Tag Archives: Deep Purple

Rival Sons – Wembley Arena

I’m utterly ashamed to say I’ve never heard of Rival Sons; a fantastic blues rock band who had my head jutting to every infectious groove.

Their sound reminded me of the best things about Led Zeppelin during their Presence and Physical Graffiti albums; yet they have a funky swagger that’s all their own.

Like those two amazing albums, the drums raise the bar and it was absolutely excellent to see some slide guitar riffing out like ‘In My Time Of Dying’.  Fantastic guitarist.

Great vocals that reminded me of Paul Rodgers from Free, perfect balance in the rhythm section and massive kudos to the keyboard organis for giving me a Deep Purple nostalgia trip.

Top notch old school rock.

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Jon Lord RIP

Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s keyboard player, has passed away.

It all began with Deep Purple for me; I listened to various tracks back in my teens and this paved the way for my obsession with Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Spice Girls.  The latter may or may not be true.

My Grandfather instilled a huge love of JS Bach into me with his classical influences and I loved how Jon Lord fused classical movements using a Lesley/Hammond organ combo into songs like ‘Child in Time’ and ‘Highway Star’.

Holy fuck, those two tracks STILL blow my mind and are regularly played at an irresponsible volume in my car!

How anyone can listen to the intro of ‘Highway Star’ and not say ‘dun dun dun dun dun!’ in time to the opening riff is beyond me!?!?!

The thing about having retro music tastes is that the artists are pretty much already dead, mad or in their twilight years, however it was still a ‘shock’ to see that Jon Lord had passed away.

I can only say that it made me a little sad because it reminded me of a much simpler time in my life and one when I was probably most creative, that said, I couldn’t hold a candle to the talents of Mr Lord if I lived several lifetimes!

Rest in Peace Jon, you absolutely legend!