By: Troy Frisby
New details have been released regarding the Sunflower Jam’s upcoming tribute to late Deep Purple founder Jon Lord.
Blabbermouth reports that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman have been confirmed as performing at the event set to take place next April, as well as Lord’s surviving Deep Purple bandmates Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey, who took on the role as keyboardist and organ player for the band when Lord retired in 2002.
According to the article, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently opened up about Lord’s death in an interview with Peter Makowski. Ulrich had recently spoken to Deep Purple co-founder Ritchie Blackmore about Lord’s contributions to music.
"Ritchie Blackmore said the other day that Jon formed Deep Purple; he was certainly the instigator that made things happen,” he said. “If not the musical leader, Jon was the spiritual leader of the band. He was a pioneer, and I think that somehow that’s gotten a little lost in the last few [months]."
Lord passed away from pancreatic cancer last July. After retiring from Deep Purple a little more than a decade ago, he had focused on composing classical music for the remainder of his life.
The Sunflower Jam will be held at London’s Royal Albert hall on April 4, 2014. For details about the event, head over to TheSunflowerJam.com.