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the Pale

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Procol Harum at Snoqualmie Casino, WA, USA

Friday 12 November 2010 • Kent Kronlof reports

It was 7:00 pm. I looked into the room where I would witness again the great Procol Harum: there may have been a dozen people in there. I Took my mom (her 74th birthday) and went and had a drink.

When we returned about 7:45 the small venue (holds 986) was about two-thirds full. Many still gambling, I guess. Took our fourth row centre seats: I was getting excited.

Just after 8:00 pm they strolled on to stage. Shine On Brightly instantly brought cheers and tears from me. Then Homburg, just fabulous. Great solos by all. Gary was very talkative: asked what we wanted to hear: 'The Idol', 'Salty Dog', etc were yelled out.

I screamed out, "Did you go see the falls?" and Gary replied, "Yeah we saw the falls," like 'big deal'. But he also said, "Saw a Salmon too!" He liked that! So I yelled back, "Write a song!" LOL.

Anyway Salty Dog and Eye to the Future were really done well. Grand Hotel was just awesome. Now Simple Sister rocked the house to the amazement of the crowd: one of my all time favourites. Kaleidoscope tore the place up some more. Forgot how cool the intro is. Conquistador – what can be said – is another masterpiece.

Majority of the crowd finally stands up. There was a few of us who stood up for every song. But with such a small room, with the best sound system in this state, we had to control ourselves so not to bother everyone.

So happy to hear Whisky Train, their real rocker. Whiter Shade of Pale: splendid version. The streaming lights over Gary's head made him look well, Biblical: very nice effect!

Oh my mother, I don't think she took her eyes off Gary for a moment. It was really nice to take mom – we have been watching the DVDS daily for weeks. Came home and watched them again.

Would have been nice to hear Butterfly Boys and The Idol. But I was able to hear so many, I cannot complain.

Hope they come back again, and soon.

Setlist from this show

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