In a heartwarming display of musical camaraderie, a constellation of legendary artists is coming together for a once-in-a-lifetime charity concert dedicated to the memory of the late and great Procol Harum frontman, Gary Brooker.
Mark your calendars for the evening of Monday, December 4th, 2023, as music history is set to be made at G Live in Guildford. This spectacular event isn’t just about creating unforgettable memories; it’s a noble endeavor to raise funds for two of Gary Brooker’s cherished charities: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Cure Parkinson’s.
Gary Brooker, the soulful voice behind the timeless classic ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale,’ left us on Saturday, February 19th, 2022, at the age of 76, after a valiant battle with cancer. His legacy, however, lives on through the music that touched our hearts and the charitable causes he held dear.
Prepare to be awestruck as an array of musical luminaries take the stage to celebrate Gary Brooker’s life and illustrious career. The lineup includes none other than Queen‘s legendary drummer, Roger Taylor, the incomparable Eric Clapton, Genesis’ virtuoso Mike Rutherford, the soulful Paul Carrack, the iconic John Illsley of Dire Straits, the multi-talented Andy Fairweather Low, and the sensational Mike Sanchez.
But that’s not all! To ensure that the night is nothing short of magical, a house band comprising esteemed session musicians will be setting the groove. This ensemble of musical maestros includes Dave Bronze on bass, Henry Spinetti and Graham Broad on drums, Paul Beavis on drums, Frank Mead on sax and harmonica, Nick Pentelow on sax, Nikki Lamborn, Catherine Feeney, and Olivia Keast on vocals, Geoff Dunn on Procol Harum drums, Geoff Whitehorn on Procol Harum guitar, and Josh Phillips on Procol Harum keys.
Andy Locke, the Venue Director at G Live, expressed his honor in hosting this remarkable tribute to Gary Brooker, who was not only an MBE but also an integral part of the Guildford community. Gary’s profound impact on the music industry is unequivocal, and it’s beautifully mirrored in the caliber of artists who are converging at G Live to celebrate his life.
For those who wish to be part of this extraordinary night, tickets for the concert on Monday, December 4th, 2023, are priced at £100, with additional booking fees. To ensure you don’t miss out, make note of the following sale dates:
Pre-sales: Commence on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023, at 10:00 am.
General on sale: Begins on Thursday, September 28th, 2023, at 10:00 am, and tickets can be purchased through glive.co.uk.
In an age where the world can sometimes feel divided, events like these serve as a poignant reminder of the power of music and unity. The Gary Brooker tribute concert isn’t just about celebrating his musical legacy; it’s about making a meaningful difference in the world.
As we anticipate this monumental event, let us remember that it’s not just about the names on the marquee; it’s about the music that transcends time, the memories that linger in our hearts, and the causes that bring us together.
In the words of Gary Brooker himself, “Music has the power to heal, to inspire, and to change lives.” On December 4th, 2023, at G Live, Guildford, we invite you to be part of this magical evening where music and compassion intertwine.
Let’s come together to honor a legend, support vital causes, and create an unforgettable night under the stars. See you there!