Procol Harum

the Pale

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Procol Harum at Raleigh, NC, USA

Setlist 25 July 2012

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn

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Wall Street Blues
As Strong as Samson
Pandora's Box
Whisky Train
Goodnight Irene, snippet for Jerald and his wife
A Salty Dog
Simple Sister
Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (with guitar solo)


 11 songs altogether:  2 From Procol Harum 0 from Shine on Brightly
1 From A Salty Dog  1 From Home 1 from Broken Barricades
0 From Grand Hotel 1 From Exotic Birds and Fruit 1 from Procol's Ninth
0 From Something Magic 0 From The Prodigal Stranger 1 from The Well's on Fire
2 non-album tracks  0 Not yet recorded in studios  0

Originating on a Brooker solo album

Michael Chaudhuri comments:

I work only two blocks from the Raleigh Ampitheatre! How many of us can walk to a Procol show! :) Tried to sneak away from work to hear the sound check but my timing was off: oh well ...

Fairly big venue (7,000 or so capacity), less than half full. Are concert prices keeping people away, or are these bands better suited for venues like Westbury and Bergen PAC?

Procol got several standing ovations, particularly for WSOP. Kudos to Yes, as they complimented PH twice during their set.

Was this the first time they did Whisky Train this tour? Geoff and Gary seemed off sync a bit at first, but finally got into the groove.

Sound was very subdued, especially early on in the set. Both Gary and Yes referred to a Raleigh ordinance which apparently limits the sound to 95 decibels ... silly b/c there is no residential that I know of near the venue. 

As Strong as Samson -- and I've heard it three times so far this tour -- is very standard, close to the album track. Kind of miss the embellishments of earlier tours.

Cerdes is growing on me -- this set especially really allowed Geoff to stretch out on guitar: excellent work!

I was distracted again by loud talkers during A Salty Dog. At the Englewood show I actually turned around and told the guys behind me to "Shut up!" Was that wrong of me :)

Bob adds:

Sounded great but it was hard to get the audience to listen to them. I was surrounded by people talking all the way through it (And I have the sorry recording to prove it)

I was very glad to see Gary looking well and sounding great.

A sparse crowd even when Yes was playing. They had to use a groupon half-off promotion to sell as many seats as they did. It was a mid week outdoor show in a heat wave.

At least the Hammond worked (looked like a new Hammond XK 3c). The Hammond didn't work at my last show, last US tour in Atlantic City or at my first show, 1967 with Moby Grape in NYC: well it worked but it didn't let them play Whiter Shade of Pale. But we did get Repent Walpurgis so all was forgiven

photo by Joel Setchell


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