Procol Harum

the Pale

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Procol Harum at Hagen, Germany

Setlist: 8 October 2009

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn

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Broken Barricades • extended ending (strong and nice audience reaction) ‘That was Broken Barricades or the album of the same name.’

One Eye on the Future  • very nice reaction to a very upbeat version.

Homburg • extended applause; Hammond sounds great. ‘This place was formed 170 million years ago when a star from Andromeda crashed, somebody told me’

T V Ceasar • extended applause again, full and strong

Pandora’s Box •   terrific Hammond solo: unit sounds great

Robert’s Box • ‘Here's another from our box set’ - brilliant

Wall Street Blues •   ‘At last we are going to play a song with three chords again. What a relief!’  Heavier and fuller and smoother but with great subtle accents.  More Procolly, if you get what I mean. Instrumental middle more developed; Gary's phrasing has changed. Second instrumental break strong, shouting guitar. Dunn and Pegg really holding these beat and off-beats. Massive applause as solo ends. The ending becomes cosmopolitan: strong accented ending with massive chanting applause. [live download here]

Taking the Time • Nice piano intro: strong verse one and chorus, then into nice campy piano solo. No doubt about how strong Gary's voice is right now!  Nice guitar to Hammond solos, back and forth to the ending

Sister Mary • Watch out! This one has finally developed and ya gotta hear it

Barnyard Story •   Very nice applause greeting the tune.  Nice strings from the Motif during the ending passage

Beyond the Pale •  ‘Time for a company song’. Nice drum fills au BJ and a ‘Hoy!’

Missing Persons • Nice Hammond lead in and Pegg enters during first verse. Nice delays between guitar lines, to create space during ending solo.

A Salty Dog • ‘We’re playing this for all of those hopefully in heaven.  I hope they are well tonight.’  Dunn hits the ‘fired the gun’.  Massive applause

Extended  applause before encores

Whaling Stories • played like it should be played.  Knocked me off my feet with the power and yet subtleties

A Whiter Shade of Pale • nothing needs be said

Soundcheck notes (4.15–5.20 pm) from One-Eye


Taking the Time instrumental 1x parts 3x

TV Ceasar Parts and then full instrumental

Shadow Boxed (Gary sounds strong)

Wall Street Blues (with a bit of a new cosmopolitan sound)

New intro to One Eye on the Future and now full song – very upbeat. Geoff Whitehorn adds acoustic touches during verses

Cerdes (Andrè Romkes says bit is the shortest version he's heard – it was about ten seconds)

Barnyard Story – bits and pieces – Josh adds strings from Yamaha Motif to ending passage

Broken Barricades – ending passage

Homburg – barely and then parts

Pandora's Box – instrumental parts

Whaling Stories – bits – GW partly joking reggae; now Whaling Stories in full reggae, and again bits

And nice to hear Josh's new Digital Hammond and compact travelling Leslie. The Hammond ships in three pieces and appears to have been very easy to quickly assemble.

Now the test tonight

And Andrè sits at the kit with Geoff Dunn for a conversation




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

2 non-album tracks 3 Not yet recorded in studios Notes by Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist

No Conquistador, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly ... yet only four albums unrepresented. Gary Brooker's first Procol Harum show since his rib-breaking accident in Finland in the summer. Below, a fascinating document (thanks, Thorsten) gleaned from the lighting desk, showing tempi, and indicating what kind of light is needed and where. Note discrepancies between this and what was actually performed!

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