June 30:Added two shots from the recent concert in Basel (thanks, Josh)
Added some pictures from the Bloomsbury Palers' Supper in March (thanks, Martin)
June 29:'Douglas met another of his musical heroes, Gary Brooker ... '
Added yet another excerpt from last year's very interesting biography of 'The greatest Procol Harum fan of them all' (thanks, Paddy)
June 28: Happy Birthday, David Knights (1945)Added some pictures taken before Procol Harum's concert in Basel recently (thanks, Gilles)
Repaired several faulty links to the pages about DJ No 6's excellent Procol Harum marathons on UCLA radio. Well worth a re-visit (thanks Jan)
Added a piece from the UK's Mail on Sunday newspaper, regarding the AWSoP authorship lawsuit (thanks, Charlie)
Added much the same text, with less detail and fewer errors, from another source (thanks, Jonas)
June 26:'The audience sat dutifully through the recent songs, most of which are mediocrities ...'
Added an appreciative, but scarcely-sycophantic, review of Procol's New Testament return to San Francisco (thanks, John)
Added details of an interesting album that Gary Brooker plays the piano on (thanks, Charlie)
'I saw Angus Deayton passing a bottle of wine to Terry Gilliam ...'
Added a further excerpt from last year's very interesting biography of 'The greatest Procol Harum fan of them all' (thanks, Paddy)
Added a variant version to the story of Paul McCartney, Linda Eastman, and A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Charlie)
LA Palers ... we just heard that the 23 June BB King's Club concert with Lickerish is cancelled ! Instead, they are playing on Friday night at the Hard Rock Café, Beverly Center, 8600 Beverly Blvd., LA. They go on at 11:40 PM.
If you were at The Palers' Festival in July 2003 you may recall the blues trio – Apeneck – that played in between the Palers' Band sets (their excellent guitarist played Going Down Slow with the Palers). Now reborn as Lickerish (minus the Bristolian bass-player who, living on a different continent, found it hard to make many rehearsals) they are at the Hard Rock Café, Beverly Center, 8600 Beverly Blvd., LA on Friday 24 June. Judging by their recent, eponymous CD, Lickerish will be terrific ... so do turn out and see Lloyd and Gary again, and newcomer Tom. Contact Lloyd for tickets and times
June 22: Happy Birthday, Bobby Harrison (1939)
Added a link to our special page about A Whiter Shade of Pale, regarding the present lawsuit regarding composition credits for the music (thanks, both parties)'... someone going off to find enlightenment and there's a bathetic answer ...'
Added another excerpt from last year's very interesting biography of 'The greatest Procol Harum fan of them all' (thanks, Paddy)
June 21: Happy Birthday, Mark Brzezicki (1957)'... I was trying very hard not to be utterly awestruck in meeting this guy who helped form the way I thought in the '60s ...'
Added an excerpt from last year's very interesting biography of 'The greatest Procol Harum fan of them all' (thanks, Paddy)
The Beanstalk seems to be up again, but we expect unstable operations the next few hours.
Added the setlist from Procol Harum's gig at Postdam, which has just ended (thanks, One-Eye)
Executed the promised tweaks and polishes to last night's page (done by the non-crab-eating side of the BtP partnership) and added two pictures (thanks Melanie, thanks Dane)
June 19: Procol Harum play Postdam, Germany'We are Procol Harum and we will continue!'
setlist from last night's concert in Switzerland, complete
with One-Eye's comments (thanks, One-Eye)
The page will be tidied up later on, but with Roland in Switzerland (while Jens has been eating crabs and drinking too much beer and aquavite) what can you expect?
The Beanstalk is down. We hope it will be fixed soon, but the problem is not on the BtP server and therefore not under our control.
June 18: Procol Harum play Pratteln, Switzerland and Postdam, Germany, tomorrow'... he resorted to off-pitch bellowing that made the music seem not only dated but also buffoonish ...'
Added a Procol review from the New York Times, who really didn't seem to enjoy the show at all (thanks, John)
Added the setlist from the first set of tonight's gig in Switzerland (thanks, One-Eye)
June 17: Procol Harum play tomorrow at Pratteln, Switzerland: and Postdam, Germany, the day following that
Added a report on a Procol Harum show in Switzerland (thanks, Alfred)
In which connection, The Commander rang BtP on Thursday; Procol rehearsal has been going well, 'playing all sorts of stuff', and he's pleased to report that the band will be playing two sets at Pratteln, 'on our own terms' ... ie not sharing the billing with any other acts. Gary was very satisfied with the concert at Wintershall, though glad to have his Procol hat on again. He recommended everyone to watch out for the opening of the HASTE unit at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford, for which the Wintershall gig raised its money (total not yet known).
Added some strong black-and-white shots of Robin Trower on stage thirty years ago at the Reading Festival (thanks, Robert)
Added a note of songs played at Wintershall last weekend (thanks, Anonymous Benefactor)
June 14:Added some more pictures of Procol soundchecking, and playing at Bodo, Norway
Don't you wish you could have been at Gary Brooker's 95-quid-a-head charity 'Picnic by the Lake' on Saturday night?
Luckily BtP had a person or two on the spot, so please enjoy the first report and some stellar photos (thanks, Peter; thanks, Robert)
June 12:The Truth Won't Fade Away, One More Time, and A Dream In Every Home ... what have they got in common?
Added a cursory Billboard review in which that question is answered (thanks, John)
Added some pictures from the Bloomsbury Palers' Party in March (thanks, Martin)
Make sure you visit this picture page introducing a prime illustration for sale from the Grand Hotel series (thanks, Gary). Bidding for this item is open at eBay until tomorrow.'Pull out the Hammond, the laser lights and the purple lyrics ...'
Added an appreciative review of Procol Harum's opening salvo of the New Testament (thanks, John)
June 10:Added a page about the restoration of a rare surround treat from the 70s (thanks, Bas)
Added some pictures of Procol soundchecking at Bodo, Norway
June 8:Added some shots of Procol musicians after their memorable gig in London on 6 March this year (thanks, Jill)
June 7:Added a review of the 'turgid musical epics' peddled by Procol Harum at Beverly, Maine, in 1995 (thanks, John)
Added a picture page introducing a prime illustration for sale from the Grand Hotel series (thanks, Gary). Bidding for this item is open at eBay until Sunday 12 June.
BtP received this message from netradio DJ John Rose: I'll be celebrating The Commander's 60th on this week's Hidden Treasures show. The show is broadcast and every Monday from 12-4 PM CDT at http://uicradio.ws/ . You can request your favourite songs by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312-413-2191 during the show. I hope you can join me!
Added a nice Liquorice John review (thanks, John)
Added an exiguous piece of Procol journalism that suggests that Time Out made the mistake of taking Gary Brooker at face value (thanks, John)
A few hours left to place your bid to become the owner of this remarkable Procol Harum rarity!
Added an erroneous bulletin about the cancellation of last year's putative Procol gig in Budapest (thanks, John)
Added some shots taken at the Palers' Party before Procol Harum's memorable gig in London on 6 March this year (thanks, Jill)
Upgraded our information about Procol Harum's forthcoming Austrian gig (thanks, Peter)
So ... Thin End of the Wedge on the Grand Hotel album? Place your bid for the artwork that never got used!
June 2:Added some shots of Palers gathering before (and after) Procol Harum's memorable gig in London on 6 March this year (thanks, Jill)
Added a good memoire of Procol in Paris (thanks, Pascal)
Added another non-Procol cover to this crucial page (thanks, Patricio)
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