Aerial view of the Palers' Band setup. RD600 piano, Marshall cab and head,
Fender twin combo, numerous vocal and instrumental
mics; Premier kit on the riser; a profusion of music stands, which got in the way of all filming and photographing. Pictured [from left]:
Ian Hockley, Gary Shepard, Søren Borello, One-Eye, Finn Poulsen and Marvin 'Mr Tambourine Man' Chassman on the drums.
This view gives a glimpse of the Hammond at the far end and also of the
more-than-adequate monitor set-up. Only the drumkit didn't have its own
monitor ... the various percussionists said they didn't need one ... so the piano had two (a similar disproportion obtains in Procol's own set-up)
We didn't really notice that incongruous string of pearl light-bulbs hanging
above the stage ... not until we started getting
photographs sent in, at any rate. You have the choice of pictures without flash, which look warm, but can be blurred ...
... or with flash, which tend to look rather cold. Here we see 'Shep' leading
the band through a marvellous Bridge of Sighs, with One-Eye
singing, Marvin drumming, Andrè playing bells, Bjørn on bass, and Larry on the Hammond
Andrè and his bells, Bjørn and his bass, on a different rehearsal of the same song
Morning rehearsal. After one disappointing turn-out, for which jet-lag may
well have been to blame, we did tend to start
at 9.00 am sharp, which meant quite a lot of work could get done. 'Shep', Richard and Jens here
Close-up of the redoubtable Mr Beck, his guitar and Pod
Søren Borello, a most welcome newcomer and the only Danish Paler
to play; and Peter Clare, Bb trumpet.
That's not some ostentatious bangle on his wrist, but the outer part of a Dennis Wick mute – with
which Peter was later going to conjure a raucously sleazy tone from the instrument
This is Taking the Time, with One-Eye as stand-in vocalist. Roland
plays the clarinet on this one, the very same instrument
on which he played Repent Walpurgis in War Play in 1969 ... story here. Very sadly Nigel, his fellow-arranger in that
production, died earlier in 2006: later on Trick of the Night would be performed in his memory.
Coffee time (thanks, Linda!). Ian Hockley probably needed it too, having got
stuck in a tunnel at Zurich
on his journey from Oman to Lejre. Also featured, Scott Siminofsky
Larry Pennisi and Jill McMahon, from LA: all smiles
More pictures from the same camera here
Read all about the Ledreborg concert and the Palers' Revels here
Procol dates in 2006