Yuming Matsutoya (Yumi) has been a star in Japan for forty years, and has done sell-out tours every year, usually with big productions.
For her fortieth anniversary tour she had the dream to go back to the band that not only influenced her musical taste, but also were the reason she actually started singing: Procol.
The tour and the merchandise is labelled "Yumi Matsutoya and Procol Harum – back to the beginning".
massive fan base is fully aware of the position Procol has always had in her
career. Every show we do now, the audience are treated to sixty minutes of
Procol music, as they wait for the show. There is also a temporary club in Tokyo
from 16 November for six weeks, called 'Procol Harum', which is playing only PH
songs, plus covers of AWSoP.
The setlist is as follows:
Bringing Home the Bacon
Shine on Brightly
Conquistador (joined on stage by Satoshi Takebe – Yumi's MD – playing synthesiser string parts)
Procol playing, with Yumi and Gary sharing vocals
A Salty Dog
Roaring Skies (Yumi Japanese solo hit with Brooker / Phillips English lyrics)
Lonely Room (Yumi Japanese solo hit with GB / JP English lyrics)
A Whiter Shade of Pale
The Yumi triple CD - (Y40th) just released and currently Number 1 in the Tower Records chart (yes Tower still exist in Japan) contains the track A Whiter Shade of Pale credited as 'Procol Harum featuring Yuming' (in English) was recorded by Procol in Abbey Road after the 2012 US tour [article here]
The show in Tokyo will recorded for later broadcast, so hopefully you will be able to judge for yourselves if you can find it. It will be transmitted by WOWOW, which is a cable company.
I will agree that it is an unusual collaboration and some of [Beanstalk readers] will question it. It's hard work, but it is also fun and I believe everyone is enjoying it.
At 2100 hrs on 31 March [not sure which time-zone, though!] the Procol / Yumi show will be transmitted for viewing at 2100 hrs on 31 March [not sure which time-zone, though!]
See http://www.wowow.co.jp/pg_info/detail/102122/index.php for details. Sadly the BtP team is not skilled in reading Japanese
Procol dates in 2012