“Jon had a wicked sense of hu­mour…”

The Deep Pur­ple key­boardist was hugely in­flu­en­tial on the prog world. Rick Wake­man re­mem­bers Lord and the le­gacy he left be­hind.

Prog - - Intro - Words: Rick Wake­man Re­ported by: Dave Ever­ley

“I only got to play with him on­stage once, which was at the Sun­flower Jam char­ity gig at the Al­bert Hall in 2011. Vicky, who or­gan­ises it, said, ‘You two can do some­thing to­gether’, and you just don’t ar­gue with her. We met up in a re­hearsal room a few days be­fore the con­cert and started to think about what we were go­ing to do. We de­cided he’d deal with the or­gan and piano and I’d deal with the synth side. Jon had this in­tro piece, which I loved, and I had this other piece, and we built it from there. Af­ter four or five hours, we had this thing that we knew re­ally worked. My key­board tech told me it was the most mag­i­cal mo­ment of his life.

That led us to the idea of do­ing an al­bum of new ma­te­rial to­gether. We were se­ri­ous about it. It got to the point where we’d ar­ranged to sit down in a cou­ple of weeks to prop­erly work it all out, when he called me: ‘Look,

I’ve been to the doc­tors and they’ve told me I’ve got pan­cre­atic can­cer. I feel good, but do you mind if we put things on hold un­til we get this sorted out?’ And sadly that never hap­pened.

Jon was a true gen­tle­man, and he had a wicked sense of hu­mour. At one Deep Pur­ple gig, he

JON LORD [LEFT] AND RICK WAKE­MAN PER­FORM­ING ON­STAGE AT THE SUN­FLOWER JAM CHAR­ITY EVENT AT THE ROYAL AL­BERT HALL, 2011.

BE­YOND THE NOTES: JON LORD INHIS EL­E­MENT.

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