Alick Leslie writes
I think [this] date was actually played at the Odeon
on Clark Street, not the University. I wasn't there myself but
others might confirm that.
Robin Tetlow counters
I am pretty sure it was at the University in a
building on the north of Potterow which I have found on a map (I only visit
Edinburgh infrequently these days so I cannot be clearer). I was at Heriot-Watt
University at the time; I do not so easily recall the names of the
Edinburgh University buildings.
Henry Scott Irvine attests
Procol certainly played at 'the refectory' in Edinburgh
University in 1977. I was there! I possibly even have a track listing.
They did at least seven songs after they came back on stage.
Ian Cranna of NME did review it, and also worked at Edinburgh Uni. A
great encore was Old Black Joe. Six of the seven encores were R'n' R
covers. Despite this being the year of Punk, Procol were popular with the
students. I met the band afterwards on their bus, and chatted with B J
Wilson and Chris Copping. The only faux pas of the evening was the
long dreary performance of The Worm and the Tree, which got boos from
the audience! Pete Solley was rather loud, too. However, his keyboard
playing was sensational, despite his liking of Yamaha keyboards over
Andrew Leslie confirms
I agree with Henry. I'm pretty sure it was at the Health Centre in
Bristo Square, opposite the Teviot Row Union. That's where all the "studenty"
bands played I saw everything from Pink Floyd to Jude (yes, indeed)
there and many more. I was a student at Edinburgh at the time but
missed the Procol concert for a reason I can't recall.
On a sadder note in a way Procol were not that popular in 77. I was the
only person I knew who liked the music (other than Alick
[kinsman: see above]). In
previous years (1976 I think) they played Stirling University Union with
John Miles in support (Grabham in fine form). Well attended, even crowded, I
Procol did not seem to venture north in their heydey I had to go to Newcastle in 1972 to see them, but they did do the Usher Hall, Edinburgh at one stage I can't remember the year, but somewhere between 73 and 75 (the ticket is not dated). About time for another visit to Scotland I think.
Hope that helps. Not that my memory is improving.'
differs on a point of detail
I was at this gig in what we called the
Teviot Row Union building. The stage was on the ground floor of
what I took to be the dining hall, and the audience was on two
levels, in front of the stage and on the balcony above.
|Andrew Leslie retorts||
I agree more or less with Gordon. I was at Pathfoot, Stirling Uni in
1976 as I recall no seats, everyone on the floor, and Grabham
started something in the wrong key. Anyway I possess a ticket for
the Usher Hall, but the concert was earlier than 1974 the ticket
does not have a date on it, but it cost 75p.
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