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Jon Lord joins Anna Phoebe for a new band

In his last week Rock Planet interview Jon Lord mentioned that he is getting an itch of playing more Hammond and is putting a new prog band together with acclaimed violinist Anna Phoebe. It looks like that the things are moving, as Anna posted yesterday in her Classic Rock blog:

I […] spent the weekend getting excited for a very special meeting I had yesterday with Jon Lord (as in the Jon Lord from Deep Purple). We spent yesterday in a North London studio with Hammond organ and violins at the ready, but actually spent most of the day talking and getting to know each other.

What an exceptional man – deeply humble, intelligent, witty, gracious and all round lovely! We talked about all aspects of music including our inspirations and influences, but also touring experiences and the routines we have when on the road. Despite his legendary status and a few decades head start, we actually have a lot in common with one another – not least with playing instruments which straddle the classical and rock world, but also in our attitude and approach to music.

The result of all this is that we have decided to embark on a musical project together! It will combine aspects of my solo music, as well as his orchestral compositions and also some Deep Purple songs…and some entirely new material which we will write together. The project will combine all of our musical influences and experiences into an exciting new sound…will keep you posted! Oh – and any ideas for a band name will be much appreciated!

If you never heard of Anna Phoebe, check out her guest performance with Jethro Tull:

99 lives from her performance with Angus Clark (that’s basically the Transsiberian Orchestra minus a big arena and huge pyrotechnics) in New York City:

Now, here’s a project I’m actually getting excited about 😉

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

19 Comments to “Jon Lord joins Anna Phoebe for a new band”:

  1. 1
    HZ says:

    Jon is LEGEND!!!

  2. 2
    elrupdeep says:

    I remember in the 80’s I read an interview of Ritchie saying that he like to listen to Jethro tull. Anna and Ian Anderson are already friends how about Jon & Ritchie than the best rhythmic in the market which is Roger & Ian Paice and here we are the best band in the world.
    long live R&roll.

  3. 3
    elprupdeep says:

    I remember in the 80’s an interview of Ritchie saying he likes to listen to Jethro tull. well Anna and Ian Anderson are already friends, how about Jon & Ritchie than the best rhythmic in the market which is Roger& Ian Paice and here we are the best band in the world.
    long live R&roll.

  4. 4
    dave_wallis says:

    This is stunning news!

  5. 5
    T says:

    Shades of Blackmore’s Night?

  6. 6
    Roberto says:

    …deep purple songs?! please just play your own new material!!!!!!! this is supposed to be a new band!

  7. 7
    Jon says:

    Reference @6.
    I have to say that I am enormously proud to be the recipient of probably the fastest criticism of a new band in the history of music.
    Anna and I met musically for the first time just a short five days ago to discuss some ideas about what we might play together. It seems that, even un-rehearsed and as yet un-decided, our possible choice of some of the material that we might decide to work on is subject to censure. I accept this great honour on behalf of budding groups everywhere.

    Oh – and by the way @5 – I’m not sure how something that hasn’t even been heard yet can be deemed to be a “shade” of Ritchie’s ever-delightful band of minstrels, although I accept this too as a compliment.

    Ah well……….onwards and upwards, eh?

    Hope to see you down the road somewhere.
    With kindest regards

  8. 8
    Arthur says:

    Nice one Jon, look forward to hearing this project.

  9. 9
    Austr says:

    Mr Lord! Nice to see you here! 🙂

    It sounds like an interesting project, and I’ll be checking it out. Nice to hear you’ll be firing up the Hammond again, good to have you back.

    I’ll now have to go and check out some of Ms Phoebe’s music…

  10. 10
    Roberto says:

    @7 Hello Mr.Lord,

    I am just tired to listen to deep purple songs played by related bands (as done by Gillan, Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes etc. etc.)…you demonstrate to have many good and sometimes phenomenal personal music ideas…so let us listen to your own music (as you did with the magnificent Paice/Ashton/Lord)…mine was just a suggestion which find its meaning if considered during the selection material time…
    Hope you will come to Italy (in the middle of would be great…;)
    I wish you well Jon!

  11. 11
    AndreA says:

    great pleasure to see here Mr.Jon Lord; Just yesterday and the day before on my Job car I put GEMINI SUITE,for me a little jewel from You. And every time I listen this cd i feel very proud to think I am a gemini like You: this is my big emotion…
    Best wishes dear man:
    sometimeS I dream to see you into the Big Cathedral here in Milano (it is called DUOMO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Cathedral)WHERE exist the second oldest organ of the all Europe.
    What a wonderfull thing to see You Jon playing a concert on this organ ( it conist on 16.000 reeeds/tubes).

    Dear mr jon lord I wish to You the best,
    wishing Well


  12. 12
    AndreA says:


  13. 13
    micke says:

    @7 😉 :-)) Good one Jon.

  14. 14
    AndreA says:


    sorry: I wanted to mean BIGGEST not oldest

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Way to go Lordy!

    His output is much more vibrant than his old colleagues.
    Well, apart from Glenn, that is.

    Right now I m hurting because I have to endure the fact that I ll NOT be able to be at one of the SARABANDE gigs.

    That album one has been a favourite of mine since the early 80 s and now……this.


    Well, thats life, I suppose.

    Bye bye love, bye bye Jon

    Please hook up with Ritchie as well.
    Make that cast in stone album with the timeless atmosphere of ANTHEM, please.
    Please come back to Rotterdam, Jon.
    De Doelen are awaiting you and you can have a nice meal with Marco……or me.

    Cheers. Sob sob.

    Mark, Rotterdam

  16. 16
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Can’t see the point in bringing in a second Keyboard player. Much rather a good guitarist and hopefully a Rockin’ Record. It’s been 8 years since Jon left Purple and has been doing the Orchestra thing ever since. As with Blackmore, it’s time to Heavy IT UP a little don’t you think? I also have no problem with doing a few covers of Purple or whatever he chooses from the past as long as the main body of the output is Original Material. I’m sure he misses his stint with Purple more than he cares to admit. So go ahead and do some of that. The main thing is, I want to see you Rock the Hammond around just once more as you did during California Jam. “Crank it and Spank it”!!!!!


  17. 17
    Peter says:

    Purple are finished and so is Lord! Live they hadn’t been any good since ca 2000! And on record – the last decent was Abandon. I’ve been a huge fan since the late 70’s….

  18. 18
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Trace

    Hi everybody

    Yep, still here…..

    Although my pc is now in repair for almost 3 weeks due to virusses I got from several bad asses and the flue the repair lady appearantly is struck bye…….

    I go to the libary now and then.
    Terrible, because its as slow as a pc from a decade ago.

    Well, a bit of detox cant be bad, I think.

    I love to see Jon doing the physical exercise behind the Hammond which maybe is the most essential instrument of the DP sound.
    But I ve been told Jons back cant take that anymore,it already got ruined during the Artwoods….. ,so…

    As far as I recall Jon did more than just the Orchestra thing.
    I did not like Jimmy , the shouter, Barnes as a singer but apart from that, the rythym and blues outfit was not very classical IMHO.

    Two keyboardplayers reminds me of PAL.
    I m not longing for it either but maybe we should not be that spoiled to complain again.

    Its kinda funny.
    Here in Holland a certain politican from the left has been ridiculed over and over again because he went to see representatives of a so called minority eye to eye over a tea gathering.
    That instead of acting less subtle like a lot of angry civilians wanted.

    In the USA the right appearantly likes to drink a lot of tea.
    I ve been told in tea there s a lot of cafeine as well.
    Maybe they ought to try decaf here as well?

  19. 19
    Steve Jones says:

    I’m really interested to see what will come out of this, and as I’m lucky enough to know the lovely Anna personally (indeed yo’ve linked to one of my videos), then I know it’s going to be something very special indeed. It’s about time the great British public got to know what a vibrant and talented violinist they are lucky enough to have within their shores.

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