Jon Lord, the musical force behind Deep Purple and latterly a composer for symphony orchestras, has posted the following message:
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.
We wish him a speedy recovery. Lord, 70, has a premiere scheduled with the Oslo Philharmonic next spring – a concerto for Hammond organ and orchestra.