BRUCE DICKINSON Performs Witch Orchestra for JON LORD's 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra'
Watch BRUCE DICKINSON Perform At 50th-Anniversary Celebration Of JON LORD’s ‘Concerto For Group And Orchestra’ In Quebec City
IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson performed last night (Friday, November 22nd) at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of late DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra”. Also appearing at the event were conductor Paul Mann, a close friend of Jon’s, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra (QSQ), and the PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND.
Video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of ICI Québec). Photos of the show are available at Le Journal De Québec and Le Soleil.
“When the concert was first announced“, Dickinson said: “It’s a great honor to participate in the 50th anniversary of the ‘Concerto For Group And Orchestra’. When Paul Mann contacted me about the Quebec event, I said yes immediately“.
“As many people know, DEEP PURPLE have been a major, ongoing influence in my life since I was a teenager, and down the years, I have been fortunate enough to become good friends with all of the band, most especially in my collaborations with Jon Lord”.
“My long collaboration with Jon Lord, and in particular his innovative, genre-defying ‘Concerto’, has been one of the greatest joys of my musical life. I look forward to bringing this piece to Canada for the first time on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. Jon’s spirit will definitely be with us.”
Lord died on July 16, 2012 at age 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord, who was known for his keyboard virtuosity and his reinvention of the Hammond B-3 organ sound, co-wrote such PURPLE classics as “Smoke On The Water” and “Child In Time”, among others.
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