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Procol Harum's European Tours, 2002

A summary survey of the songs the band played


In the darkness of the Vega auditorium a Danish fan asked me, 'Why do you write down the set? Does it vary from night to night?' Well yes, it does, and this table shows exactly how often and where in the set schedule particular songs cropped up on the Summer and Winter European Tours, 2002, at the gigs scheduled for Newcastle (cancelled), Croydon, Silkeborg, Copenhagen, Zoetermeer, Katowice, Bramhall, Florence, Milan, Modena, Ancona, and Trento (the mooted gig in Indonesia, incidentally, never took place). It would be fair to say that there are some surprises in what follows.

Procol Harum played 189 songs over eleven nights, averaging just over 17 songs per gig (the Italian shows were shorter in general than the summer ones): every album they've ever released was represented, and of course among the 'non-album' numbers listed below we now know that An Old English Dream will be heard on the 2003 album, The Well's on Fire.

33 different numbers were played: three occurred once only [A Christmas Camel and the non-originals, Imagine, and No Woman No Cry]; seven songs were played twice only [Seem to Have the Blues, (Most All of the Time), Conquistador, Still There'll Be More, A Rum Tale, Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) , Holding On, Harlequin]; five received three airings [Whaling Stories, Bringing Home the Bacon, TV Ceasar, Typewriter Torment, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle]. Three songs came out of the closet four times [Memorial Drive, Wizard Man, The King of Hearts], while Monsieur R Monde was heard five times, Piggy Pig Pig six times, and Shine on Brightly seven times.

Three songs were played nine times [Repent Walpurgis, Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone), As Strong as Samson], and four ten times [She Wandered Through the Garden Fence, A Salty Dog, Grand Hotel, Beyond the Pale]; of the six songs that featured in every show, being played eleven times [Pandora's Box, Ten Thousand Souls aka An (Old) English Dream, Separation, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Homburg] some are clearly surprises and some clearly are not!

The table below lists the two tours' Procol songs (principally in order of release) specifying their sources. The column of green figures shows how often the song was played, and the red figures show not the frequency but the position of the song in the setlist of the gig named at the head of each column.

Source

Song

Qty

Croy
20

Silk
16

Cope
19

Zoet 20

Kato
20

Bra
14

Flor
15

Mil
16

Mod
15

Anc
17

Tren15

Single

A Whiter Shade of Pale

11

19

16

19

17

19

14

15

16

15

17

15

Single

Homburg

11

6

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

1967 out-take

Seem to Have the Blues
(Most All of the Time)

2

9

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

Procol Harum 1967

Conquistador

2

 

14

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procol Harum 1967

She Wandered Through
the Garden Fence

10

13

6

7

6

6

6

6

6

6

9

 

Procol Harum 1967

A Christmas Camel

1

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procol Harum 1967

Repent Walpurgis

9

20

 

18

20

20

 

16

17

14

16

14

Shine on Brightly

Shine on Brightly

7

 

 

 

16

14

 

1

1

1

1

1

Shine On Brightly

Magdalene (My
Regal Zonophone)

9

4

 

4

7

5

 

5

5

10

7

10

A Salty Dog

A Salty Dog

10

 

12

16

14

9

7

12

13

13

15

13

Home

Still There'll Be More

2

 

8

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home

Piggy Pig Pig

6

2

 

 

 

13

 

 

10

9

11

9

Home

Whaling Stories

3

14

9

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Barricades

Memorial Drive

4

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

4

4

4

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

10

 

15

13

12

16

12

9

9

7

8

7

Grand Hotel

A Rum Tale

2

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

Grand Hotel

Bringing Home the Bacon

3

1

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Hotel

TV Ceasar

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

8

 

10

 

Grand Hotel

Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)

2

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

8

Exotic Birds and Fruit

Beyond the Pale

10

18

11

14

13

17

11

13

14

12

13

 

Exotic Birds and Fruit

As Strong as Samson

9

8

13

17

19

18

13

14

15

 

 

11

Exotic Birds and Fruit

Monsieur R Monde

5

15

4

5

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procol's Ninth

Pandora's Box

11

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Procol's Ninth

Typewriter Torment

3

 

 

9

 

10

4

 

 

 

 

 

Something Magic

Wizard Man

4

11

 

12

8

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prodigal Stranger

Holding On

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

11

 

 

 

The Prodigal Stranger

The Hand that Rocks
the Cradle

3

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prodigal Stranger

The King of Hearts

4

7

5

6

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New song

Ten Thousand Souls aka
An (Old) English Dream

11

17

7

8

9

8

9

11

12

11

12

12

New to repertoire

Harlequin

2

5

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New to repertoire

Separation

11

16

10

11

10

12

10

8

7

5

5

5

Lennon

Imagine

1

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marley

No Woman No Cry

1

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 33

Different songs

4

From Procol Harum

2

from Shine on Brightly

1

From  A Salty Dog

3

From  Home

1

from  Broken Barricades

5

From  Grand Hotel

3

From Exotic Birds and Fruit

2

from Procol's Ninth

1

From Something Magic

3

From The Prodigal Stranger

6

non-album tracks

2

Non-originals

This table shows how many different songs from each source were played on the tour.


189

Songs altogether

22

From Procol Harum

16

from Shine on Brightly

10

From  A Salty Dog

11

From  Home

4

from  Broken Barricades

20

From  Grand Hotel

24

From Exotic Birds and Fruit

14

from Procol's Ninth

4

From Something Magic

9

From The Prodigal Stranger

53

non-album tracks

2

Non-originals

This table indicates how many of the tour's song-performances originated with each source.


Have a look at BtP's list of set-lists 

Procol Harum concerts in 2002: index page

A similar summary (to the above) of the Summer Tour only

A similar summary (to the above) of 2003 European tour


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