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Procol Harum at Scottsdale (Phoenix), USA

27 July 2003

  Brooker, Brzezicki, Fisher, Pegg, Whitehorn

If you were able to get to this gig, please send us pictures, memorabilia, interviews and so forth!

Bringing Home the Bacon
Pandora's Box
Wall Street Blues  
The Blink of an Eye
Quite Rightly So
As Strong As Samson  


Whaling Stories  
The VIP Room
A Robe of Silk  
Whisky Train (including drum solo)
The Emperor's New Clothes  
Shadow Boxed
An Old English Dream
A Salty Dog
Shine On Brightly
Simple Sister  


A Whiter Shade of Pale
Repent Walpurgis

The soundcheck apparently ran long, thus causing the scheduled 7:30 show to start at about 8:00 pm.

Soundcheck included
The Blink of an Eye
VIP Room
Fame (David Bowie song -- Geoff, Matt and/or Mark singing?)
Shadow Boxed
Conquistador (
interview referring to this number at soundcheck)



Songs altogether:


From Procol Harum


from Shine on Brightly


From  A Salty Dog


From  Home


from  Broken Barricades


From  Grand Hotel


From Exotic Birds and Fruit


from Procol's Ninth


From Something Magic


From The Prodigal Stranger


from The Well's on Fire


Non-album tracks


Joe DePinto says:
The boys were in fine form and the crowd was very enthusiastic. Gary mentioned something about the tacos he ate and everyone had a good laugh. This band is as tight and powerful as any previous Procol Harum lineup. The sound was great and this auditorium was the perfect venue: small and wonderful acoustics. Every song was fantastic and the crowd went crazy for Whisky Train and Simple Sister. They touched on just about everything and the crowd went home happy. Those of us who waited after the show (in the hot desert night, I might add) were disappointed when the boys sent word that they had a very early start in the morning and they could not stop for autographs. They promised to return to Arizona and that made it a little easier. A wonderful conc

Andy Olson adds:
House was half-full (400 tickets sold). There wasn't any radio advertisements for this show. Don't have set list, but do know Conquistador was performed during sound check (but not in show). Gary Brooker was interviewed backstage by Jeff Parets for his Acoustic Storm Radio Show (Sunday mornings 7-10 am on KSLX 100.7 Phoenix)

Mika Caporaso says:
Fires (Which Burnt Brightly), Grand Hotel and A Dream in Ev'ry Home were on the setlist but not played.
Whaling Stories, Emperor's New Clothes and Shine on Brightly added to set list.

Scott Outten adds:
All the musicians seemed in fine form.  This despite the consumption of "too much Tapas" according to Mr Brooker.  Suzanne Vega played through the PA system prior to the show and during intermission.  There was a nice lighting effect from high above stage right which gave the impression of light entering from a decorative window or window shutter.  Procol's own rendition of Blue Danube played through the system at show's end.  Standing ovations were given for Shine On Brightly, Quite Rightly So, A Salty Dog, AWSoP, and Repent Walpurgis.  I do believe the show perhaps was not promoted as well as it could have been.  Local radio station KSLX was a sponsor of the event but could only offer AWSoP or Conquistador upon request.  The DJ was somewhat taken aback by my request for Simple Sister or A Salty Dog.  On the day of the show they seemed possessed with Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, and CCR.  Oh well.  I tried. 

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