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Gary Brooker
your witness ...

Medical situation post-Royal Festival Hall 5 March 2017


Sunday morning:
Franky Brooker writes to 'Beyond the Pale'
 

... We just came back from A&E [Accident and Emergency] where he was told he has broken a bone in his hand (fifth metacarpal): he won't be able to play for six weeks but ... you know Gary!

The bruises will go eventually, his knees are OK, just blue, and no broken ribs! Apart from that he's fine.

I think it was amazing for Gary to go back and play, he was in great pain with his hand -- but like a good soldier, play must go on ! ...

BtP hopes fans won't be upset at seeing this very graphic picture (below), taken in the Brookers' kitchen. We know GB doesn't mind! We feel on balance that seeing the picture is a good antidote to speculation, or 'alternative facts'. Clearly the Royal Festival Hall stairway took quite a toll on the Commander physically: equally clearly his fighting spirit prevailed ... to the enormous relief of a sold-out, and very concerned, concert hall. He must have been greatly heartened by the standing ovation that greeted his return  to the stage ('unexpectedly heroic', according to one online review) after the paramedic's initial evaluation. Fans' messages of goodwill are here

The fifth metacarpal injury is often known as the 'Boxers' Fracture' ... but shadowboxing will be off the menu until the bone has healed.
 

Photo: Franky Brooker Image from Wikipedia ... not GB's 'own hand'
   

Gary Brooker MBE | Procol gigs, 2017 | Setlist from Royal Festival Hall | Fans' goodwill messages


 

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