03 Maret 2011

Jon Lord : A Technique That Was Central To The Band's Success In The 1970s and Beyond.

Deep Purple keyboard legend Jon Lord made a visit to Paisley to speak to students at the University of the West of Scotland.

He was appearing as a guest lecturer on the subject of improvisation, a technique that was central to the band's success in the 1970s and beyond.

Before talking to the students and taking questions, he spoke with STV's John Kilbride, who asked him how important this was to the band. (http://bcove.me/mlbnvb3h)

Jon Lord said : "It was the rock on which we built our house, the give and take in the moment of musicians of equal calibre, on stage in front of an audience with the given that you are entertaining, you are not navel gazing, but doing something interesting to the audience but at the same time composing something in the moment. It is one of the most daunting yet massively enjoyable processes I can think of."

"And it was very much part of late 60s and early 70s rock, it wasn't exclusive to Deep Purple."

As to whether this is something that is lacking from many modern acts, he said: "I think it's still bubbling under, I think it's less part of modern popular music, it's very much more structured now in some cases that is an improvement, a move for the better, but in some cases I think it's lost some of that dancing on the edge of a precipice feel that a really good concert can sometimes have."

Deep Purple is widely thought of as one of the greatest rock bands of the 1970s, and enjoyed huge international success. Their albums In Rock, Machine Head and Made in Japan are amongst the biggest-selling rock albums ever, and remain a considerable influence on the genre.

Between periods with Deep Purple Jon Lord was a member of Whitesnake, another seminal rock band that continues to enjoy international success

Asked which musicians he found inspiring to work with, he said: "Ritchie Blackmore is a piece of work, an astounding musician, a law unto himself and very challenging to work with.

"I learned a lot from him and hopefully he learned something from me to. Perhaps he learned from me that there is such a thing as patience."

"I became friendly with and worked with George Harrison, he was known as the Quiet Beatle, and I learned a lot from him, not just about a way of looking at music but a way of looking at life. He was a wonderful man and a great friend."

With Jon Lord now retired from Deep Purple, he was asked if he still kept up with the band, who are still very much active, with former Rainbow keyboard played Don Airey taking his place.

Jon Lord said: "The drummer lives not too far from me, Iain Paice, so we're good mates. Roger I talk to a lot. Ritchie I haven't seen in years but we converse via the ether. They're all good pals, they're pals of a lifetime.

"I've spent over 30 years with most of them, that's a friendship that's not going to disappear."

As for his future plans, he said: "I'm just going to keep going along with the orchestra project. I'm putting together what I suppose what you could call a crossover  prog rock thing, I want to play a bit more of the Hammond organ with a guitarist, bass and drums and go on the road and see what happens.

"As long as the legs keep working and the hands keep working and the brain keeps reasonably sharp I'll keep doing it until it doesn't seem right to do it any more."



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info : John Kilbride, 25 February 2011 15:28 GMT

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Formasi VIII (2002-saat ini)

Formasi VIII (2002-saat ini)
Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Don Airey & Steve Morse

Formasi VII (1994-2002)

Formasi VII (1994-2002)
Steve Morse, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice

Formasi VI (1993-1994)

Formasi VI (1993-1994)
Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Joe Satriani, Roger Glover, Jon Lord

Formasi II-c (1992-1993)

Formasi V (1990-1992)

Formasi V (1990-1992)
Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner & Ian Paice

Formasi II-b (1984-1990)

Formasi II-b (1984-1990)
Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Roger Glover & Ian Gillan

Formasi IV (1975-1976)

Formasi IV (1975-1976)
David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Tommy Bolin, Ian Paice & Glenn Hughes

Formasi III (1973-1975)

Formasi III (1973-1975)
Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes & David Coverdale

Formasi II-a (1969-1973)

Formasi II-a (1969-1973)
Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore & Jon Lord

Formasi I (1968-1969)

Formasi I (1968-1969)
Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice dan Nick Simper

Pengikut

1967-1969

Salah satu pelopor musik Hard Rock kemudian berkembang menjadi Heavy Metal ini pada awal berdirinya merupakan ide dari bintang pop tahun 1960-an dan telah memperoleh kebesaran dengan band-nya, THE SEARCHER, dialah Christopher Crummy atau yang dikenal dengan nama Chris Curtis (Oldham, Lancs, tgl. 26 Agustus 1941).

Curtis melihat semakin berkembangnya musik Rock Progressive sehingga terbentuk suatu ide bersama rekannya di bisnis musik yang bersedia menolongnya.

Curtis mulai mendiskusikannya dengan Tony Edwards, yang bekerja di bisnis textile milik keluarganya di West End, London. Mereka pun diperkenalkan ke Vicki Wickham, seorang asisten produser acara TV : Ready, Steady, Go Pop Show.

Setelah setahun berjalan, secara formal Curtis lalu meminta pertolongan manajemen dan Edwards pun menghubungi teman bisnisnya, John Colletta, yang saat itu memiliki agen periklanan diatas perusahaan textile milik Edwards. Mereka lalu membuat keputusan untuk menggabungkan bisnis mereka dengan melakukan promosi band yang akan dibentuk Curtis.

Seiring dengan waktu, mereka sadar bahwa Curtis hanya memiliki mimpi besar yang hanya berisikan gagasan dan gagasan belaka. Sedangkan bagian yang paling nyata terletak kepada keberadaan teman Curtis yang juga musisi yang tinggal satu flat (Fulham's Gunter Grove) dengan Curtis, dialah Jon Lord.

Curtis pun masih bersemangat untuk membicarakan proyeknya tersebut dengan menampilkan kumpulan musisi terbaik. Salah satu musisi yang sangat diinginkan Curtis adalah Ritchie Blackmore, gitaris terkenal di Reeperbahn dan saat ini bermukim di Hamburg bersama kekasihnya, Babs.

Saat itu band telah terbentuk dengan formasi : Ritchie Blackmore (gitar), Jon Lord (organ), Chris Curtis (vokal), Dave Curtis (bass) dan Bobby Woodman Clarke (drum). Clarke merupakan referensi dari Blackmore berdasarkan promosi Melody Maker yang dibayar 25 Pound setiap minggunya. Sedangkan Dave Curtis tidak ada hubungannya dengan Chris Curtis.

Setelah melakukan jam, Blackmore melihat kelemahan Band terletak pada diri Chris Curtis sendiri, sehingga (sangat ironis) akhirnya Chris Curtis harus keluar dari Band disusul oleh Dave Curtis, sehingga Band hanya terdiri dari Blackmore, Lord dan Clarke saja.

Tak lama berselang, rekan Jon Lord semasa di The Flowerpot Men, Nick Simper (bass) ikut bergabung. Sedangkan untuk posisi vokal, Band telah melihat nama Ashley Holt, Rod Stewart dan Terry Raid.

Dari sekian pelamar, harapan terbesar terletak pada diri Mick Angus. Inkarnasi embrio ini ditambah lagi dengan saran Simper dan Lord untuk memilih Ian Gillan. Saat itu terjadi dilema apabila Gillan masuk ke dalam Band, sedangkan saat itu Gillan masih bergabung dengan EPISODE SIX.

Setelah kembali ke Slough dengan saat itu telah diberikan kepercayaan oleh Band, Angus mereferensikan teman akrabnya, Rod Evans.

Entah mengapa justru Rod Evans (ex. The Maze) bersama rekannya Ian Paice masuk kedalam Band. Dengan masuknya Paicey otomatis Clarke harus keluar dari Band.

Begitu banyak nama Band diusulkan seperti Orpheus dan Concrete God, namun Management mengusulkan nama Roundabout dan nama ini dipakai dalam tour.

Dalam tour di Tastrup, Denmark tgl. 20 April 1968, nama Band pun berubah menjadi DEEP PURPLE, yang diambil dari nama sebuah lagu favorit dari Neneknya Ritchie Blackmore.

Debut album Deep Purple, Shades Of Deep Purple direkam di bulan Mei 1968. Dalam relatif sangat singkat, hit single Deep Purple, Hush (dirilis bulan Juli 1968) menembus tangga lagu Amerika, dengan menduduki posisi no. 4.