Fri, Sep 26, 08

According to a posting on the DEEP PURPLE fan site The Highway Star, PURPLE was joined by former keyboardist Jon Lord for five songs at this year’s Sunflower Jam 2008 on Thursday, September 25 at the Porchester Halls, London, England. This marked the first time that Lord has performed with the band in several years. Extended versions of “Hush” and “Wring That Neck” insured that fans of Lord’s Hammond style were sent home happy. Singer Ian Gillan had the flu and as a consequence the band reshuffled the setlist to include more instrumental pieces.

The group’s setlist was as follows:
01. Pictures Of Home
02. Strange Kind Of Woman
03. Hush (with Jon Lord)
04. Wring That Neck (with Jon Lord)
05. Mary Long
06. Highway Star
07. Contact Lost
08. Steve Morse Solo
09. Well Dressed Guitar
10. Smoke On The Water (with Jon Lord and IRON MAIDEN’s Bruce Dickinson)
11. Black Night (with Jon Lord and Bruce Dickinson)
12. Lucille (with Jon Lord and Bruce Dickinson)

The Sunflower Jam is an evening of rock ‘n’ roll unlike any other. Artists such as Robert Plant, Margot Buchanan, Paul Weller, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice have all come together in the past to support The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust is an exciting new charity that aims to provide integrated, supportive care for cancer patients in the UK. The charity was created in 2006 and since then has supported thousands of cancer patients and their families.

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