Deep Purple Tribute: Iron Maiden, Metallica, More Salute Keyboardist Jon Lord

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There aren't many bands that I hold higher than Deep Purple when it comes to putting down the groundwork for heavy metal, driven by British rocker Jonathon Douglas "Jon" Lord's effectual, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple into one of the most popular hard rock acts of the past 50 years (he did the same thing with Whitesnake). On Monday July 16, at the age of 71, Lord passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. On behalf of rockers everywhere, I'd like to pay some respects.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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