Billy Joel covers Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' in tribute to Gary Brooker
28 February 2022, 12:37
Procol Harum's Gary Brooker died earlier this month at the age of 76.
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Billy Joel paid has paid tribute to Procol Harum singer-songwriter Gary Brooker by playing his most famous song 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' in concert.
Brooker died last week at the age of 76, prompting a wave of tributes from fans and contemporaries.
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Joel celebrated the life and music of Brooker during his Allegiant Stadium show in Las Vegas on Saturday night (February 26) with a performance of Procol Harum's 10 million selling debut single.
His cover followed a rendition of his own song 'Only The Good Die Young'.
The full Billy Joel setlist was as follows:
- Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
- The Entertainer
- Don't Ask Me Why
- Just the Way You Are
- Say Goodbye to Hollywood
- The Longest Time
- New York State of Mind
- The Downeaster Alexa
- She's Always a Woman
- My Life
- Only the Good Die Young
- A Whiter Shade of Pale
- Sometimes a Fantasy
- The River of Dreams (with 'Tush' by ZZ Top interlude)
- Nessun dorma
- Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
- Piano Man
- We Didn't Start the Fire
- Uptown Girl
- It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
- Big Shot
- You May Be Right (with 'Rock & Roll' by Led Zeppelin interlude)
Sorry to hear about the passing of Gary Brooker.— Billy Joel (@billyjoel) February 22, 2022
Rest in Peace.
- Billy Joel
[Pictured: Gary Brooker, founder and lead singer of Procol Harum] pic.twitter.com/C2VbXjviHA
Joel had previously expressed his sorrow at Brooker's death in a post on Twitter.
"Sorry to hear about the passing of Gary Brooker. Rest in Peace," Joel said.
It's not the first time Joel has played 'A Whiter Shade of Pale.
The singer-songwriter covered it during live shows several times over the years, including at a SiriusXM Town Hall show with Howard Stern in 2014.