Remembering the moment George Harrison joined Deep Purple for a very special jam in 1984
35 years ago, one of the founders of heavy metal, Deep Purple were joined on stage by their longtime friend and Beatles guitarist George Harrison to deliver a stunning jam in Sydney, Australia.
The connection between George Harrison and Deep Purple’s drummer Ian Paice, who were also one time neighbours, and the band’s late keyboardist Jon Lord clearly runs very deep. One moment you can see this strong bond is in this footage which sees Harrison join the band for a special performance.
Harrison had been on holiday in Australia when Paice and Lord got in contact with The Beatles man to invite him to perform in Sydney. One fun moment in the performance is how Harrison was introduced, the band reference Harrison’s childhood address by welcoming “Arnold Grove from Liverpool”.
With Harrison on board, there was only one more thing left to bring, the rock and roll. So Deep Purple, accompanied by George Harrison, run through an extended jam session on Little Richard’s iconic bop, ‘Lucille’.
The footage not only shows the incredible talent of Harrison and Deep Purple but confirms the deep bond they shared with one another. It’s refreshing to see how rock and roll can bring people together.
“We were very close, I adored him. He was one of the most delightful of men,” Jon Lord told Rick Wakeman in adoration of Harrison. “I thought he was an astonishingly good musician. I thought he had a way of looking at harmony that was quite unusual. He’s often overshadowed – and people have said that before. It’s not an original thought. But he was often overshadowed by [John] Lennon and [Paul] McCartney because they were so prolific.”
You can watch the footage of George Harrison joining Deep Purple on stage for a special performance of Little Richard’s ‘Lucille’.