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18 September 2018

RIP Maartin Allcock

A valued US correspondent writes to BtP: 'You may want to pass this on. I just got my tickets for Boston right down in front. Folks can buy a VinoFile membership at www.citywinery.com/boston for $99 and buy tickets two days in advance with no ticket fees. I think when I looked at Nashville they charged $240 but a membership is good for all City Wineries. It looks like my seat is the only one taken so this is a great time to buy.' (thanks, Nancy)



14 September 2018 : the forty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page about Gary Brooker's 'Outstanding Contribution' honour at last night's 'Progressive Music Awards' (thanks, Charlie)

Added a page explaining how you-plus-one can be guests of Procol Harum for aftershow drinks in the London Palladium bar on 9 October (thanks, Gary; thanks, Chris)

Added a page about pre-show drinks (+ food) and after-show drinks at a nice English Pub in Soho on Palladium evening (thank you,. Peter)

Added details of nine long-awaited new Procol Harum concerts (sorry to disappoint our European readers!): see here, here, here, here, here and here (thanks, Julia)

For sale at cost price (153 GBP): a pair of excellent tickets for the Stalls (L24, L25 ... see excerpted photo of stubs, right) on 9 October for Procol Harum at the London Palladium with orchestra and chorus. Apply to webmaster@procolharum.com  (thanks, Richard)

Order your copies of the recent album, Novum, by clicking these special links (which incidentally send a few cents to keep this website afloat): Amazon UK / Amazon USA

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10 September 2018 :

Added another gig to the Procol Harum concert list. This one will take place overseas (thanks, Julia)

The fans’ meal in London on 8 October is booking well; Procol Harum fans are joining us from South America and Australia, as well as from Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the USA: more welcome, of course: please read the details here


9 September 2018 : the forty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added some great pictures from yesterday's Procol book-launch party (thanks, George)

Added scans to this Record Collector feature, which is worth re-reading (thanks, Howard)

Added a forward-looking promo piece with an absurdly backward-looking illustration (thanks, Thomas)

'Could he really be a fan himself if he couldn't remember AWSoP's title?'
Added a very useful to link to the foot of this heart-warming page from long ago (thanks, Jonas)

Added two links – here and here – to recent performances by The Lemon Twigs (ex-Palers' Band) on American television, playing songs from their second album Go to School ... which feels as ambitious and brilliant in its way as Shine on Brightly or Pet Sounds. Big claims? Get the album (Amazon UK, Amazon USA) and hear for yourselves (thanks, Brian and Michael)


1 September 2018 : the forty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page about a fans' event in London, on Monday 8 October (the evening before the Palladium concert by Procol Harum). If you'd like to be there, please send an e-mail. Details are on the page

If you would like to join in a fans' event at Winterbach, on Thursday 11 October (the evening before the concert by Procol Harum, who are also invited) please send an e-mail to paul-stuttgart@procolharum.com ... and he can send you all the details.

Added your invitation to 8 September's Procol book launch (thanks, George)

It’s way too early to say it’s the reissue of the year, but it’s going to be up there.
Added a good review of the recent Esoteric Boxed Set, Still There'll be More (thanks, Anvil)

Added a link to something daft about A Salty Dog and drink (thanks, Charlie)

Modified this interesting page


30 August 2019:

Added one more Procol Harum concert for 2019 (thanks Chris)


26 August 2018 :

RIP Lindsay Kemp

Added setlist/pictures from last night's Brooker / Pegg / Whitehorn concert with Judy Blair and Graham Broad (many thanks, Judy)


25 August 2018 : the forty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Today, the Brooker / Pegg / Whitehorn concert with Judy Blair and Graham Broad (sold out)

Added a page for the latest Esoteric Procol re-issue, a remastered and expanded edition of the great Procol Harum / Edmonton album, with five bonus tracks and an illustrated booklet with copious liner notes (thanks, Mark)

'It has flown under the radar, but after nearly 45 years it’s time to re-open the doors to spend another night at Hotel Grande:'
Added a good review of the recent Esoteric Grand Hotel CD/DVD re-issue (thanks, Anvil)

Added YouTube links here and here to the most recent Procol performance of this brilliant song (thanks Evan, e molti altri amici)

Recitified some minor errors on this 1975 tour page

Good to see the Mrs One-Eye fund continuing to swell. Kind people, Procol fans.

Early Procol single 'acknowledged' by hall of fame over in America: see here


18 August 2018 : the forty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Benny Andersen, RIP Aretha Franklin

Added a review of Still There'll be More (the Boxed Set) from Billboard (thanks, Nick)

Added a new Gary Brooker interview leading up to his concert in a week's time (thanks, Bradshaw)

' ...try hard not to let it become an obtuse fetish, the object of unwelcome derision in the minds of the vast majority of humanity for whom the name [of the band] means nothing ...'
Added an interview / review relating to the fine new Procol book by George Lovell (thanks, Charlie)

A reminder that you can order your copy of the above memoir, The Crowd Called Out for More. Pay with card or PayPal: just select the correct destination region, and we'll send it out to you (thanks, George) .

Added a link to a review of the most recent London gig by The Lemon Twigs ... which doesn't ascribe much importance to the loss of two touring band members and the arrival of three more (thank you, Peter)


11 August 2018 : the forty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Reminder: Procol Harum at the London Palladium ... over 90% of the seats are already sold

'Even if we went out there and dropped our trousers, it would have cost us as much ...'
Added an Edmonton piece from Disc and Music Echo (see also https://tinyurl.com/y8pydupd)

Re-read something interesting by the same author, about the same band

Added a new – or, at  least, hitherto unremarked – Beatles connection to the conclusion of this article about Robert's Box (many thanks, Gary)


4 August 2018 : the forty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Coming soon! Gary Brooker au Vigan.

Procol Harum at the London Palladium ... over 90% of the seats are already sold

'It sure beats playing Beethoven every night'
Added another Edmonton review (thanks, Anvil)

Added a link to a Procol-oriented piece by a prominent British intellectual,  and another to this associated playlist for songs touching on ancient history (thank you, Peter)



30 July 2018 : the fortieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a long-overdue page, showing pristine scans from a famous concert programme from 47 years ago (thanks, Tim)

Added a new overseas concert date for Procol Harum (thanks, Chris)

Apologies to Joe Stefko! My Own Choice, the Keith Reid anthology, is not out of print, as incorrectly stated in the recent Esoteric liner notes (thanks, Joe)

You may be interested to listen to, and read, this page about AWSoP covers (thanks, Charlie)


22 July 2018 : the thirty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added details of this summer's much-anticipated Gary Brooker date au Vigan

'More than one epiphany ...  Grand Hotel sounding like it did in the control room ... the best I ever heard PH sound live ...'
Added some very interesting observations about the new Esoteric re-issues,  from Procol's former organist (thanks, Chris)

Added an illustrated follow-up to last week's page about the Brooker anniversary (thanks, Michael)

The prime Procol Palladium ticket (sold to swell the Mrs One-Eye fund) is now allotted to a good new owner! (thanks, Elizabeth; thanks, Christina)


13 July 2018 : the thirty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Gary and Franky Brooker have been married for fifty years today! Congratulations to them both!

Added a picture of their celebratory cake (thanks, Franky)

And here are reminders of other Brooker cake-stories, here and here

Made some needful corrections to the website, herehere and here

Added a very nice note from One-Eye's family about the progress of the appeal for his widow (thanks, George)

Just 48 hours left to put in your own bid for the Procol Palladium ticket (see entry below, 7 July)


10 July 2018

Added a statement from Procol management, after the band was obliged to cancel a gig from the forthcoming tour (thanks, Chris)


7 July 2018 : the thirty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'Yes, the Floyd supported us, but, to be honest we thought they were a bit stuck up ... Jim Morrison was fantastically charismatic. I remember going out drinking with Janis Joplin ... '
Added the text and pictures of an interesting Gary Brooker interview (thanks, Paul)

And the UK is planning a memorable Pink Floyd tribute for next Friday

Added a fifth and last page of memorable Procol Harum pictures from September 2017 (thanks, Uta)

A reminder that you can order your copy of George Lovell's excellent new Procol memoir, The Crowd Called Out for More.
Pay with card or PayPal: just select the correct destination region, and we'll send it out to you promptly (thanks, George) .
Still only two customers
in the USA thus far!

Brilliant to see Procol fans taking the appeal for One-Eye's widow close to 1,000 USD in the first week.

One generous fan's response to the above crisis:

'Like many others I suppose, I thought One-Eye had quite a lot of money and had significant financial resources to fund his going to a huge amount of Procol gigs worldwide over the years.  It’s a very sad situation for the Edelist family now dealing with the loss of a husband and father but also being left with the cold reality of financial difficulties.

'It only seems appropriate that a Procol fan of Al’s proportion should have my spare ticket for the London Palladium show, sold to help support his family that is now left behind. It’s a great ticket in the Stalls – Row F, Seat 28 – I paid 76.50 GBP for the ticket plus 7.50 GBP service charge.' (thanks, Elizabeth)


If some reader wants this excellent spare ticket, at a bargain price, and wants to help the Edelist family, please send a note of your best offer over 50 USD to webmaster@procolharum.com . Don't send money! On 15 July we'll put the highest bidder in touch with the vendor or vendrix, and she'll handle things from there on in.
 


1 July 2018 : the thirty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Alan Longmuir

Added the details about three new Procol Harum re-issues, from Esoteric, with very special features! Extra tracks and a DVD performance on Grand Hotel, extra tracks and two radio shows on Exotic Birds and Fruit, and two demos and a live track on The Prodigal Stranger. All these remastered reissues have new liner-notes based on hitherto-unpublished interviews with Gary Brooker, Mick Grabham, Geoff Whitehorn, Keith Reid, Chris Copping, Henry Spinetti and others.

'... working from home – however fantastic that is – does not mean swanning around in your pyjamas at 11 am. Even as an artist ...'
Added something unique ... BtP's interview with Julia Brown, Procol Harum's artist of choice. Read about her influences, techniques, favourite albums ... and how to get your own prints of her Procol products (thanks, Julia!)

Many thanks for the generous response to the concert, on 27 June, celebrating seven years of the Martin Clare Music Fund. Over 600 GBP were raised, which will pay for many more terms of music lessons for disadvantaged young players.


24 June 2018 : the thirty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a fourth page of top-quality Procol Harum pictures from September 2017 (thanks, Uta)

Added another excellent piece about Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist (thanks, Heidi)

Added ticket-scans in several places ... here, here, here, here, here, here and here (thanks, Spencer)

Sorted out the credits list on this highly populous page ... is your name listed?

Click here for details of a concert, on 27 June, celebrating seven years of the Martin Clare Music Fund, which subsidises music lessons for families who can't otherwise afford them. Martin played in the Palers' Band and his brother is one of the BtP webmasters. Many thanks once more to all the kind readers of this website who have continued to support this excellent and worthwhile fund in his memory.


18 June 2018 : the thirty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Jon Hiseman

Added a page containing two new and hitherto unpublished Gary Brooker photographs (thanks, Franky)

Added a third page of first-class Procol Harum pictures from September 2017 (thanks, Uta)


14 June 2018 :

Added the setlist from today's Italian Procol recital (thanks, all)


11 June 2018 : the thirty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale': late update! Two more items in the pipeline, so check back soon.

Added a second page of admirable Procol Harum pictures from September 2017 (thanks, Uta)

'If they said that Procol Harum are being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I might say, “So what?”'
Added the second part of an excellent Brooker interview from Prog Magazine (thanks, Paul / Tony)

Updated this invaluable index


3 June 2018 : the thirty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page showing amazing floral tributes – from Procol Harum, and from you, the fans – at One-Eye's memorial service (thanks, Jeremy)

Added a full-length write-up, with lots of links and pictures (and for the first time online two full songs) about Allen Edelist and his kind, eccentric and jubilant life

Considerably added to the fans' memorial page for our late friend Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist (thanks, Bert, Bob, Don, George, Henrik, Ian, Jeremy, Josh, Michael, Mike, Poul, Wolfgang).
You're welcome to send in your own thoughts and memories of One-Eye, for this page: webmaster@procolharum.com


29 May 2018:

Just over seven weeks until Procol Harum's next performance

Happy Birthday and Good Health to Gary Brooker ... and many happy returns!


26 May 2018 : the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added to the memorial page for our late friend Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist. We include details of his forthcoming funeral service, and of the floral tribute 'Beyond the Pale' is sending along, on behalf all Al's fellow-fans.

You're welcome to send in your own thoughts and memories of One-Eye, for this page: webmaster@procolharum.com . Still there'll be more ...

Added a first page of excellent Procol Harum pictures from September 2017 (thanks, Uta)

Added a link to the new title from Southend's John Bobin, In the Autumn of my Madness: 'The title of this book comes from a Procol Harum song, and my thanks go to Gary Brooker for allowing me to use it.'
It's '... a bass player's misadventures in semi-prolandia ...' and the author is giving all proceeds from its sale to Cancer Research UK ... so you'll be doing some good when you order it, as well as looking forward to enjoying a splendid read.


20 May 2018 : the thirtieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the beginnings of a tribute page for our late friend Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist. You're welcome to send in your own thoughts: webmaster@procolharum.com . Still there'll be more ...

Added some pictures from Procol Harum's recent Berlin gig (thanks, Uta)

Added the sixth and final part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days ... in which the track-listing of Alpha Days (Are Here Again) is revealed, and which ends with a series of questions for the reader (thanks, David)


17 May 2018

RIP our great friend Allen Edelist, a very sad and sudden loss

Added another Procol Harum show to the 2018 concert list (thanks, Chris)

 


13 May 2018 : the twenty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the fifth part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days ... this feature gets better and better! (thanks, David)

Added a good instance of AWSoP in Common Parlance ... click and read scary stuff (apart from the bit about Bianca Trump and her name-change) (thanks, Christine)

Added the first part of an excellent Brooker interview from Prog Magazine (thanks, Paul / Tony)


6 May 2018 : the twenty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the fourth part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days (thanks, David)

Added a link to a Novum review from last year  ... numerous sage and positive points from a Real Music Observer who obviously hasn't been in the Procol loop, but speaks as he finds! (thanks, Charlie)

Added a seventh page of fine Tromsø pictures (thanks, Inger)

Keep an eye on the Procol Gigs 2018 page: there may yet be more in coming days ...


29 April 2018 : the twenty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'Don’t hesitate! Run, don’t walk, to your favourite (virtual, if necessary) stockist ...'
Added a substantial review of the Boxed Set, Still There'll be More (thanks, Peter)

Just a thought ... we wonder what happened to the live album mentioned in this archival article (thanks, Marvin)

Added a sixth page of fine Tromsø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)


25 April 2018 :
Added a new Procol Harum concert date for 2018, in a country previously not scheduled for a visit (thanks, Chris)


22 April 2018 : the twenty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added pre-ordering links to three upcoming Procol Harum re-releases, including 1990 demos, a 1973 TV show, two 1974 radio concerts, and remastered studio recordings and bonus tracks: The Prodigal Stranger (expanded), Exotic Birds and Fruit (expanded), and Grand Hotel (expanded)

Added the third part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days (thanks, David)

Added a handful of nice pictures of Procol Harum with horns (thanks, Ottar)

Added a fifth page of fine Tromsø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)


17 April 2018:

Added a note about A Whiter Shade of Pale and the self-styled 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame', in America (thanks, BfP)


15 April 2018 : the twenty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... keeping that fabulous music alive by spreading the message far and wide ...'
Added a fine review of the new Procol Harum book, The Crowd Called out for More ... which you will soon be able to order from 'Beyond the Pale' (thanks, Charlie)

'These salty dogs are still having their day ...'
Added the UK'S Sunday Express review of the Boxed Set, Still There'll be More ... complimentary but cursory, to say the least (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a fourth page of fine Tromsø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

Added a 1993 setlist here, and here, and here (thanks, Evan)


11 April 2018

A Whiter Shade of Pale  was featured today on BBC Radio 4's Soul Music programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ydkd5

We believe the show is repeated this evening at about 9pm, but it can also be downloaded as a podcast from the Radio 4 website. (thanks, Claire and Chris)


10 April 2018

We have been told people have had problems booking tickets for the London Palladium concert, getting a message that 'only single tickets are left'.

This is untrue, and was caused by an error at Ticketmaster, now corrected. The Palladium concert is selling well, but there are still good tickets available. See more info here.


8 April 2018 : the twenty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Thanks to everyone who fell for our annual April Foolery and sent in requests, orders, messages etc  ... very entertaining! Needless to say the main articles (here and here), though they contain numerous excellent and worthwhile ideas, are thoroughly bogus. 

'The Blue Danube, from the Bournemouth concert, is immaculately inexplicable either as an homage or a pisstake'
Added the Record Collector review of the Boxed Set, Still There'll be More (thanks, Anvil)

Added a third page of fine Tromsø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

'Has anyone any more information about this mysterious ‘Easter egg track’?'
A
dded the second part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days (thanks, David)


April Fools' Day 2018 : the twenty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the first part of a searching enquiry into Procol Harum – the Alpha Days (thanks, David)

'Crazy, isn't it, how fresh they all sound! And that's before you've even heard them!'
Added a good article about the Procol luxury reissues business, with a special offer for readers who want to get ahead in the next Procol compilation series (thanks, Matt)

Added a link to a 40+ minutes feature in which Gary Brooker talks to 'Goldmine' about the 2018 Boxed Set, Keith Reid, the R&R 'Hall of Fame' and much more (thanks, Carol)

Kudos to Procol Harum for receiving the invitation to play at the marriage of the UK's Prince Harry to his transAtlantic bride, Meghan (link here). But has Buckingham Palace actually read the words of King of Hearts? The title sounds apt enough but do they really want 'king of the broken-hearted' echoing in the wedding-guests' ears? We suggest Mabel instead, with a modified lyric: 'Oh Markle, Markle, he'll eat you up much quicker than a shark'll; Oh Markle, Markle, hope you never lose that sparkle' and so on. We're happy to forward better suggestions, if you have any: click here to send 'em.

Added some exciting news about the upcoming Procol Harum In The Waves of The Vikings cruise  

A few years back, some may recall,  there was a momentary hoo-hah in the red-tops about the authorship of one of Procol's early tunes: nice to hear its original melody restored in this clip

Added some rare record labels to the foot of this page (thanks. Anvil)


26 March 2018 : the twenty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a fourth page of fine Bodø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

'... These are people that know their Procol ... '
Added a link to a fine Brooker interview -- about Esoteric's Still There'll be More boxed set -- with VVN (thanks, Gary H)

Added a marvellous chapter from George Lovell's splendid book of Procol concert-going memoirs (thanks, George)

Added a Procol Harum ticket here and here (thanks, Hans)


19 March 2018 : the twenty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added some comments about tonight's Procol Harum-themed concert in Bedfordshire UK

Added a third page of fine Bodø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

Added a link to a Consequence of Sound  Brooker interview, touching on the Boxed Set, Still There'll be More (thanks, Klingsor)

Added a link to  a Cherry Red Records interview with Gary Brooker on the new Boxed Set (thanks Gary H)


13 March 2018 :

Added the booking links for the London Palladium show. The fans' presale starts at 10 am GMT on 14 March. All details here (thanks, Marina)


12 March 2018 : the twentieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Updated this crucial page

Added news of Procol Harum's gig at the London Palladium when, with orchestra and chorus, they will be playing an iconic album in full, along with greatest hits and rarities (thanks, Chris)

On Monday 12 March Gary Brooker talked live on BBC Radio 2, 'just after 18:00 GMT, on Simon Mayo's programme : listen to an mp3 edit here ... we've left in a little bit of BBC Radio 2 stuff (trailers, IDs, etc) 'for texture'.

Added band details and booking links to help those thinking of joining the Procol cruise in February 2019

Added two in-the-flesh photos to the page about Still There'll be More, the fantastic new 8-disc Procol Boxed Set

'... a wonderful cornucopia of music to please the faithful and to astound the uninitiated ...'
Added a second, excellent review of Still There'll be More (thanks, Bert)

Added a link to some good promo for the Boxed Set (thanks, Bradshaw)

Updated this schedule of Procol Harum gigs for 2018

Updated this list of Procol Harum's orchestral engagements



3 March 2018:

Some good news for our transAtlantic friends – who haven't had Procol approach their shores for quite a while – Procol Harum to perform at sea

' ... the greater sense of security and confidence that can come with advancing years does have with it the trade-off that you can lose the ‘excitement of the new’ ...'
Added a new piece (including rehearsal photos) that contains the booking details for the 22 March orchestral concert here in the UK (thanks, Steve)

Added ten more words about GB's convalescence.


28  February 2018 : the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a brief, illustrated update about Gary Brooker's recovery from his recent surgery

'This stellar prog monument'
Added a glowing review of the music on the Esoteric Still There'll be More boxed set ... the writer doesn't seem to have had access to the product itself, however (thanks, Anvil)

Added new concert dates for Procol Harum in 2018, bringing the total to twenty-two ... and counting ... (thanks, Chris)

Added a link to this topical trailer (thanks, Montmorency)


24  February 2018 : the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a second page of fine Bodø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

Added a second page of fine Tromsø pictures too (thanks again, Inger)

Added a link to this post-Edmonton interview (thanks, Wilfried)

Added some Procol Harum pictures from September last year (thanks, Jochen)

Added a link to a recent interview about the band's early days (thanks, Daniel)


17 February 2018 : the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added more November dates – an A to Z tour of one particular country, in a sense – to Procol Harum's 2018 tour schedule (thanks, Chris)

'We never spat on our audience ... we should probably steal Pink Floyd's production manager ...' (and something bizarre about heroes, at the end)
Added a link to a very interesting podcast interview – en Anglais – with Gary Brooker, from the time of last year's Paris gig. His interlocutors are Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe (sounds a bit French) and Ian Chippett (sounds a bit Bristolian) (thanks, Ian!)

Added a first page of fine Bodø pictures from one of our foremost photographic contributors (thanks, Inger)

Added a first page of fine Tromsø pictures too (thanks again, Inger)

Amended this page (thanks, Ian)


15 February 2018 :

Excellent news from Franky Brooker about The Commander (thanks, Franky)


12 February 2018 : the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a message from Gary Brooker about his plans for the next three months (thanks, Gary)

Added an earwitness comparison of two recent concerts, with illustrations! (thanks, Jonas)

Added a splendid illustration to this page (thanks, Geoff)

Added a review of the recent concert at Bodø  (thanks, Aad)

Added news – crazy dreams! – of an upcoming choral/orchestral concert of Procol Harum music (thanks, Steve)

Added two tickets to our scrapbook – see Fillmore East and Passaic (thanks. Bradshaw)

Added some nice pictures related to our recent Christmas Quiz (thanks, Gary and Bert)

Amended this important page


8 February 2018

Added two gigs, here and here (thanks, Chris)

Added a graphic to this historic page (thanks, Anvil) Plenty more historic pages archived here


4 February 2018

Added the setlist from last night's concert in Norway ... something new, and a welcome return for one of this website's favourite songs ... (thanks, Inger and Jonas)


2 February 2018

RIP Dennis Edwards

Added the setlist from tonight's concert in Norway


1 February 2018

Added the setlist ... including a première! ... from tonight's concert in Norway

Added some good close-up stage shots from Drammen's Union Scene, and an illustration here (thanks, Thomas)


26 January 2018 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Hugh Masekela, Jim Rodford. Mark E Smith

' ... a guy who, despite the shocks and upsets, is having a really, unexpectedly, rock solid brilliant time ...'
Added a revealing article about a famous Procol organist of former times (thanks, Charlie)

'The guitar churns like hot pudding with a wooden spoon and Whitehorn stirs'
Added a very complimentary and occasionally preposterous Novum review (thanks, Charlie)

Nice to re-read this interview from a year ago ... the first mention of Novum!

Added a good graphic to one of BtP's very earliest pages (thanks, Jim)

Time to glance again at this interesting Procol survey from 1881

Added a link here to some very interesting and erudite Procol musings (thanks, Christian)

Added an unsolicited testimonial about the Novum art prints available from Julia Brown

Dear Julia, Just a note to inform you that my art print has arrived.

I am retired from a 35 year career in the lithographic printing trade, which is why I have particular appreciation for graphic artists and their work. I had the pleasure of working with many artists who would come into my press room to approve color for limited press runs, and on many of those occasions I was the actual pressman. Your digital print looks as impressive as any that I ever worked on. Your choice of stock breathes such artistic life into the this piece that I was quite taken aback. It is radiant! I will enjoy displaying it (away from sunlight) in my home.

I also appreciate your many personal touches that must surely endear you to your clients. I hope your newfound celebrity status among the Procol Harum fan community will bear fruit through purchases of this fine art print, which I wholeheartedly endorse. (You may quote me if you wish).

Humbly yours,
Richard Beck, USA
 


19 January 2018 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added five exciting overseas concerts for Procol Harum in 2018 (thanks, Chris): find details by clicking here, here, here, here and here


15 January 2018 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Ray Thomas and RIP  Dolores O Riordan

Updated our index of Novum reviews ... if you know of others online or elsewhere, please send us the links

Added the schedule of Triumphant Victors in the Christmas competition: eleven out of twelve prizes are already well on their way to their destinations. Please let us know when they reach you safely

'... a sleuth-like battle of wits while being tormented with nuggets of nonsense ...'
Added a revealing page of Competitors' Comments (thanks, all)

Added the solutions to all the Procol puzzles, with helpful comments: if you didn't play, click these links now and see how you would have fared: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 12 part 2

Order your copies of the recent album, Novum, by clicking these special links (which incidentally send a few cents to keep this website afloat): Amazon UK / Amazon USA

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


5 January 2018:          

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles.

Good luck with the instructions that follow it (click link provided, to change pages): just read 'em carefully (take your time!) and all will be well.  


4 January 2018:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to be ready with your preference order for the fab prizes  – all the letters, please! – something like: "MICEGOSQUAWK” The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Thursday 4 January becomes Friday 5 January.  


3 January 2018:  

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles  

We slightly amended the wording of yesterday's puzzle, thanks to a Useful Informant: so ... if you've already tackled it ... it will be worth your while to re-read the questions, and maybe rework your solution 


2 January 2018:  

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to sneak one more look at the schedule of fab prizes  


1 January 2018: Happy New Year!  

Thanks again to to Gary, Geoff, Matt, Josh and Geoff, to manager Chris Cooke and the great crew that presents the band on stage. Bookmark the What’s New page at Beyond the Pale (www.procolharum.com/whatsnew.htm : do it now!) and sign up for the (free) newsletter (www.procolharum.com/99/newslist.htm : do it now!) and you’ll be bang up to date the minute some exciting developments are officially announced.

Meanwhile, good luck with those Christmas Quizzes ... time to size up the prizes and get to grips with the remaining few clues. Happy 2018 from Jens + Roland Greetings from Norway and England

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Hope you're still having fun, and still making plenty of notes along the way, to save time in the finale.  


31 December 2017:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to gaze enraptured at the schedule of fab prizes  


30 December 2017:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles  


29 December 2017:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to contemplate the schedule of  fab prizes  


28 December 2017:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Hope you're having fun, and making plenty of notes along the way, to save time at the end.  


27 December 2017:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to keep a record of your findings as you go ... and to look at the schedule of fab prizes  


26 December 2017:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles  


25 December 2017: Happy Christmas!  

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as our fab prizes get more and more munificent. It looks, and is, very straightforward ... but it's still worth reading this page of advice and information before you start  


24 December 2017 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year  

Upgraded our list of Procol's UK singles

Compiled a fascinating clutch of Novum tour statistics for your delectation


21 December 2017 : the tenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'
 

Exclusive

Added news from Esoteric Records about the unbelievably lavish, limited-edition 8-disc Procol Boxed Set entitled Still There'll be More ... 112 tracks of your favourite band on audio and video and in a lavishly-illustrated hardback book ... due out in March 2018, but ready to order now
(thanks, Mark)
 

10 December 2017 : the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Johnny Hallyday

Added an excellent review, with fine pictures, of Procol Harum's Paris gig last month (thanks, Olivier)

Added a link to a revealing radio interview given by Gary Brooker the morning after the Paris gig. If you're in any doubt about Lancelot Reaper's Novum theory, listen to the interview! (thanks, Alison)

'Most of what you hear today is second-hand; I was lucky to hear it first time around ...'
Added a Chris Cooke article from the band's Fiftieth Anniversary Souvenir Tour Programme (which you can win, here)

Added a historic Procol Harum date here ... search for 'Marquee' (thanks, Robert)


3 December 2017 : the eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a review of Procol Harum's new record (November 2017)

Added the schedule of very handsome prizes that you will be able to win in this year's simple and amusing BtP puzzles, which will start on 24 December.
Many are signed by the band, two are high-value items in the $90–100 USD price-range; and all of them are (a) worthy objects of delectation for the Procol Harum fan and (b) free!

Added a great postscript to this interesting concert page (thanks, Gil)

Added a Gary Brooker interview from the band's Fiftieth Anniversary Souvenir Tour Programme (which you can win, here)


28 November 2017 : the seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a Procol Harum mention in a quality magazine (thanks, Jim)

Added some pictures from Procol Harum's concert in Hamburg this year (thanks, Hans)

Can somebody please send in the song-list from the Halle (Saale) concert on 14 September 2017?

Reminder: Geoff Whitehorn's solo concert in Italy, Casale Monferrato, 15 December


21 November 2017 :

We now have an authenticated winner – see herefor the signed Boxed Set, due out early next year: congratulations!


19 November 2017 : the sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Malcolm Young

Nobody has yet claimed their free signed 8-disc Procol Harum Boxed Set (due 2018). Check your Fiftieth Anniversary Tour badges, if you bought them in mainland Europe. (Badges without numbers were produced for the English dates: at that time no plans had been confirmed for the Boxed Set ... so there was no question of offering one as a prize)! Please don't send us photos of the wrong numbers! Please note that all the badges are marked 'of 800' on the back, but the lucky number (as revealed by Gary Brooker here) is printed in a little rectangle.

Added the missing songs from our setlist from BeatClub 1973 (thanks, Mark)

Added the song titles to September's Procol Dresden setlist (thanks, Matthias)

Added some more good concert pictures from the recently-concluded tour (thanks, Thomas)

Added a hyperlink to the fishbag picture here

Updated pages here, here, here, here and here


12 November 2017 : the fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Paul Buckmaster

Added the setlist from Paris: the final gig of Procol Harum's brilliant Fiftieth Anniversary Tour. Come back soon, and there will be some brief concert notes.

Badges: all sold out before the concert even began. (So were all the CDs, tee-shirts and concert programmes, by the end of the interval). So, many thanks to everyone who wrote in to request a left-over ... sorry to disappoint. The winning number may now be discovered by visiting this page.

Added news about Geoff Whitehorn's solo concert in Italy, Casale Monferrato, Venerdì 15 Dicembre.


5 November 2017 : the fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a link to photos of The Commander's recent summit meeting in Paris

Gary Brooker answers a question about how long we'll have to wait for a new album

Gary Brooker ... how close did he come to divorce?


29 October 2017 : the third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Fats Domino

Added a (three-star!) review here (thanks, Jim)

Added a poster here (thanks, Jim)

Updated this crucial page

Added a ticket here (thanks, Jim)

Corrected a daft typo here ('... dumpling-like breast, the regurgitated drool ...')

Added the beginnings of an index to Roland's various Procol writings


21 October 2017 : the second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'... all the members looked happy and fulfilled, with their work well done ...'
Added an illustrated review of Procol Harum at Szczecin, from one of BtP's most trusted correspondents (thanks, Mac)


'Most importantly, Procol Harum is back on the road!'
Added a good
review of Procol Harum at Katowice, from one of BtP's longest-established correspondents (thanks, Mirek)

' ... która pomimo upływu pięćdziesięciu lat nadal robi piorunujące wrażenie ...'
Added a strong review of Procol Harum at Katowice, from Rock Area (thanks, Mariusz)


15 October 2017 :

Added the recent Procol Katowice setlist (thanks, Thomas)


14 October 2017 : the first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #21 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Many thanks to many people in many countries, all round the world, for the wonderful twentieth birthday good wishes and compliments to BtP, and the kind donations (sent in by clicking the buttons above). All much appreciated!

Added one more concert date for 2018

Added the recent Procol Szczecin setlist (thanks, Thomas)

Added a page of pictures taken before the Szczecin show (thanks, Thomas)

Added a page of pictures taken during the Szczecin show (thanks, Thomas)

Updated two pages, here and here


9 October:

Added the recent Procol Rome setlist, with one picture and a statement about merchandise (in particular, note the state of play regarding the limited edition 50th Anniversary Badge Raffle Prize)

You might like to look back eleven years to the last time Procol played Rome ... it was the first-ever concert by the present line-up. Six songs in common ... guess which ones before you look!


8 October 2017 : the fifty-second and final hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Happy Birthday to Us!
Twenty years of 'Beyond the Pale', which was founded of course in 1997 in commemoration of the passing of BJ Wilson.


Added a page taken from Procol Harum's Fiftieth Anniversary Tour Souvenir Programme, written about the twentieth anniversary of 'Beyond the Pale' ! Thanks, everyone, for sending in material, and reading it, these two decades. At the moment Jens is in the air over France somewhere, and Roland is on the road to Rome, Italy ... but the dust will settle soon, and we look forward to processing all the Procol tour contributions that have kindly been sent in to us during the past few weeks.

Added a detailed song-by-song commentary to the Pordenone setlist, which is now also erratically illustrated (thank you, Linda)

Added Roland's hitherto un-archived liner notes for 2009's boxed set All This and More ... quite a weighty read, and based on new (as at 2008/09) interviews with Dave Ball, Dave Bronze, Gary Brooker MBE, Mark Brzezicki, Alan Cartwright, Chris Cooke, Chris Copping, Geoff Dunn, Mick Grabham, Kellogs, Josh Phillips, Matt Pegg, Harry Pitch, Simon Posthuma, Keith Reid, Pete Solley, Chris Thomas, Robin Trower and Geoff Whitehorn


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