Our 2019 New Year does seem to be off to a proper start as the tours continue to be announced with some of them being brand new bands and then some others who are quite familiar. Case in point this return by the legendary British Progressive Rock band Procol Harum.
The Press Release:
In February 2019, the legendary Procol Harum will return to North America in support of their latest album Novum (Eagle Rock Entertainment). The band will perform at various City Winery locations in major markets, allowing attendees an up-close-and-personal experience.
“We haven’t visited the USA since July 2014, and this has enabled us to have the new material from our studio album PLUS favorites & rarities from the past 50 years,” states founder / songwriter / lead singer / pianist Gary Brooker. “It’s a long time, but Procol is always current (or timeless). See you in the wine bar- mine’s a large one!“
Released in 2017, Novum – the band’s 13th album – was unveiled in conjunction with Procol Harum’s 50th Anniversary. As stated by Goldmine Magazine, the album “perfectly captures their classic sound… it demonstrates that the Procol Harum sound is still well etched in the musical firmament.” Rich in the band’s distinctive instrumentation and Gary Brooker’s emotive vocals, it exudes the classic sound that led the band to sell over 10 million copies of their hit single “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” which now sits in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s newly formed “Singles” category.
The Tour Dates:
2/17 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery Atlanta
2/18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery Nashville
2/20 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago
2/21 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago
2/23 – Washington, DC – City Winery Washington DC
2/25 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/26 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/27 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
2/28 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/1 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/3 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
3/4 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston
3/5 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: While I’m happy to find the group returning to our shores, I must admit that I was never one of the people who rallied behind their illustrious career. Their classic single “Whiter Shade Of Pale” remains one of historical favorite tunes but I was never a study nor did I get to see them live in concert. Perhaps I will fix that oversight with one of their NYC appearances. So what about you dear readers? Were you people that followed this influential Progressive group? Chime in down below with your thoughts about their overdue return.
Official Website: http://www.procolharum.com/