was gracious, personable and witty in the Q and A session In the
Drama Theatre of the Big White Building with the Sails last night.
There were about 100 or so people there. Jon
was interviewed by some guy on stage, then questions from the
audience were invited. It lasted an hour to ninety minutes. I
think there were a lot of music students there judging by some
of the questions (such as "What techniques do you use for notation"?),
but also a good group of diehard Deep Purple fans.
other things, he said he has been writing prolifically since leaving
Purple, and is planning on going into the studio in March / April.
He also said he's been very impressed with the Sydney Symphony
Orchestra, the band George, and their interpretation of his Concerto.
He says it's very different to, and 'less pompous' than Deep Purple's
version, which brings a whole new perspective to the piece which
he really likes. He said George's approach, especially in the
first movement, is more complementary to the orchestra; Purple's
approach was more combative. But he spoke with great fondness
of his time with Deep Purple, though he'd been thinking about
leaving for the last 12 years! Just couldn't quite bring himself
to do it! Says he's learned a lot about himself in the last few
years and now has more of a 'spiritual perspective to life', which
he hopes is being reflected in his music. In terms of the contradictions
of being in a loud rock band and writing symphonic music, he said
he loves both and quoted Steve Morse: "Aren't people allowed to
be good at more than one thing?"
Afterwards he came out to the foyer, chatted, signed autographs
and posed for photos. There
was some guy with a Big Mother of a Video Camera taking footage.
a whole lot of stuff is being shot for future DVD release.
Tomorrow night 'The Making of Machine Head is on TV. Bring it
Hogan. (photo: Drew Thompson. Click to enlarge)