David Coverdale Opens Up About Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord’s Final Wish That Never Came

During his appearance on Planet Rock, David Coverdale has recalled the time when Deep Purple’s Jon Lord made a last wish involving the pair: a wish that didn’t come true.

David Coverdale is mostly known for his work with Whitesnake, the band which he founded back in 1978. Before working with Whitesnake, Coverdale is known for being the lead singer of Deep Purple in the time period between 1973 and 1976. Coverdale also released an album with Whitesnake titled ‘The Purple Album’ in May 2015, which consisted of covers of the songs he performed with Deep Purple. As a member of Deep Purple, he was also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016.

Coverdale joined Deep Purple in 1973 when he auditioned after he saw an article that said that the band was auditioning for singers to replace Ian Gillan. In 1974, the band released their first album with Coverdale named ‘Burn,’ and performed for the first time with him in April 1974 at the California Jam. Before Deep Purple disbanded in July 1976, they released their not-so-successful album titled ‘Come Taste The Band’ as Coverdale was eager for keeping the band together.

In a recent interview on Planet Rock, David Coverdale has talked about his time with Deep Purple, remembering when his former bandmate Jon Lord made a last wish which sadly didn’t come true. Coverdale said that at the time he worked on ‘The Purple Album,’ he had talked to Jon Lord and Jon told him he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

After the sad news, Jon revealed his wish which can be considered as his last: he wanted to do something Purple related with Coverdale after he beat cancer. Coverdale then said that they can do whatever Jon wants, but Jon then lost his battle with cancer.

Coverdale said during the show that:

“When I did the Purple thing [the 2015 ‘The Purple Album’], that was after talking to Jon, he told me he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he said, ‘Will you do something Purple related with me, once I kick this thing?’

I went, ‘I’m yours, John. Whatever you want.’ Sadly, he didn’t.”

Although the pair could not work on the potential project due to the tragic passing of Jon Lord, it would definitely be a sheer delight for the ears to see Jon Lord and David Coverdale performing together.