Jon just died. I'm shocked and don't know what to do, so I'm going to try to tell you a little about Jon.
Jon was the powerhouse keyboard player that brought rock and classical directly together many times. The first was his timeless organ solo on "Highway Star". The next was his "Concerto for Band and Orchestra". I was able to perform with the whole band as it was played at Albert Hall before we toured extensively with it. Just weeks ago, I was able to play on a studio recording of Jon's concerto and share some heartfelt thoughts and words with him.
Jon was the guy that would stop us from giving up on an idea in songwriting because it wasn't immediately obvious. I remember him encouraging me in the studio to keep doing what I was doing as I played around with an idea that I was intrigued with. After writing something as amazing as his concerto, he still had the imagination to hear ideas on top of anything I suggested. He always had a regal, gentlemanly manner. Like any of us, he could get annoyed, but he would only show it with his wry and dry wit.
Mostly, he was upbeat and a pleasure for anybody to be around. His humor was right up my alley, with us exchanging ridiculous thoughts like,"If Brenda Lee married Tommy Lee, her new name would be Brenda Lee......" Or having him finish the tune when an announcement at an airport would start with several musical notes to get your attention. It's hard to give anecdotes that convey an ease that somebody could give you, but he sure had that ability. We all love people that will pay attention to our kids, and years ago he charmed my (then) 5 year old son, Kevin with a Donald Duck imitation even while he was being hurried to get out of the dressing room and go to the green room for after show greetings.
Jon retired from the endless DP tour schedule, but continued to do appearances with original material and performances of his concerto. I knew he missed the band he helped start, but at the same time couldn't stand the relentless travel. From time to time, we would see him on tour, and he would sit in with us. The last time we played, less than a year ago, at the Sunflower Jam at Royal Albert Hall, he had just come offstage from performing with Rick Wakeman. Later I talked with him and his wife about how strange it felt to look around at the keyboards and not see him there at Albert Hall. We promised to do something together. Soon thereafter, we all learned of his battle with Pancreatic cancer. I kept hearing hopeful, positive reports that they might be making progress, but this sudden death caught me totally unaware. I thought we would meet and do a recording project in the future when he recovered from the chemotherapy. Well, we sort of did, but I had to record it and send it to him, as we were in different countries.
If you have friends, family, especially kids, don't ever miss a chance to do or say something special....or simply appreciate the fact that they are there. One day, they won't be.
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17 November 2009 21.00 u. The Big Day !!Deep Purple's Return To Holland !!!! Dinsdagavond 'it happened again' ! Gillan and mates waren in de Heineken Music Hall om Amsterdam op z'n grondvesten te doen schudden !
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Gillan aan 't begin van een 'besloten' concert van Deep Purple op dinsdag 18 dec. 2007 j.l. in Zürich, Zwitserland :
Hallo en welkom bij het reunie-concert van Led Zeppelin .... hihihi
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Deep Purple - 11/07/08 Zaragoza
As we were about to hit the stage the gig here was blown out by a storm that arrived without notice.
Did I say a storm? It was a tempest of biblical proportions.
Sorry we didn't get to perform for you but the damage to stage and equipment was so bad that it was impossible.
Some of the crew (not ours) were injured and we're waiting for reports.
I hope you are all ok!
We always try to get through these things, but for reasons of safety it was called off by the promoters.
Needless to say we look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future.
Cheers from all of the band, ig (from Caramba http://www.gillan.com)
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