I was completely devastated when I heard of Jon's untimely passing. I had not seen Jon for a good 20... Read more
I was completely devastated when I heard of Jon's untimely passing. I had not seen Jon for a good 20 years since I was living abroad until 2018. I will have the fondest memories of Jon as a drummer, friend and mentor. His playing was always a level I could only ever aspire to but it was his character that really shone through - always upbeat (no pun intended!), dynamic, charming, erudite, focused and wise. He rehearsed Colosseum II in my rehearsal room back in the 70s. He was one of my most loyal customers and, if that was not enough, took the huge gamble of taking out my PA system on its first tour. We did 5 or 6 tours with Colosseum II and I personally tour managed three of those tours when Jon's long time tour manager, Alan, fell ill so got to be quite close with Jon. They were magical times, not least for the fantastic music every night. So, so sad that he has gone and I feel devastated for Barbara. Yes, Jon was more than a friend and the abiding memory for me is that he was a true gentleman - in all senses of the word.