Procol Harum & Carl Palmer At The Manhattan Center 7/11/2014

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Music, NYC Art Shows, NYC Live Music, NYC Music
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It was truly a groovy night with 1960’s British Prog-Rock musicians lighting up the night of a Manhattan moment.

Carl Palmer Bruce's World 5

Carl Palmer, the drummer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), was the opener of the show.  He truly is one of the the most amazing drummers to have emerged from the golden era.  Mr. Palmer’s drumming is so intense and hard hitting that even though  his instrumental band of great players had no singer, the music was so spot-on it was not missed.

Next was Procol Harum, with just Gary Brooker as the only original member. That was fine, as he was the lead singer, songwriter and piano player in the group.  He started his set with “Kaleidoscope,” and worked his way into such Procol Harum classics as ” Shine On Brightly,”  “Homburg” and ” A Salty Dog.”  Gary’s singing is still fab and so is  his great organ playing.  His band does a fine job of capturing that wonderful moment in time and  he  ended the set with ” A Whiter Shade Of Pale.”  I felt like it was yesterday even though Mr. Brooker does have white  hair now.

Gary Brooker - Bruce's World 5Procol Harum returned to the stage for two encores.  As they performed “Conquistador,”  the entire crowd stood up and danced their pants off.  “Simple Sister” finished off the night of magic music and made us all wish we had a time machine to go back to that much more simpler time.



  1. Paul W says:

    Gary Brooker played piano, not organ. Josh Phillips is the organist.

  2. Denny Sinnoh says:

    What songs did Carl Palmer play? I hope he played “Toccata ” but I don’t imagine he would milk ELP too much. ?

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