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Sunflower Jam through the ‘tubes

For all of us who could not be at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, Youtube to the rescue.

Joe Bonamassa and Jack Moore (Gary’s son):

Jon Lord and Joe Bonamassa:

Jon Lord and Anna Phoebe:

Jon Lord and Rick Wakeman:

Deep Purple and Joe Bonamassa, Maybe I’m a Leo:

Grand finale: Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa and British comedian Bill Bailey (cowbells), Smoke on the Water:

Be sure to check out Rasmus’ excellent review of the evening on JonLord.org and Axel Dauer’s pictures from the event in our gallery.

Many thanks to all the uploaders for the video clips.

20 Comments to “Sunflower Jam through the ‘tubes”:

  1. 1
    TW says:

    – Lord and Wakeman are very different players but their playing together seemed to work pretty well.

    – As it was filmed for on stage projection, any possibility of a DVD release?

    – Are you ready for the “Bonamassa lined up as next Purple guitarist when Morse leaves” rumours. That should piss off Glenn Hughes…

  2. 2
    Tom says:

    thanks for all clips and pic. i hope so will be more 🙂

  3. 3
    @xel says:

    Many many thanks to whomever filmed and uploaded the “battle” of Jon and Rick at the Sunflower Jam.
    This was -undisputed- the musical highlight of the evening. (And in real it lasted way longer).
    Maybe someday the full thing will see the light of the day on any DVD.
    This fusion of the two greatest masters of their instruments was not from this planet. Absolutely breathtaking it was.

  4. 4
    Kevin says:

    Wow, absolutely superb. Just sorry that I couldn’t make this momentous gig, with, literally, an all star cast!!

    I hope that there is some sort of official release of this on DVD or BluRay. Even a CD release would be good.

    Oh, and Ian’s voice sounds fantastic right now.

    Thanks for the clips!

  5. 5
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Brilliant! Glorious! What a vibe even in cyberspace. Would have been unreal being in the house that night. Two of the top 5 ivories men on one stage. Wish to have seen the whole encounter.

    And then you have not only two of America’s finest banjo players, but even better having one of them being the finest in the galaxy! (Shame on me, I love to stir the pot every so often. But it’s all in good fun…. :>)



  6. 6
    Andres says:

    I was expecting something REALLY special this time, but, no Glenn Hughes, no Keith Emerson… Although Gary’s son moment was very emotional.

    MKIII please…

  7. 7
    rob says:

    Enjoyed the house band a lot especially Jon Lord but allowing only half an hour for the auction seemed ridiculous.Ive been following Deep Purple over 31 years now and have nearly 300 records connected to the band members.Due to the over running of the event I didnt see them perform any songs as I had to get my last train.The tickets for this event were really expensive and i understand the money goes to charity..But it would have been nice if some consideration was given to the people who wernt sitting at tables on the ground floor.

  8. 8
    Alan says:

    Immense event on Friday night. Lordy jamming with Joe B was the highlight. Pity Purple didn’t do something a little different. Anyone know what was wrong with the sound during ‘Highway Star’?

  9. 9
    Joanna says:

    Thanks a lot, so nice to hear Jack Moore, Rick Wakeman, Joe Bonamassa, Bill Bailey… How nice of you to give us these You Tubes. I wish I were there.

  10. 10
    Annemie says:

    STANDING OVATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wat a hertwarming ,most exciting powerful and magnificent show !!!
    And what a joy to notice Mr.Lord is as young inside as he looks great on the outside.What a style full of youth and power and feeling 😀

    What strikes me though, and this time not spoken as ‘a fan from another DP Mark’ but as an admirer and lover for wonderful music, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night should have been present here.
    For this occasion in harmony and charity it is a true pitty .
    The style of BN would have been most suitable , but most of all Ritchie together with Jon , I think that most fans can agree for this particular warm hearted show then, it would have been an unique enrichement in value an beauty !

    Anyway ,Maybe next time 😉

  11. 11
    kraesel says:

    Yes, it was really an almost historical event, but at the end we all left a bit disappointed, because Jon Lord (the musician of the evening) did not join Deep Purple and (because Joe Bonamassa of BCC was here) we were waiting for an appearance of Glenn Hughes as special guest.

  12. 12
    The Holy Chair says:

    Where is ” The Ballad Of John Henry”?

    Sad I was not there.

  13. 13
    Roberto says:

    jon lord and bonamassa jamming seems the best part of the evening…

  14. 14
    Ted The Mechanic says:




  15. 15
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 14

    Thanx : )

  16. 16
    Sami says:

    Awesome clips, thank you for posting them!

  17. 17
    Doug says:

    It was a great show, and and honour to be there. A few remarks on the above…

    Rob – sorry you missed the band, but from what I know, the music only started 15 mins late. It was everyone one else playing that made Purple late, plus Bill Bailey being given a ten minute slot (and stealing the show). Auction not really to blame (and yes – I was in the cheap seats as well)

    DVD/CD release – don’t think this will be happening as I was told the RAH charge to high a fee for licensing the venue for this (showing on a big screen though at the venue doesn’t count).

    Glenn Hughes – personally I’m glad he didn’t turn up… but if he had, poor Rob would have probably chosen to miss his last train and had to sleep on a park bench 😉



  18. 18
    PPR Media Solutions limited says:

    11TH July 2011


    HRH The Prince of Wales took to the Royal Albert Hall stage on Friday evening when he met up with rock legends from the UK and USA to help raise awareness for a newly formed charity known as The Sunflower Jam.

    On arrival at the Royal Albert Hall, The Prince of Wales was met by Jacky Paice, founder of the Sunflower Jam and also Jeremy Irons who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. They then escorted him to the main auditorium where he watched Deep Purple sound check “Smoke on the Water”. The Prince met with Deep Purple on stage along with Bill Bailey, who showed the Prince of Wales his 6 arm guitar and played him a tune on the cow bells.

    The Prince then attended a meet and greet prior to the main concert. Those in attendance included Deep Purple (Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Don Airey, Steve Morse and back for one night only Jon Lord) Joe Bonamassa, Rick Wakeman, Newton Faulkner, and BAFTA actor Jeremy Irons.

    During a reception an intimate gathering of VIP guests were also introduced to The Prince prior to the main Sunflower Jam Concert

    The Sunflower Jam is a musical event which was developed into a charity earlier this year. The charity raises money for people who will benefit from the positive aspects that complementary therapies have to offer. The event was originally inspired by the children being treated in the University College London Hospital cancer ward, as they responded so positively to the complementary therapies offered there to help them cope with the negative side effects of their cancer treatments.

    In 2006 Jacky Paice (wife of Deep Purple band member Ian Paice) created the first ever Sunflower Jam which brings together people with a passion for music, both in the audience and on stage. This year the auction raised in excess of £150k for the Sunflower Jam Charity and included a lithograph donated from the Prince of Wales and a chance to stay at Jeremy Irons Castle in Skinereen, Southern Ireland.

    In the past monies have gone to The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust, the Holistic Cancer Support and Research Fund.

    For more information please visit: http://www.thesunflowerjam.com/

    Pictures are available from the Press Association

    For further information please contact
    Jackie Phillipson PR to The Sunflower Jam T 01202 896698 / 077406 11147 jackie@p-pr.co.uk

  19. 19
    HZ says:

    Music chemistry between Jon and Joe is great. Shame there wasn’t Glenn – Burn and Mistreated would be blast, or some BCC stuff.

  20. 20
    RB says:

    There’s my dear friend Murray (he of the big hair and lovely old Strat’) playing with Jon and Rick. He considers that moment to be the highlight of his musical career thus far. I have a rough mix of it and it’s so wonderful but also brings a tear to my eye as that was Jon’s last performance. The album Jon and Rick were planning to do would have been stunning, of that I have no doubt.

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