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Follow the Sunflower Jam

Royal Albert Hall; Photo © 2008 Paul Collins CC-BY-SA

The Sunflower Jam 2011 is upon us. Tonight, July 8, the Purple world will converge at the Royal Albert Hall to witness what could possibly be a historic event. The Highway Star will be there and our special correspondent will be tweeting the proceedings live from the hall.

12 Comments to “Follow the Sunflower Jam”:

  1. 1
    George says:

    Prince Charles of Wales will hold a special meeting prior to the show.
    A truly historic event, after 8:00 PM I’ll be on your tweeter and will keep refreshing the page, minutes after minutes.

  2. 2
    Marcelo Soares says:

    How historic? Jon has played with Deep Purple as a guest in previous editions of the Sunflower Jam. But with Joe Bonamassa on the bill, and thinking of who’s been playing with him… could a historic jam put someone onstage who hasn’t played with Purple since before I was born?

  3. 3
    Eric E. says:

    Kind of off topic here, but was VERY disappointed to find there are no tours given at RAH. Had a free day on a UK visit and just wanted to see inside such a musically historical building after seeing it for years on film/video.

  4. 4
    tony lind says:

    Is there an album being cut of this event ????????

  5. 5
    biz says:

    great! although a bit of a waste of opportunity IMO. Imagine if Glenn came along with Joe (they’re together on tour now, so it would be quite obvious) and they played Burn with Ian P. and Jon. I would be probably picking up my jaw from the floor now 😉 shame they didn’t think of it 😉 but i’m sure it was great anyway.

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    StratKat (a.k.a. 'T') says:

    What a stunning piece of architecture…

  7. 7
    Doug says:

    Erik- tours are done if the hall isn’t being used for soundchecks/prep work. At least they were running them the following

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    Doug says:


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    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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    Rasmus Heide says:

    Glenn wasn’t invited to The Sunflower Jam. Jon Lord did so much wonderful music during his own section of the show – and was not invited to play with Deep Purple.

  11. 11
    @xel says:

    @ 5:
    Spontaniously that was my first thought, too.
    But then -after a few days of reflection with the adrenalin subsiding- I think it was a very smart move of Jon to *not* sit in with Purple. This way he could prove to the world that he is an individual musician on his own, not depending on the past reputation of a big named band. With all due respect to the great musicians that participated and made this evening unforgettable, Jon outshined them by ages; without a doubt *he* was the top man of the entire show. No matter what style of music he was playing, he did it no less than perfect. DP could not even begin to think about touching his level that night.
    As for Glenn: I’m afraid you’re with a small minority having missed him there. He had already ruined Ronnie James Dio’s memorial gig, so I’m glad he didn’t get a second chance to create another incident and had to stay away from this. Another very smart move IMHO.

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    Rasmus Heide says:

    Just saying: Axel I completely agree.

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