BURDON and THE ANIMALS: or NEW
Eric's website it's announced as New Animals, but upon
arriving at the venue the NEW on the banner on the wall is
covered over and says ANIMALS
year ago we wouldn't have given it a second thought, it would have
Eric Burdon and whoever was with him at the time, no big deal, but
with all this dialog about Ten Years After using the
name without just one member being in the band (Alvin Lee)
it now has become an issue.
now it's 7 / 22 / 2003 and we're waiting for Eric to take
the stage, we arrived at 5:00 PM for this 8:30 show we and
the band were the only ones there for the better part of two and a
half hours, and now the house is full and we mean jammed packed. The
warm up band The Banshees is finished and we're waiting
patiently for the main attraction.
comes the band followed by Eric himself, he pulls up a stool and
sits down with microphone in hand, yep, that's Eric alright, that's
his voice, sitting down and singing. Eric is in control and
checking out the vibe in the room, itís warm and friendly so he
loosens up quickly and checks out the other band members around him.
The band is ready to rock and Eric is starting to feel the energy.
is in front of the stage with camera at the ready, so for the first
45 minutes of the concert everyone is allowed to take photos, but
when the drum solo starts everyone with a camera is forced to stop
shooting by security menówhat a damn pity.
has always surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians in
the world and in turn they make him look and sound great. Over the
years he has changed his musical directions more than once but Blues
and Rock are always the basis, with a little Jazz period thrown in.
During this gig a little reggae is apparent and some great violin
playing from Martin Gerschwitz rounds out the sound for the evening.
House of the Rising Sun
Itís My Life
Donít let me be Misunderstood
We've got to get out of this place
The usual Eric/Animals set.
were no music surprises or anything extraordinary as far as the show
went, but it was being in the same room with Eric Burdon that was
something to behold, something very special in the air.
Just to watch him perform and to
witness his passion after all these years is beyond belief
and words. The man could just as well have sat there and talked to
us for two hours and sing a song every now and then and the audience
would have been just as happy just to be in his presence.
by Dave and Brigitte