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About This Site
This site aims to offer a list of every known gig by Procol Harum, from the first (the UFO Club in London on 12th May 1967) to the last (Spiez in Switzerland on 24th August 2019), with details of the band's line-up and, where available, a set list.
At present it does not include TV and Radio appearances.
|Sources — Reliability — Set Lists — Notes— Help Us
The main sources of information are:
The only truly reliable information about gigs comes from published contemporary concert reviews, subsequent press coverage, torn ticket stubs, and recordings.
We have included such uncertain-looking gigs, partly to forestall the "What about...?" questions, but also as an invitation to readers to alert us to convincing evidence one way or the other. The Notes section, below, explains how these are indicated
We don't include gigs that were planned, and even publicised by a promoter, but where Procol's management was unable to finalise a contract with the promoter. Details of these will be found at Beyond the Pale. Needless to say, we don't inlcude the many gigs which were planned but ultimately made impossible by the pandemic and/or the final illness of Gary Brooker.
In quite a few cases, we have been unable to establish the precise venue for a gig — the information may be lacking entirely or there may be a conflict between different sources. In addition, there are cases where a venue changed name, or was known to punters by a nickname. In fact the large multi-artist gig lists often use the present-day name for all gigs which took place there, no matter what the name was on the date of the gig (for the sound reason that this allows them to be grouped together).
Finally, of course, we have no idea how many gigs are missing. Particularly for some of the North American tours, there are gaps in the known schedule suggesting that, if the band was not actually having a holiday, there are probably some undiscovered gigs.
On a more positive note: since 2003 the webmasters at Beyond the Pale have been directly supplied with information about every gig by Procol's management as soon as the contract was confirmed, and any subsequent cancellation (such as one necessitated by the pandemic) is noted there. Information for the last seventeen years of the band's career should, therefore, be very accurate.
For almost half of the gigs, we have a set list (sometimes incomplete).
Inevitably set lists for the first ten years of the band's career (the "Old Testament") are more sparse than those for the reformed band (the "New Testament") For 1967–1977 we have set lists for about 25% of the gigs, for the period since 1991 almost 86%. In fact, from 1997, the year which saw the Redhill Reunion Concert and the launching of Beyond the Pale, the figure is 96%.
With the exception of a few well-documented gigs that were recorded or where the band's own set list is available, these set lists are almost entirely fan submissions and usually based on a single source. We have endeavoured to make song titles consistent and identify puzzling entries.
Needless to say, pointers to additional set lists will be very welcome!
"Also on the bill" doesn't distinguish between bands for whom Procol Harum were support and those who were the support for Procol Harum. For festivals, no attempt has been made to include every other artist on the bill.
Where there were two shows at a venue on a particular day, each has its own entry, as the two gigs may have had different set lists.
Gigs which did not take place or might not have taken place are indicated in the listings:
In all the above cases, further information will be found by clicking on the link to more.
Finally, for technical reasons related to sorting, not all Polish characters display correctly: Ł, ł, and ń are shown as L, l, and n.
If you spot an error or omission in any of the listings, please get in touch by e-mailing Peter Christian.
Pointers to published information are particularly welcome.
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