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Royal Albert Hall, London

mark taylor

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Deep Purple keyboardist and composer Jon Lord sadly passed away in 2012 and this special charity evening was to celebrate his life and works.

It started off with a highly emotional speech from his wife Vicki thanking fans and friends from all over the world for the messages of support the family had received before and after Jon Lord's passing.

The first half of the show concentrated on Lord's classical side with Paul Mann conducting the Orion Orchestra. Pieces from 'Sarabande' were beautifully delivered with the title track featuring Rick Wakeman. Murray Gould was joined by singer Margo Buchanan for a tranquil 'One From The Meadow'.

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Steve Balsamo sang Lord's last work, 'All Those Years Ago', whilst Miller Anderson astounded on on the moving 'Pictured Within'. Actor Jeremy Irons read the Thomas Hardy poem 'Afterwards' over a Jon Lord composition with Paul Mann on piano to end the first half of the show.

Local resident to the Lord family in the Henley musical sect is Joe Brown who despite not playing said a few chirpy words with raised many smiles all round. With a house band that at times featured three Whitesnake colleagues in Micky Moody, Neil Murray and Bernie Marsden, it was down to Paul Weller to get the rock rolling with a couple of Artwoods numbers with 'I Take What I Want'and 'Things Get Better' and it most certainly did.

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Marsden and Paice were joined by Temperance Movement's Phil Campbell and Nick Fyffe for PAL (Paice, Ashton And Lord) renditions of the funky 'Silas & Jerome' and 'I'm Gonna Stop Drinking Again' perfectly executed by the gravely voice of Campbell.

Balsamo returned for an acoustic 'Soldier Of Fortune' with Sandi Thom.

Glenn Hughes' tribute to Lord was simply amazing. After 'You Keep On Moving' he was joined by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson for a roof raising 'Burn' complete with keyboard wizardry from Rick Wakeman and guitar solo from Murray Gould. Hughes then filled the Albert Hall with his astonishing voice for 'This Time Around' leaving the stage emotional and to huge adulation.

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Deep Purple were the grand finale with Ian Gillan craftily looking dapper for the occasion in a t-shirt with a suit and bow tie printed on it.

Starting with two new songs dedicated to Lord in the keyboard driven 'Uncommon Man' and 'Above & Beyond' before Lord's stage favourites in 'Lazy' and 'When A Blind Man Cries'.'Perfect Strangers', 'Black Night' followed with Dickinson joining Ian Gillan on the vocals for a screaming 'Hush'.

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Surprisingly there was no grand finale of the immortal 'Smoke On The Water' but I believe the wondrous evening had run past it's 11.00pm curfew.

However this was a superlative show with an unpredictable set list by a whole host of stars from a varied ground of musical genres who all paid the greatest respect to Jon Lord for his music and friendship.

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Thank you Jon Lord for the lifetime of inspirational music you have given us all. God bless your soul.

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Photos by Neil Lupin

Click here for the review of Sunflower Jam 2012

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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