The Piano Man celebrated the life of the Procol Harum singer during a Vegas show this weekend
During his performance at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium on Saturday night (February 26), Joel delivered a moving rendition of the 1967 single to celebrate the life of Brooker, who died on February 19 at the age of 76.
Featured on the US version of Procol Harum’s self-titled debut album, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ is one of the most commercially successful singles in history, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
It’s a song that Joel has praised frequently, and covered on numerous occasions throughout his career, including a snippet during a Cincinnati concert in 2021 and a solo take during a Town Hall Q&A and concert with Howard Stern in 2014.
His performance of the song in Vegas in honour of Brooker followed a performance of his own ‘Only The Good Die Young. You can watch Joel’s tribute below:
Upon hearing the news of Brooker’s death earlier in the month, Joel took to social media to play his respects.
“Sorry to hear about the passing of Gar Brooker,” he tweeted alongside a picture of the Procol Harum frontman sat at a piano. “Rest in Peace.”