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Procol Harum at Copenhagen, 18 March 2005

Setlist, 'phone-photos and comments from One-Eye


Please enjoy tonight's photographs sent from One-Eye's sidestage telephone, telegraphic comments from his mobile device, and some additions from his excited telephone call to Bristol as the band came off the platform at Amager Bio:
The VIP Room Raucous crowd of around 900
Homburg The three 'phone-pix have gone into slots where One-Eye didn't provide any song notes. We don't wish to imply that they depict the performances of the particular songs in question.
Toujours l'Amour Remember how Chris Copping's left foot moved? So does Josh's!
Luskus Delph Gary played the opening of Broken Barricades after this song
Shine on Brightly The three 'phone-pix have gone into slots where One-Eye didn't provide any song notes. We don't wish to imply that they depict the performances of the particular items in question.
An Old English Dream Josh came into his own: never heard this big a response for this song
Something Following Me Big applause after Josh's solo
Alpha Gary gave me recognition before SFM and Alpha. As Gary announces Alpha Geoff points and yells to me side-stage, 'Al!'
Big applause for Geoff's solo: the whole band is groovin' extended jam, massive applause.
Interval Crowd is clapping in time like an encore clap, and Procol haven't even moved off the stage the set isn't even close to being done. What a crowd! Thomas Raa Olsen just came up and said hello: he's been helping run the merch tonight and will do so the next two gigs as well.
Shadow Boxed The three 'phone-pix have gone into slots where One-Eye didn't provide any song notes. We don't mean to imply that they depict the performances of the particular songs in question.
Conquistador Mark's drumming the best I've heard from him: crowd is stomping feet. Everything seems to being hitting all cylinders tonight: the whole band is getting big cheers individually
In Held 'Twas in I Mark singing the Ommmm; Geoff again mandolining/sitaring on guitar; Matt narrates second verse his voice is very 'Reid' timing slightly off, but that's ok. Pegg hitting bell. Josh has the carnival effect down. The crowd clapped loudly. The opening chord of Autumn shook the building. Mark playing a mouth-horn during the build-up to the guitar passage. Geoff and Matt mimicking in time beautifully. Josh has great distortion. Mark is powerful; Autumn is much appreciated. Grand Finale extremely powerful: Josh slight mix-up but great recovery during the final bars. Gary said we haven't played that last one much because we felt it's a bit too long, but we're gonna play it more. Crowd cheered!
Encores Band has left the stage and the crowd is pumped to the max
A Salty Dog Mark has made this song his own now, imho. Crucial bass lines played to a 't'! Massive stomping again. Gary: 'We thought we were finished;  we didn't have anything else to play. Any requests?'
Repent Walpurgis Josh plays the intro passage more staccato and the second passage full with distortion sound. Great ending passage rocking full-tilt like bombs exploding: so is the crowd through the multiple climaxes.
More Encores I think the roof is gonna come down!
A Whiter Shade of Pale  The crowd is singing loudly from the opening 'We skipped ...': they don't call out for 'more' because they are already singing so loudly! Josh much more relaxed in playing the song tonight. The piano glissando ending.

What can I say? Gary was Gary at his best; same with Geoff; Mark is the Procol drummer now and Quite Rightly So he mentioned it was a special night because it was BJ's birthday; Pegg was as steady as a Harum bassman should be; Josh met the challenges and so did the many standing front-stage with their pot and hash! One of my favourite gigs  because of the crowd and the room, although I am glad I was side-stage tonight!

Thanks, Allen ... done us proud tonight!


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