September 1, 2004

The tracklist for "Beyond the Notes" (release September 20) is:

1. Miles Away
2. De Profundis
3. One From The Meadow (sung by Sam Brown)
4. Cologne Again
5. I’ll Send You A Postcard
6. The Sun Will Shine Again (sung by Frida)
7. A Smile When I Shook His Hand
8. November Calls (sung by Miller Anderson)
9. The Telemann Experiment
10. Music For Miriam

In related news, Jon will be making the following TV appearances to promote the album:

19.09.2004 ZDF Sunday Night Classics 2 (joined by Frida)
22.09.2004 MDR Goldene Henne Gala
19.12.2004 ARD José Carreras Gala

July 19, 2004

Confirmed dates on the Beyond the Notes tour 2004:

01.10.2004 München, Herkulessaal (Residenz)
02.10.2004 Berlin, RBB Sendesaal
03.10.2004 Hannover, Theater am Aegi
05.10.2004 Köln, Vulkanhalle
19.10.2004 Hamburg, Musikhalle, Großer Saal
22.10.2004 Aschaffenburg, Stadthalle
23.10.2004 Stuttgart, Theaterhaus

Tickets on sale through the Karsten Jancke concert agency.

February 27, 2004
Jon will be appearing at the Hanover Preussag Arena on April 17th as part of a televised ZDF programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of rock and roll. The show will be aired live on ZDF starting at 20.15pm but tickets to the concert are also being sold at

May 23rd then marks Jon's return to Norway where he will be guesting the Trondheim Soloists for their concert at Korskirken in Bergen. The programme is as follows:

1. Metamorphosen. By Richard Strauss
2. Disguises - a Suite for String Orchestra. By Jon Lord (1st performance)
3. 3 songs by Jon Lord. Performed by Trondheim Soloists, Jon Lord on piano.

This concert is part of the Bergen Music Festival and more info can be found at (in Norwegian only).

November 21, 2003

"The Gemini Man is a brand new softback book concentrating on the orchestral works of Jon Lord, written by Vince Budd and published by Gnosis Press. Over 100 pages long, A5 format, with just a few illustrations, it is a very detailed analysis of Lord's work in this area. Vince looks at both the influences behind the work, as well as placing the pieces firmly in their classical context."

Details on how to order this book are available here!

July 15, 2003
Jon is scheduled to play the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on September 14th. This is in addition to his performance at the Hell Blues Festival there on September 13th. The Nidaros Cathedral concert will see Jon being joined by Sam Brown and Miller Anderson, with backing from a renowned classical ensemble from Norway called The Trondheim Soloists. A local newspaper featured an article on the concert in today's edition. You can read it online (in Norwegian).

March 7, 2003
Thompson Music Management documented Jon's recent tour of Australia, and there were plans for a DVD release. This has now been confirmed. Drew Thompson wanted to share the following:

March 7, 2003
Thompson Music Management documented Jon's recent tour of Australia, and there were plans for a DVD release. This has now been confirmed. Drew Thompson wanted to share the following:

Two DVD's are now confirmed to be in the pipeline , and will be ready for release by late April 2003. The Jon Lord / Hoochie Coochie Man set from the Basement is a real treat , and mixing commences Monday 10th at Metropolis Audio under the watchful eye of Bob Daisley and legendary engineer Ern Rose. It will be mixed in stereo (for CD) and 5.1 S/S (for 5.1 DD &DTS ). The vision edit will commence the following week.

An on the road look at Jon's first solo tour is also in the making with vision from his various shows, The Sydney Opera House and Perth Concerto shows, as well as some up close and personal vision of Jons new piece. There is also a great interview with Paul Mann and Jon Lord. Stay tuned.

February 22, 2003
The European premiere of Jon's new orchestra piece, "Boom of the Tingling Strings", will take place in Luxembourg on May 31st, featuring Michael Kieran Harvey and the Luxembourg Philharmonic. Check their website for ticket information.

The programme for the concert will be:

Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Paul Mann conductor

Britten Four Sea Interludes (from "Peter Grimes")
Jon Lord Boom of the Tingling Strings for Piano and Orchestra (European premiere)
Prokofiev Symphony No.5

January 20, 2003
As a celebration of Jon's career, there will be a brand new tour program ready in time for the Australian tour. Or in the words of the producers:

"44 page black and white tour program covering Jon's long and distinguished career. When Jon Lord enters the stage of The Sydney Opera House with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 23rd January 2003, after more than 4 decades as a touring musician, it will be his first true performance as a solo artist. This book is a tribute and a guide to his years with the legendary Deep Purple, recording and playing with Whitesnake, and his many "solo" recordings culminating in the release of his new album "Pictured Within."

This item will be available for sale through the Deep Purple online store starting this coming weekend. In the meantime, you can view the cover. We will hopefully be able to bring you a review of this item in the near future.

January 12, 2003
As of today, tickets are on sale for Jon’s only Queensland performance at Hyatt Regency Coolum on the Australian sunshine coast. It will be an intimate affair with only 400 tickets available through either Ticketmaster7 or the resort (0754461234). Performance is on Valentine’s day, Friday the 14th of February.

Also, the Sydney show at the Basement is due to be webcast. Stay tuned for more details!

December 20, 2002
The DPAS reports:

"Purple Records have released the THE LAST REBEL soundtrack (PUR 309). It has emerged that Jon Lord played a much more prominent role in the project than was first realised, writing most of the tracks (plus two co-written with Tony Ashton). The rock pieces were performed by Ashton Gardner & Dyke (in late 1970 at De Lane Lea), with Lord also playing on some - occasionally alongside Ashton. The soundtrack album was issued in 1971 and is now a hard to find item. The CD has been digitally mastered from the album master tapes, and includes an unissued track, alternate takes and studio chat. Visit purple records for a full history and sound clips. The cd can be ordered from the dpas online store."

The DPAS website also carries an article and review of "The Last Rebel" project, which is well worth checking out.

December 19, 2002
Paul Mann kindly sent us an update on Jon's new orchestral piece and its world premiere in Brisbane:

Jon Lord - Boom Of The Tingling Strings, 2003

I thought you might find it useful to have fuller info on the Brisbane concert:

The Queensland Orchestra, (Paul Mann, conductor; Michael Kieran Harvey, piano)

Brisbane Town Hall Programme:

Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Jon Lord: Boom of the Tingling Strings (World premiere)
Malcolm Arnold: English Dances Set1
Vaughan Williams: Fantasy on a theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar: In The South

Jon's new piece is a continuous structure lasting some 34 minutes, but in four distinct sections. Although it is not, strictly speaking, a piano concerto as such, it contains a substantial virtuoso part for solo piano, which is being played at the premiere by one of Australia's most renowned virtuoso pianists, Michael Kieran Harvey. Jon will be in attendance at the performance.

The piece will receive its European Premiere with the Luxembourg Philharmonic (also conducted by myself) at the end of May 2003.

December 17, 2002
The DPAS reports:

"The original 16mm print of the rarely seen PAL documentary (titled 'Lifespan'), made by the band in 1977 and screened at a few cinemas as a b-feature, has at last been tracked down. This comprises live footage from the tour plus rehearsal and off-stage scenes. It is hoped to combine this with the TV concert PAL did at the BBC in March 77 and produce a DVD. The good news is that the BBC footage has been freed for use, we're still working on accessing the other material."


December 14, 2002
Dates have now been set for Jon's upcoming solo tour of Australia. Courtesy of Thompson Music Mgmt they are as follows:

January 23rd Sydney Opera House (Concerto)
January 25th Sydney Opera House (Concerto)
January 26th Sydney Opera House (Concerto)
February 5th Adelaide
February 6th The Athenium, Melbourne
February 7th The Basement, Sydney (live webcast)
February 8th The Canberra Theatre, Canberra
February 14th Hyatt Regency, Coolum (to be filmed)
February 15th City Hall, Brisbane (world premiere of Jon's new orch. piece, "Boom of the Tingling Strings")
March 1st & 2nd King's Park, Perth (Concerto)

Info on how to obtain your tickets here.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the tour. This website will of course keep you updated as things progress. For now, all gigs above with the exception of the Concertos will feature a ten-piece band including Jon himself as well as Miller Anderson amongst others. They will be performing music from albums such as the Gemini Suite, Sarabande and Pictured Within. Also, the Brisbane concert on February 15th is the world premiere of Jon's new orchestra piece, "Boom of the Tingling Strings" (more details below.) Though please note that this concert won't feature Jon.

Also, in related news, Pictured Within gets an Australian release through EMI in the middle of January, to coincide with the tour. Please do spread the word!

And last but not least, reviews and pictures of these upcoming shows are much welcome. Send them here and they will be posted on the website!

November 22, 2002
As expected, Jon will visit Australia for an extended period from early January 2003. He is booked to perform his concerto at The Sydney Opera House with the SSO and Australian chart toppers George on the 23rd & 25th of January. Also scheduled is a spoken word appearance at the same venue on January 21st. This event is free, while you are able to order tickets for the Concertos through the Sydney Festival website.

As mentioned before, Jon will venture to Perth, Western Austrlia, to play with George in February. Further details to be announced.

More great news for Austalian fans is that Jon also plans to visit other states for a series of shows in early February, with a planned world wide webcast from Sydney on February 7th. More information on this shortly.


October 12, 2002
I just got word from Paul Mann:

Jon and I will be appearing in a concert on Wednesday next week at the Albert Hall, a show put in support of the Countryside Alliance, featuring quite a few well known actors and musicians (including Robert Hardy, Sir John Mortimer, and Roger Waters.) Aitch McRrobbie (who was among the backing singers at the Albert Hall concerto shows in 1999) will sing "Wait a While", with Jon on the piano and myself conducting the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

October 5, 2002
Some news just in regarding Jon's upcoming solo activities. It seems Australia will get the privilige of seeing Jon as a solo artist for the first time. This is the plan:

The Concerto for Group and Orchestra will be performed by George (highly acclaimed Australian act) at the Sydney Festival on January 23/25. Jon will possibly be involved. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be featured, but the piece will not be conducted by Paul Mann. (This will be the first time since 1970, that anyone else has conducted it!)

The world premiere of Jon's new piece for piano and orchestra, "Boom of the Tingling Strings", will be performed by the Queensland Orchestra in Brisbane on February 16th. Michael Kieran Harvey will be on the piano (i.e. Jon will not be performing), and the piece will be conducted by Paul Mann. The rest of the programme will be made up of English music by Britten, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Sir Malcolm Arnold. This piece will receive its European premiere in Luxembourg in May 2003.

The Concerto for Group and Orchestra will get its third Australian outing in Perth on March 1/2. The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, George (the band) and Jon will take part. Conducted by Paul Mann.

Jon is also planning to give a small number of concerts of his own music with a small ensemble (not unlike his short German tour promoting Pictured Within). These dates are still to be confirmed, and will no doubt be announced quite soon. Watch this space!

July 7, 2002
The DPAS posted the following on their website:

"The release date for the fully remixed and remastered editions of the original Sept. 24. 1969 "Concerto" is... Sept. 23. 2002! There have been some alterations to the various editions, and the Sir Malcolm Arnold piece will only be on the DVDA and SACD versions. However SACD does have some backwards compatibility and you will be able to play this on your existing CD machine. The full list of editions is:

DVD - The film of the show, with just the Concerto on (the band were not filmed). There is no VHS edition scheduled.

DVDA - Audio only. Remixed 5.1. Malcolm Arnold's 6th Symphony, the Deep Purple set (Hush - Wring That Neck - Child In Time), the Concerto For Group & Orchestra, the Encore (a shorter version of the third movement).

Double SACD - Audio only. Remixed 5.1. As above. You can play the audio from this on your CD players but won't get the 5.1 sound.

Double CD - Remixed. The Deep Purple set (Hush - Wring That Neck - Child In Time), the Concerto For Group & Orchestra, the Encore.

You can preorder any of the formats on the dpas orderline. Click here to see our illustrated Concerto discography."

(thanks to David Browne)

June 23, 2002
The current issue of Classic Rock magazine promises a full interview with Jon in their August issue, in which Jon will explain why he left Deep Purple. There will hopefully also be some hints as to where Jon's solo career will take him.

April 11, 2002
Jon's final concerts with Deep Purple:

September 6/7: London (Hammersmith Apollo)
September 8: York (Barbican Centre)
September 9: Bradford (St. Georges Hall)
September 11: Newcastle (City Hall)
September 12: Glasgow (Clyde Auditorium)
September 14: Birmingham (NEC)
September 15: Portsmouth (Guildhall)
September 17: Plymouth (Pavilions)
September 18: Bristol (Colston Hall)
September 19: Ipswich (Regent Theatre)

It's not confirmed whether Jon will be appearing at all of the gigs above.

July 11, 2001
Concerto conductor, Paul Mann, is currently doing an online interview with The Highway Star. He recently revealed that there are indeed plans to record some of Jon's new works, such as "From Darkness Into Light" (see previous news items for more info).

The project will go ahead with the collaboration of himself and the London Symphony Orchestra. Jon has apparently been busy composing and orchestrating between shows on the recent American DP tour and they plan to go into the studio in the near future.  More details as we get them...

March 31, 2001
The highly anticipated 'second' PAL album has now been relased. You can order it from Purple Records. See the news item below for more details...

January 28, 2001
A special edition of PAL's 'Malice in Wonderland' album will be re-issued in the spring. This is what Purple Records has to say about it:

"This special edition contains a newly remastered version of the band's '77 studio album (previously unissued on CD in the UK), together with over thirty minutes of previously unissued outtakes from their never released second album taped in Munich and thought lost. Assembled with help of band members Tony Ashton, Jon Lord and Ian Paice this release has been eagerly awaited by Purple and Tony Ashton fans and collectors. Large illustrated booklet.

1. Ghost Story, 2. Remember The Good Times, 3. Arabella, 4. Silas & Jerome, 5. Dance With Me Baby, 6. On The Road Agaian, Again, 7. Sneaky Private Lee, 8. I'm Gonna Stop Drinking Again, 9. Malice In Wonderland. BONUS SECOND ALBUM STUDIO TRACKS (provisional list) BLACK AND WHITE (vocals Tony Ashton), BALLAD OF MR. GIVER (vocals Tony Ashton), GOODBYE, HELLO, LA (vocals Tony Ashton), STEAMROLLER BLUES (vocals Bernie Marsden)."

September 16, 2000
"Sarabande", widely considered one of Jon's finest albums, will finally get a US release next year through Spitfire Records, a fairly new label which is showing great interest in the Purple family tree.

September 2, 2000
As mentioned earlier on this website, Jon has been working on a piece (String Quartet, Piano, Choir & Tenor voice) for his local church. "From Darkness into Light" was premiered last month (with Jon himself at the church piano). There will be a second outing tonight(!), excluding Jon, who's currently busy charming South American audiences with da Purps.

August 15, 2000
DPAS just announced that:
"Purple Records are on the trail of the long lost second album, and it's hoped to reissue the first LP with the best of the second as a bonus. The label is working with Tony Ashton and Bernie Marsden to try and finalise this."
It looks like fans in Central/South America will get their share of the Concerto tour too. Shows have been scheduled for September in addition to the ones which will happen in Europe later this autumn.

Ronnie James Dio will join forces with Purple for the entire tour, according to The Highway Star. The concerts will be similar to the ones at the Royal Albert Hall last year, so make sure you don't miss this!

July 1, 2000
Jon recently participated in an evening of music dedicated to Tony Ashton. Highlights included a reunion of both the classic Whitesnake line-up (with Company of Snakes singer Robert Hart taking Cov's place), as well as PAL. See for yourselves here!

Jon is currently also working on a score
for a TV movie, as well as a piece for his local village choir.

Work on the new Purple album has commenced in Orlando, FL - the band's second home. It now looks like it will see the light of day in 2001.

As most of you probably know by now, Purple will also be touring with a symphony orchestra throughout Europe in October. A few summer
(sans orchestra) have been scheduled as well.

Furthermore, please bear in mind that a couple of old Lord albums (namely Sarabande, Before I Forget and Windows) have been re-released by Purple Records. These are spiced-up editions featuring extensive liner notes as well as a bunch of bonus cuts.