Bassist Michael Anthony
, VAN HALEN
) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE
keyboardist Jon Lord
"I am deeply saddened to hear of Jon Lord
's passing. Growing up listening to music, Jon Lord
and DEEP PURPLE
had one of the biggest influences on me both vocally and musically. The first DEEP PURPLE
album I listened to was 'In Rock'
. The keyboards totally blew me away, and continued to do so on every one of their albums there after!! A huge piece of rock history for me is now gone.
. You were the best. My condolences go out to your family."