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Saturday, 15 March 2014

MUSIC BLAWG: A brief chat with the Eric Burdon of the Animals

Eric Burdon
So here’s the deal. We were offered an interview with Eric Burdon of the Animals fame (“House of the Rising Sun” and all that), and of course we leapt at the chance. However, we were then told that Mr. Burdon doesn’t do interviews with print publications face-to-face or on the phone, only via email. We hate this, because it makes follow-up questions impossible, but that didn’t stop us having a go. We very nearly decided not to do it at all but, you know, it is Eric Burdon after all. So here you have it: every word of these questions was written before we received any answers, our attempt at the tricky “email follow-up question.”

Hi Eric. We’re looking forward to having you here in Michigan. Is this a place that you’ve enjoyed performing at in the past? Do you have any particular memories of playing Detroit and/or Ann Arbor?
Thank you, Brett. I am looking forward to returning to Michigan. I always like playing the Detroit area. There is definitely something that connects my youth in Newcastle with Detroit. I grew up mystified by big American cars. And the music that drives the motor!!!! All Exported from Detroit. It’s a very musical city where so much of the greatest talent has emerged from, from Smokey Robinson to Iggy Pop. Let’s not forget Elmore Leonard.

Hahaha. That’s funny. Now, this show is being billed as “Eric Burdon & the Animals.” Who’s in the band nowadays?
Red Young on Hammond B3; Billy Watts and Eric McFadden on guitar; Tony Braunagel on drums; Teresa James on keyboards and vocals; Wally Ingram on percussion; Terry Wilson on bass. I’ve worked with Red, Tony and Terry since the ’80s. Tony has also produced my last few albums, My Secret LifeSoul of a Man and the latest, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry. It’s a great band and one of the best I’ve ever worked with. And all of them are Animals!

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £9.99

The Animals And Beyond 
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Beat Beat Beat - Eric Burdon
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