Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Prog Rock Pioneers Procol Harum & Renaissance Still On Top

With 40+ years in the business, prog legends Procol Harum and Renaissance can rock with the best of them and their fans know it. Teaming up for a special US East Coast tour, the two legendary UK acts have already sold out their performance at Longwood Gardens on June 16. Tickets are still available for their Saturday, June 12 show at Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Procol Harum are celebrating a great rock honor. In 2009, their monumental first smash hit, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" was awarded the accolade of the most-played single of the past seventy-five years. Led by "Commander"
Brooker, the Procol rhythm section is a virtual who's who of live musicians -- bassist Matt Pegg (Blinder, Ian Anderson), drummer Geoff Dunn (Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison), Hammond organist Josh Phillips (Pete Townsend), and last but not least, 18-year veteran and guitarist Geoff Whitehorn.

This, then, is a band with a golden future and an undeniably illustrious past.
They have twelve studio albums, three DVDs and numerous live projects to their credit and * though some have commented on the change of personnel over the years * each new contributor has brought their own form of inspiration for the musical output. For Brooker, it*s all about the songs. *We don*t do pop songs as such. Procol Harum is a soul and blues band which has these other influences because of the people who are there. When we finally do it, it comes out differently. 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' wouldn*t have been such a big hit, nor 'A Salty Dog' or many other songs, unless they*d had soul,* he insists. *We really enjoy playing challenging things.*

Renaissance, amidst their own 40th Anniversary celebration, will join Procol Harum on stage. Fronted by the most recognizable (and newly reunited) duo in the band's history, audiences will witness the incomparable five-octave voice of Annie Haslam with Renaissance's principal composer and guitarist, Michael Dunford. Haslam and Dunford promise that the new six-piece lineup will perform the band's timeless classics with the same care with which the material was originally crafted, while utilizing technological advances to reproduce the music's original symphonic textures like never before. They're also enthusiastic about introducing the music to a new generation of listeners as well as longtime fans.

Saturday, June 12 at 8pm - Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ
Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30pm - Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA - SOLD OUT!

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