchie Blackmore:
"Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner companion. We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the word was that he was recovering and doing much better. This news came as a complete shock. Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories."

07-17-2012, 10:46 AM
This sucks, RIP