Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord diagnosed with cancer

Shocking news from former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord: he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Jon posted the following statement regarding his condition:

“I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure.

I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

God bless and 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, just this week, 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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See also:

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