Due to ongoing medical treatments for pancreatic cancer, with which Jon Lord was diagnosed last summer, the former Deep Purple keyboardist will not be able to appear in Hagen, Germany on July 6. He was set to perform his Durham Concerto and a selection of other pieces.
According to JonLord.org, Jon wishes to assure everyone that this is not a matter for concern, but it is a continuation of his regular treatment that has just taken longer than anticipated. He and the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra hope to be able to reschedule the concert for later in the year. He apologizes to everyone for any inconveniences this may have caused, particularly the wonderful people of Hagen, their terrific orchestra and all those who may have bought tickets, and he looks forward to seeing them all soon.
Jon Lord is recognized for his Hammond organ blues-rock playing and unique sound and for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms. He has most famously been a member of Deep Purple, the band he co-founded in 1968.
Lord last year received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester.