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What was new at 'Beyond the Pale'

March 2007

March 31: Happy Birthday Henry Spinetti (1951)

Added a first page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Rome (thanks, One-Eye)

March 30: Happy Birthday Dave Ball (1950)

'Rarely have I seen a band of their prowess stagger and reel in such lugubrious fashion ...'

 Added an interesting review of Procol Harum in London (thanks, Marvin)  

Paler Sev Lewkowicz is almost half way through his current Dennis Locorriere tour; 'Clive [Gregson] is playing a lot of Hammond and I'm on piano most of the show,' he writes, 'so we duplicate the PH piano/organ sound a lot of the time! It sounds great. The band is really tight, and Dennis is a fine frontman and singer. The show is 2 hours long, but it whizzes by each night ... we were in Southend ... home of a 'certain someone' ... shows are pretty much sold out everywhere, and we are getting a standing ovation every night.' Read more at his tour diary

March 29:

Added the first page of screenshots in the 'Welcome to the Grand Hotel' series (thanks, Larry)

NB: any correspondence relating to this website needs to go to for Jens's attention. Don't write to Roland, who will be incommunicado from now until the last week of April.

March 28: 

Added another page depicting the international meetings of Procol fans on a purely social basis, when there's no music afoot. Be warned: pentadactyl extremities are a feature of this page (thanks, One-Eye)

Remedied a calendrical blunder here (thanks, Joan) and a geographical one here (thanks, John)

March 27: 

Added a page introducing an interview, with a BtP webmaster, that was featured in a Podcast from the UK, in January 2007 (thanks, John)

Added a note about despatch-dates from the BtP shop, where much Procol merchandise (audio recordings, garments, DVDs, and sundries) may be acquired at excellent prices

March 26: 

Added a mosaic of nice little shots of Procol Harum in Trento, Italy, in 2002 (thanks, Mauro)

March 25:

' ... the morphine is wearing off, so the choreography won’t be quite so great ...'

Added an illustrated page reporting a recent appearance by a Procoler, North of the Border (thanks, Charlie) 

March 24:

Added a fourteenth page depicting Procol and fans' activities in Denmark in the summer of 2006 (thanks, Hermann) 

March 23:

Added a clutch of vignettes depicting the Gary Brooker Band in 1983 concert (thanks, Charlie) 

March 22:

Added a thirteenth page depicting Procol and fans' activities in Denmark in the summer of 2006 (thanks, Hermann) 

March 21:

Added a photograph, discographical information, and news of a new solo album from a Procol Harum guitarist (thanks, Tim)

March 20:

Added a fourth and final page of pictures taken at Paler / Procol festivities in the summer (thanks, Bjørn)  

March 19:

Added a twelfth page depicting Procol and fans' activities in Denmark in the summer of 2006 (thanks, Hermann) 

March 18: Birth of BJ Wilson, 1947 
Added a note of two video clips – Joe Cocker and Frankie Miller fronting – to the BtP page for BJ Wilson (thanks, Sheila)

March 17:

Congratulations to Procol organist Josh Phillips on his success in the US ASCAP Awards ... click here for new text, music and pictures

March 16:

Added the words of another Keith Reid song (thanks, Melvin) 

Oh yes ... if you're a fan of great British bands formed by a musician and a wordsmith, who have undergone numerous changes of personnel, and who stopped playing a long while back, and yet who have today announced a string of 2007 dates ... click here!

Ides of March :

Added another gig: Procol Harum to play a summer festival (thanks, Chris)

March 14:

Added a third page of pictures taken at Paler / Procol festivities in the summer (thanks, Bjørn) 

March 13:  

Added the fourth and final page of a Procoholic's photographic memoir of Procol Harum in concert at Ledreborg Castle (thanks, The Growling American)

March 12:

Added a page about the 'classical' musicians involved, that featured in the 2005 souvenir programme from the 2005 Tsunami Benefit Concert in Guildford (a few remaining here) 

March 11:

Added a second page of pictures taken at Paler / Procol festivities in the summer (thanks, Bjørn) 

March 10:

Added an eleventh page depicting Procol and fans' activities in Denmark in the summer of 2006 (thanks, Hermann)

Procol's Pete Solley writes: I just wanted to add my condolences on the untimely death of Beverly. For many years I lived in the Ft Lauderdale area and whenever the Brookers would visit we would get to see Beverly. She was always a beautiful person and will be sadly missed by all that knew her. I was shocked by her death at
such a young age. It makes us all aware of our mortality. RIP.

Thanks for all the letters for Beverly and donations to the Hospice where she died. We're still open for more of both.
To answer a frequently-asked question, there was no funeral, in accordance with her own wishes.

March 9: Happy Birthday Robin Trower (1945)

Added a page of pictures taken at Paler / Procol festivities in the summer (thanks, Bjørn)

Added, to this handy page, a phrase that will enable you to initiate a brief conversation about Weisselklenzenacht with your Sioux friends (thanks, Dee)

March 8:

Added two more shots to the foot of our page that records gets-together of Procol fans for non-Procol purposes (thanks, Martin Awsop) 

Added three Procol tickets for Birmingham shows: here, here, here and here (thanks, Mark) 

March 7: Happy Birthday Matthew Fisher (1946)

Added a couple of links to BtP's Matthew Fisher page: follow these (search for 'singing live') to see Fisher performing bits of two of his own songs, on-mic (thanks, Steve)

Added an article about Fisher's masterpiece, Repent Walpurgis, for those who want to know how Trower got that guitar sound! (thanks, Ken)

Added three shots to the foot of our page that records gets-together of Procol fans for non-Procol purposes (thanks, One-Eye)


March 6:

Added a tribute to Procol hyperfan Beverly Peyton – whose death was announced yesterday – from Gary Brooker, and another from Franky Brooker

For those who would like to send a donation to the Hospice where Beverly was being cared for, the address is on this page, where you can also use a PayPal link should you prefer. 

March 5: RIP Beverly Peyton

Added news of an upcoming Gary Brooker gig that promises to be unusual and interesting (thanks, Gary)

'It has brought real joy to her face ...'

Added words of gratitude
to this page (thanks, Michael)

March 4:

Added a promising slew of Procol Harum concert dates for 2007: here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here (thanks, Chris).

Not counting Procol's informal performances at parties organised by 'Beyond the Pale', this will be 119 gigs since Redhill, when most of us thought we should never hear the band play live again!

March 3: Don't miss tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse

Added some text and illustrations to BtP's Josh Phillips page (thanks, Josh)

If you see any artists in the following list whose work you enjoy, have a look and a listen on the Procol-oriented page where they mingle:

10cc, 13th Floor Elevators, After the Fire, Aimee Mann, Alan Parsons, Albert Collins, Albert Hammond Jr, Ali Farka Toure, Alice Cooper, Alicia Keys, All About Eve, Allan Holdsworth, Alternativa, Amanda Lear, Amy Wadge, Anita Pallenberg, Anoushka Shankar, Anthony Phillips, Ants Invasion, Arc, Argent, Arlo Guthrie, Arthur Brown, Arvo Part, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Astral Quest, Attila The Stockbroker, Auf der Maur, Aunt's Analog, Avril Lavigne, Badly Drawn Boy, Ballet Deviare, Barenaked Ladies, Battlefield Band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Bellavista, Bellowhead, Ben Folds, Ben Watt, Benign, Benjamin Zephaniah, Berry Oakley, Bert Jansch, Beyonce, Biffy Clyro, Big Country, Big Linda, Big Organ Trio, Bill Hammell, Billy Bates, Billy Bragg, Billy Corgan, Björk, Blackmore's Night, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blink 182, Blodwyn Pig, Blondie, B-Magic, Bob Dylan, Bobby Keys, Bobby MacIntyre, Bonfire Madigan, Bonnie Raitt, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Boo Hewerdine, Booker T Jones, Boy Cried Wolf, Brian Auger, Brian Eno, Brian Wilson's Band, Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Katz, Bryan Ferry, Buena Vista Social Club, Buzzcocks, Cabaret Voltaire, Camel, Captain Beefheart, Captain Sensible, Cara Dillon, Carl Radle, Casbah Club, Cat Stevens, Catherine Deneuve, Chaz Jankel, Cherie Currie, Chris Braide, Chris Difford, Chris Stein, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Chrissie Hynde, Christine Collister, Christopher Holland, Chuck Leavell, Chumbawamba, Circulus, Cirkus, Ciro Hurtado, Cirque du Soleil, Clive Gregson, Cochise, Coldplay, Colosseum II, Corinne Bailey Rae, Courtney Love, Cynthia Plaster-Caster, Dan Mangan, Daniel Lanois, Dantalian's Chariot, Daroe, Dave Ball, Dave Grohl, Dave Mason, David Byrne, David Foster, David Francolini, David Gilmour, Davy Graham, Debbie Harry, Dennis Bovell, Dennis Wilson, Depeche Mode, Derek Smalls, Derek White, Devendra Banhart, Diana Krall, Diana Ross, Diesel Park West, Dinosaur Jr, Django Bates, Donatevo, Dr Dre, Dr Strangely Strange, Duane Allman, Duke Special, Earl Slick, Echo Helstrom, Edward van Halen, Elkie Brooks, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Elmore James, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Eminem, Emitt Rhodes, Emmylou Harris, Ennio Morricone, Eric Bibb, Eric Clapton, Everclear, Ezio, Fairport Convention, Faith Hill, Faustus, Fish, Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble, Flook, FolksTogether, Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, Francoise Hardy, Frankie Miller, Franz Ferdinand, Franz Kafka, Freddie King, Freddie Mercury, Fun Loving Criminals, Fusion Orchestra, Gary Lucas, Gary Moore, Gary Numan, Gary Richardi, Gary Shepard, George Michael, George Moore, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Giles Martin, Gillian Welch, Girlschool, Glenn Tilbrook, Gomez, Gong, Gordon Haskell, Gorillaz, Grace Jones, Gracious!, Graham Nash, Graveyard Riot, Greatest Show on Earth, Green Day, Greenslade, Hal Blaine, Hammond Heroes, Harold Budd, Harpo Marx, Harry Nilsson, Hawkwind, Hazel O'Connor, Helen Boulding, Henry McCullough, Hentaigene, Herbie Hancock, Home, Home and Garden, Hothouse Flowers, Howard Stern, Hubert Sumlin, Hummingbird, Huw Warren, Ian Gillan, Ian Hunter, Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, Idlewild, Imogen Heap, Incubus, Independent Music Awards, Ivor Cutler, J'accuse!, Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Jacques Brel, James Taylor, Jamie Cullum, Jan Svankmajer, Jan Vincent, Janis Joplin, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Klein, Jeff Lynne, Jen Gloeckner, Jim Gordon, Jimmy Destri, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Shand, Jimmy Smith, Jo Freya, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joana and the Wolf, Joby Talbot, Joe Brown, Joe Jackson, Joe Satriani, Joe Strummer, Joel Zifkin, John Bonham, John Fahey, John Farnham, John Ford, John Foxx, John Lee Hooker, John Lees's Barclay James Harvest, John Lennon, John Martyn, John Novello, John Otway, John Paul Jones, John Peel, John Prine, John Tams, John Turnbull, John Williams, Johnny Cash, Jonny, JordanMarsh, Joss Stone, Joy Division, Judee Sill, Judie Tzuke, Judy Dyble, Julia Fordham, Julie Blue, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Kate Bush, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Tickell, Kayak, Keane, Keith Richards, Kerry Livgren, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Killing Joke, Kimberley Rew, Kings of Leon, Kit, Kronos Quartet, KT Tunstall, Lady Lake, Last Nights of Paris, Lenny Kravitz, Leo Kottke, Leon Rosselson, Leon Russell, Les Paul, Levellers, Levon Helm Studios, Lickerish, Lightning Hopkins, Linda Thompson, Lindsey Buckingham, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lionel Richie, Littl Shyning Man, Little Feat, Locomotive, Lollard, Lou Reed, Lowell, Lucinda Williams, Madness, Maggie Holland, Malcolm LeMaistre, Manu Katché, Marc Almond , Marcus, Margo Buchanan, Maria McKee, Marianne Faithfull, Marillion, Marion Raven, Mark Brzezicki, Mark Hilton, Mark Stewart + Maffia, Marshall Chapman, Marsupilami, Martha Wainwright, Martin Green, Martin Rev, Martin Simpson, Martin Stephenson, Marvin Gaye, Mary Black, M-Audio, Maura O'Connell, McCoy Tyner, Mercury Rev, Metallica, Michael Brecker, Michael Nyman, Michelle Phillips, Mick Jagger, Mick Karn, Mick Ronson, Mickey Simmonds, Mike Garson, Mike Oldfield, Mike Sanchez, Moondog, Morrissey, Morvern Callar, Motorhead, Music Load, My Chemical Romance, Napalm Death, Narada Michael Walden, Natalie Grant, Natalie Imbruglia, Natasha Bedingfield, Neil Finn, Neil Innes, Neil Murray, Neil Peart, Neil Young, Neneh Cherry, Nerina Pallot, NeverVoid, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Drake, Nick Mason, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Nile Rodgers, NK Forster Guitars, Norman, Omnichord, Only Joe Kane, Onslaught, Opeth, Orchestra Baobab, Ornette Coleman, Oscar Peterson, Ozzy Osbourne, Paladin, Pamela des Barres, Pat Mastelotto, Pat Metheny Group, Patrick Moraz, Patto, Paul Carrack, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pere Ubu, Pete Banks, Pete Shelley, Peter Frampton, Peter Tickell, Peter Tosh, Phantom Limb, Phil Lesh and Friends, Piers Warren, Pixies, Placebo, Poe, Popol Vuh, Porcupine Tree, Portishead, Primal Scream, Prince, Professor Longhair, Public Foot the Roman, Queens Of The Stone Age, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Randy Rhoads, Regina Spektor, Rev Gary Davis, Richard Durrant, Rick Parfitt, Rick Wright, Riga Music Bar, Robert Calvert, Robert Cray, Robert Fripp, Robert Plant, Robert Wyatt, Robin Trower, Robyn Hitchcock, Roger McGuinn, Ron Sexsmith, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Roy Harper, Ruby Turner, Ryan Adams, Sam Marsh, Sandi Thom, Sandy Denny, Sarah Perrotta, Saturdays and Sundays, Scareifina Wld, Scissor Sisters, Scott Walker, Seal, Sean Lennon, Sean Taylor, Sephira, Seth Lakeman, Shamen, Shane MacGowan, Shawn Colvin, Shelleyan Orphan, Shrug, Silvia Costeloe, Simply Red, Siskin, Sister Sledge, Skip Bifferty, Slunt, Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, Sonic Youth, Spinal Tap, Split Enz, Spock's Beard, Spooky Tooth, Stackridge, Steepwinter, Stephen Fearing, Stephen Fry, Steve Adey, Steve Gadd, Steve Morse, Steve Reich, Steve Vai, Sting, Strawbs, Sugababes, Sun Ra, T Bone Burnett, Talking Heads, Tanglefoot, Tara Blaise, Taste, Teddy Thompson, Terry Riley, The Alarm, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Bangles, The Blockheads, The Blue Nile, The Cardigans, The Commodores, The Coral, The Cosmic Brotherhood of Ra, The Cure, The Daze, The Decemberists, The Devil's Interval, The Divine Comedy, The Falling Wallendas, The Flaming Lips, The Futureheads, The Herd, The Irresistible Force, The Korgis, The Mars Volta, The McDades, The Mekons, The Memphis Horns, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Mission, The Move, The Owsley Sunshine, The Pindrop Symphony, The Pop Group, The Proclaimers, The Real Ants, The Residents, The Roches, The Rolling Stones, The Runaways, The Rutles, The Slits, The Slits, The Small Faces, The Stooges, The Storys, The Strokes, The The, The Traveling Wilburys, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Vapors, The Waterboys, The Wedding Present, The Wishing Tree, The Zutons, They Might Be Giants, Thin Lizzy, Throbbing Gristle, Tim, Tim Finn, Tindersticks, Tir na Nog, Titan Tour Productions, Titus Groan, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Robinson, Tom Waits, Ton Scherpenzeel, Tony Levin, Tony Williams, Tori Amos, Townes van Zandt, Toyah Willcox, Tracey Thorn, Trevor Horn, TV Smith, Ultravox, Underworld, Van Dyke Parks, Van Morrison, Vertical Horizon, Vic Chesnutt, Violet and Daisy, VK Lynne, Wayne Shorter, We*Take*Flight, Weezer, Whitesnake, Whitney, Wickedlittledolls, Wigwam, Wilko Johnson, Willie Nelson, Woolly Wolstenholme's Maestoso, World Party, Wu Fei, XTC, Yo la Tengo, Yoko Ono, Yusuf, Zachary Scot Johnson, Zoot Money

March 2:  

Added an illustration to this page (thanks, Michael)

Added another story (with a rival, 'firing' theory) to a page that purports to deal with the origin of the AWSoP organ theme (thanks, Paul)

Added musical personnel to this recent page (thanks, Søren)

Dennis Locorriere starts his spring tour with Sev Lewkowicz from  the Palers' Project on keyboards: read his unfolding road diary here: catch the band on the UK's Good Morning show on ITV

March 1: 

With deep regret, we have to post a sad page concerning the health of one of Procol Harum's longest-standing friends and fans. Please send your messages of support and goodwill (thanks, Michael)

Thanks to the many people who have written to BtP about Wolfgang's Vault, where Bill Graham's legendary trove of concerts is being 'rolled out' for legal online listening (Graham's given name was Wolfgang). Two early Procol Harum live shows are available there for download: ideal for fans who have maybe not heard these classic recordings by any other route. Read BtP's note about the1968 Fillmore show here and about the 1973 Hollywood Bowl orchestral show here.

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