Jon Lord experimental concert launched online
The family and friends of the late Jon Lord have launched a website offering 11 videos shot during a previously-unreleased chamber orchestra concert in 2010.
The Trondheim Experiment includes a performance of Deep Purple classic Child In Time, complete with children’s choir, and the evening’s finale dedicated to Ronnie James Dio, who’d died the previous week.
The clips were shot at Nidaros Cathedral in Norway on May 24 that year and have been pieced together using audience recordings. The website include behind-the-scenes sections and an interview with the keyboard icon, who passed away last year.
Billed as “a celebration of good friends and music,” the concert took place in a location that Lord admired highly and referred to as “the venue of the gig that changed his life in 2003.”
Introducing Child In Time Lord says: “This is a big number in my life, this one. I love doing it in a slightly more Lordy way than the Purple way – but it’s pretty much the same.
“It became a very powerful song – it seemed to say a lot for a generation and somehow it stills says the same thing. The same stupid things keep happening all over the place. Still, we keep trying, don’t we? Onwards and upwards, my mother always said.”
Lord dedicates The Sun Will Shine Again to Dio, commenting: “Rest in peace, Ronnie. A fantastic guy with a heart as big as himself. We shall always remember him – but this is also for everybody who ever felt right down in the ground and thought it’s never going to get any better. The sun will shine again, as the song says.”
The website explains: “This is a tribute to Jon Lord, a hero and friend. This is also a celebration of a very special concert. In many ways it was an experiment – new arrangements, new musicians, songs rarely played.”
The Trondheim Experiment tracklist
To Notice Such Things
The Telemann Experiment
Wait A While
Soldier Of Fortune
Child In Time
The Sun Will Shine Again