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Jon Lord in the studio

Paul Mann, Jon Lord and Joe Bonamassa in the studio, October 20, 2011; Photo Steve Balsamo

Last week Jon Lord was working at the Abbey Road in London on the studio recording of the Concerto for group and orchestra with Paul Mann, Joe Bonamassa, Kasia Laska and Steve Balsamo.

Kasia Laska tweeted on October 14:

Just bought a ticket to London. Going to record Concerto For Group and Orchestra part next week. So happy!

And later, on October 20:

Oh,And guess who was there?Yes, Jon Lord.It was so great to see him again!


Bonamassa writes on Facebook:

Great day in London.. Thank you Scott at Classic Rock for the great hang and to the wonderful Jon Lord for allowing me to play guitar on his symphony today.. It was such an honor and a thrill for me.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov and Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

45 Comments to “Jon Lord in the studio”:

  1. 1
    RickF says:

    This is indeed, good news! All of our prayers have been answered.

  2. 2
    Friedhelm says:

    It´s so good to see Jon again, and – as it seems – in good shape. This was the lift up of the evening for me

  3. 3
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    Great, great, great!

  4. 4
    David McCrory says:

    Absolutely fabulous, it is good to see Jon back recording again. I look forward to the release.

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    Tommy H. says:

    It’s really good to see Jon Lord again and the bits I heard sounded fantastic. Joe Bonamassa has a somewhat fine tone with his Les Paul. The more I hear from him the more I’m getting excited. What a guitarist …


  6. 6
    scott says:

    what a relief to see jon in his element! forgot that joe was involved as well!

  7. 7
    Héctor says:

    Great news! It’s wonderful to see Jon working at the studio. I’m very pleased to see him in good shape.

  8. 8
    jeff says:

    Good to hear progress on the project and GREAT to see Jon Lord back on deck- hopefully his condition is under control, fingers crossed…

  9. 9
    Guille says:

    How I hope he is not suffering too much this fucking illness…I wish he will be enough strong to fight. Be happy Jon, all your fans are supporting and praying for you.
    Fuerza Maestro!

  10. 10
    Purplefan says:

    Thank you Jon for your music.
    very soon on the road again !!!

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  12. 12
    StratKat says:

    It is indeed encouraging to see Jon up and about–and working. News of his condition has been both sporadic and vague.

    A studio version of the ’69 Concerto is only 42 year overdue. Recall that the pre-Concerto set included a version of “Child in Time” which Purple had recorded only days before and still sounded fresh and edgy. That vibe is gone forever–the excitement and case of nerves over the entire event, and some of Blackmore’s finest guitar playing on that ES-335, taking much longer for his solo than was planned. It is pure joy watching Dr. Arnold flip through the score, trying to figure out what was happening.

    The “new” version will be the result of evolution and progression from many performances around the world–probably very polished and much better sounding than the live original.

    I hope Dr. Lord does not monkey too much with the score (I did not care for the revisions and additional snippets in the ’99 version) and also hope that the guitar solo is allowed to go the same length of the ’69 performance. During the Concerto Tour, it seemed like Morse was just getting to stretch his legs a little and then had to quit.

    Another way of looking at the making of an official recording is a chance for Jon to put together the Concerto as a solidified, completed piece the way it was intended instead of a quick composition written in pieces, under duress and with a deadline.

    Either way, I am very much looking forward to this project’s completion and am encouraged by seeing the maestro at work! The bluesy section in the video sounded great!

  13. 13
    Bo Olsson says:

    Wnderful, wonderful, wonderful. I had tears in my eyes seeing Jon working again. All the best Maestro. Bo Olsson, Sweden

  14. 14
    HZ says:

    Oh, great news!

  15. 15
    Made in England says:

    Good news indeed. Jon is looking good. Let’s hope these video recordings will be available as part of the final package.

  16. 16
    Rob says:

    Great to see Jon working and looking so well. Inspirational.

  17. 17
    David Sanderson says:

    Great news, Jon will be around for a good few years yet.

  18. 18
    James says:

    In my opinion, unfortunately, Jon Lord looks very thin and week. Poor Great Man, you know … Im afraid about his health. He looks very very old…

  19. 19
    Bryan says:

    What fabulous news! It’s fantastic to see Jon being active again.

  20. 20
    Drdp says:

    Thank the LORD that our “Lord” appears to be doing better.

  21. 21
    paul says:

    seeing jon working again has made my day!

  22. 22
    byron says:

    I m so happy for Jon
    can’t wait to hear the record

  23. 23
    Les Hedger says:

    Looks like Jon is recovering well. FANTASTIC!!!! He is simply “The Greatest”

  24. 24
    nupsi59 says:

    very good news! welcome back, Mr. Lord!

  25. 25
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Some extra warmth and sunshine on top of the beautiful Indian Summer of 2011.

    Jon, I wish you well.

  26. 26
    Roberto says:

    First time I see Jon with short hairs…but still we don’t have true news about his cancer…

  27. 27
    ozzie says:

    Good to hear and see Jon, can wait for this project!

  28. 28
    Thunderhawk says:

    This is great, Jon looks good here, i’m very happy to hear something from his side, i was getting worried because it suddenly became disturbingly quit around him.
    Keep the fight going Jon, if someone can beat this thing it’s you.

    God Bless you Jon!

  29. 29
    ormandy says:

    We LOVE you Jon. Nice to see you up and around.

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    KIDD PURPLE says:


  31. 31
    Joanna says:

    How nice to hear Jon can work again! 😀

  32. 32
    lordydos says:

    Oh ! I just eagerly clicked onto the above video link and it appears it has “been removed by the user” ! Any ideas why and any chance of it being put back up?

  33. 33
    AndreA says:

    Jon I “love” You!
    you are a part of my life..You Know, for me and for a lot of us!



  34. 34
    stoffer says:

    Welcome back JON LORD!! 🙂 even if I can’t open the video

  35. 35
    Larry R. Toering says:

    The user is obviously not happy it’s been posted here?

  36. 36
    Reno says:

    Yes ! Great news ! Wishing you well John from the USA !!!!!!!!

  37. 37
    peter chrisp says:

    Good to have the great man back, and hopefully he has made a full recovery, and nice to see Joe Bonamassa recording with the legend.

  38. 38
    Jim says:

    Great to see Jon again!!! Be strong and never ever give up!!! You’re the best!!! Peace & love to you and you family!!!

  39. 39
    Francesco says:

    Bentornato vecchio mio.. sono contento vederti ancora al lavoro.. allora buon lavoro e non mollare.

  40. 40
    Pete says:

    Fantastic to see Jon working again so soon after his terrible announcement,let’s all hope he is recovering well.

  41. 41
    Morten Overgaard says:

    @13: Tears in eyes hearing about Jon’s illness, and as you write tears again reading that he’s back! I’m SO happy!
    This news makes my weekend!

  42. 42
    Hiza says:

    Like You all, I´m so very glad hearing these news! (As You might already know, there´s updated version of Mr. Lord´s DVD “With Pictures” now available. Inc. interview made this Year! )
    Dear Mr. Lord, I wish You strength, power and best possible recovery.
    When there´s will, then there´s way.
    God bless.

  43. 43
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Can anyone up a clip that does work?

  44. 44
    Joshua says:

    To know that Jon Lord is recording music is refreshing. Mr. Lord has an infinite amount of talent. I was very pleased to see him on “Out of My Mind”. The unique Deep Purple sound is something almost metaphysical. When Lord and Blackie put it together there isn’t any sound better. I’m a fan of Deep Purple and I look forward to seeing them transcend egos, personalities, managers, paper-work and come together to dig down deep and express that unique Deep Purple sound which is a blessing to all. Jon Lord must be one of the most “funnest” guys to work with; great humor, great fun. I’m rooting for you Jon 100%.



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    Vasilis says:

    It’s absolutely perfect to see you back in action. Many greetings from Greece Jon.

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