Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Pays Tribute To Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker: He Was ‘One Of The Giants Of English Rock Music’

DEEP PURPLE‘s Ian Paice has paid out tribute to PROCOL HARUM frontman Gary Brooker who died a week in the past at the age of 76. He handed away at his home on Saturday, February 19 after a battle with cancer.

Previously now, Paice uploaded a five-moment video clip message to his official YouTube channel in which he mirrored on his friendship with Brooker and praised the late musician as “1 of the giants of English rock new music.”

Ian said in section (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.Net): “A couple of days in the past, we dropped a person of the giants of English rock new music, a superior pal of mine, Gary Brooker. A thoroughly exceptional voice, totally recognizable as soon as you heard it. A wonderful, unique style of tunes that he helped produce with his band PROCOL HARUM a lengthy time back. But when you hear those people information currently, they are so wonderfully excellent and so diverse.

“I experienced the fantastic satisfaction of remaining onstage with Gary just before the pandemic hit in 2020. He’d arranged an incredibly significant advantage clearly show at the O2 Arena — marketed out, sixteen thousand-some thing people. Effectively, why would not it be? He obtained some of his finest close friends to occur and do it: Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Younger… It just went on and on and on. And I experienced the privilege of participating in in the household band driving all these great artists. And in that just one evening, he elevated more than a million lbs for The [Royal] Marsden Clinic. That’s one thing.

“And now he is long gone. And aside from the recordings, I am going to never ever get to say hi to him once more I am going to hardly ever listen to that fantastic voice live again. And that genuinely is anything to be missed.

Gary — what an artist and what a pleasant person.”

Brooker‘s loss of life was announced in a statement on PROCOL HARUM‘s formal web web-site. The assertion read: “With the deepest regret we must announce the loss of life on February 19 2022 of Gary Brooker MBE, singer, pianist and composer of PROCOL HARUM, and a brightly-shining, irreplaceable light-weight in the audio sector.”

In addition to his get the job done with PROCOL HARUM, Brooker produced four solo albums and wrote and sang for Eric Clapton‘s band and with Invoice WYMAN’S RHYTHM KINGS. He also toured with Ringo Starr‘s band RINGO’S ALL-STARRS.

Nearly two many years in the past, Brooker was manufactured an MBE — member of the Purchase of the British Empire — by Queen Elizabeth II for products and services to charity.

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