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The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children's poem of a similar title. 

The work was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple. However, Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple and Glover took up the reins on his own. Using his connections, Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians to perform on it, with a different vocalist for each track including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. The single "Love Is All", with vocals from Ronnie James became an unexpected hit worldwide.

On 16 October 1975, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall took place. Again it had a star-studded cast of rock musicians, most notably Ian Gillan who was drafted in at the last minute and received a standing ovation on his entrance. He replaced an unavailable Ronnie James Dio who had commitments with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (although Dio did eventually get to perform the song at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 as the guest of Deep Purple). Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in 1973. Also notable was the appearance of Twiggy as singer and actress and Vincent Price as narrator. Apart from most of the musicians involved in the studio recording, the concert also featured Jon Lord. The live concert was filmed and released in 1976 produced by Tony Klinger. 

Film version from the concert 16 October 1975[edit]
"Dawn" (feat Vincent Price)
"Get Ready" (feat Glenn Hughes)
"Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee" (feat Helen Chappelle and Barry St. John)
"Together Again" (feat Tony Ashton)
"Old Blind Mole" (feat Earl Jordan)
"Magician Moth" (feat Vincent Price)
"Watch Out for the Bat" (feat John Gustafson)
"Aranea" (feat Judi Kuhl)
"Sir Maximus Mouse" (feat Eddie Hardin)
"Behind the Smile" (feat David Coverdale)
"Little Chalk Blue" (feat John Lawton)
"Waiting" (feat Al Matthews)
"Sitting in a Dream" (feat Ian Gillan)
"No Solution" (feat Mickey Lee Soule)
"The Feast" (feat Vincent Price)
"Love Is All" (feat John Lawton a.o.)
"Homeward" (feat Twiggy)
"Love Is All" (encore)

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Artist: Roger Glover & Guests
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