Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson seems like the type of guy that can crush just about any music vocally, and we almost got to see him do just that with late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord.
According to Dickinson in a Q&A segment promoting his new autobiography What Does This Button Do?, he and Lord were planning on going out on tour doing orchestral covers of Deep Purple's music. Unfortunately Lord passed away in 2012 due to complications surrounding his pancreatic cancer.
"Jon Lord was a wonderful gentleman, and we were close friends. And he sadly died of… He had pancreatic cancer, but he survived for a year and a half — much against what everybody had said would happen. And actually, at the end, he didn't die of pancreatic cancer — he died, unfortunately, of some terrible blood collapse that happened with him, possibly as a result of treatment. But we had all kinds of crazy plans, including me going out on tour with him, singing Deep Purple songs with an orchestra, which he was planning to do; that was one of the things we were planning to do. But it all got interrupted and canceled, and [it was] obviously very sad. He was a wonderful man."
You can watch the full Q&A segment below courtesy of Blabbermouth.