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Various Artists: Ian Paice’s Sunflower Jam: Live At Royal Albert Hall

A star-studded thank-you-very-much for Jon Lord.

It’s a Deep Purple keysman memorial mk2, as organisers Ian and Jacky Paice opened doors to the public for this night of charitable shoulder rubbing and Jon Lord-commemoration.

A shot of ‘young blood’, in the form of The Temperance Movement, kicks things off, complete with Phil Campbell’s fledgling chicken-man dance. Bassist Nick Fyffe then joins the backing band for a night of big names doing (mostly) big ’choons.

Uli Jon Roth noodles something instrumental and Scorpions-y; Mark King busts out Level 42 tuneage; Brian May supplies guitar godliness for Since You’ve Been Gone (Kerry Ellis in tow). So far so sensical. Except when housewives’ crumpet/opera populist Alfie Boe appears for a blast through Rock’n’Roll. It’s quite bizarre.

Normality is restored by Bruce Dickinson and John Paul Jones leading a cheery romp through Black Night, and Alice Cooper propelling joie-de-vivre through the roof with School’s Out. Certain killer riffs are a little lost in the mix, but it’s a jolly knees-up for the most part./o:p

Polly is Features Editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage) and writes a few things. She also writes for Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer, and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.