Legendary Deep Purple Hammond organ player, pianist and composer, inspiration to generations of musicians, has revealed via his website that he is battling cancer, and will not be performing for a while as he seeks treatment.
Lord co-founded Deep Purple in 1968, and he and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant members during the band's existence from 1968 to 1976, and from their reformation in 1984 until Lord's retirement from Deep Purple in 2002 to concentrate on classical composition and low-key blues projects.
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More recently, he has been working on material with rock 'supergroup' Who Cares, featuring Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Mikko Lindstrom from HIM, Jason Newsted and Nicko McBrain.
Lord's full message on his website reads as follows:
"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 - Jon."
We at Metal Talk send Jon our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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