Procol Harum

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Procol Harum at Lelystad, Holland

Setlist 27 May 2016

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn
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Shine on Brightly (new opening ... four bars of rhythmic cacophony, in which the four non-drummers choose a random note each)
An Old English Dream (new string passage from Motif synth; variant vocal melody in verse 3)
The Blink of an Eye (about that terrible day in the USA when 'MacDonald's changed their signs from red to green')
GB offers to print out sheets of useless information about the Netherlands to distribute among the audience

Holding On
As last night, a declaration that 'Tony Blair should be in jail'. [Tony Blair is the former Prime Minister of the UK]
Homburg (one chorus fewer than last night)
GB offers to write the next Dutch Eurovision song contest entry ... 'in my next life'

All This and More (this time with lute-style passages from guitar in verse three; and more-audible synth horns in playout)
Grand Hotel (unexpected guitar effusion in Russian section!)
Conquistador ('taking us back to South America, 1643')

The Truth Won't Fade Away (GW harmony voice; followed by audience a capella 'fade away')
Whaling Stories (superb power and drama. Of the rising scale ( in the 'Catatonic mode') GB said 'Not even 'Rip-yer-knickers-off' came up with that one ... then played a really nice little bit not of Rimsky Korsakov but of Rachmaninov)
A hint of The Bleu Danube and a verse of Dusty Miller from 1961 ('where the wild dingoes call etc' ... "The only Australian hit ... apart from ABBA")
Man with a Mission (exceptional guitar break from GW (wearing very fine sleeveless BtP Convention tee-shirt from night before. 'His sleeves are his trademark' said Gary)
Strangers in Space (a highlight, with extended and very lively bass solo)
Pandora's Box (cracking organ finale)
Whisky Train (extended drum solo, as last night. Started guitar ... no Mickey Jupp vocal prelude of 'Hey Bartender' etc)
Skip Softly (My Moonbeams) (again with explicit Rodrigo Aranjuez quotation on piano)
A Salty Dog (magnificent vocal, and drumming)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (Percy Sledge / Bob Marley opening; two verses; guitar solo; A minor piano cascade and baroque ending)

17 songs altogether: 1 From Procol Harum 2 from Shine on Brightly
2 From A Salty Dog 2 From Home 0 from Broken Barricades
1 From Grand Hotel 0 From Exotic Birds and Fruit 1 from Procol's Ninth
1 From Something Magic 3 From The Prodigal Stranger 2 from The Well's on Fire
2 non-album tracks

Full house, band having a lot of fun. Banter at times very curious ... a four-line rhyme introduced A Salty Dog ... something along the line lines of  ".... those who watch us from above / ... dove / ... make me squawk like a kittiwake on heat / Give me a bird and I'll give you a sweet ". Same songs as last night, despite the promise of some 'Hawaiian music' later on. Tremendous, clear sound thanks to Geoff Curtis




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