Paul was instrumental in helping The Sunflower Jam create this unique musical evening – a successful celebration of Jon Lord and his life of music.
Paul Mann discusses the concert’s second half as well as the aftermath and the emotions that ran through the Royal Albert Hall during the concert.
by Rasmus Heide
As we move into the second half of the concert, the orchestra wasn’t involved in the Artwoods segment with Paul Weller singing. His involvement puzzled a few people. What was his connection to Jon?
– I think that Jon and Paul Weller were friendly, met occasionally and were mutual admirers, but I don’t think there’s necessarily any reason why we should have been restricted in our choice of performers only to people who were especially close to, or associated with Jon – especially when you have the chance to have someone like Paul Weller to do those songs.
– When we decided to include Artwoods material, he seemed the perfect choice, and besides which, I’ve always been a huge Jam and Weller fan.
How were these two particular Artwoods tracks chosen?
– I think Paul Weller must have chosen them himself, in conjunction with Wix.
The Paice Ashton Lord pieces were a great surprise. How did you choose those two tracks?