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Jon Lord in Krasnodar

While on tour in Krasnodar in Southern Russia earlier this month, Jon Lord gave a wonderful interview where he does not shy away from discussing that other band he was in.

Part 1
What do you think of Russian audiences?
What’s the difference between playing rock and playing classical music?
Would you do a reunion with Deep Purple?

Part 2
What do you think of the Russian classical musicians?
What do you think of Russian classical music?
What do you think of the modern rock music?
Why Deep Purple are so popular in Russia?

Part 3
What were the most creative times for Deep Purple?
And what about Mk.3 and 4?
Are you staying in touch with other Purple people?
What do you think about President Medvedev’s affection for Deep Purple?
About the ‘golden generation’ of rock musicians.
General impressions of Russia.

Jon Lord – keyboards, Anna Phoebe – violin, Kasia Laska and Steve Balsamo – vocals, Cry Free (the band), and Kuban Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ponkin.

Thanks to ufokultura for the video and to Yvonne Osthausen for bringing it to your attention.

26 Comments to “Jon Lord in Krasnodar”:

  1. 1
    HZ says:

    So Jon spoke to Ritchie, hopefully they’ll have that bottle of vine and after it do some true hard rock retrospective with some good singer and the band. If there’s rock vibration, maybe some Lord Blackmore rock project, but I’d be happy with neo-classical collaboration also.
    They are architects of what DP was and is today, true legends.

  2. 2
    Eirik Solum says:

    “(…) meeting up with Blackmore to discuss music over a glass of wine, so who knows what will happen”. Wow, a collaboration of Lord & Blackmore could be something!

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Said it before and saying it again “total class act”.

  4. 4
    George says:

    “I’m not a legend, I’m just a musician” – haha, what a great man! You are THE MAN, dear Jon! <3

  5. 5
    Dennis Hanna says:

    Jon Lord is a legend. I’ve thought this since the first time I saw him play at The City Hall, Sheffield on 28th September 1972. What a gentleman too.

  6. 6
    fdr says:

    Wow! He and Ritchie spoke about and getting together and… who knows what might happen! I can hear the old rumour coming again!

  7. 7
    dale says:

    Jon Lord is firing on all cylinders and still very hot musically..So DP need to catch him soon and make a reunion concert with Richie inviteded as well…He has the classical background to make it a 3h concert…I can’t see Gillan screaming for too long…So this is it I think…It’s now or never…I love SM and DA as well…but its time for the old family to get together…Ian still has the final word…So I’m dreaming..but Its nice to dream..

  8. 8
    Roberto says:

    Jon Lord and Blackmore discussing…hope for an album together!

  9. 9
    Purpoz says:

    Very enjoyable, and I really like the presentation format. This interview with Jon sums up his entire career really – interesting, balanced and intelligent.

    From his comments on Mk3, I assume he doesn’t rate Coverdale & Hughes as having a creative influence on the band. Discuss!

    Regarding the proposed meeting with Ritchie, I can only hope Jon catches him on a good day and the wine is up to scratch – otherwise Jon could end up wearing it!

  10. 10
    Bob Lawrinz says:

    What a great guy. The British should give him his knighthood. A class act

  11. 11
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    The most exciting part of this interview for me was the news of John and Ritchie getting back together again for “who knows what might happen…”

  12. 12
    stormin says:

    Great stuff,pity the guy in the background during POH looked a little
    underwhelmed.but really good interview..shame the bbc dont acknowledge them like this..

  13. 13
    Prem says:

    Wow … finally Jon speaks to Ritchie and discussing music!!! Hoping a musical explosion happens…Holding my breath on this one!!!!

  14. 14
    Bo says:

    Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore talking music and having some win – I will pray every night that it could lead to these two GIGANTS in rock working together again. If they will play on the moon – I will be there.
    If good wine can make it – drink the best you can get and send the bill to me. I will be happy to pay!

    And Jon – YES you are a legend – BIG time legend!

  15. 15
    Scott F. Feighner says:

    Always good to hear from Jon. He seems very happy with what he’s doing since retiring from DP.

  16. 16
    Jazk says:

    John Lord still got the blues …still great and wonderfull sense of humor

  17. 17
    kraatzy says:

    Hey guys listen:

    Jon had some communications with Ritchie (!!!) “… to meet to drink a glass of wine and discussing music…who knows what happend …” !!!

    Very interesting news – very interesting … who knows ???



  18. 18
    Dirk says:

    Good news, but I think there will be not another DP-Mk2 Reunion. What I would like to hear for years and seems to be the only realistic hope IMO is the two playing together with piano and acoustic guitar. That would be something really great, not that BN-Pop stuff with synths and sweet woman voices which I personally can`t stand any longer. So a great opportunity if only Candy and Carole would let him do it. ;-}

  19. 19
    igor liba says:

    hope both will come closer in the future.great news

  20. 20
    Lionel says:

    So nice to hear the story of Jon and Ritchie talking together with a glass of wine ! I think every fan of deep purple is really happy to see this video.

    Jon, just drop me a line, I’m sure I can find THE bottle you need, here in France !!


  21. 21
    RickF says:

    A true Gentleman. It would be nice to see him back with Ritchie Blackmore. Both of them have been doing what they want to do for the past decade. As long as they have known each other I would be very interested in any music collaboration between the two legends. As for Purpoz asking about his opinion of the Coverdale/Hughes influence. They were not in anyway after “Burn” a part of the Music force that is Deep Purple. “Come taste the Band” at the time was my favorite album. Even then I did not think of them as DP. When I finally got my hands on a live recording from the tour from that period, I was…some what let down. Lord and Paice were great. Even Coverdale was trying. The other two were not even on the same stage. I understand now why after the shows in London, Coverdale saying it was over. Thanks for putting this great video up for us.

  22. 22
    Bill The Wizard Pierce says:

    Well as for Stormbringer, they did indeed let Glenn’s influences in there to much. Even back then Ritchie and David were the ones that said Lady Double Dealer needed to be toughened up and not so smooth, more like the live rendition, do that was more Glenn than David’s input, and Jon did indeed spend quite a few years with David from Lovehunter until Slide it In! Thats quite a long colaboration together. I understood his need to finish what he started with DP in 84, even though he said it was hard to leave Whitesnake, because they were on the verge on becoming a huge international act, which was correct. Jon we love ya man. Cheers

  23. 23
    Roberto says:

    actually glen hughes is trying to refor with David MkIII…maybe Jon Lord and Blackmore were discussing about this…

  24. 24
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 21 and others….

    Yeah, that would be nice.
    No, not nice SPLENDID!!!!
    Supeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeee : )

    I m probably gonna buy myself and some friends a ticket for his ” BluesProject” due to be performed in The Hague at the end of this year.

    But I d have been more interested in The Hoochie Coochie Men(PLEASE WITHOUT BARNES, he makes Graham Bonnet the most melodic screamer on earth)or better : A performance of several classical stuff.

    Even the last would not be without annoyance cause Lord seems not have a good taste in singers all the time.

    The only man who ever did sing Child In Time and Pictures Of Home with justice is IAN GILLAN, no matter whatever criticism one can make up about him.

    So forget Doogie(However sympa he may be : )
    Forget that other man who “tries” to do CIT.

    But inbetween I d like to embrace, probably for the last time in my live : ( , live experiences with Lordy and pieces of Sarabande and other classics.

    Ofcourse I could be so happy with just LAZY and seeing him in front of me, a way which will probably also never come back again.

    I could ask him to sign him his lates solo effort, which is so bloody wonderful I d cry sometimes.(…)
    Maybe I also coould restore my negatives from the DP in Genk 1985 show and let him sign that great close up of him I made.

    I hope for him to grow extremely old, but ……

    I m not dreaming of Ritchie and Jon together.
    They have a tendency to be unwilling to fullfill many fans desires.

    Tender Babes and Bach Onto This with both, mmhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Shit, did I still dream something up.

  25. 25
    purplepriest1965 says:

    And…..again :

    Wasnt it Jon that once talked about the Maggie Bell period in the 70 s that he felt frustrated, a backgroundmusician?!

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:


    This is from the site of ” Paard van Troje”(Horse of Troy)and directly shows the page on which one can order tickets.

    Even though my bank(RABO Bank)was attacked yesterday by hackers I was able to print my tickets last night : )

    Notification : You have to registre and make an account to order.

    Its more expensive than I expected and the Maggie bell outfit is not exactly my favourite but still……

    Lordy Lordy Lordyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    Here we come!!!!!

    Mark, Rotterdam

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