Paul Weller, Jon Lord, Robert Plant, Ian Paice
Jacky Paice, Frida, Vicky Lord at the Sunflower Jam. Photo by Fin Costello
This unique event was held on 14th September 2006 in aid of the Complementary Therapy Team working within cancer services at University College London Hospital (UCLH) working with children, young people and adults with cancer. It costs £5000 per year for one therapist to work for one day a week on the wards with the patients, their families and the staff.
This special evening, organised by Jacky Paice, was to raise awareness and money and all proceeds from this event will go to The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust for more therapists to work in this important area by providing emotional and physical support, both within the Acute Cancer Care Unit and Outpatient’s Department, supporting patients from diagnosis to journeys end. Details at: http://www.thesunflowerjam.com
Both Ian Paice and Jon Lord have visited the children undergoing treatments and receiving therapies to see for themselves the integrated care and facilities at the hospital. As a result of these visits the idea of this fundraising evening was born. With support from HRH The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, which aims to facilitate the development of safe, effective and efficient forms of healthcare by encouraging conventional and complementary practitioners to work together to promote a holistic approach for the individual and some great names already on board the evening will consist of a sit down meal, auction and raffle finishing with a one off musical jam!
There were performances from Robert Plant, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Paul Weller, Phil Manzanera, Linda Lewis, and Sam Brown supported by a Celebrity House Band including renowned musicians Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Margo Buchanan, Nick Fyffe and Bernie Marsden.
THE SUNFLOWER JAM setlist:
Linda Lewis: Sideways Shuffle (Linda Lewis), It’s In His Kiss (Betty Everett & Linda Lewis)
Bernie Marsden: Hush (Deep Purple)
Margo Buchanan: Black Night (Deep Purple)
Sam Brown: Burn (Deep Purple)
Paul Weller: Say You Don’t Mind (Denny Lane version), Never Found A Girl (Eddie Floyd), Feeling Alright (Joe Cocker)
Robert Plant: I’m Your Witchdoctor (John Mayall), What Is And What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin), Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Crawling Up A Hill (John Mayall), For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield), Ramble On (Led Zeppelin), Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
The Sunflower Jam: Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson)
Smiler6 was at the Sunflower Jam, here’s what he wrote at the Highway Star forum about the event:
“I was lucky enough to be there. After the first two numbers with Linda Lewis, Jon Lord came on and the band (including Paice, Bernie Marsden, another keyboardist, percussionist and bassist plus three backing singers of which one was Sam Brown) launched into Hush, sung rather well by Bernie. A woman singer then gave us Black Night and Sam Brown then sang “Burn”. This, for me, was when it started getting surreal and dreamy. Paul Weller then came on and performed three covers (he was great and his voice went well with the old hammond sound). He was then replaced by Robert Plant who did the best part of an hour. It was… incredible. To be honest a lineup of Plant, Marsden, Lord and Paice would be a wonderful band and this performance proved it. They sounded incredible. A supergroup who was meant to be!!! I hope it gets repeated… somewhere! The encore saw Paul Weller join the band for one last number. Classic. Some grainy pics are at http://www.classicwhitesnake.com.”
You can also read Mark Smith’s review of the show at classicwhitesnake.com
Plus one more photo: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=243793112&size=l