Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Deep Purple: Jon Lord continues cancer battle, thanks fans for support

Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord recently announced that he is fighting cancer and will be taking a break from performing while getting treatment.

Since breaking the news, Lord has been inundated with support from fans, and the music legend has posted an update on his status.

“Just a quick line or two from an absolutely overwhelmed, gratified and humbled musician,” writes Jon. “Your responses to the news of my condition have touched my heart in a way that has truly helped to make my life a better place to be than it had occasionally threatened to become these last few weeks.”

“Your wonderful messages wishing me strength and courage have given me even more strength and courage – and so much more than you can ever know. I read many of them with tears in my eyes, grateful for this cast-iron proof of the innate goodness of the human being, and grateful to every single one of you for your invaluable support.”

“This message goes out too to all the similarly wonderful folk on other websites whose support has been equally warm and strong and I want you all to know how greatly heartened and comforted I am by all this.”

“The treatment continues and I am confident and being supported by my glorious family and an amazing group of friends. See you soon.”

Renowned for his skills as a composer, performer and master of the Hammond organ the Deep Purple co-founder has had a busy 2011, playing shows and, among other events, releasing a live album from his Jon Lord Blues Project and a new album simply entitled "Jon Lord Live" – recorded in Bucharest, Romania in 2009 with a full symphony orchestra, the album includes a selection of orchestral pieces representing Jon’s touring repertoire all over the world in recent years.

Last month, Lord received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester.

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