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29 July 2016 : the thirty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'... a thoroughly joyful experience! Business as usual then ...
Added a review of Procol Harum's performance on Sunday (thanks, Carrie and John)

' ... Whiter Shade of Pale, with room made for a stately and fitting guitar solo ... '
Added a full review of Sunday's Prog acts at the Ramblin' Man event in Maidstone (thanks, Anvil)

 '... the music lifts you to euphoric levels ... Josh Phillips's swirling organ work ... a glorious ending to proceedings on the Prog Stage ...'
Added a good assessment of Procol Harum at the Ramblin' Man event in Maidstone (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a somewhat belated birthday illustration from The Times to the foot of this page ... be sure to read the text of the e-mail, reproduced to its left  (congratulations, Peter!)

Updated pages here, here and here

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.

24 July 2016 :

Added the setlist for Procol's Ramblin' Man Festival appearance


22 July 2016 : the thirty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another two Procol dates (10/10) (and two illustrations) to 1972's list (thanks, Karsten)

Added a list of putative timings for tomorrow's Procol Harum concert (thanks, many people)

Added a related illustration here and here

' ...  a blueprint for what we did in the early days of Genesis ...'
Not everyone's idea of a recommendation, but intended as praise for A Salty Dog from Steve Hackett
(thanks, many people)

 

16 July 2016 : the thirty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another Procol date (11/11) to 1972's list (thanks, Tom)

Added a page of photographs of Gary Brooker singing The Angler and The Pursuit of Happiness in May (thanks, Inger)

'Something Magic Forever'
Added a page showing spreads from a comprehensive-looking Italian classic rock Procol feature. In an ideal world one of our Italian readers would scan the text for 'Beyond the Pale' so that we can translate it into English (thanks, Chris F)


9 July 2016 : the thirty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from the recent performance by a slightly modified Procol Harum (thanks, Peter)

' ...removing the booklet and poster should be done very gingerly ...'
Added a thoughtful guide to the Esoteric re-release of A Salty Dog (thanks, a different Peter)

Can you guess what ' ... doesn’t sound as great as it did when I first heard it. That’s time for you ...' (here taken out of context) refers to, in this renowned Procol organist's review of the A Salty Dog album


2 July 2016 : the thirty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Scotty Moore

Added a thorough reappraisal of Broken Barricades (thanks, Peter)

In which connection, why not enjoy re-reading these essays from 'Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes': Simple Sister Broken Barricades Memorial Drive Luskus Delph Power Failure Song For a Dreamer –  Playmate of The Mouth Poor Mohammed ?

Added a second page of good pictures showing Procol Harum in concert at Zoetermeer, Holland ... highlight of the International Fans' Convention there on 26 May

All set for Procol Harum at Wintershall today; our original information was that Gary would 'get a few mates together' but it seems that a brief set from the full band is in prospect


24 June 2016 : the thirty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added unwelcome Procol news ... and a glimmer of hope ... regarding July (thanks, Chris)

Added a page of good pictures showing Procol Harum in concert at Zoetermeer, Holland ... highlight of the International Fans' Convention there on 26 May

Added a page of Palers' Band pictures from last month: Gary Brooker and Geoff Whitehorn kindly participated, as you'll see (thanks, Inger)


17 June 2016 : the thirty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Henry McCullough

Added the setlist from the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, several contributors)

Added some pictures and a cutting about the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, Michael)

Added some great photos from the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, ET)

Added a link to an interesting performance by Gary Brooker of A Whiter Shade of Pale last week on the Isle of Wight (thanks, Charlie)

Meanwhile, get ready for GB in the UK on 18 June

Updated pages here, here and here


10 June 2016 : the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added some new Keith Reid words, addressed to YOU!
(thanks, Keith)

See also here of course

Added a picture page about the recent Convention in the Netherlands (thanks, Uta)

Added an excellent item about crabs  to this ever-growing page  (thanks, several contributors)


3 June 2016 : the thirtieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP the masterful Dave Swarbrick

Added a page showing Gary Brooker's pre-birthday celebrations at the recent International Fans' Convention in Zoetermeer, Netherlands (thanks, Inger)

Updated this invaluable page with lists and statistics.

Added a 1973 photograph to this page

Added an illustration here

Added a link to a salutary piece by Elliott Randall


29 May 2016

Happy Birthday Gary Brooker (1945)
His birthday was of course pre-celebrated in style at the Fans' Convention on 26 May: pictures to follow

Meanwhile, get ready for GB in the UK on 18 June


27 May 2016:

Added a page showing which Procol Harum songs were performed in Lelystad, in the Netherlands, on 27 May


26 May 2016:  the twenty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added two pages showing which Procol Harum and Gary Brooker songs were performed in Zoetermeer, in the Netherlands, on 26 April on the day of the International Procol Harum Convention: here (Procol Harum) and here (Palers' Band with distinguished guests)

Big thanks to everyone who came to our International Convention in Zoetermeer, and commiserations to those who missed it.


20 May 2016:  the twenty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a menu note about the food at the Convention on 26 May (thanks, Alexandra)

Added a schedule of auction items, and other merch, that will be available at the Convention in the Netherlands (thanks, Gary Brooker)

Added a note about touring with Procol Harum in the 1970s (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added some shots of Convention posters spotted on location in the Netherlands (thanks, Hans)

Added some more shots of the Procol party last summer in Stuttgart, Germany (thanks, Hary)


14 May 2016:  the twenty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Tony Barrow

'... way out in front of the whippersnappers...'
Added a review of the new offering on CD from Robin Trower, and this link to RT's own track-by-track filmed guide to the album ('all built up from nothing')
(thanks, all)

Added a review to this page (thanks, Carla)

Added a new page here, which relates to the posters shewn in these photos (thanks, Hans [pictured])

 
 

Added illustrations to this page


7 May 2016:  the twenty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page about the After-Show Party at Zoetermeer on 26 May – a number of tickets are available now for fans who'd like to mingle after the Procol Harum show, but can't make the afternoon part of the Convention

Added a ticket to this page from 2002

Added a link – here – for those who want to buy (or read a free snippet of) the latest comprehensive account of Procol Harum in the brief form of a 106-page book (merci, Charlie)

Updated this useful page ... essential browsing for newcomers to this website


30 April  2016:  the twenty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Phil Ryan

Gary Brooker gives a characteristic interview to an Italian newspaper (thanks, Massimo)

Good to know that the Procols are sending a pile of signed CDs for the pre-show part of the Amsterdam Convention (thanks, Chris)

Booking for Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel (the base for overseas visitors coming to the Amsterdam Procol Fans' Convention) is now closed.

' ...by the standards of Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and a few others, Procul [sic] Harum were relatively down to earth ...'
Always nice to know what the South China Morning Post makes of a classic Procol album (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added – as a reminder of what we'll be experiencing in the Netherlands in a few weeks' time – a third picture page showing Procol Harum on stage in Manhattan, 2014 (thanks, Bert)


22 April  2016:  the twenty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Booking for Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel (the base for overseas visitors coming to the Amsterdam Procol Fans' Convention) is set to close end of Saturday 23 April.

'Gary Brooker's always ragged voice proved surprisingly adept at hard rock'
Added a review of Procol Harum's masterpiece Home which contains a number of curious assertions. Before you read it, guess which of the nine songs got the highest star-rating (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added – as a reminder of what we'll be experiencing in the Netherlands in a month's time – the eighth and last in a great series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


21 April 2016

RIP Victoria Wood, Pete Zorn, Prince


17 April 2016

For people having problems booking tickets for the Procol Harum concerts in Zoetermeer and Lelystad, we have learned solutions: see here for Zoetermeer and here for Lelystad.

Because more people have the chance to book, and therefore to come to the Convention, we have extended the booking period for our Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel until end of Saturday 23 April.


14 April  2016:  the twenty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Thunderclap Newman

Added a review of Shine On Brightly that is peppered with very curious remarks .. fascinating and annoying reading (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a link to some new playing from 'arguably the most popular guitarist from Procol Harum': scroll down this page

Lots of rock memorabilia available for auction imminently, including (if you scroll down) A Whiter Shade of Pale autographed by its famous original singer


8 April  2016:  the twenty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

What goes on at a Procol Fans' Convention? Added a photo-index to eleven international gatherings this century ... looking forward to the twelfth ...

Good to get official confirmation of a couple of attractive Procol gigs for later in 2016 – here and here – that have been on sale a while (thanks, Chris)

Good also to learn that the Zoetermeer show is already sold out ... that is set to be a cracking gig, with the Convention beforehand, and the afterparty afterwards! Booking for the parties remains open, of course: click here

No PayPal, or no Norwegian? Here's the link to a page heaving with groovy diagrams to help you when you reach the page for Convention bookings
 


1 April  2016:  the twenty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

We warmly salute our admired friend Dave Ball, who departed this life one year ago

Articles here, here, here, here, here and here. Cheers, Dave!

Venue needed for special Procol line-up ... your chance to help, and put your own town on the world-wide musical map (thanks, Chris)

Convention news: added details (in red) about eating times (to suit office workers) and about new merchandise (also in red) to the Convention Page

Procol Harum's next two gigs are close to Amsterdam, famous cultural capital of The Netherlands. So is the 2016 International Procol Harum fans' convention! If you're going to the gigs (Zoetermeer, Lelystad) we look forward to seeing you at the Convention too: for food, drink, music, and the company of fellow-fans of this great band (including pilgrims from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA). We've organised a Basecamp Hotel where you can stay close by, and from which transport is laid on to The Convention, the gig, and then back to the aftershow party where, of course, Procol themselves head the guest list!

Here's the page where you can book for the Basecamp Hotel.


25 March 2016:  the twentieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another festival appearance to the 2016 roster of Procol dates (thanks, Chris)

Added news of a eleven-date tour in April on which Procol fans can hear 'one of the UK’s top keyboard players' (as he's rightly described): details here (thanks, Charlie)

Added a page which elucidates the connection [sic] between Asterix the Gaul and Procul [sic] Harum (thanks, Wilfried)

Added a review of Procol's most recent UK show (thanks, Robin)


19 March 2016:  the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the seventh in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

Click here to watch and listen to an exciting new project involving Josh Phillips (organ) and Procol's occasional guitarist Dave Colquhoun (frontman and writer) (thanks, Josh)


11 March 2016

RIP Keith Emerson

You can now book your room(s) at the Basecamp Hotel for the Palers' Convention in Netherlands


9 March 2016:

RIP
Sir George Martin | Happy Birthday Robin Trower (1945)

Booking is open – on this page – for the Procol Fan Convention on 26 May. thus far, we have bookings from people in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA ... which is very nice indeed!


6 March 2016: the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the long-expected page introducing the next Procol Fan Convention, which will take place on 26 May 2016 (thanks, Hans, Frans)

Watch this page in days to come as we activate the links to the Basecamp Hotel booking, the Convention booking, and the Palers' Combo arrangements.

Added (here) a link via which you can acquire your lyric-sheet for A Whiter Shade of Pale signed by the man who penned the famous words (rose not included) (thanks, Joe)


26 February 2016:  the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP
Bruce Lacey and Vi Subversa

Added a new Gary Brooker date – with Geoff Whitehorn, and fireworks – to the 2016 concert page and here (thanks, Chris)

Added, here, a scan of a signed LP cover ... from this tour ... a Procol Harum album on the Deram label, so strange-looking to European eyes (thanks, Guy)

Added another happy collocation of friends from distant countries who've met through a shared admiration for Procol Harum (thanks, Stefano)

Palers' Project man breaks guidelines

Nice piece of memorabilia going up for auction


18 February 2016 : the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Watch this space for news about Basecamp Hotel, convention arrangements etc for the Dutch Procol outing on 26/27 May

Added this link about a new Geoff Whitehorn endorsement. As Maestro GW comments, 'hardly earth-shattering news, but WTF? Fine guitar strings, manufactured not half an hour from where I live, and have been for 50+ years. Why do we ignore good stuff on our doorstep?….so British…..so Procol...' (thanks, Geoff)

Added another brief review of Procol Harum's recent 'Giants of Rock' outing (thanks, Phil)

John Greenaway alerts us to ... 'a 50-part series broadcast on BBC Radio 2. It was first aired in 2013. On Tuesday 23rd February, according to Radio Times, "Stuart Maconie continues with Procol Harum's debut hit A Whiter Shade of Pale – one of the world's biggest singles of all time (ten million copies sold) and one that continues to resonate nearly fifty years after its dominance of British radio in the summer of 1967. Marked by its Bach-derived melody and cryptic lyrics, the inspired single captured the mood of the so-called 'Summer of Love'. Maconie examines the realities of the Summer of Love  and what this period really meant for most Britons". This repeat goes out from 11.00pm to 12.00. I didn't hear it first time round but, based on Maconie's track record, should be worth a listen.'

Geoff Welch alerts us to 'a new HBO series Vinyl directed by Martin Scorsese about the record business in the 1970s that will have some PH in the sound track a New York Times review states "That sophistication extends to the soundtrack, which samples the period’s hits without landing on too many obvious choices. Fifty-something viewers will tingle at the sound of Ride Captain Ride, Pillow Talk, Love Train, Down by the Lazy River and ConquistadorLink here

Gene Deverick alerts us as follows: I am not sure if this has been previously reported … My bride, Marti, and I were visiting the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia today and came upon a piece of art in the permanent collection which might interest PH fans.  The piece is  titled, “Beyond the pale”.  Here are photos of the artwork and a close up of the attribution and description placard.  Note the artist’s understanding of the original meaning of the phrase, “beyond the pale”.'

This work references the assimilation policies of the 1950s and 1960s and the whitening of aboriginal Australia. The white paling fence and the title 'Beyond the pale' accords with notions of being fenced off, marginal, outside the boundaries. The original meaning of 'beyond the pale' refers to Irish people who lived outside the region of Ireland controlled by the British, which was demarcated by a fence made of pales. Here it refers to the experience of indigenous people as outcasts and the refuse of civilised society.' Sandra Hill, Nyoongar, born 1951. 'Beyond the Pale' 2010 Balingup, Western Australia. Synthetic polymers, paint on plywood, painted wood
 


12 February 2016 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a second page of pictures from the recent Minehead gig, depicting a breezy walk along the front and a (much warmer) Breezy encounter backstage (thanks, Linda)

Added a poster here (thanks, Frans)

Added a ticket to our ever-growing scrapbook, here (thanks, Edgar)

Updated a personal page here ... if you have a similar page at BtP, in need of refreshing, please let us know

Added an as-yet unsensational page, here ... please contribute.


5 February 2016 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Maurice White, Dan Hicks

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's 'Giants of Rock' appearance in Somerset, UK

'If some rock vocalists make life hard for themselves by adopting a vocal delivery in their early twenties that gets more and more difficult to pull off as they hit their seventies, then Gary Brooker chose wisely ...'
Added a good review of the above gig by a 'casual convert' rather than by a hardcore or partisan Procol-watcher (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a page of pictures from the above gig (thanks, Linda)

Updated personal pages here, here, here and here ... if you have a similar page at BtP, in need of refreshing, please let us know

Added an item – from the web – about Johnny Cash, with no Procol relevance


27 January 2016 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Black, RIP Paul Kantner

Procol Harum on stage in just a few days' time

Added two Dutch dates for Procol Harum in May: details here and here (thanks, Chris)

Procol Harum, Close to the Moon ... and close to Caravan, Focus, Family, Soft Machine, Rick Wakeman, Adrian Belew, Alan Parsons, Hawkwind, Martin Barre ...
Added an Italian date to Procol's 2016 schedule (thanks, Chris)

'As far as fame and fortune goes you get to your comfort zone and then you’re rich enough'
Added Gary Brooker's interview about his finances which was published this morning in the personal finance pages of the UK's Sunday Telegraph  newspaper.

Read about his court costs, dodgy managers, highest-earning gig, oilwells and girls that he's bought.


22 January 2016 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dale Griffin, Glenn Frey

Procol Harum on stage in just over a week's time

'This one is for creative, eclectic, observant, intelligent Procol fans and Palers ... '
Added a feeling and thoughtful review of Trace of a Feeling (thanks, Peter)

You can buy the album online: as the review observes, 'Interesting that each disc is about 79:45 in length, 15 seconds or so short of being completely full. Great value, therefore!'

And, as we hope for confirmation of several more Procol Harum gigs in Europe (there may be tickets on sale, but fans should be cautious until we hear that contracts are actually signed), we add the sixth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


15 January 2016 : the eleventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP David Bowie

Added a page showing the solution to the recent series of Christmas Puzzles. Even if you didn't join in the fun, have a look at this page and see why so many people did.

The Christmas Prizes are on their way to the Triumphant Victors (with one exception, which the winner in question knows about)

Since Procol's last couple of gigs involved a variant line-up, let's remind ourselves of who's going to be playing at Minehead on 30 January (thanks, Bert)


8 January 2016:

Added a page of nicely-barbed and appreciative Competitors' Comments, relating to the puzzles lately ended

Oh yes, and the Schedule of Winners, which contains a significant surprise.

If you find that Lady Luck (sorry, 'Person Luck') has awarded you a prize, well done ... and now you need to send your postal address to the BtP team in order that we can get things in the post.


7 January 2016:

Our annual series of Christmas puzzles is now closed. Thanks for playing, and for some amusing and occasionally harrowing feedback. We have three beat-the-clock winners, from Italy, Italy and the USA , and a hatful of names to draw five more from when a suitably Glamorous Assistant becomes available during Thursday sometime. Watch this space for winner announcements in due course of time.

For those who care about such things, the eight prizes this year were closely-grouped in popularity. These are the inferred desirability-percentages per prize, taking all preferences into account (also factoring in the responses from all the people whose final answer was 'differently correct').

14.1 – Esoteric 2CD 'Procol Harum'
13.9 – Signed tee-shirt [men's style] and Esoteric 3CD ‘Shine on Brightly’
12.7 – Esoteric 2CD ‘A Salty Dog’
12.4 – 2LP ‘Live from the Union Chapel’
11.6 – Esoteric 2CD ‘Home’
10.9 – ‘I'm Coming Home’ DVD
10.5 – Signed tee-shirt [women's style]


5 January 2016:

Added a New Year message from the BtP team to all fellow Procol fans worldwide

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Good luck with the instructions that follow it (click link provided, to change pages): just read 'em carefully (take your time!) and all will be well.


4 January 2016:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to have another look at the roster of prizes and be ready with your preference order – all the letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCDEF"

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Monday 4 January becomes Tuesday 5 January.


3 January 2016:

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


2 January 2016:

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


1 January 2016: Happy New Year!

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


31 December:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


30 December:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


28 December:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


27 December:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


26 December:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


25 December: Happy Christmas!

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as the prizes get more and more munificent.


24 December

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year

Christmas shopping: if you use Amazon, why not visit them through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


17 December 2015 : the tenth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... a band still at the top of their game,  less than eighteen months away from the Fiftieth Anniversary of when it all started ...'
Added a good review of
Procol Harum in Turku (thanks, Peter)

Added a photo report of Procol's two recent Finnish gigs (thanks, Marko)

Added two Procol tickets here (thanks, Marko)

Added the schedule of prizes for this year's Christmas Puzzles ... choose, now, which one you most desire ... and read here how some constructive comment from members of the band has resulted in a change in this year's competition


10 December 2015

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's concert this evening (thanks, Chris)

And now 7.5 weeks to wait until their next outing ...


9 December 2015 : the ninth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert tonight

Added a major Festival appearance for Procol Harum this summer (thanks, Chris) :'a  music festival that appeals as much to the foodie as it does the rock music fan in us all ...Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Prog, Blues and Country music stages alongside great outdoor BBQ food, fine bourbon whiskies and barrels of real ale ...'

What's the betting Procol will play this excellent song at the above festival?

Added details of what Procol Harum played in Finland last night ... including the wondrous Dead Man's Dream (thanks, Chris)

Added to The Unquiet Zone information here (thanks, Matthias). Read about the words and the music of this excellent song here

Added a Ringo link to this Ludwig drums page


4 December 2015 : the eighth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ...  the band's rehearsals with Dave on guitar are over, and there's not long to wait ...

Added the fifth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

The Italian 'Homburg' ... added a codicil to this 'observation of great interest to Hispanophones, Lusophones, Italophones'

Our chum Derren 'Glimpses of Nirvana' Brown has released something rather odd into the London Underground


25 November 2015 : the seventh bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ... two weeks to wait!

Added a review from Goldmine about the recebt Esoteric re-releases (here, here, here and here) which, while it doesn't say much about the discs themselves, nails the enduring impact of Procol's early work with endearing precision

BtP readers who remember this provoking page from earlier in the year, and Gary Brooker's plea for help in creating a custom lampshade, will be thrilled to see evidence of progress here (thanks, Paul)
 


18 November 2015 : the sixth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ... three weeks to wait!

44 years on from Procol Harum's memorable recording in Edmonton, Canada ... please enjoy a new feature-length piece about the recording(s) and much more. Click the pictures to surf sideways into further Albertabilia (thanks, Peter)

Added pictures, sent from Russia, of Procol's memorable German show from warmer this year (thanks, Elena)

 

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone harmed or frightened in the Bataclan
massacre, and to the friends and families of all those killed; and of course to anyone
touched in any way by all the other, non music-related atrocities of this dark time.

'Through the shadows cast, to a brighter day ...'


12 November 2015 : the fifth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Alain Toussaint and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor

' ... this wild, passionate flamingo-type dance ...'
Added some unexpected ideas about
A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Phillip)

'... grandiose but ultimately pathetic hippy delusion ...'
Thus spake the narratological imperialist Louis de Bernieres, not about A Whiter Shade of Pale, but nonetheless on a page (here) where he mentions that song's involvement in a crucial rite of passage (thanks, Charlie)

Added the fourth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


6 November 2015 : the fourth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... not often that you can see a band like Procol Harum for a dollar ... Procol Harum will receive $2,000 ... a band which ... does not normally attract an unruly crowd ...'
Added good documentary evidence for a much-debated Procol Harum tour-date ... the second-last of the Old Testament ... to
this page, and an article foretelling the show here (many thanks, Bill)

Added the fourteenth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added a brief Procol report from a Lambertville Music Circus gig in the summer of 1970 (thanks, Bill)

More from the author of the above piece here, of course.

Traditional fun and games in England last night


29 October 2015 : the third bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of Procol Harum's third album (thanks, Peter): 'A Salty Dog was a terrific maiden voyage for producer Matthew Fisher'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Rolling Stone review from 1969:  'a little awkward in their pursuit of the new directions'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added the third in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


22 October 2015 : the second bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of two recent re-issues of Procol Harum (thanks, Peter): 'any inconsistencies in approach were redeemed by Keith Reid’s surreal lyrics ...'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Crawdaddy review from 1967: 'Procol Harum and particularly Gary Brooker have a long creative road ahead'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added the thirteenth in a series of photographs of June's grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK. Musical director of the event, Josh Phillips, gets a careless but honourable mention here.

Some Italian Procobilia for you to enjoy may be found here


14 October 2015 : the first bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of two recent re-issues of Shine on Brightly (thanks, Peter): 'Shine on Brightly is probably Procol’s best album – it has the elements we want and expect'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Rolling Stone review from 1968: 'Shine On Brightly is not the album one might have hoped for.'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added Finnish gig-booking details here and here (thanks, Charlie):

Added the twelfth in a series of photographs of June's grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


8 October 2015 : the final bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Today is BtP's 18th birthday ... and it falls on a date on which we always remember the life and music of the great BJ Wilson, who has been gone 25 years this year.

Accordingly, we are delighted to add a feature illustrating the triumphant rebuilding ... and playing ... of his Ludwig kit of which we sold various items on eBay exactly one year ago (thanks, Richard!)

Also it's a pleasure to add the first 2016 gig in the Procol calendar, which will be of interest to those who have been hankering for a band-only full-length set in the UK. This show has NOT been advertised anywhere except at 'Beyond the Pale' and the promoters have agreed to hold off for 24 hours from the date of this publication, in order that Procol fans may arrange their accommodation ... accommodation which is likely to dwindle pretty soon (thanks, Chris!)


1 October 2015 : the forty-eighth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the eleventh in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Corrected a ridiculous error here

Added the second in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

Added a graphic, below, that you can click to order a brand-new classic of British humour: a compendium of surprising, bizarre, outrageous or simply stupefying facts (no fiction!) about well-known figures.

The back cover (part of it pictured) is not the only Procol reference in it! Very strongly recommended for your pre-Christmas shopping, not merely for the strange insights (Lennon, Nico, Clapton, Fripp, Troggs a.o.) into the world of rock'n'roll
(thanks, Frank)



 


24 September 2015 : the forty-seventh bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the first in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

Added Richie Blackmore's occasionally problematic appraisal of A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Jim)

Added the tenth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


17 September 2015 : the forty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added two new European Procol Harum dates for December

Added a 1976 Procol ticket featuring the great Viv Stanshall (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added the ninth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the fourth and last in a series showing Procol onstage in Freising, May 2014 (thanks, Heidi)


10 September 2015 : the forty-fifth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the third in a series showing Procol onstage in Freising, May 2014 (thanks, Heidi)

Added the eighth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added some good, long-range shots of Procol recently onstage at Winterbach, in Germany (thanks, Uta)

Added info and a correction to this interesting page (thanks, Martin!)


3 September 2015 : the forty-fourth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from the recent Gary Brooker and Friends concert in Souillac, France

Added
the second in a series showing Procol onstage in Freising, May 2014 (thanks, Heidi)

Added the seventh and last in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


27 August 2015 : the forty third bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the sixth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the seventh in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the fourth in a first series and the fourth in a second series of interesting party-shots – specially interesting from the Brooker perspective – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)


20 August 2015 : the forty second bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Normal service is now resumed at the Procol Harum online shop, following staff holidays. See here also. Thanks to all for your patience. Anything ordered since the end of June is now in transit.

Added the third in a first series and the third in a second series of interesting party-shots – specially interesting from the Brooker perspective – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added the first in a series showing Procol onstage in Freising, May 2014 (thanks, Heidi)

Added the sixth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


13 August 2015 : the forty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the second page in a first series and the second page in a second series of interesting party-shots – you'll again recognise some of the people! – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added a third page of photos from Liquorice Jam (thanks, Tito)


6 August 2015 : the fortieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Harry 'Your Own Choice' Pitch and Cilla Black

Added the first page in a first series and the first page in a second series of interesting party-shots – you'll recognise some of the people! – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added a second page of photos from Liquorice Jam (thanks, Tito)

Added the third and last in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)


30 July 2015 : the thirty-ninth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the fifth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the fifth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


26 July 2015 :

Added (in German and English) a very interesting review of Procol Harum and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson at Winterbach ... a must-read for fans of Procol and Tull alike ...


24 July 2015 :

Added the setlist from a Bellinzona show compromised and curtailed by atrocious weather


23 July 2015 :

Added the setlist from a great Winterbach show


22 July 2015 :

A fuller report will follow on this evening's wonderful Garden Party in Stuttgart organised by German/Irish Palers with the BtP team and attended by fans from about a dozen nations. Great food and drink; miraculously nice weather after an afternoon of 'orrible storms. Unheralded guests of honour were Procol Harum – Gary, Geoff, Geoff, Josh and Matt, with Johnny, Geoff and Thomas from the crew (the last of these with human and canine family members) – who evidently all had a good time and added immeasurably to the festivities by their amiable mingling and good humour!

Towards midnight a little live music developed, featuring The Commander initially on drums (playing Memorial Drive and A Rum Tale with GW on Elyra (a new style of electric guitar, the prototype designed by Tilly Fuchs, one of the party guests, and built by our German host Paul Koehrer) and Roland from BtP on piano. When Gary moved to the microphone Jens from BtP took over the drums, and Ian Hockley, and Roland (from the piano), helped out with lyrical prompts on Dead Man's Dream and Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) (assembled company sang the Legrand Ooh-la-las).

Lastly Gary improvised hilarious new lyrics to Grand Hotel, commending the food and drink, dancing with Sari from Finland during the 'Russian' section, leaving the 'band' (drums, Elyra and piano) to wind down the party. A really great and memorable time was had by all. 

Major thanks to Paul und Marion, and Brendan and Kellie, for planning and executing this very enjoyable and memorable event!

Added a page of pictures taken the previous day in Stuttgart where preparations for the Procol garden-party were in full swing

Also added a 42-song setlist from another amazing party that took place in Brooklyn just a few days before at Electric Garyland, being a gathering of musical allies and fellow-travellers commemorating our friend Dave Ball as he would surely have wished, with loud playing and risk-taking, lots to eat and drink, and a great deal of bonhomie and merriment.

Also added the first page of pictures from this excellent Liquorice Jam session (thanks, Tito)

Major thanks to Tito and Gary C for executing and planning this very memorable and enjoyable event!


16 July 2015 : the thirty-eighth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Going to the Winterbach concert, and have no ticket? One seated ticket available from a Paler who sadly cannot attend the concert. 50 Euros. Seated tickets are sold out from the venue.

Send a mail to webmaster@procolharum.com, and we will put you in contact with the seller.

Added a review of the recent Brooker and Friends gig in Paris

Added the fourth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the fourth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the second in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)

Updated sundry pages here, here, here, here and here


9 July 2015 : the thirty-seventh bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'The arts succeed where religion often fails ... and if you don’t like Bach, try reading Marcel Proust.'
A
dded an illuminating, brief interview from Chris Copping (thanks, Justin)

See also the Copping/Proust page

Added the third in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added some pictures from May 2014: Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, hosted in Germany by 'Beyond the Pale' (thanks, Heidi)

Added the third in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Good to see BJ Wilson in the NME Top Drummers poll celebrating the 75th birthday of Ringo Starr: see here for more


2 July 2015 : the thirty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the second in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the second in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the first in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)


1 July

Tickets for the Garden Party in Stuttgart are now sold out.

If you are going to the Procol Harum concert in Winterbach on 23 July, and need transportation between Winterbach and Stuttgart – we still have a handful of seats available on our bus. See here for details.


27 June 2015

RIP
Chris Squire

Added the setlist from tonight's Gary Brooker and Friends concert at New Morning in Paris


25 June 2015 : the thirty-fifth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the first in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the first in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added some long-overdue captions to this photo page (thanks, Peter)


18 June 2015 : the thirty-fourth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Gary Brooker and friends play Paris in a week's time

'There's lots more to do yet'
Added
'a message to my friends at 'Beyond the Pale' from Gary Brooker, in response to the numerous greetings sent to him by readers of this site on the occasion of his birthday. The page also includes pictures of Gary and Mme Françoise, and a fine Salmanazar (thanks, Gary)

Just a few more hours, that's all the time you've got ... to bid on eBay for the Commander's Tail Coat  (thanks, Gary)

Added a lavishly illustrated page reviewing the Ewhurst experience (many thanks, Charlie)

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's recent UK gig

' ...Dave's name and credentials plus his eagerness to collaborate with, jam and encourage local musicians ...'
Added a good obituary for Dave Ball
(thanks, Daniel)

Added an iTunes link to the
Cross Section (feat. Josh Phillips) page: gigs coming up in November, London area (thanks, Josh)

Added a couple of pictures here

'
According to Radio Times, BBC 6 Music is broadcasting 'Classic Concert with Procol Harum in 1977' on Saturday 20 June. This is the well-known 1977 Golder's Green TV Special. Runs from 2am to 3am.  BBC 6 Music is available on Freeview 707, Freesat 707, Sky 0120 and Virgin 909' (thanks, John).
 


11 June 2015 : the thirty-third bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP James Last, and Sir Christopher Lee, heavy metal artist

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in two days' time

 

To celebrate Procol Harum's first gig of 2015 ...

Offered for auction: Gary Brooker's iconic 'naval' tail-coat, tailored in the USA,
and worn by him on stage in the early 1970s for the orchestral (and other)
European concerts that led up to
Grand Hotel.

The coat is in eminently serviceable condition.

Please read all the captions and view/click all the pictures at
the Commander's Tail Coat page 
(thanks, Gary)

 

Added a page of photos depicting the run-up to rehearsals at Ewhurst for Saturday's musical entertainment! The musicians involved this year include Ali Campbell, Andy Fairweather Low, Barry Wickens, Ben Mills, Chris Difford, Cross Section, Dave Bishop, Dave Bronze, Geoff Dunn, Geoff Whitehorn, Hamish Stuart, Jim Cregan, John Parr, John Thirkell, Josh Phillips, Julie Stardust, Kenney Jones, Lance Ellington, Lisa Stansfield, Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan, Mark King, Miles Bould, Mollie Marriott, Neil Sidwell, Nik Kershaw, Pat Davey, Procol Harum, Rock Chicks, Sam Blue, Sam Tanner, Simon Gardner and Steve Harley

In which connection, read this page about Cross Section (feat. Josh Phillips), suddenly recording afresh several decades after they featured in The Who's
Quadrophenia: available on iTunes from 13 June. See also their website


5 June 2015 : the thirty-second  bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, next week

Added a good, detailed obituary for Dave Ball from an authoritative UK newspaper (thanks, Charlie)

There are still tickets for the Winterbach Procol-fans' party, and the shuttle 'bus to the gig ... book now!

Plugged a lacuna in an Old Testament Procol setlist (thanks, Jim)

Added a link to an article about Edmonton, Alberta ... about how it's changed since the famous Procol gig there (thanks, Charlie)

What was the most-played track at the Beatles' Sgt Pepper launch party? Have a guess before you click here and read the answer (thanks, Charlie)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


29 May 2015 : the thirty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in a fortnight's time

Happy Birthday to Gary Brooker! Added a page of admirers' tributes and greetings

Just a few hours now for you to place your bids and win yourself a tee-shirt from The Commander's Wardrobe: click these links:

Cropredy (turquoise) 2003

Burgundy 1970s' 'Hero' shirt

Exotic Birds and Fruit tee-shirt

Barbican 1996 shirt

Procol Harum / Soft Machine tee-shirt

Cropredy (lilac) 2003

Brick-red 1970s' 'Hero' shirt

 

Another birthday salutation for GB may be read here (thanks, Charlie); and another here (thanks, Paul)


21 May 2015 : the thirtieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP BB King | RIP Louis Johnson | Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in three weeks' time

Next Friday Gary Brooker will be 70. If you’d like to be part of a worldwide fans’ greeting to him, send your message (addressed to Gary) c/o gb70@procolharum.com. Your words will be compiled in a physical document for The Commander, and will appear on a page at ‘Beyond the Pale’. Please include your name and place of origin!

Seven-tee shirts! To mark the anniversary, seven historic Procol tee-shirts are up for eBay auction (starting about 23:00 hrs GMT on 22 May). As usual, half the proceeds to the BJ Wilson fund, and half towards the running-costs of 'Beyond the Pale'. Many thanks to Gary Brooker who owned and in many cases wore these garments:

Cropredy (turquoise) 2003

Burgundy 1970s' 'Hero' shirt

Exotic Birds and Fruit tee-shirt

Barbican 1996 shirt

Procol Harum / Soft Machine tee-shirt

Cropredy (lilac) 2003

Brick-red 1970s' 'Hero' shirt

 

Added pages about the long-expected 2CD reissues from Esoteric Records, including links direct to Amazon for ordering purposes: see here (A Salty Dog) and here (Home) (thanks, Vicky)

Are there any Hammond pundits who'd like to help the Deep Purple Appreciation Society? Click here (thanks, Stephen)


13 May 2015 : the twenty-ninth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play
Ewhurst, UK, in four weeks' time

Added a page shewing the names of the four winners in the Esoteric Procol competition. BtP had a very pleasant drink with Esoteric Records yesterday morning, and learned that they were well aware, from the outset, of speed/pitch issues with the Salvo re-issues of these two albums. The problem was 'with the transfer, not the mastering', we were told. In any event, once again ... assurances that the songs sound as they were intended to sound, this time around.

BtP learns today that
Procol Harum will be playing considerably more at Ewhurst than they did last year (see here). In the band's management's words, 'It won't be just a short set'. More details when we have them. Meanwhile, booking is still open.

Fans are reminded that Gary Brooker, Geoff Whitehorn and Matt Pegg (of Procol Harum), with Graham Broad (ex-Procol Harum) and Hammond organist Judy Blair are playing a gig in a Paris club at the end of June (Saturday 27th). Tickets are available! All details here (thanks, Roland)

Added a link (also here) to a comparison between the lyrics of Homburg and the work Meier Helmbrecht (Middle High German) by Werner der Gärtner (thanks, Christian)
 


7 May 2015 : the twenty-eighth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Errol Brown

Win the forthcoming Esoteric Records' 2CD reissue of Procol Harum 1967 or 3CD reissue of Shine on Brightly in our straightforward Prize Competition (thanks, Vicky)

Again added to the fan tributes to Dave Ball (thanks, Hans)

Added a Procol ticket here and here ... any more from this year? (thanks, Hans)

Added two pictures to the foot of this informative page (thanks, Martin)

Added a picture page showing some of the faces from last summer's fab Procol fans' party at Westbury Long Island, America (thanks, Bert)


1 May 2015 : the twenty-seventh bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Ben E KingGuy LeBlanc

' ...sounded of its time but also somewhat removed from that same time—a curiosity of tone and execution that felt genuine and refreshing ...'
Added an interesting appraisal of the first Procol Harum album (thanks, all)

Added a Rhythm Kings ticket here (thanks, Hans)

Added some photos of the venue for BtP's Garden Party in July (thanks, Marion)

Win the forthcoming Esoteric Records' 2CD reissue of Procol Harum 1967 or 3CD reissue of Shine on Brightly in our straightforward Prize Competition (thanks, Vicky)


16 April 2015 : the twenty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Regarding the BtP Garden Party and associated accommodation: you may find that it appears that all hotel rooms for 22 July are sold out. However BtP retains a block-booking of 10 rooms,  available until 1 May.

 If you wish to book one of these, send a mail to webmaster@procolharum.com with your arrival day and departure day and number of persons in the room.

BtP will forward a list of names to the hotel, and the hotel will contact each of you to confirm your booking. We must release the ten rooms on 1 May – When they are gone, they are gone.

Booking for the party itself is still open – we have about 30 % capacity remaining.

Again added to the fan tributes to Dave Ball.

Added pages about the long-expected multiple-CD reissues from Esoteric Records, including links direct to Amazon for ordering purposes: see here (PH67) and here (SoB) (thanks, Vicky)


16 April 2015 : the twenty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Percy Sledge  

Added many more fan tributes to Dave Ball. Gracious thanks to all subscribers.

If you didn't see the invitation to participate in this tribute to the late guitarist, you may need to sign up to our newsletter – but in any case it's not too late: just send your text in an e-mail to daveballtribute@procolharum.com and we'll add it to the page.

Added all the details about the Garden Party (and the fans' bus) associated with the Procol Harum show at Winterbach, 22 and 23 July.

Capacity is finite so please don't delay your booking if you'd like to be there  (thanks, Paul)

Added a modest contribution to the foot of the Terrible Spelling page

Added a 1968 ticket here (thanks, Rolf)


9 April 2015 : the twenty-fifth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'
 

Added numerous fan tributes to Dave Ball. Gracious thanks to all subscribers.

There are also page-length pieces from Poul Achton, Richard Beck, Unsteady Freddie and the BtP team (thanks, all)

If you didn't see the invitation to participate in this tribute to the late guitarist, you may need to sign up to our newsletter – but in any case it's not too late: just send your text in an e-mail to daveballtribute@procolharum.com and we'll add it to the page.

Added a Dave Ball obituary notice from The Burton Mail (thanks, all)

We had an excellent response to last week's "create a SHADE for the man who sang AWSoP" feature (see Gary Brooker requiring assistance with a lampshade): several entirely different methods of creating Gary's required shape are being explored – metal, glass, plexiglass – in various countries. But there weren't many people offering help with fabric. So if you are a person who understands cloth or has experience of stretching it to create particular forms, please visit the page and get in touch.

Added a good review of Robin Trower in Birmingham last month (thanks, Robin and Justin)

It's two years since Procol Harum played their magnificent symphonic concert in Wuppertal. Click here for the programme of the follow-up event – WupperTull Mania indeed  – that starts tonight (three completely sold-out concerts for this Ian Anderson world orchestral première ... there are Procol-related pictures and a particularly nice shot of Michael Ackerman and Marcus Grebe, without whom there'd have been no Wuppertal Procol Harum Convention (thanks, Michael)

Added the setlist from a recent Procol tribute concert (thanks, Jack)


1 April 2015 : the twenty-fourth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dave Ball – we are very sad to hear that our great friend, Procol Harum guitarist Dave Ball, lost his fight with cancer, just one day after his 65th birthday. You will be greatly missed, but your music, writings, paintings, videos and great memories will forever Shine On!.

It was with great sadness that Franky and I heard today that Dave Ball had lost his battle and has 'moved on'.

As a Procolite he made a great contribution during the early 70s and the band today – with the Geoffs, Matt, Josh and Chris – have spent happy days with him whenever and wherever he came to see us, which was often.

He was a very talented person, not just on guitar, but as a writer, artist, spy, melon picker, and humourist, and the contribution he gave to us and his many friends around the world will last – but the MAN and his presence will be very sadly missed.

Rest in Peace Dave
Gary Brooker
1 April 2015

Read a tribute piece about Dave Ball among his fans and friends, and another from Chris Copping

Ashley, Alex and Katy Ball (Dave's children) have organised this party in Melbourne, VIC


Added the first in a series of pages in which members of Procol Harum hope to tap into the craft skills of the fanbase, in order to realise one-off personal projects collaboratively.

"I created a SHADE for the man who sang AWSoP"
No 1, Gary Brooker, requiring assistance with a lampshade.

' ... the deep, dark organ in A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum, when you hear it, you know it'.
Added a link to a curious Procol reference (thanks, Charlie)

Added 'A Whiter Shade of Fail' to this excellent page (thanks, Tom)

' ...une voix magique qui n’a rien perdu de sa chaleur et de son émotion et reste remplie de ce feeling soul et mélancolique qui la caractérise ...'
Added booking information for Gary Brooker's concert in Paris in Jume (thanks, Laurent)

Added a Procol Harum ticket here and here (thanks, Hans)


19 March 2015 : the twenty-second bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Andy Fraser, Jimmy Greenspoon, Mike Porcaro

'For One Night Only'
Don't miss Radio 2's repeat of last November's excellent symphonic 'Friday Night is Music Night' on Friday 20 March at 8pm. ['
According to Radio Times, Gary Brooker  is 'joined by guitarist Geoff Whitehorn'. Oh dear! (thanks, John)]

Added some more fine pictures – and a key sartorial question – from Westbury 2014
(thanks, Bert)

Added another Procol Harum tour date here (thanks, John)

An absolute treat: Vintage TV concert by members of No Stiletto Shoes ... the magnificent Low Riders, headed up by Andy Fairweather Low ... flying dragons around his door!

Added the setlist from a recent Procol tribute concert (thanks, Jack)


12 March 2015 : the twenty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Sir Terry Pratchett, he of the 'embuggerance', who 'leaves early to avoid the rush'

Added a Procol Harum ticket here and here (thanks, Hans)

Added some nice shots from Procol Harum's most recent Parisian outing (thanks, Charlie)

Added an outstanding mondegreen here: search for  'replace the cook'  (thanks, Steve)

Added a No Stiletto Shoes setlist (thanks, Peter)


6 March 2015 : the twentieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a half-dozen great pictures of Gary Brooker on stage (thanks, Bert)

Good to speak with Geoff Whitehorn this evening: worth revisiting the first interview he did with BtP, just seventeen years ago, (cheers, Geoff!)

On 28 February 2015 Procol Harum got a rare name-check on Radio 4, the BBC's flagship station for Arts, News, Comedy and Drama. As you'll hear from this (much shortened) mp3 extract, the show in question was The News Quiz, hosted not by an English presenter but by a splendid comedienne from the country where Procol are most lavishly lauded. It's about the middle of the clip, during a strange stream-of-consciousness deviation from any script, that the band's name will be heard.

When you've enjoyed the soundclip above, find a genuine Procol / Nigerian connection (first heralded here in 1998) by clicking here

Added a 1970 setlist
here  (thanks, Jack)

An hour of live music for two keyboards, guitar, bass and drums – by a composer who is a Redhill veteran and long-standing contributor to this site (see also here) – may be heard and seen here (thanks, Harry)


26 February 2015 : the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a new gig for this summer Paris, no less (thanks, Franky / Roland)

Added a report on a recent gig at Winterbach, where Procol Harum kick off this year's concert appearances  (thanks, Marion)

In which connection, do have a look at this page

Added photos of an unusual 1991 promo item for The Prodigal Stranger (and how to get hold of it!)  (thanks, SG)

In which connection, do re-read this speculative page about The Imponderable Strangers

We're all up-to-date mailing out orders for the Procol Harum new vinyl 2LPs. More than half this limited edition is already sold, but they're not gone yet. Click the links ... (thanks, Andy).


Broken Barricades  
 


Live at Edmonton
 


Grand Hotel  
 


Exotic Birds and Fruit  
 


Procol's Ninth
 


Something Magic
 


The Well's on Fire  
 


Live at the Union Chapel
 

Upgraded the graphic (thanks, Marvin) on this page: it shows the address of the Procol fanclub website to which CD buyers were directed in 1997 by this German record-label – which wrote so winningly of Gary Brooker's 'thoughtful, reflective brand of dignified music'

Added news of another upcoming Procol Harum tribute-band gig (thanks, Carlo)


20 February 2015 : the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Lesley Gore

Added (sound and script) Gary Brooker's recent 'Tracks of my Years' BBC Radio 2 feature (thanks, Anvil)

Re-read GB's 1999 selection for a German Radio broadcast ... how many artists feature on both lists?

Keep the orders flowing in for the Procol Harum new vinyl 2LPs: click the links below.

BtP archives many pages of fans' interpretations of A Whiter Shade of Pale (a memorable one here). Readers might also be interested to read fans of They Might Be Giants tying themselves in knots over an equally inscrutable hit record

Added a graphic (thanks, Marvin) to this page: it shows the address of the Procol fanclub website to which CD buyers were directed in 1997 by this German record-label.


13 February 2015 : the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Steve Strange ... see also here

Added a page about eight delicious new Procol Harum double album releases, with numerous bonus tracks, on coloured vinyl (thanks, Andy)

Added individual pages (about track-listing, and how to order) about the following coloured vinyl double Procol Harum albums:


Broken Barricades  
 


Live at Edmonton
 


Grand Hotel  
 


Exotic Birds and Fruit  
 


Procol's Ninth
 


Something Magic
 


The Well's on Fire  
 


Live at the Union Chapel
 

Added a five-star Robin Trower CD review – with Amazon ordering links



5 February 2015
: the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

What was the date of the final gig from the line-up that recorded Procol Harum's first three albums?
Added a page of scholarly Procol research that presents conflicting accounts and evidence, and comes to a conclusion (thanks, Frans)

Remind yourself of our online Procol pedigree!

Added two ticket-sales links to the Bellinzona booking page for those who fancy hearing Procol Harum in July 2015 (thanks, Chris)

Added a surprising new Salty Dog picture here (thanks, Ruthie, whose Procoloid design-work may be seen here, here, here, here and here)

Added a thought-provoking Repent Walpurgis question here (thanks, Yukon) ... can anyone help?

Added a surprising and welcome footnote to this Vanilla Fudge superstar esteem page (thanks, Anvil)

Procol Harum and King Crimson fans may like to follow this link to hear and see Gary Brooker and Pete Sinfield performing together in on Spanish TV in 1982, on a song first aired by Lulu the year before. Gary sings the second verse of If You're Right (by Pete Sinfield and Andy Hill, words here, including a curious reference to Shakespeare's Romeo and Something or Someone) and plays an organ solo. The song was later performed by Barbara Dickson. Prog rock it ain't.


29 January 2015 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Edgar Froese

Added a fascinating and inspiring background story, regarding the organisation behind the next scheduled Procol Harum gig (thanks, Paul in Germany)

Added a good Grand Hotel press-kit picture here (thanks, Paul in France)

Added a mysterious Homburg picture-sleeve, from Portugal, here (thanks, Jorge) ... can anyone help with info about this? If so, please write in

Added a choral/orchestral setlist here here (thanks, Jack)

Added a link to a film of Matt Pegg's famous Dad offering a brilliant bass guitar in a worthy cause (thanks, Anvil)


25 January 2015

RIP Joe Jones
Joe was the bassist (and occasional sax-player) with The Rockefellas, the band on whom The Paramounts modelled themselves (he was therefore, arguably, instrumental in catalysing the birth of Procol Harum). He had been ill for a short while, and was about 72 years old (thanks, Mick)

Robin Trower: “The big influence on us was this band from Romford that Pete Tobin used to put on in the Palace Hotel ballroom, called The Rockafellas.  They were fantastic.  I think they were actually called The Fabulous Rockafellas and they were just that – fabulous. Their lineup was guitar, bass and drums, with a piano-player who sang – and that was the template for The Paramounts.”


21 January 2015 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dallas Taylor

Listen to BBC Radio 2 during the rest of this week for the feature,  between 11.30 am and noon daily, featuring Gary Brooker's favourite records – two a day. Monday 19 January: B Bumble and the Stingers, Emeli Sande; Tuesday 20: George Harrison, Kate Bush; Wednesday 21: Chuck Berry, Andy Fairweather Low; Thursday 22: Ray Charles, The Beatles; and Friday 23: The Coasters, The Rolling Stones (thanks, John; tip of hat to Mike M)

Added some more superb pictures from a recent Procol orchestral show (thanks, Jens)

Added some moody shots from Procol Harum's most recent Parisian outing: make what you will of the hand gestures shewn (thanks, Charlie)

Masakichi: some really attractive, atmospheric new music (watch here) from Josh Phillips's niece Hannah Cartwright

Added a part setlist from 1993 (thanks, Jack)


14 January 2015 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dozy

Listen to BBC Radio 2 in this coming week for a feature,  between 11.30 am and noon daily, featuring Gary Brooker's favourite records – two a day. Monday 19 January: B Bumble and the Stingers, Emeli Sande; Tuesday 20: George Harrison, Kate Bush; Wednesday 21: Chuck Berry, Andy Fairweather Low; Thursday 22: Ray Charles, The Beatles; and Friday 23: The Coasters, The Rolling Stones (thanks, John; tip of hat to Mike M)

Added an illustrated report of a recent broadcast mini-documentary, featuring Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Frans)

Read also ... earlier Brooker words on the same subject

Added some more superb pictures from a recent Procol orchestral show (thanks, Jens)

Good to hear from Triumphant Victors who're now getting their Fab Prizes through the post. Do let us know when you get yours.


8 January 2015 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a gig to the schedule of Procol Harum concerts for 2015 (thanks, Chris)

'I have come away from the whole experience with a great deal of respect for Procol Harum, and their music ... I hope we get the chance to sing with the band again'
Added a choral note, the fifth and final instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (many thanks, Jack/Al)

Added the solution to the BtP puzzles

Added the names of the Triumphant Victors in the above puzzles, with a note of the prizes they will end up withal.


5 January 2015:

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Good luck with the instructions that follow it: just read 'em carefully and all will be well.


4 January 2015:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to have another look at the prizes and be ready with your preference order – all ten letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCIDJEF"

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Sunday 4 January becomes Monday 5 January.


3 January 2015:

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


2 January 2015:

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


1 January 2015: Happy New Year!

Added a New Year message from the BtP team to all fellow Procol fans worldwide

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles

Nice to see a Palers'  Project vocalist stylishly turning the tables on a troll


31 December:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


30 December:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.

(Just a friendly suggestion: if you happen to notice some trick of how the questions/answers work, you might like to think twice before voicing it on public forums, in case doing so skews the thinking of other participants, or defeats their enjoyment of figuring things out for themselves).

Added news of another Gary Brooker radio appearance in a few days' time (thanks, Charlie)


28 December:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


27 December:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


26 December:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


25 December: Happy Christmas!

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as the prizes get more and more munificent.


24 December

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year


22 December

RIP Joe Cocker: time to play With a Little Help from my Friends, followed by Just Like a Woman, good and loud

Added a page for Procol Harum concerts in 2015 – Winterbach is already on sale


20 December:

Added the schedule of ten magnificent Procol Harum prizes that you'll soon be able to get your hands on (do read 'em all).  

Newcomers: our annual Christmas quiz starts in five days' time, and is always a lot of fun. There's one question a day for twelve days. Contenders send in a priority-list of all ten prizes in the order they favour them: the first three correct answers, against the clock, secure their highest-available choice of prize; then everyone else who responds correctly during the next 48 hours has an equal chance to win one of the remaining seven prizes, in the subsequent draw.

This year's answer (you'll see how it works as it unfolds) will be a single letter of the alphabet – so in fact you have a 1/26 or 3.84% chance of winning something very nice, even with a random guess. On the other hand, you are not encouraged to proceed by guesswork, nor to send in 26 different answers.


18 December : the eleventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP our fellow Procol-fan Richard Solly, 'Good Captain Claptrap'

Gary Brooker on British television on 19 December, telling how in 1968 he first got interested in rock-band-with-orchestra

Coming soon: your guide to the BtP Christmas puzzles (topics will include features of Procol song-titles; instrumental solos (Procol Harum and Matthew Fisher); curiosities of names of Procol players; long suites; GPS promos; lyrical quirks; songs with variant titles; an off-the-record remark of Gary Brooker in May 2014; locations of gigs; patriotic anthems; place-names in Keith Reid lyrics) and details of the Fab Prizes on offer this year.

Added some excellent and revealing insider pictures from the pre-Dominion week rehearsals (thanks, Geoff)

Added some excellent and revealing Abbey Road pictures from the Dominion Theatre rehearsals (thanks, Geoff)

Added some excellent and revealing insider pictures taken pre-show at the Dominion (thanks, Geoff)

' ... the concert I have most enjoyed in my time with the choir ...'
Added a choral note, the fourth instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

The excellent Crouch End Festival Chorus has a great gig coming up in the very venue where BtP staged Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert

Added another Procol tee-shirt to this index (thanks, Gordon)

Procol Harum on BBC radio again soon (thanks, Charlie)

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album  ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]


11 December : the tenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added 'What's been lost and what's been caught' – quite a detailed page about the Dominion Theatre broadcast

Whaling Stories v Symphathy for the Hard of Hearing: added a page about the songs that Procol have played on a stage shared with an orchestra during the present century.

'... wonderful to work with musicians for whom we are not simply part of the furniture, and who treat us as part of a partnership'.
Added a choral note, the third instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

Added a page of pictures from the Dominion Theatre concert (thanks, Charlie)


4 December : the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Bobby Keys and Ian McLagan

'There will be product'
Added
some reassuring post-Dominion Theatre comments from Geoff Whitehorn (thanks, Geoff!)

Added a good, illustrated review of the Dominion concert and broadcast (thanks, Charlie)

What was the scene during the four hours Procol Harum had to get the Dominion Theatre show ready with the Orchestra and Chorus at Abbey Road? A great photo reveals all (thanks, Chris)

Added news of impending Brooker activity (thanks, Chris)

Added a link to the Radio 2 Procol Harum marquee (as first shewn on our Facebook page, which you're welcome to 'like', if you like)

Added a Q&A session about the background to the Dominion Theatre broadcast on Radio 2 (thanks, Chris)

' ... mannered precision and sense of restless, unresolved anxiety ...'
Added a very illuminating rumination on Homburg and other Keith Reid lyrics, in the context of literary enquiry (thanks, Rob)

Amended this index page, and this photo page


26 November: the eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from a genuinely unique Procol Harum concert in London (and corrected (thanks, Charlie) a running-order error)

(BBC picture)

The unique line-up: Matt Pegg, bass; Geoff Dunn, drums; Gary Brooker MBE, voice and piano; Josh Phillips, Hammond and synth; Dave Colquhoun, lead guitar

Here's a link to a backstage introduction to Procol Harum's Dominion Theatre broadcast: 'Back in our own home country, and they love us. Albert Hall next time'. Amen to that!

' ... Procol Harum seem poised to reclaim their rightful place alongside Pink Floyd in the great British progressive rock pantheon ...'
Added a review of the Dominion Theatre gig from the UK's respected Independent national daily newspaper

' ... one of the things we hope we can do in playing here is demonstrate to a lot of people that in fact we do a lot more than that one song ... otherwise we wouldn't have lasted that long | ... you have to like music a bit to like Procol Harum, but you know, there are people that like music ...'
Click here to listen to Gary Brooker's interview from Sky TV from the Saturday morning before the Dominion Theatre gig.

Created a page for Dave Colquhoun, who played guitar with Procol at the Dominion Theatre, and amended this index

'They say a lot of their tunes are blues, then they give you five hundred chords to learn!'
Added a good-length interview, from a telephone call this evening, with Dave Colquhoun (thanks, Dave)

Added a photograph of the Dominion line-up here (thanks, Chris)

Added another Dominion review here

Amended the once slightly coy photo-caption of this page

Updated personal pages here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here


23 November:

Please spare a healing thought for Geoff Whitehorn who, midway through Procol's rehearsals for the Dominion show, was suddenly hospitalised with a chest infection. The band – to say nothing of the fans! – will miss him like mad on Monday night, of course; but the show must go on, and Geoff's stand-in, Dave Colquhoun, is riding the learning curve in great style. Best wishes to all involved for an excellent night!

A high-spirited posse of fans from England, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, France, Germany, America, Australia and Switzerland raised a glass to Procol's much-loved guitarist during the group meal that followed Ian Hockley's excellent organ recital in St Paul's Cathedral. Cheers, Geoff!


22 November: watch out for Gary Brooker on Sky television at around 9.30 am GMT on Saturday 22 November: the programme is called Sunrise.We don't know if it can be seen online, but this link could be worth trying. We understand that Gary will also be featured on Robert Elms's show next Wednesday, 26 November: you should be able in due course to find the schedule by clicking here(thanks, Chris)


20 November : the seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

The Dominion Theatre has released some extra tickets for Procol Harum on Monday, right near the front: click here to view

'No rest for the Crouch End Festival Chorus'
Added a choral note,
the second instalment of a blog From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

Added an informative picture, taken at Thursday's Procol Harum rehearsal, here (thanks, Gary)

Since we cannot yet visualise the onstage scene on Monday night coming, let us enjoy some superb pictures from a more-or-less similar Procol orchestral show 626 days before the Dominion Theatre event (thanks, Jens)
 


13 November : the sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added news of some Brooker activity next year (thanks, all)

Added (here) a ticket stub (16 April 1972) sent in by attentive Paler Bob Young who notes that ‘it appears this is a new date for BtP for Procol's 1972 US tour. Unable to find any information on this date, I drifted over to a Ten Years After site to see if I could garner more info. There I found a 1972 tour archive that records six additional Procol dates with Ten Years After: none of these dates conflicts with existing PH concert dates on BtP's '72 page. That, in conjunction with the fact their ’16 April’ date coincides with my 720416 ticket stub (and the two archives are in agreement on the 720505 and 720506 dates) leads me to believe we now have seven new US concert dates (search for 'Bob Young') for Procol’s 1972 schedule.(thanks, Bob!)

Added some nice pictures of an unusual Procol Harum line-up, on stage on tour 21 years ago (thanks, Verner)

Added a question about a 1969 performance in Illinois –anyone remember the power failure in question? (thanks, John)

Added a review of Robin Trower in a recent concert (thanks, Kaleidoscope Ken)


6 November : the fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Acker Bilk, RIP Manitas de Plata

Win a musical item owned by BJ Wilson, signed by Gary Brooker, and dedicated with your own name! Hang it on your wall! It looks as though these nine items of BJ memorabilia are going for a song at eBay. The average price per item, as we go to press, is about 4 GBP [6.40 USD]. Bid now! (thanks, Gary)

Added a Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)

SOLD OUT: every seat has now been taken for Procol Harum's London showcase, the broadcast gig with chorus and orchestra (keep an eye on the booking diagram, where occasional returns may be spotted). Ticket sales started via BtP's 'Fresh Fruit' newsletter (thanks Chris) which ensured a hard core of privileged fans in prime position to enjoy the concert and to lead the whooping, hollering, and standing ovations. BtP's promise to keep this special arrangement off Social Media was (by and large) honoured by its understanding beneficiaries ... thanks. The BBC opened public booking about a week ago – listen to a radio trailer (thanks, Paul)and the wider audience has mopped up (it's a 2,000+ seater) in double-quick time. All set for a great night :-)

Added a choral note, the first instalment of a blog From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

Added another Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)

'Attempts to wrangle these lyrics into linear coherence .... don’t let it bother you'
Added an article about Procol's 'lyric of the week'

Added another nother Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)


29 October : the fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a new page proposing the sale by auction of nine drumheads, formerly belonging to BJ Wilson, which will be signed and dedicated to the lucky winners (thanks, Gary)

Reminder about our historic and super-convenient venue for the before and after-show drinks meeting on the day of the London Dominion show  

Added a third page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played at Ridgefield in July this year (thanks, Bert)


25 October:

RIP the wonderful bassist, pianist, composer and singer Jack Bruce


23 October : the third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Alvin Stardust ... often enjoyed at Gary Brooker's charity gigs, and lately on the bill with Procol Harum at Josh Phillips's Ewhurst event raising funds for Prostate Cancer research

Great to see fans of BJ Wilson securing their chosen items from the sale of his early drumkit pieces – (here, here; here, here, here, here and ) – thanks all.  Yet to come: these items

Added a page about the historic and super-convenient venue for our before and after-show drinks meeting on the day of the London Dominion show  

Added an Italian article ... 'Named after a cat, they're selling millions' (thanks, Anvil)

Added a second page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played at Ridgefield in July this year (thanks, Bert)

Added some very heartening news about a seminal musician and former English teacher hailing from Essex

All visitors to this website are welcome to send their own accounts of recent Procol events (words, pictures, etc): please have a look at the Guidelines for Submissions page

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album  ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs and events will stand out rather more clearly than they do among the adverts and promotions and music clips that predominate on our former Procol Facebook group.


15 October : the second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'It's not as if I hold any grudge to the people of Kansas, but it just seems to be a good place to talk badly about.'
Added to this page of celebrity Procol endorsement: nice to see the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens issuing a song from the A Salty Dog album

About 5½ weeks until Procol Harum's major London showcase. Do sign up here if you're going. And the before- and after-show drinks meeting on the day will be bookable through our Fresh Fruit newsletter, so make sure you're signed up to that too. If you think subscribed to it before 5 September, re-subscribe to the new-look newsletter by clicking this link . Your old subscription won't work any more.

Some Procol fans may be interested to watch the rather excellent recent time-lapse video from our fab chum whose 'In the darkness of the night' appeared on the first Palers' Project album: his exhibition is in London the same time that Procol Harum are.

Reminder about the page – linking to seven more pages (here, here; here, here, here, here and here) relating to the auction of items of BJ Wilson memorabilia donated by Gary Brooker (thanks, Gary)

As we go to press there have been 142 bids on the various items of BJ Wilson percussion – see the kit in question here – the consequence of some 782 page-views. About three days to go ... could be interesting to watch the dénouement should you happen to be online on Saturday night (European thinking here)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for fans of the late, great percussionist.

All proceeds will be split equally between 'Beyond the Pale' and the BJ Wilson fund.

Added a report from the 'Shine on Brightly' New York concert on 11 October, and another from the contemporaneous 'mini-Redhill' event involving members of the Italian band, SormoRock


8 October : the first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Paul Revere

Today is BtP's 17th birthday ... a date on which we always remember the life and music of the great BJ Wilson

'One of the greatest rock drummers of all time ... his playing defined the essence of emotional, orchestrated rock music ...'
Added some excellent praise for BJ Wilson here (thanks, Charlie)

Added a page – linking to seven more pages (here, here; here, here, here, here and here) relating to the auction of items of BJ Wilson memorabilia donated by Gary Brooker (thanks, Gary)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for fans of the late, great percussionist.

All proceeds will be split equally between 'Beyond the Pale' and the BJ Wilson fund.


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