Paul Stanley, Billy Joel, And Steven Van Zandt Pay Tribute To Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker

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The music world recently faced a sad loss when Procol Harum’s vocalist Gary Brooker died at the age of 76. Iconic names of the industry such as Paul Stanley, Steven Van Zandt, and Billy Joel have all reflected their respect and sadness over Twitter.

The lead singer of the English rock band Procol Harum’s vocalist Gary Brooker recently passed away at the age of 76. The singer had been receiving treatment for cancer, but the details about his illness were unknown. Nevertheless, he passed away in his house, saddening his fans and musicians all around the world.

Brooker formed his band Procol Harum in 1967 and has inspired and influenced musicians ever since. The band is regarded as one of the older generations of rock bands, and they continued to perform until Brooker’s recent death. The names he influenced with his band and songs became once again apparent after the news of his death.

Paul Stanley, Steven Van Zandt, and Billy Joel stated their sadness and appreciation of the singer on Twitter and stressed that he will not be forgotten. Stanley pointed out how his voice is very identifiable through his singing and will be remembered due to his iconic song ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale.’ Joel stated his disappointment in a shorter tweet, whereas Van Zandt was rather angry than sad. He said that there was ‘nobody better’ in the music world besides Procol Harum.

Here is what Stanley said:

“RIP Gary Brooker. You could identify that voice as soon as you heard him sing. Procol Harum. Who can forget ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale?’ The man sang with a captivating, grand authority and soul.”

This is Billy Joel’s tweet:

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Gary Brooker. Rest in Peace. – Billy Joel”

Steven Van Zandt expressed his anger by tweeting:

“RIP Gary Brooker. I’m too pissed off to speak right now.

Gary Brooker and Keith Reid (and sometimes Matthew Fisher and Robin Trower) were the most sophisticated songwriters in Rock history while remaining commercially accessible. And the band was simply extraordinary. Nobody better. Yes, there were and are bands as good. Nobody better.

You can see all the tweets below.