Monday, July 16, 2012

RIP Jon Lord

Iconic keyboard master of one of Wil's absolute favorite bands, Deep Purple's Jon Lord died today at the age of 71. 

From The Washington Post: By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, July 16, 1:12 PM

LONDON — British rocker Jon Lord, former keyboardist for the band Deep Purple, has died. He was 71 years old.

A statement on Lord’s official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple’s most famous tunes, including “Smoke on the Water,” and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002.

The statement posted on Lord’s website said he died “surrounded by his loving family.”

Nobody could play and "rock" a keyboard like this people.  Thank you Jon for everything, you were truly an influence on me and many others.  


  1. Just saw this on the BBC site - so sad, great man. Child in Time was one of those moments in life when you hear a song and just go "Holy Cow that is amazing"

  2. I agree, it just doesn't get much better than that.

  3. Poor guy. Pancreatic cancer - yikes.

  4. Damn. I KNEW I shouldn't have come over here today.

  5. In lighter news, Happy Birthday GEEZER BUTLER !