After a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, Deep Purple keyboard player and founding member Jon Lord died earlier today, July 16, at the age of 71. The cause of death has been disclosed as a pulmonary embolism.
As we reported last fall, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan got together to form WhoCares, releasing two songs for a good cause -- to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia.
Joe Lynn Turner didn’t set out to become one of the most recognizable voices in rock. His goal was to be a guitar player, in addition to singing and songwriting, but it didn’t take long for his dynamic range to push him to frontman status — fronting bands led by guitar heroes.