Deep Purple Legend Diagnosed With Cancer

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.

Deep Purple Legend Diagnosed With Cancer
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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.

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    H4R1B0
    That sucks, Jon Lord is my favourite Rock Pianist/Keyboard player, he is so amazing, Highway star solo is one of the best things i have ever heard come from a keyboard. Im sure he will be fine. My thoughts are with him and his family.
    vikingman369
    To me me, Jon Lord IS Deep Purple.
    So Ian Gillian and Ritchie Blackmore are as inconsequential to Deep Purple as Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were to Black Sabbath?
    District
    Oh no... this is how it all started with Ronnie James Dio... hopefully this has a better end.
    Eirien
    Sad news, I really hope he gets through this. Lord is indeed a legend.
    theotherguy7145
    I didn't even know his name, and I love Deep Purple's music. The duel guitar/keys solos were always my favourite sections of their songs. Dammit! I genuinely hope he recovers alright!
    andrex1212
    Campion95 wrote: How is this not the top news....
    No kidding.. this is more important than any of the other crap that people are doing with music these days...
    eatfresh1736
    Campion95 wrote: How is this not the top news....
    Noel Gallagher's new song is clearly more important to the world of rock.
    swave75
    vikingman369 wrote: To me me, Jon Lord IS Deep Purple. So Ian Gillian and Ritchie Blackmore are as inconsequential to Deep Purple as Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were to Black Sabbath?
    Jon Lord is the most over looked member of Deep Purple.