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

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

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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 Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.