During his recent spoken-word appearance at DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson was asked about his relationship with late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. He replied (via Blabbermouth):
“Jon Lord was a wonderful gentleman, and we were close friends. And he sadly died of… He had pancreatic cancer, but he survived for a year and a half – much against what everybody had said would happen.
“And actually, at the end, he didn’t die of pancreatic cancer – he died, unfortunately, of some terrible blood collapse that happened with him, possibly as a result of treatment.
“But we had all kinds of crazy plans, including me going out on tour with him, singing Deep Purple songs with an orchestra, which he was planning to do; that was one of the things we were planning to do.
“But it all got interrupted and canceled, and [it was] obviously very sad. He was a wonderful man.”
Asked if he’d be interested in doing an Iron Maiden concert with a symphony orchestra, Bruce replied:
“It’s been tried a lot by all kinds of people, many of whom I respect, and, to be really honest with you, I don’t think it works. I think it might work for the odd specific song -for example, ‘Empire of the Clouds’, my thing, has kind of got orchestra all over it.
“But that’s just one song, and that was written specifically with that kind of thing in mind. And I can see that working under certain circumstances, but that’s only one song.
“The problem with orchestras is what do you do with them when they’re not in use? Which is actually quite a lot of songs, if they’re gonna be really proper rock and roll-type songs.”