Procol Harum

the Pale 

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Procol Harum Gaffenberg Festival, Germany

Setlist Saturday 7 July 2007

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn
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The VIP Room
Typewriter Torment
A Rum Tale
Grand Hotel (German waltz Drink Drink 'these German girls they like to fight')
Simple Sister
The Milk of Human Kindness
Something Following Me ('The first song I ever wrote with Keith Reid for PH, our attempt at the blues' Josh, killer solo: big crowd response. Song has slowed down but what is really impressing so far are the great dynamics every song has taken so far. (And a killer solo from Geoff W). The new B3 Digital is so clear and strong! And the clarity of sound in this tent may be the best overall sound I have ever heard)
Pandora's Box (ending jam with a little Latin flavour)
For Liquorice John (Dave Ball standing with me says 'Just like BJ'! Amazing new bass runs from Matt in second midsection after the heavy Hammond portion)
Seem To Have the Blues (Most All of the Time)
This World is Rich ('I think they are doing earth day, Live Earth, today in Wembley Stadium, Hamburg, Turkey ... and Al Gore didn't invite us. But we're here in Effenberg uh where are we Gaffenberg the oldest festival. Here's a big message that some people have too much money and they really don't spread it around: words by Stephen Maboe!' Gary adds Zika nor Nama / Hesah. Song is slow, bluesy)
Whisky Train (after an another amazing drum solo, Ball turns to me and says 'Class act!')
A Salty Dog ('those who love(d) BJ, it's a split second off the beat but on the beat I think you know what I'm trying to convey!' Absolutely massive and extended ovation)


A Whiter Shade of Pale (Air opening and so on as I've indicated on prior evenings. Gary asks the audience to sing along and carries the melody last time around. And yet another new free-flowing ending with a nice bass run.)

15 songs altogether: 1 From Procol Harum 0 from Shine on Brightly
2 From  A Salty Dog 1 From  Home 1 from  Broken Barricades
3 From  Grand Hotel 0 From Exotic Birds and Fruit 2 from Procol's Ninth
0 From Something Magic 0 From The Prodigal Stranger 2 from The Well's on Fire
3 non-album tracks 'The second set last night and tonight has left me with a belief that a new life has spread throughout Procol Harum'

Last Dave Ball comment: 'This is the perfect line-up of players for Procol Harum' and a final anecdote from Dave: "We were playing the Santa Monica Civic in '71 or '72. BJ had just shaved off his beard. Some bloke from the crowd yells out, 'Hey, Robin, who's the new drummer?' "

OE's last comments before London: I really believe we are in for a spectacular weekend with the way the band is performing. They are communicating and painting a canvas that is building a picture of what one would expect of the old band but in 2007. I hope you will be in London or elsewhere soon enough to decide whether you are hearing what I am. Other Palers in attendance seem to agree.  (Thanks, One-Eye; picture of Dave and One-Eye thanks to Hans Volkhardt)

Procol dates in 2007

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