March 31: Happy Birthday (1951!) Henry Spinetti!
'To create a little flower is the labour of ages,' says William Blake in The Proverbs of Hell.
Much the same might be said in respect of our cumulative setlists analysis for the Procol March 2003 European tour. Many thanks to all who sent in the lists, and the corrections as well. If you like this sort of thing, there are others here and here.
Added the song words for Fellow Travellers (thanks, Kerry)
Out today and of great interest toDave Ball fans: a live, previously unreleased (or even bootlegged!) Bedlam show done at Command Studios in London: Bedlam Live 1973. The label is Majestic Rock. The anniversary re-mixes of the original 1973 Bedlam album will follow in the summer. (thanks, Dave)
March 30: Happy Birthday (1950) Dave Ball!
Added the set-list for the last Procol gig of the recent, immensely successful European Tour (thanks, Fritz)
Added the song words for The VIP Room (thanks, Kerry)
Added the song words for The Question (thanks, Kerry)
Last chance to vote for Procol Harumin the Hamburg Easter charts (thanks, Holger)
Added the song words for The Blink of an Eye (thanks, Kerry)
Added a page of on- and offstage photographs taken at the recent Procol Harum gig at Catford (Lewisham) (thanks, François)
March 28: Nineteen weeks until Procol Harum play the Cropredy Festival
Added a song-list from Procol's recent Nuremberg concert (thanks, Fritz [thanks, Mark])
Added two Procol dates supporting the Rolling Stones in London (thanks, Dave)
Don't forget to vote for Procol Harumin the Hamburg Easter charts (thanks, Holger)
March 27: Happy Birthday (1971) Matthew Pegg ! Tonight Procol Harum conclude their European foray by playing Aschaffenburg in Germany
'From village hall to Royal Albert Hall '
Added a report on a Gary Brooker gig this Tuesday, slipped in between the German gigs (thanks, Diane)
Don't forget to vote for Procol Harumin the Hamburg Easter charts (thanks, Holger)
March 26: Tonight Procol Harum play Nuremberg in Germany.
Added the illustrated setlist from Procol Harum's 22-song gig in Hamburg at which the last piece in the puzzle was delivered they have now played the whole of the new album, The Well's on Fire, live on stage (thanks, Holger)
Added an excellent publicity idea from Hamburg all Procol Harum fans can assist in promoting the band over the next three days (thanks, Holger)
Are you hoping to hear Procol Harum in NYC ? The early show is already sold out, though we understand that there are still tickets available for the late show (thanks, Joey)
March 25: Tomorrow Procol Harum play Nuremberg in Germany
Added the setlist from the Procol gig in Cologne with some interesting comments by way of a brief review (thanks, Nik)
Procol autographs ... added a picture of a good way of collecting them on the present tour (thanks, Ulrich)
March 24: Tonight, Procol Harum play Hamburg in Germany
Added the enormous setlist from Procol Harum's German début (thanks, Hermann)
Added a couple of pictures of the outside of the Stuttgart venue ... where the show was recorded for radio transmission on Easter Monday (thanks, Hermann)
March 23: Tonight, Procol Harum play Cologne in Germany
Added the setlist from the very recent Procol show at Emmen, the Netherlands (thanks, Frans; thanks, Eric)
Added a nicely-illustrated review of the same gig (thanks, Henk)
Procol Harum in Montréal, 3 May 2003: if you're planning to go to this show, don't delay your booking. We understand that tickets went on sale on Friday at noon, and by Saturday morning one agent was reporting 70% of tickets sold
March 22: Tonight, Procol Harum play Stuttgart in Germany
Added a couple of pictures of a rare white-label 45 rpm vinyl single, produced by Matthew Fisher (thanks, Claes)
Added the song words for A Robe of Silk (thanks, Kerry)
March 21: Tomorrow night, Procol Harum play Stuttgart in Germany: twenty weeks until Procol Harum play the Cropredy Festival
Added the setlist from Procol Harum's concert at Zoetermeer (thanks, Frans)
Addeda Dutch review of The Well's on Fire (thanks, Frans)
March 20: Tonight: Procol Harum play Emmen, Holland
Added another review of the recent Procol Harum concert at Catford, or Lewisham (thanks, Ken)
Added another American date 5 May to the roster of Procol gigs for this Spring (thanks, Chris)
March 19: Tonight Procol Harum play Zoetermeer, Holland
Added a review of the recent Procol Harum concert at Lewisham, or Catford (thanks, Charlie)
Added the Fairport Newsletter to the BtP Cropredy page Procol Harum headline Friday night (thanks, Peggy)
March 18: Birth of Barrie Wilson, 1947. Two days until Procol Harum play Emmen, Holland
Added a festival date for Procol Harum ... Dave and Chris Pegg's Cropredy Festival, no less ... read an excellent account of their last appearance there
Added three trans-Atlantic gigs also ... Montreal, Alexandria, Philadelphia ... more booking details to follow, we hope (thanks, Chris)
Added, at Gary Brooker's request, a fresh link to the 40 Procol-song 2CD, Lost in the Looking-Glass by The Palers' Project
Updated the Shine On merchandise page (thanks, Christine)
March 17: Two days until Procol Harum play Zoetermeer, Holland
Added the setlist from last night's great concert at Milton Keynes
March 16: Three days until Procol Harum play Zoetermeer, Holland
Added the setlist from last night's great concert at Lewisham (thanks, Peter)
Ides of March: Procol Harum play tonight at Lewisham, London
Added the song words for Shadow Boxed (thanks, Kerry)
How many Keith Reid / Procol Harum songs have the word 'Box' in them? How many times does Gary Brooker sing 'velvet' you can solve these and other similar enigmas either by listening to all twelve albums (not a horrible prospect) or by exploring the excellent and recently-updated Keith Reid Search Engine (thanks, Peter)
March 14: Procol Harum play tomorrow night at Lewisham, London
"I shall try to attend as many gigs as I possibly can!"
Added a good-length BtP interview with Procol Harum wordsmith, Keith Reid (thanks, Keith)
"Every home should have one ... " Keith declares, aboutLost in the Looking-Glass the 40 track 2CD of Procol songs revisited and reinvented in studios around the world order it online here with PayPal or with credit-card
March 13: Two nights until Procol Harum play at Lewisham, London
Added the song words for An Old English Dream (thanks, Kerry)
Added some pictures of Procol Harum on stage in Skien, earlier this month
Added a link toRock's Back Pages : why not visit this, and see almost 4,000 pieces of the best rock writing over the last 40 years; you can also subscribe to its weekly free newsletter.
March 12: Four nights until Procol Harum play at Milton Keynes, UK
From the recent Procol dates in Viking territory ... how Eminem guested with Procol Harum, and some candid touring photos! (thanks, Carol; thanks Maf; thanks, Matt)
Now is a good time to remind all new, as well as existing, Procol Harum fans about the existence ofKeith Reid's book, My Own Choice, of which there are still copies available : no longer available from Amazon USA, but it's 200 USD plus shipping ($10 for the States and $25 elswhere) if directly ordered from www.charnelhouse.com or send a check or money order (in US dollars) to Charnel House PO Box 633 Lynbrook, NY 11563. (Phone 516-887-2565)
March 11: Four nights until Procol Harum play at Lewisham, London
Addeda US Paler's review of The Well's on Fire (thanks, One-Eye)
Added a less glowing UK review-snippet (thanks, Sam)
March 10: Six nights until Procol Harum play at Milton Keynes, UK
Added pictures of Procol Harum arriving in Kristiansand when they played in Norway in 2001 (thanks Jens K)
March 9: Happy Birthday Robin Trower (1945); RIP Adam Faith. Six nights until Procol Harum play at Lewisham, London
Added the gigantic setlist from Copenhagen (quite a while since any of Glimpses of Nirvana has been heard on stage!), Procol Harum's first Danish gig of the 2003 tour promoting their new album, The Well's on Fire (thanks, Erik)
March 8: Eight nights until Procol Harum play at Milton Keynes, UK
Sorry, no setlist from Denmark ... hope one of our Danish friends can send us a note of what was played last night.
How about a nice Scots review of The Well's on Fire meanwhile? (thanks, Charlie)
March 7: Happy Birthday, Matthew Fisher (1946)! Tonight: Procol Harum play at Portalen, Denmark
Added the vasty setlist from Oslo, Procol Harum's third Norwegian gig of the 2003 tour promoting their new album, The Well's on Fire: news here of a hitherto-unknown Procol song as well.
Added a highly-encouraging review of the gig on 5 March (thanks, Amund)
March 6: Tonight: Procol Harum round off the Norwegian leg with a gig at Oslo
Added the illustrated 20-song setlist from Skien, Procol Harum's second gig of the 2003 tour promoting their new album, The Well's on Fire ... from which all but three tracks have already been played in the two gigs of the present tour. (thanks, Tore)
March 5: Tonight: Procol Harum play at Skien, Norway
Added the mighty setlist from Stavanger, Procol Harum's first gig of the 2003 tour promoting their new album, The Well's on Fire
See Procol Harum and have a romantic night in a first-class hotel! Added news of a great 'Grand Hotel' deal for the coming tour (thanks, Frans)
Added a couple of tiny mp3s, by way of clarification, to this review (thanks, Lucy)
Correction: on the merchandise sheet sent out with the latest paper version of Shine On, the wrong e-mail address is quoted for ordering. It should read email@example.com and NOT jgrayson (thanks, Christine)
March 4: Tonight: Procol Harum open the 'Well's on Fire' tour at Stavanger, Norway
Added another BtP webmaster's review of the new Procol Harum album, released yesterday!
Added a scan of the absolutely last two tickets for this sell-out concert here (thanks Bøje)
March 3: Twelve nights until Procol Harum play at Lewisham, London
Today Procol Harum release The Well's on Fire: order it here, here or here
Don't forget to listen to Gary Brooker on BBC Radio 2, between 9 and 10 pm tonight
Added a BtP webmaster's review of the new Procol Harum album, released today and already on its way from Amazon UK and Germany to dozens and dozens of pre-order customers!
Added scans of tickets here and here
March 2: Two nights until Procol Harum open their European tour at Stavanger, Norway
A new traffic record for BtP in February: an average of 7,285 page-views each day, generated by an average of 1,668 visitors.
Don't forget to listen to Gary Brooker on BBC Radio 2, between 9 and 10 pm tomorrow night
Added a Press Release about The Well's on Fire released tomorrow from Eagle Rock, their new label (thanks, Chris)
March 1: Two days until Procol Harum release The Well's on Fire: order it here, here or here
Added some Rock Meets Classic pictures from Mannheim (thanks, Hans)
Read what was new on this website in previous months