Musicians Pay Tribute to JON LORD

Musicians across the world have paid tribute to former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who died yesterday aged 71 after a cancer battle.

He passed away suddenly after suffering a pulmonary embolism, commonly associated with the pancreatic cancer he’d been fighting for a year.

Former Whitenake bassist Neil Murray, who played with Lord in the band’s late 70s lineup, says: “If the original members of Whitesnake and Deep Purple could bury their differences to play a tribute concert to Jon Lord, I’d be there in a flash.”

Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath: “I turned my phone on as my plane landed at LAX, to hear the very sad news that we had lost Jon. It has deeply saddened me. A Gentleman and truly gifted. Jon was the one who convinced me to join Deep Purple Mk III. He was a father figure to me in those early years, and I will remember these moments we shared together. His music will live on, and I’m so glad that Jon and I wrote This Time Around. With love in my heart.”

David Coverdale, Whitesnake: “It was an absolute joy and pleasure for me to know him and to work alongside him. He is missed already.”

Slash: “Sad day in rock and roll: Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in metal. One of a kind.”

Peter Baltes, Accept: “Just like Ronnie James Dio was the master on vocals, Jon was the king on the Hammond organ. I grew up on Deep Purple. He was truly the best.”

Keith Emerson: “We just lost one of our squadron and now fly in a missing man formation.”

Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath: “Very sad to hear of Jon’s death following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the greatest musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times but never got to work with him. Blessings.”

Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater: “Very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Lord. He was an inspiration to me.”

Rudy Sarzo, Whitesnake, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne: “My condolences to Jon Lord’s family, fans and friends. Jon, thank you for being a part of the soundtrack of my life.”

Tom Morello: “So many great, great songs and that incredible sound of his! Thank you.”

Joe Lynn Turner, Deep Purple, Rainbow: “I am proud and humbled to have known him both personally and professionally, and blessed to share a special time with him. He was a true and gifted original, a gentleman of the industry, and he shall be greatly missed. May God hold you in his hands.”

Damon Johnson, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper: “His mark in contemporary music is long and permanent.”

Tracii Guns, LA Guns: “His style of playing the organ set the standard by which every rock band with organ lived by. A real legend and a real star.”

Joe Bonamassa: “One of the nicest and most talented people I’ve ever met.”

Manny Charlton, Nazareth: “He was a true English gentleman and an amazing musician. My fondest memory of him is in Montreaux while recording Rampant, him bashing the hell out of a piano of Shanghaid in Shagnhai.”

Ted McKenna, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Ian Gillan Band, MSG: “Last time I spoke to Jon was after he had given a lecture on his career, improvisation and musicianship. As well as his great talent as a musician and a composer he was also a genuinely nice man.”

Graham Bonnet, Rainbow, MSG: “A dear friend and a great musician. You brought fun, laughter, silliness and light to everything you worked on. You changed the world of rock with your unique take on it all. Forever in our hearts.”

The Kinks posted on their Twitter account: “RIP Jon Lord. A fantastic pianist and composer. With The Kinks, he played keyboards on You Really Got Me. Legend.”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider: “What an amazing musician and a true gentleman. We lost a great one. RIP.”

Richard Jones of The Stereophonics: “Deep Purple In Rock was the first album I bought. RIP Jon Lord. Legend!”

Iron Maiden said on their Twitter account that they were “very sad” to hear Lord had passed away.

Bryan Adams: “RIP Jon Lord – incredible organist for Deep Purple, one of my fave bands growing up.”

Finally, Deep Purple posted on their website www.deep-purple.com: “Our beloved Jon passed away on Monday 16th July 2012. We have lost a dear friend, a brother and a wonderful musician. His dignity and graciousness touched us all. His music was an inspiration and took us to places beyond our imagination… A truly great man. We humbly express our eternal love and great respect.”

Source:  ClassicRockMagazine.com 

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