Gary Brooker still recovering from his shoulder surgery at the BBC radio show Radcliffe and Maconie in March 2018
His music will shine on forever
fact: while on tour in Japan, Gary Brooker rang the bells in a Buddhist
monastery in the middle of the night and then ran away.
This resonated with me personally, having had a similar experience, although not as dramatic. I was on American soil,
in a Lutheran church, with a few teenage friends – not in a foreign country at a Buddhist monastery!
Brooker and other Procol members created a cocktail drink while on tour in Japan
with Ten Years After: Using a tall glass,
add a small amount of crushed ice, a slice of lemon, 2X Parfait Amour, 2X vodka (preferably Stolichnaya), a splash of Kirsch
and top it off with 7-Up. To be stirred, not shaken! It took them hours to concoct to perfection – of course
sampling all the trial versions. The song it was named after? Toujours l’Amour, of course!
Procol’s arrival in Alberta for the Edmonton Symphony concert, Paul McCartney
had just been busted in Canada, which caused Procol Harum’s
equipment to be delayed (in order to search for illegal substances) – thus there was a delayed start to rehearsals
Britain’s greatest export (and hottest)!
Thank you so much for the memories ...
This is what is called a pioneer
May he forever push his creative boundaries
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