A Tribute to Gary Brooker who recently passed away.
Gary Brooker was the leader of Procol Harem and in this video, I talk about the must-have albums and look through the 2009 3CD/DVD Box Set ‘All This and More…’ Phil
This video is dedicated to Gary Brooker, his family and all Procol Harum fans around the world.
Please watch the video above for the full tribute.
“Recently, we lost one of the giants of English rock music, a good pal of mine, Gary Brooker. A totally unique voice, totally recognizable as soon as you heard it. A wonderful, different style of music that he helped create with his band PROCOL HARUM a long time ago. But when you hear those records today, they are so wonderfully perfect and so different.
“I had the great pleasure of being onstage with Gary just before the pandemic hit in 2020. He’d arranged an amazingly big benefit show at the O2 Arena — sold out, sixteen thousand-something people. Well, why wouldn’t it be? He got some of his best friends to come and do it: Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young… It just went on and on and on. And I had the privilege of playing in the house band behind all these great artists. And in that one night, he raised over a million pounds for The [Royal] Marsden Hospital. That’s something.
“And now he’s gone. And apart from the recordings, I’ll never get to say hi to him again; I’ll never hear that wonderful voice live again. And that really is something to be missed. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
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