Saturday, 1 June 2013

Eric Burdon of The Animals Celebrates 50 Years with NY Show

eric burdonSay what you will about how great the Rolling Stones are or aren’t as they continue to roll on their 50 & Counting tour, but don’t forget they’re not alone among ancient British Invasion acts out there. Indeed, Eric Burdon, who performed this week at a special invite-only birthday celebration at the John Varvatos store in the former CBGB’s showed at least as much life as Mick and the lads–not to mention the ghosts of all the punk rock acts entombed in the Varvatos location that once was the historic club.
Burdon, who just turned 72, is back in full force following full recovery from the back surgery that sidelined him last year, holding back his acclaimed new album ‘Til Your River Runs Dry until January—coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Burdon’s own historic band The Animals. The album also returns Burdon to the ABKCO, home of both the early Stones and Animals catalogs; Burdon considers it one of his most personal albums ever, containing songs that reflect his unwaveringly progressive commitments politically, socially and especially environmentally.
His hour-long career overview set even had him wearing a gray peace sign on his black t-shirt to go with his usual color scheme (offset only by rainbow shades) His voice remains, in Varvatos’s own introductory words, “one of the greatest in the history of music.”
Burdon opened with his autobiographical late-edition Animals hit “When I Was Young,” which segued directly into the early Animals classic “Inside Looking Out.” It seamlessly flowed, after a one-second pause, into the new album’s impassioned lead track/first single “Water.” The song, Burdon says, came out of a conversation a few years ago with Mikhail Gorbachev, who has devoted himself to promoting water awareness; as Burdon has lived in the desert regions of Southern California since the 1970s, water conservation was already near and dear.
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