Procol Harum at Drammen, Norway
• 10 October 2009
Runar Todok (Palers' Band 2001) writes to BtP:
So good to se that Gary had recovered from the
The sound was excellent and I must say the guys
had a lot of nerve to perform (relatively speaking) so many new songs for
such a grown-up audience, most likely hearing these songs for the first (and
maybe last) time.
Probably a (big?) challenge to the band,
but when Gary set out with Hong Kong Blues (as recorded by George Harrison), it was big fun
for (at least some of) the audience. Keeps the guys 'tip toe', that's for
I had a chance to see the tribute concert for
George fairly recently and to my surprise and joy experienced Gary on piano,
performing excellently. Although I didn't think Sister Mary passed the test,
the other new tracks certainly did.
My fellow mates commented that they'd
appreciate a bit more of Josh's Hammond throughout, and being a (not worthy)
organ grinder myself I have to concur. Josh's "Motif" fitted in perfectly in
the music – where it should – but absolutely NOT on top of the B 3.
Josh: f you have to put anything on top of a vintage Hammond,
it should only be beer, full ashtrays, a bottle of wine or women's
stockings... and a board of keys
placed there certainly cannot extend the square size of the organ top shelf!
But all in all these are small details in an
over all splendid show! Thank, guys, and welcome back the sooner the better!
(little does Runar
realise, in his comments above, that this is no vintage B3,
but Josh's own brand-new digital Hammond)
Five Procolers in mid-flow
Dramatic illuminations ... not quite the Northern Lights, however
Procol Harum say goodbye to an