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When Procol Harum toured the world in 2003, promoting their new album The
Well's on Fire, they gradually accumulated strange toys and crazy mementoes
by the time the Union Chapel DVD was filmed, the stage was strewn with
seagulls, pigs, clockwork mice, models of George W Bush (former president of
America and best-selling
author), a singing M&M homunculus, a stately galleon, a Baby Dumpling, and a
fat old Buddha carved in gold.
Gary Brooker has invited 'Beyond the Pale' to auction a few of the surviving items at eBay, the proceeds to be divided between The BJ Wilson Fund (through which Gary is able to help BJ's family) and 'Beyond the Pale'.
So we're inviting bids for this fetching mannequin of George W Bush which has been seen many times on stage with Procol Harum, most notably perched athwart the Plexiglas drum-screen during Procol Harum's famous Union Chapel DVD concert. It is neatly made in strong rubbery plastic; the arms and legs swivel in hip and shoulder joints, and the head turns in a suitably realistic fashion. Mr Bush is attired in a charcoal gray suit, white collared shirt and a snazzy polka-dotted necktie. His ankle-socks are black, and his footgear is mo(u)lded in black rubber.
To customise Procolise, if you will this appealing souvenir, however, the band have removed one of the Presidential shoes:
They took your money, and your shoes
I guess youve got The Wall Street Blues
The effigy is pictured below with Gary in the control room of the studio in his barn in deepest Surrey, UK.
Note the missing (left) shoe. We imagine the lucky purchaser may well wish to remove the right shoe as well
Not to be confused with inferior Potus mannequins, this flattering simulacrum has toured the world with a top British rock band
Gary Brooker in the control room of his studio at home, allowing the bidder to apprehend the relative sizes of the two great men
Between the arrows, the former politician as he appears in the Union Chapel Procol DVD,
the clear sound-wall surrounding Mark Brzezicki's drumkit (sound-check photo by One-Eye)
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