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Dates from 1969

We have no authoritative master-source for these dates, so we rely on the fans to search their diaries, photo-albums, ticket collections, poster-stashes, even their memories: and send in further dates and references for any year of this growing Procol tour index.

Can someone supply a specific date for this memory? 'I was in attendance at the fabled 'Power Failure' concert by Procol Harum at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in January (or February) 1969.  The power went out two or three times during a Robin Trower solo at the same point in one of their songs from Shine On Brightly their then current album. The concert was unannounced, and was thus sparsely attended by a hundred people or so.' (thanks, John Browning)


Labor Temple, Minneapolis, Minnesota (thanks, Steve)


Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, NJ, opening for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Mick Taylor on guitar) Account of the concert here


Fillmore East, NYC

690321 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, with the Staple Singers, The Cryan' Shames and Rotary Connection. Click the thumbnails below to read archival press clippings (thanks, Jim Corbett)
690322 The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, with Jethro Tull and The Litter. Click the thumbnails below to read archival press clippings (thanks, Jim Corbett)


690323 Village Pub in Birmingham MI (later known as 'The Palladium'). See a PH stage picture taken on this occasion, here
Easter 1969 (review)
I saw Procol Harem [sic] in Palm Springs along with three of my best friends in 1969. You are correct to note that this was one of the first "pop" festivals but the Palm Springs Festival was actually advertised as "The Palm Springs Pot Festival"...  I wish I still had my poster to send you a copy...  That brings back many memories...  I sat on Home Plate for Ike and Tina Turner... and remember when the fences were broken the night of The Flyin Burrito Brothers, John Mayall, and Procol Harem ... I'll have to ask my still friend today, Mike who else we saw.  I remember John Mayall wearin' a gun holster belt to hold all his harmonicas.  We had one of the school 'buses converted into a hippie bus, and hiking up to Taquas (?) Falls ...  great memories (thanks, Leo)

Electric Factory in Philadelphia. 
(Thanks to Billy from Philly, who adds, 'If you wish to scroll through a mouth watering list of bands who played the Electric Factory, see here)


Fillmore West, SF, CA (poster artwork by Greg Irons)


Rose Palace, Pasadena, CA


I kept detailed records of key moments in my life and those involving Procol Harum were among the highlights. My first Procol concert was 12 April 1969 at the Rose Palace in Pasadena. The Rose Palace was a large warehouse building where they built the floats for the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade. There was no seating, just a place to stand around, dance, and watch the light show (primitive by today's standards). Acoustically it was not an ideal venue. The show opened with Aum, followed by a band nobody had heard of (The Santana Blues Band). My friends and I were mighty impressed by Santana and shortly they would rise to stardom. When Procol came out I recall Matt wore a monk's cowl, which I thought was really cool. I didn't write down the setlist, but I remember being mighty impressed and excited by an instrumental I had never heard before, in the style of Repent Walpurgis. I was expecting to hear the song on their next album, but it never surfaced (until I heard it on a bootleg decades later). That song was Stoke Poges. I e-mailed Matt about the show about ten years ago and he said he thought that was one of the last shows he did with the original band.
Thanks, Dennis Petticoffer


Troubador, Los Angeles

690518 Parliament Hill Fields: The Camden Fringe Festival, London (pictures)


Lyceum, London with Soft Machine and Mighty Baby


Manchester University's Institute of Science and Technology (review)


Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington, DC, supported by The Guess Who (ear-witness account here)


690622 Toronto Pop Festival, 22 June 1969, Varsity Stadium (pictures here)


Fillmore East, NYC


Fillmore East, NYC

690704 Saugatuck Pop Festival: Pottawattamie Beach, Saugatuck, MI: MC5, SRC, Procol Harum, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Amboy Dukes, Rotary Connection, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Bob Seger, Frost, The Stooges, Big Mama Thornton

Many interesting reminiscences here



Houston, supporting Ten Years After


The three-day U.S. Atlantic City Pop Festival took place with B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Little Richard and Canned Heat.

Flushing Meadow Park, New York State Pavilion (former site of New York World’s Fair)

Procol Harum, Spooky Tooth, Rhinoceros, NRBQ (thanks, Steven J)

691129 Holstebro Hallen, Holstebro Denmark. supported by Delta Blues Band: cancelled with a week's notice (thanks, Michael)


PH did support for the Rolling Stones at the Lyceum, London (two shows) with Keith Reid playing organ on one or two numbers

' ... my first live gig with them – it was awful but the Stones were brilliant ...' writes Chris Copping (New Year's Day 2012)

Procol Harum played St Louis, Mo, USA – the Kiel Opera House, which was in the same building as the Kiel Auditorium but a much smaller space – in either late 1968 or early 1969. The opening act was 'Nazz'. All my friends that were at that show still say that was the best concert they have ever attended. (Jim Krapf)

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