And the Young Shall Inherit the Rock: Jon Lord's spirit lives on in a little kid

In the wake of the sad news about legendary rock keyboardist Jon Lord passing away today, here's something that might ease the pain a little bit.

Two days ago a clip was posted of seven-year-old drumming phenom "Jonah Rocks" performing one of the songs Lord is best known for: Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". That's the timeless track Lord cowrote--along with the other Purple members--for inclusion on the monumental Machine Head album of '72.

Maybe you'll agree that Jonah's joyful display of unbridled rockingness brings a ray of sunshine to this otherwise gloomy day. Ian Paice might even be a tad jealous!

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