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Jon Lord gives details about his summer concerts

Jon Lord felt he need to make some clarifications regarding his upcoming Summer Proms concerts, so he asked us to post this information:

Hi All

I [would like to] clear up what appears to be a bit of confusion about what I am gonna play at these three UK “Summer Proms” gigs I’m doing, on next Saturday the 26th July at Weston Park in Staffordshire, then on 16th August at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, and on 23rd August at Marble Hill near Twickenham.

It has been variously reported that I’m playing the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, and/or that
I am just doing a “warm-up” set with the Gemini Band before the “main event”.

So here’s the reality:-

I am playing three pieces:- The Telemann Experiment, The Road from Lindisfarne and Bourree (from Sarabande). I will be playing piano and will have Steve White on drums and Mark Cox on guitar, (and a bass guitarist I haven’t met yet!) plus all three pieces will be with the full orchestra, and will be closing the first half of the evening.

Much as I try really hard not to get too puffed up, and get myself into a hissy fit about my position on the bill, I also have to confirm the following:- I am NOT the “warm-up act”!!

Peace, love, music and all that good stuff


16 Comments to “Jon Lord gives details about his summer concerts”:

  1. 1
    T says:

    Heh, heh… I like the last bit. Not the ‘warm-up act’ indeed.

  2. 2
    Patrick says:

    come back to us oh lord come back to us

    “no offense don we still love ya”

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder says:

    These shows should be filmed for DVD release.

    This is all fine and dandy, and I truly respect him doing what he is inspired to do, BUT……Isn’t it time that Jon Lord and Ritchie put their “mannly pants” back on and make an effort to release a “Balls to the Wall” Rock Record? I’m not talking a BS “Purple Rainbow” Tribute effort. I’m talking a creative collaberative effort of pure music. I’d love to see these 2 get together with a bass player and drummer (no Ex-Purple types) and do some awesome instrumental tunes. Whatever inspires them, Blues, Hard Rock, the works. That is something to look forward to and push for.


  4. 4
    Sami says:

    Very good point, Tracy. They might do it,

    just wait for it, wait for it…:)

    I’m going to make the most of my day off(tomorrow that is),
    and listen to some Mk IV/Tommy Bolin…with a few beers & some
    fine whiskey.The wife & son are already asleep, so no interruptions from there, hahaa. Cheers to you all, HÖLKYN KÖLKYN !!

  5. 5
    James Gemmell says:

    I doubt there will be any such get-together again, but, hopefully,I’m wrong. Meanwhile,I enjoy what is.

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I m astonished.

  7. 7
    Tracy Heyder says:


    Cheers back and enjoy the Bolin evening. Nothing like a little “Wild Dogs in the night…….”


    Does this mean “I complete you”?


  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Try me………..

    See my suggestion for a Lord/Morse era Double CD.

  9. 9
    Tracy Heyder says:

    There are many suggestions on songs. They vary as much as the amount of songs there are to choose from. There truly is no “Bad Set List”. My arguement has always been the length of time they play. 1 to 1 and a half hours for a concert is an insult. I don’t care what songs they play to be honest. I expect a 2 to 3 hour show. Leaning on 3. May it be many songs or extended versions or better yet, both. That is what makes a good show. You can’t tease a group of fat rocking drinkers long enough to get them all riled up and then say……”Good Night, you’ve been great”. It’s about getting “Bang for the Buck” and 1-1/2 hours just doesn’t cut it. That would remove most of the complaints about song selection. There is a fine line between being happy about hearing certain songs and being entertained long enough. Long enough always is a sure winner. Just ask the girls you hang out with…..he he he.

    I do agree about the Morse era percentage though. It’s time to make that the majority of tunes. Do that and extend them into a 2 to 3 hour show and they will find themselves being worshiped completely. Even the ‘Blackmore Groupies’ would be saying……”Ritchie who? (Just for you Priest and the other ‘RB’ anals)….he he he!

    They only have so many years left. This is how they should finish up.

    Cheers……and you still complete me Priest.

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Short is better sometimes,I learned.

    And I am not of the school of Freud.

    I reckon Jung had more to offer in the end.

    And I feel it’s better for my health if I complete myself first.

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    Maybe theirs limit to the amount of time they can inhabit the stage. Not necessarily a limit imposed by the host, but more likely a health limit.

    These ‘boys’ aint so young. At 60+ maybe staying vertical for more than 1 hour becomes difficult. Bad hips, arthritis, varicose veins, and maybe incontinence, these are all issues to consider and that may effect the ‘not so young’.

    Its a case of weighing up performance time against venue attendance and relating it all to pension fund requirements.

    The show will go on………..but its the final encore.

    Freud, Jung?? No…….Im an advocate of Milligan……..’Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery’.

    ”Good Night, you’ve been great”.

  12. 12
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Priest, I think they call that a Happy Ending…..and it usually involves someone else……he he he.

    It’s time you get rid of the cats, don’t you think?


  13. 13
    Rascal says:

    Most of the time I let some else ‘complete’ me.


    Sometimes ‘I complete’ myself…..

    I understand the Mormons dont practice it at all!! Mind you, we only have their word for it!

    When the tension gets to much……..

  14. 14
    Tracy Heyder says:

    That might be just a little too much info……

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Says who?

  16. 16
    Tracy Heyder says:

    My stomache…….

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