Jon Lord, former keyboardist and founding member of hard rock legends Deep Purple, revealed on his website yesterday that he has been diagnosed with cancer. Lord said that he would be taking a break from public performance for the next year so that he can undergo treatment, but will continue to write music.
Lord's statement read:
"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."
JonLord.org added the following:
"May we also, at Jon's request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music)."
The same day, the 70-year-old Lord announced the release of a new orchestral album, titled "Jon Lord Live".
Thanks for the report to Michael Wright, Gibson.com.