Jim Garner writes to BtP
Reminiscence of 18 April 1973 concert in Richmond, Virginia (tour list here)
Richmond, Virginia in 1973 was dominated by Top 40 radio format, so concert-goers went to hear the band they associated with Whiter Shade of Pale.
Procol Harum followed Blue Oyster Cult. This was a very unfortunate line-up.
Blue Oyster Cult was unheard of to Richmonders. BOC is why I remember this concert for one and only one reason, they played extremely loud for a very long time. It was unbearable. People were walking out of the show.
When Procol Harum finally appeared, my ears were still ringing. I could hardly hear them. The remaining audience was totally drained of energy and just sat quietly. Gary Brooker seemed bothered. The band played a short set and then Gary quickly said 'That's our show,' and they left. I always imagined that PH was pissed [off] at Blue Oyster Cult. I know I was.
Peter Cohen writes to BtP
1974, over 30 years ago, brings back vivid memories of the first two Procol concerts I ever attended (tour list here)
The first was at Exeter on 28 February, the date also of the first General Election of that year. I will never forget that Gary's introduction to AWSoP was 'This is probably the colour of Harold Wilson's tongue tonight'!
A great concert: so much so that I drove from London to Oxford on 19 September to catch Procol again at the New Theatre. For that concert, I remember the place was heaving and there was not a spare seat anywhere (fortunately I had bought mine in advance!). The atmosphere was electric particularly when Procol were playing but, regrettably, it wasn't until 1977 that I saw them in concert again (see here).
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