Tom Morello, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics pay tribute to the late Jon Lord
The Deep Purple co-founder passed away earlier today at the age of 71
The co-founder and keyboard player with the metal pioneers passed away today (July 16) after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine said:
RIP the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple's cornerstone/keyboardist. So many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thankyou.— Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 16, 2012
Richard Jones of Stereophonics commented:
Deep Purple in Rock was the 1st album I bought. RIP Jon Lord. Legend! RJ x— stereophonics (@stereophonics) July 16, 2012
Meanwhile, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath took to his blog at Geezerbutler.com, to write:
Very sad to hear of Jon's death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the great musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings.
Jamie Cullum called the late star a 'hero', writing;
RIP Jon Lord - a hero of the keys. I think I still have one of your Moogs!— jamiecullum (@jamiecullum) July 16, 2012
Actor Ewan McGregor also paid homage, saying:
Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at 71. Jon played with my great friend Tony Ashton. They'll be jamming upstairs now!— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) July 16, 2012
Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Paice was a constant in the band during their existence from 1968 to 1976. He co-wrote many of the band's songs, including the seminal 'Smoke On The Water' and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on 'Child In Time'. Watch the track below.
He remained with the band when they reformed in 1984, until his retirement in 2002. He also worked with Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
A statement from his representatives reads simply: "Jon passes from Darkness to Light".