May 31:Added a fifth and final page of Procol / Paler pictures from last summer (thanks, 'Shep')
Added a message, to people who visit this website, from Dave Pegg, bassist and father of bassists: book for the birthday concert, read about the 4CD box set, and get your name in the commemorative booklet (thanks, Dave; thanks, Matt)
Just two more days of private booking for the Procol 40th Anniversary gigs in London on 20 and 21 July; BtP has tickets remaining for both shows, if you want to be sitting in front of, and with a better view than, the general public.
May 29: Happy Birthday Gary Brooker (1945)
Added a 1973 setlist to our list of setlists (thanks, Mike). Can someone answer the query about the venue?
May 28:Added a third and final page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Zurich (thanks, One-Eye)
Listen to Hidden Treasures of Rock'n'Roll – 'some of the best music you've never heard' – from 12-4PM CST at http://uicradio.ws/ on Tuesday 29 May (tomorrow). DJ John Rose will be commemorating the release, 40 years ago, of Sgt Pepper; requests are also solicited to commemorate the 62nd birthday of Gary Brooker, tomorrow: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-413-2191 during the show.
May 27:Added the twelfth and last in the 'Welcome to the Grand Hotel' series of screenshots (thanks, Larry)
Rehearsals in Southend: The Palers' Band will use just one room, though the studio-complex has many.
May 26: Eight weeks until the 40th Birthday Party of Procol Harum in London, and the 'Procol Rarum' show
Added a fourth page of
Procol / Paler pictures from last summer
So far 250 tickets for the London début of the new Procol line-up have been ordered by visitors, from all over the world, to 'Beyond the Pale'. Sometimes the online shop runs quite slowly when there are a lot of visitors on it: please be patient! A number of Palers paid for postage: watch this page to find out when we shall be in a position to send physical tickets out. Public booking begins in six days' time.
Spare ticket for Procol
Harum + orchestra in Sweden
Paler Keith Barrett has a spare ticket – Section C, Row 16, Place 2640 – for 30 June. He paid 590SEK for the ticket, approximately £35, and would be glad to hear from anyone who'd like to buy it at cost price. The ticket is to be collected at the venue on the day of the concert. Click here to mail Keith directly about this.
May 25: Eight weeks until Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert in London
Added details of the
forthcoming broadcasts of Procol Harum's Ledreborg Castle Symphonic Concerts
from 2006 (thanks, Henrik!)
Added a new item to this ticket page (thanks, Ella)
Many thanks for the enormous response to the sign-up page for people who would like to play in The Palers' Band; this is now closed.
Added a new page for scans of Procol Harum
and associated tickets (thanks, Ella)
Please send in more; and this page has a lot of gaps that could do with filling.
There has been a huge response to the sign-up page for people who would like to play in The Palers' Band; to keep things manageable, we have brought forward the closing date.
Added the sign-up page for people who would like to play in The Palers' Band at the Procol 40th Celebrations in London, and another about the accommodation available for the associated rehearsal period.
Added a page detailing the arrangements for musical fans who want to play Procol music at the party / concert in London on 21 July.
May 21:Added a Procol Catford ticket here, and a useful Czech phrase here
May 20:Added a second page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Zurich (thanks, One-Eye)
At present BtP has taken ticket orders for the 40th
Aniversary Procol Celebrations from fourteen countries as follows: 146 UK
bookings (105 for Procol Harum, 41 for ‘Procol Rarum’); 72 American
bookings (36, 36); 20 Norwegian bookings (10, 10); 29 Danish bookings (14, 15); 14 Australian bookings (7, 7); 14 Swiss
bookings (6, 8); 13 Italian bookings (7, 6); 10 German bookings
(4, 6); 6 Omani bookings (3, 3); 4 Polish bookings (2, 2); 4
Spanish bookings (2, 2); 2 Canadian bookings (1, 1); 2 Jersey
bookings (1, 1); 2 Netherlands bookings ( 0, 2).
Public booking opens in twelve days' time. The venue is filling up nicely but there are still plenty of very nice seats left: immediate booking is here
May 19: Nine weeks until the 40th Birthday Party of Procol Harum in London, and the 'Procol Rarum' show
Added a page of pictures from Procol Harum's show at Lulworth Castle in 2006 (thanks, Ian)
May 18: Nine weeks until Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert in London
Added a fresh batch of tickets – at 24.50 GBP – for
Procol Harum in London on 20 July to
the BtP shop. Public
booking opens 1 June; meanwhile, tickets are already selling very well
through 'Beyond the Pale'
Added another festival date for Procol Harum this summer (thanks, Chris)
'I know an old man in a pub who never shuts up by the name of Brian Miller ...'
Added a page by a young reformed drug addict, which looks at possible meanings of A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Laura)
May 16:Added the eleventh page of screenshots in the 'Welcome to the Grand Hotel' series (thanks, Larry)
The group Procol Harum and the Procol Harum 40th Anniversary now added to Facebook
Our second batch of top-price tickets for the Procol Harum 40th Anniversary Concert on Friday 20 July came and went; top-price seats are now sold out. But there is a lot of seating still available, at the cheaper price; tickets will be available when public booking opens at the venue on 1 June.
Gary Brooker's "Procol Rarum" show on Saturday 21 July is still booking: click here to order.
We have received requests stating, 'I am not a Paler but I wish to buy tickets'. We should clarify: 'Paler' is a strange word that has evolved over the years, and all it means is, 'a fan of Procol Harum'. There is no club to join, nor membership to pay: online booking for the 40th anniversary shows is open to anyone who wants the tickets through this website (but see above). So if you want the best tickets for Saturday's concert, before public booking opens, you are a Paler by definition. It's that simple.
Added a first page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Zurich (thanks, One-Eye)
Added booking information for this upcoming Procol Harum gig (thanks, Stefano)
Added a page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Oslo (thanks, One-Eye)
May 13:Added a third page of Procol / Paler pictures from last summer (thanks, 'Shep')
picture of Gary Brooker and Alan Cartwright
May 12: Ten weeks until the
40th Birthday Party of Procol Harum in London,
'Procol Rarum' show
It's just forty years today since the release of A Whiter Shade of Pale!
Added some Croatian to this key page (thanks, Sandra)
Added a genial codicil to this page (thanks, Phillip)
Added two supplementary observations about Crucifiction Lane to this page (thanks, Dave and Keith)
May 11: Ten weeks until Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert in London
Added two more Procol Harum gigs for this summer: here and here (thanks, Chris)
Our second batch of tickets for the Procol 40th Anniversary Concert is still not ready. Thanks for your patience
Added a third and final page of pictures from Procol's autumn 2006 gig in Chiari (thanks, One-Eye)
this link for a fab contemporary UK tabloid mention of AWSoP
Stranger than fiction? Procol Harum to play the Memorial Ballroom, Lanark! (late transport to all surrounding districts) (thanks, Jim)
May 8:Added a page of pictures from Denmark last November (thanks, Pato)
May 7:Added a second page of Procol / Paler pictures from last summer (thanks, 'Shep')
For the 40th celebration, BtP will shortly announce a discounted Basecamp hotel as usual, convenient to the gigs, with facilities for fans to socialise such as a late bar. So don't rush and book accommodation on your own.
Demand for the Procol Harum 40th Anniversary Concert on Friday 20 July and for the 'Procol Rarum' show on Saturday 21 July has been pleasingly high. We need to reserve more tickets at the venue, so we have suspended the bookings for a few days. Do not worry: there are still seats available: but it's a public holiday in the UK until 8 May so BtP's reserved block of seats cannot be extended immediately. BtP booking for fans will be back when we have secured a fresh block of tickets!
Added a page of Procol / Paler pictures from last summer (thanks, Jeff)
Added the tenth page of screenshots in the 'Welcome to the Grand Hotel' series (thanks, Larry)
Added a first page of Procol / Paler pictures from last summer (thanks, 'Shep')
The Booking Page for Procol's 40th has been busy today: in the first 24 hours Palers – well over 100 – have booked the BtP Anniversary events from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Jersey, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA
Added active links to The Booking Page for
Procol's 40th : use your credit-card or PayPal to snap up the prime seats
for Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert on
Friday 20 July in London, and for Gary
Brooker's 'Procol Rarum' show featuring the Lost Songs of Brooker and Reid
on Saturday 21 July
Note: BtP's tickets (for sale, above) are a block in the front rows. Sales to the public open on 1 June 2007 (thanks, Ella)
Priority booking for 'Beyond the
Pale' visitors opens 3 May. Public booking opens 1 June
Added a Crucifixion Lane reference to our page about Procol Harum music in films (thanks, Sheila)
Also added to that page a question about the Harry Dean Stanton promo video for A Whiter Shade of Pale: can somebody send in authoritative information about this? (thanks, Thomas)
Steve Simels is a journalist who, in the 70s, always wrote interestingly and truthfully about Procol Harum ... see here, here, here, and here for example. Interesting to see that he is still posting in praise of the band, and specially of BJ Wilson, at PowerPop some three decades later (thanks, Whinbat)
Read what was new on this website in previous months