Procol Harum to Tour in Support of 50th Anniversary LP

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Procol Harum’s Novum album cover

Procol Harum, who first hit the charts 50+ years ago this spring with the classic “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” will tour to support their 2017 studio album, Novum (via Eagle Rock), their first studio album in 14 years, and thirteenth overall.

Procol Harum, still led by pianist/vocalist/composer Gary Brooker, have 13 U.S. dates, beginning Feb. 17.

The cover artwork of Novum, by Julia Brown, references elements of the sleeve of the band’s self-titled album of 1967.

“We haven’t visited the USA since July 2014,” said Brooker in a January 2019 press release, “and this has enabled us to have the new material from our studio album plus favorites and rarities from the past 50 years.”

Most of today’s Procol Harum lineup has been playing together since the early ’90s. Besides Gary Brooker, it includes bassist Matt Pegg (Jethro Tull, Ian Brown), drummer Geoff Dunn (Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison), guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Roger Chapman, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey) and Hammond organ player Josh Phillips (Pete Townshend and Midge Ure).

A very early photo of Procol Harum (from their Facebook page)

Related: What else was happening in music in 1967?

According to a press release for the album, “Novum sees a new direction for Procol Harum with the songs being written and created by the whole band, with most songs featuring words by Pete Brown, most famous for his songwriting collaboration with the members of Cream. This has given a different feel to the songs, retaining the thought provoking content for which the band has always been known but with a different slant and elements of humor.”

Related: Looking back at “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

Procol Harum 2019 U.S. Tour (Tickets are available here)
Feb 17 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
Feb 18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Feb 21 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Feb 23 – Washington, DC – City Winery
Feb 25 – New York, NY – City Winery
Feb 26 – New York, NY – City Winery
Feb 27 – New York, NY – City Winery
Feb 28 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Mar 01 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Mar 03 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
Mar 04 – Boston, MA – City Winery
Mar 05 – Boston, MA – City Winery

May 04 – Knebel, Denmark – Fuglsocentret
May 05 – Kobenhavn, Denmark – Docken

Watch Procol Harum perform “A Whiter Shade of Pale” in 2006, with symphony orchestra

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  1. Randy
    #1 Randy 6 February, 2017, 22:15

    Should be good. Robin Trower came from this group

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