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Although being in one of the loudest bands in the world with Deep Purple, Jon Lord not only had a love of rock 'n roll but also of classical music which he incorporated into the improvisations of the live sound. In 1969 the management of Deep Purple booked the band to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London to perform a classical score written by Lord to be conducted by Malcolm Arnold and to be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra along with the members of Deep Purple who had only just recruited Ian Gillan and Roger Glover into the band.

The fusion of rock meets classical caused outrage at the time with some members of high society, but the evening was classed as a roaring success, putting the name of Deep Purple into the public spotlight here in the UK although guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was none too pleased that all the attention was on the Hammond player. But this paved the way for the band to be more experimental and delivered the heaviest album ever at the time with 'Deep Purple... In Rock'.

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The combining of orchestra and rock bands also influenced Roger Waters to perform 'The Wall' in Berlin and also gave to courage for bands like Metallica and the Scorpions to follow suit many years later with playing their own songs with an orchestra.

The original score was lost back in 1970 until Jon Lord was gobsmacked when a fan painstakingly rewrote the entire piece note for note resulting in Deep Purple performing the concert again at the Royal Albert Hall for two nights back in 1999.

This new version is the first time a studio recording of the works has been made and sadly it seems rather fitting that this is to be Jon Lord's swansong and although he didn't live to see it released, he did get to hear the finished product.

jon lord

Only last May Jon Lord said: "Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple, I've played it over thirty times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over thirty times with Purple on the Concerto tour, so I've been honing the piece live on stage, and I've had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren't sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvellous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score."

The piece features three different movements, and whereas the original live score had the orchestra battling it out with the band this time it neatly all fits together in a much less agressive and ear pleasing manner and you could say that Jon Lord's mission is complete.

For this recording Jon has used the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conduted by Paul Mann who also conducted the live shows in 1999. The production was then moved to London's Abbey Road studios where Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson took on the small vocal parts backed by Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska with the guitar maestro's Joe Bonamassa, Darin Vasilevand current Purple six-stringer Steve Morse.

In the words of the great man himself: "This is the definitive version."


Click here for Jon Douglas Lord obituary.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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