JON LORD: More Tributes
More tributes are rolling in for Deep Purple's late keyboardist.
The tributes continues to pour in for Jon Lord, the former Deep Purple keyboardist who died yesterday (Monday) from a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71 and had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August.
Deep Purple: "We have lost a dear friend, a brother and a wonderful musician. His dignity and graciousness touched us all. His music was an inspiration and took us to places beyond our imagination… A truly great man. We humbly express our eternal love and great respect."
Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover: "It’s unthinkable that Jon is gone... A great sadness and sense of loss hangs over me. Not only has the music world lost a fantastic musician but a gentleman of the finest order. He was a giant in my life, a great friend, a fellow traveler, a teacher, not only of music, but of life. I am devastated at his passing."
Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore: "Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner companion. We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the word was that he was recovering and doing much better. This news came as a complete shock. Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories."
Ray Davies: "Rest in peace, Jon Lord. A fantastic pianist and composer. With The Kinks he played keyboards on 'You Really Got Me.' Legend."
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider: "What an amazing musician and a true gentleman. We lost a great one. Rest in peace."
Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello: "So many great great songs and that incredible sound of his! Thank you."
Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman: "We were going to write and record an album before he become ill. The news has hurt me like no other loss of a musician I have known. I can only thank him for the legacy he has left us all with his great music, great vision and for his kindness as he was one of the most gentle and kind persons I have ever had the pleasure of being able to call my friend. His contribution to music and to classic rock was immeasurable, and I will miss him terribly."
Former Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner: "I am proud and humbled to have known him both personally and professionally, and blessed to share a special time with him. He was a true and gifted original, a gentleman of the industry, and he shall be greatly missed!"
Brian May: "Immensely sad to hear of the passing of Jon Lord. A magical keyboard player and composer who created a whole new style in his work with Deep Purple and on the boundaries between rock music and orchestral. A fabulous musician, an inspiration and a true gentleman of rock."
Carl Palmer: "He was a great man and will always be remembered as one of the first musicians to combine group and orchestra together. The Royal Albert Hall concert with Deep Purple and the orchestra was fantastic."
Metallica's Lars Ulrich: "There was nobody that played like him. There was nobody that sounded like him. There was nobody that wrote like him. There was nobody that looked like him. There was nobody more articulate, gentlemanly, warm, or cooler that ever played keyboards or got anywhere near a keyboard."
Geddy Lee of Rush: "Jon Lord's roles as keyboardist and songwriter were essential to the sound that was Deep Purple. He was innovative and extremely influential, not only to myself and my bandmates, but to millions of musicians and music fans alike. He was and will remain an immensely important figure in the development and the history of hard rock music and his loss is felt deeply by all music lovers."