Procol Harum

the Pale

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Procol Harum at The London Palladium

Setlist 9 October 2018

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn
with The Senbla Orchestra and The English Chamber Choir
Karen Bloomfield, Mark Roper, Rosalind Scott-Douglas, Ken Wharfe
Conducted by David Firman

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Rehearsal schedules, on top of the Hammond, photographed from on high

All This and More
Luskus Delph
Shine on Brightly
A Salty Dog
In Held 'Twas in I

Business Man
Holding On
Into the Flood
Within Our House (first performance by Procol Harum; featured soprano Rosalind Scott-Douglas; alto Karen Bloomfield; tenor Mark Roper; bass Ken Wharfe)
Pandora's Box
Symphathy for the Hard of Hearing
Sunday Morning
Whaling Stories

A Whiter Shade of Pale (preceded by a very touching tribute to Allen 'One-Eye' Edelist, whose ninety-ninth concert this would have been)
Conquistador reprise (Nicholas Dodd arrangement)


17 songs altogether: 1x2 From Procol Harum 2 (6) from Shine on Brightly
2 From A Salty Dog 1 From Home 1 from Broken Barricades
  From Grand Hotel   From Exotic Birds and Fruit 1 from Procol's Ninth
  From Something Magic 1 From The Prodigal Stranger   from The Well's on Fire
3 From Novum 2 non-album tracks 2 from Brooker solo records

A mammoth show! Procol played all the songs from Edmonton and a great deal more beside; they started at 7.30 and played (excluding interval) until 10.20. It was 17 songs counting In Held as just one; four albums were unrepresented, including Grand Hotel ! The atmosphere in the London Palladium was amazingly intimate and excited; standing ovations were frequent; there was fabulously abandoned dancing in the front row; there was energetic air-drumming in the stalls; we rattled our jewellery enthusiastically in the boxes. The orchestra, who had kept themselves in reserve over the two rehearsals, gave it some Serious Wellington (in GW's words). The choir did a really lovely job,  And the band itself was fantastic. Gary Brooker fought off a throat infection by singing almost nothing in rehearsal, and by several medicinal administrations at the piano. His stream-of-consciousness patter was notable (especially concerning his audience with The Pope, of which more later). The aftershow party was high-spirited and greatly enjoyed by all Palers who attended as grateful guests of the band. This was the third orchestral concert in a row for London and surely, by any musical measure, the best.


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