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Procol Harum on tour

Dates from 1971 


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. Thanks to David Timmins for the submissions in green print. See also the Dave Ball list

(Can anyone verify "1971 Melbourne, Victoria Australia at Festival Hall", a Procol Harum gig that Pat Herley remembers attending? Chris Copping reports to BtP: 'Hi guys – in case no one else confirmed it was 1973 that PH (including me) played Festival Hall Melbourne – September I think')

71xxxx

Atlanta Municipal Auditorium

Must have been before April as Trower was with them: pictures here

71xxxx

San Diego (month unknown, but must have been after April as Trower was not with them)

'Small short-lived club in Pacific Beach, don't recall any other bands.'  (thanks, Liz)

7104xx

Quinnipiac College in Hamden CT

'As I remember Mountain opened for them.' (Mark Ritucci)

710116

Manchester University

Procol were due to play, but it was cancelled owing to Robin Trower's illness (thanks, Andrew)

710119

 Birmingham, England, Town Hall 

 With Amazing Blondel

710121

 Newcastle, England, City Hall

 With Amazing Blondel

710122

 Manchester, England, Free Trade Hall

 With Amazing Blondel

710123

 Bristol, England, Colston Hall

 With Amazing Blondel

710124

 Portsmouth, England, Guilldhall

 With Amazing Blondel

710125

 Sheffield, England, City Hall

 With Amazing Blondel

710324

Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY (thanks, Dave)

Mark Leffler ... long-time follower of BtP ... writes, 'I was in attendance at the 24 March 1971 concert at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. Cactus was the opening act, and Robin wore a black cowboy shirt. Great concert. I don't know why I remember the cowboy shirt deal, but it must have made quite an impression on my 16-year-old mind. It was a great show, very powerful. I can remember being impressed with Chris Copping. At the time it was almost sacrilegious, as my particular group of pals were all big Matthew Fisher fans, but the fact that he handled bass and organ was pretty cool!'

710403

Kiel Convention Hall, St Louis, Mo. USA (supporting Jethro Tull) (thanks, Evan)

Jim Krapf writes: 'the name of this building was "Kiel Auditorium" not 'Convention Hall'. Though Tull was good that night Procol, as opening act, surprised the audience and stole the show.'   Curved Air were also on the bill

710408

University of Rochester Palestra (thanks, Dave)

 

710409

 Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Arena 

With Jethro Tull, Cactus, Curved Air 

710410

Cincinnati, Ohio  (thanks, Richard)

Ticket here

710411

 Stony Brook, NY, SUNY Gym (two shows)

 With Seatrain

710415

 Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada (thanks, Frans)

The support was Cactus

710415

Rochester, NY, at the War Memorial.

Ticket here  (Thanks, Frank)

710416

 Detroit, MI, Eastown Theater

 With J. Geils Band, Trapeze

710417

 Detroit, MI, Eastown Theater

 J. Geils Band, Trapeze

710418

Painter's Mill Music Fair, Baltimore

Procol were promoting Broken Barricades; Cat Stevens opened. 'Two shows (I was at both): a great night of music.' (Scott Pendleton)

'I saw them at a 1,500-seat theater in the round with Cat Stevens, 18 April 1971 concert presented by Tree Frog Productions held at Painters Mill, just outside Baltimore, MD (thanks, MLinVa)

710423

Fillmore East, NYC (Procol Harum, Paul Winter Consort, Teegarden & VanWinkle)

 

'I was at this one. The first of dozens. I remember arriving late and missing Teegarden & Van Winkle. Paul Winter was a little 'out there' for the 17 year-old me, and we couldn't wait for Procol Harum to begin.

'There was a lot of switching of instruments as I remember it. Robin went to mandolin [? Ed] on A Salty Dog and bass on quite few others, AWSoP being one, wish I could remember more specifically. No bass guitar on Whaling Stories as Chris went to organ. This didn't matter at all. It was great. It was the first time that us Yanks ever heard Wee Small Hours, and we left the concert hall in search of the rare UK 45. The Light Show was super, with a train engine coming directly at us during Whisky Train. I've seen Procol so many times since then that it's hard to remember. It was a GREAT show. This was my favorite line-up. Chris Copping bassist extraordinaire!' (thanks, Buddy Zech)

710424

 New York, NY, Fillmore East (two shows)

 WIth Winter Consort, Teagarden & Van Winkle

710425

 Philadelphia, PA, Spectrum

 With Emerson, Lake & Palmer, T. Rex

710426 Montreal Forum (thanks, Paul Wolfe)

710428

 Boston, MA, Music Hall 

 With Mountain

710810

Santa Monica Civic

 

710811

Santa Monica Civic: Procol Harum,

As above, with Spencer Davis & Peter Jameson and Fanny.

710816

Schaefer Music Festival, Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC

Mylon Lefevre opening the show

710820 Place des Nations, Montreal, Canada

Stage set-up pictures

710904

St Louis

'This show was at The Factory, an old movie theater in St Charles on the left as you came off the old St. Charles Rock Road Bridge. The sound was great and lots of bands played out there: Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes closed the place after a late show on Hallowe'en night ... they had too many people in the place and the local police and Fire Marshall came in and told the crowd to clear the aisles and Ted cranked up the guitar and started playing which pissed off the police ... after that they pulled the plug and shut off their power and ended the show ... after that night they wouldn't let them have any more shows out there.' (thanks, Evan)

'Procol did two shows that evening, back to back, and I was there for both of them. Unfortunately, I have lost any memorabilia from that  time but I see the setlist and it certainly looks right.   I remember walking up to the old movie theatre and hearing Mr Ball practising the opening to Shine on Brightly.  What a rush! I know for sure that was their opening number.   Though the setlists were almost the same, I'm pretty sure they did at least a couple of different tunes in their second show.  I stayed in the theatre between shows but I don't remember if I bought tickets for both.   I remember hunkering down so logic tells me I didn't – but no one told me to leave.   It was a great, intimate space to see Procol.' (thanks, Jim Krapf)

Setlist here

710905

Auditorium Theatre Chicago (Black Oak Arkansas opening the show)

 

'... possibly the most inappropriate pairing of acts since Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees in the ‘60s,' writes Pam Chwedyk. 'According to my notes, some of the songs played included Simple Sister, Still There’ll Be More, In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence, Power Failure, Pilgrims Progress and “a large portion of In Held ‘Twas In I". My extremely sketchy notes also indicate that: (1) GB commented that the band was like “the bloody Marx Brothers.” (2) Somebody in the audience gave BJ an orange, with Brooker then suggesting that dill pickles would be more appropriate. (3) GB warned the audience not to eat fish from Lake Michigan. (4) Most of the songs played seemed to come from the Shine on Brightly album.' (thanks, Pam)

Regarding the 1970 / 1971 / 1972 concerts in Chicago, I was at all three – I believe the 1970 Ravinia Concert was 17 July 1970, my first PH Show – very excellent. Black Oak Arkansas show was a mess, less than an hour before the encores, all 50s and 60s blues songs. Brooker was clearly in a bad mood. Mark-Almond show was sweet. (thanks, George Andrews)

711022

Stakladen, Arhus, Denmark

Pictures here

711008

London School of Economics, UK

'I remember deciding then and there ... that they were the great'st band I had ever seen ... and time and lots of concerts hasn't changed my mind.' (thanks, Dave Whitaker)
 

711014

Tivoli, Copenhagen

Ticket here

711015

Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark (thanks, Anders Blad)

 

711017

Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden

Setlist and ticket here

711018

Chateau Neuf - Oslo, Norway (thanks, Anders Blad)

Setlist here

711020

Holstebro Hallen, Holstebro Denmark

Procol were supported by two Danish bands: Day of Phoenix + Dr Dopo Jam. 971 tickets sold. Arranger: Scandinavium Booking Agency (thanks, Michael)

711026

Munich

Ticket here (with Heads Hands and Feet)

711027

Frankfurt

Ticket here (with Heads Hands and Feet)

711028

Düsseldorf at the Rheinhalle (with Head Hands and Feet)

'I only remember, that they begun with Shine on Brightly and then played In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence (thanks, Peter Krott)

711111

Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Ticket hereKing Crimson was the opener. (J P Hovercraft)

711115 Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom, University of California, Los Angeles, America

 

Bobby Coyote writes, 'I have enclosed a ticket stub from 42 years ago. If you look at the date you will see that it is the last show before the famous Edmonton concert. My sister was going to UCLA at the time and that is why we were able to obtain the $2.00 ticket. Nils Lofgren opened the show with his band GRIN. I was 14 at the time and it was already my third Procol Harum concert. The first at the Santa Monica Civic with Blodwyn Pig opening and the next show was the summer after at the same venue when Procol was promoting Broken Barricades.

What a lucky teen I was to have been exposed to such great music at an early age. Gary did mention at the UCLA show that the band was heading to Edmonton to record with an orchestra – and did I mention that the band rocked that night.

Years later I did get to meet the band in 2003 at a restaurant in Seattle. Matt Pegg spilled his cocktail on the bar and proceeded to drink it up with a straw. He also introduced me to Gary and said, 'This is Bobby Coyote.' And Gary said, 'Well we do have foxes in England.'

(thanks, Bobby)

711118

Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Numerous pages about this wonderful 1971 concert

711124

Palladium, NYC, USA

Setlist here

711125

Palladium, NYC, USA

Setlist here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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