Jon Lord Tributes Flood in Following Death of Deep Purple Founder

Published 12 years ago on July 17, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

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Following the death of Deep Purple founder & rock colossus JonLord, the music world have been paying tributes to the storied andinfluential career of the Leicester born musician. 

Artists from all four corners of the globe have took to theirTwitter, Facebook Pages and Blogs to tell of their sorrow for thelate Deep Purple & Whitesnake keys-man.

Fellow Deep Purple bandmate,  Ritchie Blackmoresaid: "Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on inour hearts and memories."

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler posted online: "Very sad to hearof Jon's death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One ofthe greatest musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi recently workedwith Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a fewtimes, but never got to work with him. Blessings."

Accept bassist Peter Baltes told Blabbermouth: "Just like Ronnie[James Dio] was the master on vocals, Jon Lord was the kind on theHammond organ … R.I.P. Jon Lord. I grew up on Deep Purple. He wastruly the best … [It's a] very sad day for rock."

Slash added: "Sad day in rock and roll. Jon Lord has passed on.One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal. One ofa kind. RIP."

Bryan Adams paid tribute online. He wrote: "RIP Jon Lord -incredible organist for Deep Purple, one of my fave bands growingup."

The Kinks posted: "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 tweeted: "What an amazing musicianand a true gentleman. We lost a great one. RIP."

Richard Jones of Welsh band Stereophonics tweeted: "Deep Purple inRock was the first album I bought. RIP Jon Lord. Legend! RJx.

Former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman said: "I was first madeaware of Jon with Shades Of Deep Purple in the mid 1960s and I wasa great fan. We became great friends and wrote stuff for (regularfundraising event) Sunflower Jam. And we were going to write andrecord an album before he become ill."

Ex-Genesis man Steve Hackett said: "I'm saddened at the death ofJon Lord. A very nice man who brought the worlds of classical androck music closer together.

Steve Lukather: "My heartfelt RIP to Jon Lord.. A massiveinfluence of all musicians of my generation and beyond.."

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello posted: "RIP the greatJon Lord, Deep Purple's cornerstone/keyboardist. So many greatgreat songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thankyou."

Iron Maiden tweeted: "Very sad to hear that Jon Lord has passedaway."

Joe Bonamassa said: "I am extremely saddened to hear of thepassing of Jon Lord today. One of the nicest and most talentedpeople Ive ever met. Rest in Peace." 

Photo: Paul Baldwin/EMPICS Entertainment


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