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the Pale

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Procol Harum at Zurich, Switzerland

Volkshaus: 5 December 2003

  Brooker, Brzezicki, Fisher, Pegg, Whitehorn

Underture (part of The Emperor's New Clothes)
Shine on Brightly
Pandora's Box
An Old English Dream (welcome to Zurich, in English and German)
Grand Hotel ('Bienvenus à Zurich)
Quite Rightly So
Wizard Man
Simple Sister


Bringing Home the Bacon
Beyond the Pale (Gary mentioning the website)
The Wall Street Blues
Homburg (Gary wearing a hat, didn't look like a Homburg though)
As Strong As Samson (with the new rhythmic approach; included one verse of I Can See Clearly Now)
Shadow Boxed
Cerdes (Outside the Gates of) (when does the last tram go?)
The VIP Room
A Salty Dog (then band introductions)

Encore 1

A Whiter Shade of Pale (two verses)
Whisky Train (with drum solo)

Encore 2

Repent Walpurgis


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songs altogether:


From Procol Harum


from Shine on Brightly


From  A Salty Dog


From  Home


from  Broken Barricades


From  Grand Hotel


From Exotic Birds and Fruit


from Procol's Ninth


From Something Magic


From The Prodigal Stranger


from The Well's on Fire


non-album tracks

Only one album not represented ...

Good news from Zurich! Procol Harum is in very, very good form. They played a fantastic last concert of the continental leg of their European tour. The band was very tight and gave us a really strong set. It was the fourth time that I saw them in concert (after 1974, 1976 and 1992), but I have to say that the current band as a unit is the best edition of Procol Harum ever. We had a great time tonight in Zurich. The concert was sold out (some 1,200 people at the Volkshaus!), and the whole band was in good spirit, with Gary talking and joking a lot. Obviously, they really enjoyed playing for us and the fact that this was the last night of a long five-week tour. Cerdes was the highlight of the evening, and Quite Rightly So a great delight.

Apart from some pieces of German, Gary also talked with us in very good French. Obviously, there were some people from Geneva yelling something at Gary which I could not hear. But he immediately answered in French ("De Genève, très loin"). At one point in time, Gary also welcomed everybody from Morges (which is a small town in the French-speaking part of Switzerland). Someone asked: "Where is Morges?" Gary said: "Yes, where is Morges, good question," and surprisingly continued with: "C'est douze kilomètres de Lausanne" ... which it actually is. So we knew that Gary really speaks good French and really is into Swiss geography. Judging from this really extraordinary Zurich gig, I think fans are in for a wonderful PH concert next Friday in London. (thanks, Ernst! [thanks, Werner])

Only one album not represented ...

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