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Sunflower SuperJam 2011

Jon Lord performing at the Nidaros Cathedral in Norway. Photo: Rasmus Heide, 2007.

This year Sunflower Jam is taking it up a couple of notches. First of all, it will be held at the Royal Albert Hall, on July 8. Second, the lineup they have so far secured for the event looks pretty spectacular:

  • Jon Lord
  • Rick Wakeman
  • Keith Emerson
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Newton Faulkner
  • Deep Purple with special guests

Sunflower Jam is a charitable event which has become an annual tradition for the past few years. It raises funds for the advancement of public health in the UK through alternative therapies.

Thanks to George Kikonishvili for the info.

25 Comments to “Sunflower SuperJam 2011”:

  1. 1
    Victor says:

    Wow! The three greatest keyboardists of all time plus Don Airey! I’m already picturing a massive Smoke On The Water performance…

  2. 2
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    Superb lineup 😉

  3. 3
    George says:


    When I first read about 20111 edition line-up, I was just shocked. Lord-Wakeman-Emerson – The Big Three of rock’s greatest keyboardists, playing together, + Bonamassa, Faulkner and Deep Purple with even more special guests. (with more legends, as announced)

    oh my god, what an event!

  4. 4
    Tommy H. says:

    Wow, it’s like the 70ies-rock-keyboard-heros-evening. Why didn’t that take place during the 70ies ;-)? Would be interesting to witness Emerson, Wakeman and Lord playing on their old equipment on the same stage side by side – like the super flamenco guitar trio Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin.

  5. 5
    stormin says:

    Woohoo,already booked the time off,any idea when tickets go on sale?

  6. 6
    biz says:

    ok, so one special guest is pretty obvious but… well, you know, glenn sometimes guests at joe’s gigs. so… maybe… ? ahmmm jon lord + ian paice + joe bonamassa + glenn hughes doing, let’s say, ‘burn’. ok, yeah, i know, time to wake up 😛

  7. 7
    Andy says:

    I contacted them re ticket prices, it will cost £5,000 per table or single seats at £500. Why are they not utlising the rest of the hall so people who simply cannot afford those expensive seats can see this once in a lifetime line up :/

  8. 8
    Crimson Ghost says:

    This is why I beg to differ rock and roll is a young man’s game, young men would never think of such unity… as they didn’t. Joe Bonamassa the little smarty pants has his foot in every Purple shoe he can fit it into. I hope he chokes on the surroundings and can’t get out of the bathroom fast enough after losing his cookies to get up there with them all, ha ha. Not really worried about taking the shirt off my back to attend, it will be filmed and pretty sure they would lose money to the cause by not releasing it.

  9. 9
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yes I do think Glenn would jump at a shot to be there, you know he’s going to, come on… this is going to crush, kill and destroy the paint off the walls of the RAH.

  10. 10
    Rommel says:

    The best keyboard players in the world gathered for a charity event! That sound terrific!!! I remember the first time Purple came to Mexico City back in November ’94, in the papers I read “John Lord is one of the best Keyboard players who has played in Mexico City, along with Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson.” Oh god! I wish I could be there that night!

  11. 11
    JUAN says:

    WOW¡¡¡¡¡ Lord, Wakeman and Emerson……DVD????????? CD????????

  12. 12
    tony lindhard says:

    Hopefully double/tribble/quadruble album will be recorded there. That’ll be awsome !!!

  13. 13
    Ralle says:

    I wish I could be there. Hope this will be filmed.
    Steve Morse and Joe Bonamassa at one show, fantastic.
    And I still wonder who is “Rick Emerson” (I’ve first heard from him by listening to DP “Live in London” a long long time ago, still simply great.)
    This music should be more on the radio.

  14. 14
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @10, I know, I saw Mr.Lord there in Concerto w/Mexican Symphonica, had a hard time with the rioting Dio fans when he left the stage, it was a life fearing situation for a few minutes there, they completely lost it… never been in anything like it.

  15. 15
    Rommel says:

    @14. I was there,too.

  16. 16
    David Sanderson says:

    With tickets alone costing the best part of a weeks wages and add on to that travel, food, drinks etc, I could get through the best part of a grand, I would love to go to this but it’s a bit of my price range.

    Please bring a DVD out, saying that, I’m tempted to start saving up or even break into my savings, I doubt we will ever see Lord, Wakeman and Emerson on the same stage again.

  17. 17
    Eugenio says:

    Should make a DVD for others to enjoy this unique spectacle fatal. also is one more way to raise for the cause

  18. 18
    Mike McBain says:

    Tickets start at £75.00 to £150.00 and are available on the Planet Rock Website

    See you there


  19. 19
    Anders says:

    Just bought two tickets for my son and me. I was there when they redid the Concerto and it was great. Hopefully this will be at least as good as that one :). The price for it is very fair in my opinion, as this probably is a one-off at the Albert Hall, lovely concert hall, by the way. Hope to see you all there!!!

  20. 20
    stormin says:

    went through process of buying tickets,£88 for ..okay…18’50 booking fee..ermm…£9.50 postage..fuck off

  21. 21
    A presa says:

    Keith Emerson still in the concert?

    I think he is not.
    Someone coud informe?

  22. 22
    Jezclayton says:

    Not only does it look like Keith Emerson has dropped out but the start time has been put back to 21:00, doors 20:15. Max two hours?

  23. 23
    barbaragray says:

    Just got home after a very frustrating evening. The Auction must have started late, so by the time the music finally began, it was nearly time for many of us plebs to run for the train. Neither did I appreciate being heckled by the Auctioneer several times for sitting in the cheap seats – having spent almost £400 on 2 tickets. This was a great deal of money to me, and I genuinely wanted to participate because I thought the Charity was worth it. But I am not interested in rude and classist comments. I really thought that we had put the days of segregation behind us.
    So there we have it. Take the afternoon off work, chase up to London, find out that the doors are not opening as scheduled, wait, get in to sit through speeches, watch the wealthy eat, watch the auction, watch 20 minutes of Music, leave. Hustle to get back across London to catch the last train. CRAP NIGHT> I for one will not be back.

  24. 24
    Big Dave says:

    I went, I saw, I was delighted!! Jon and Rick masterly; “It’s not as big as it was” shows that does not apply to their skills of composition or performance.
    The rest of the line-up delivered sweet music to gladden the heart.
    I gather the rich people made a big contribution to the charity in the auction, even a bid from the cheap seats secured an item.

  25. 25
    marc says:

    Was sorely disappointed with the Deep Purple conncert …. they played only for half an hour . Steve Morse couldn’t be heard …the guitar solos on Highway star etc are my all time favourites and I know them note for note …. you couldn’t here a thing Morse was playing … Joe Bonamassa’s sounded perfect when he jammed with Pruple on a couple of songs.
    Any views by someone more knowledgeable??
    I am a die hard fan – they have been my favourite band since I first heard them in 1978… and continue to be so after the concert.
    Was disappointed with Gillan too … his vocals lacked power.
    Is old age an excuse ??? I watched the Stones -who sounded perfect and were es active as teenagers on stage….
    Sorry …. that is the way I felt.

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