Skip to comments.Why the Death of 'Deep Purple' Keyboardist Jon Lord, Matters More Than Ever
Posted on 07/18/2012 2:21:28 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
Jon Lord passed away on the morning of July 16th at the age of 71. Mr. Lord left the Earth surrounded by loved ones and leaving behind a legacy that has been so criminally underrated and disregarded by the "intelligentsia media critics" and "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame clique", that his death is creating not only an outpouring of grief and reflection....but anger as well.
Lord served as a founding member of one of the most successful rock and roll bands of all time: Deep Purple. Deep Purple is the band that during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s had guitar shops posting signs reading "If you plan to try out our guitars please don't play "Smoke on the Water" or "Stairway to Heaven", we can't handle it any longer."
You know your band has made it when a single guitar riff is one of the most iconic and hummed riffs and melodies in the history of all man-kind.
But Deep Purple was so much more than "Smoke on the Water", they were and are an institution that continues to perform to this day in venues across the globe. With such classics as "Hush", "We Can Work It Out", "Highway Star", "Space Truckin'", "Perfect Strangers", "Knocking At Your Back Door" , and "Chasing Shadows", it is just appalling that the band has never even once been nominated for "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame".
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The riffs on “Hush” all but invented a new genre of KB style.
All I can say to this article is, “A-Frickin-Men!”
don’t get mad, get even.
And I thought the holocaust was bad.
That's on account it's now considered to have waisis undertones, dontcha see?
Deep Purple Fireball is their best album and song( in my opinion )
And who is "THEY" you ask? Well "THEY" are people such as Late Night With David Letterman keyboardist, Paul Shaffer, MSNBC political commentator and black social activist Toure'. Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau, Hip-Hop and Rap magazine Source editor Reginald C. Dennis, 73-year-old music critic Robert Hilburn, Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, Co-Founder and Publisher of Rolling Stone magazine and owner of Men's Journal and US Magazine Jann Wenner, Lenny Kaye who is the guitarist for Patti Smith to name a few.
Paul Shaffer's name jumps out. As a keyboardist you'd think he'd have an appreciation for Lord's body of work. OTOH, watching Shaffer bopping around on-stage in his geeky style, maybe he's going to push for Deep Purple now so that he can "stand in" for the missing keyboard great.
Hip hop and rap are not rock n roll and don’t belong in the Hall. Now if anyone wants to honor these alleged artists, then let someone form a separate hall of fame for them.
I saw Deep Purple in concert on their Machine Head tour. It was the first 8-track I ever bought. I wore it out.......................
How many heavy metal bands were started because of “Machine Head”?
A lot of “Rock and Roll” has always been at least as much about the sizzle as it has been about the steak. Just ask Col. Tom Parker. (well that is if he were still around to ask).
Fireball isn’t their song though.
They even admit it in the liner notes on their greatest hits album. They stole it from rockstar by warpig.
If you were white, I would not go to the rap hall of fame. Anyplace where rap music is played and young blacks congregate, there always are shootings there. The black hip hop clubs basically have the dead body sihlouette floor tape on rolls behind the bar ready to go.
If they made a rap hall of fame they’d be having daily shootings, they could probably put them on the daily schedule, it’d be happening so regularly.
My brush with "fame" ...
Back in their EARLY days when they were GREAT! (without Ian Gillan however)
Once upon a time back in the mid 1970s at Taylor University, someone switched out the evening hymn carillon tape with Smoke on the Water.
I’m not sure a legit rock act or their fans should be pining to get in the R&R hall. Just look at the number of complete stiffs they inducted already. I mean if purple isn’t in yet, that’s on the numb-nuts who run the thing and their understanding of rock.
Posted from the thread that announced his passing:
Mr. Lord was in many ways the glue that held together the monumental talents with the monumental egos and appetites that made Deep Purple what it was
Peacemaker, mediator and taskmaster to the volatile combination of Blackmore and Gillan.
Coach to Glover and Paice, always bringing out their best
Composer, Symphony class musician, he always took Purple beyond Metal and Progressive labels, and just plain made them Deep Purple. They were in a class by themselves and he brought that class to them.
RIP Sir. Lazy will be played in your Honor
I doubt I’ll be around but would like to know what hip hop or rap song ( or artist) is still drawing crowds in lets say 50 years.
He could make a leslie sound like no other . . .
Thanks for that-good version
When they were on their game live there was no one better. The back and forth between Ritchie and Jon was oustanding.
Ian Paice is thoe only founding member still playing with the band. Not sure I would want to see him drumming with no shirt presently. Sound would be the same but the visual would remind me too mush of my old dumb butt.
Jon Lord brought an orchestral thread to the band that few others had. Made them unique
Had the 8-track and the album, missed the original line up and saw the “Burn” tour when they reformed. One of if not my favorite all time groups, a blend of Rock and Jazz like no other.
Stormbringer was my DP favorite.
You can tell they were having fun playing that night.
a pretty stunning list of those left out while “the red hot chili peppers” are on there way in
Mine, too! Hush, is a close second.
I’ve had “Hush” and “Lazy” playing in my head for two days now (not a bad thing).
RIP and Thanks Jon
Lazy Studio Version
Lazy Live in Japan
Smoking Cover of Lazy by Brazen Abbot
Thanks again Jon
Thanks man. I gotta break out my Made In Japan CD now.
Not only is Deep Purple excluded from the RRHOF but so is RUSH as well. But yet the Hall has admitted Michael Jackson and Madonna in !
Deep Purple was a huge part of my teenage years. We drove around blasting their music for hours on end. That was the era of great Rock and Roll and Deep Purple should be in the Hall of Fame!!
You can add bubblegum and disco to the list.
Many of the critic's "darlings" I never could understand. Take Bonnie Raitt for example. She's always getting awards for this and that but if I want to hear some real blues, I go elsewhere. I find her flavor of "blues" rather bland.
Some of my all-time favorite bands are 'Til Tuesday, Flash And The Pan and The Cars but they have always been ignored by the "smart set" who purport to be "cooler than thou".
I took a brief listen to your “Child in Time” and got to wondering: so this is what appeals to you. Sir, what is it that you like about this “song”? Surely, it’s not the melody since there is no recognizable melody to be heard. Deep, hidden meaning in the lyrics? To discern that would require more patience than I have. About 60 seconds was all I could take.
And this seems to be typical of post-1970s popular music.
One has to also wonder: are all the songwriters dead?
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