British Invasion icon Eric Burdon has thrilled audiences for more than fifty years with his hard scrabble voice and cutting edge charisma. Originally from Newcastle, England, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began his career as frontman for The Animals in the 1960s and then as vocalist for funk ensemble War. While he is best known for 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place,' 'House of The Rising Sun,' 'Spill The Wine' and anti-war ballad 'Sky Pilot', his CV boasts countless collaborations as well as riveting apppearances in films and documentaries.
In 2012, he garnered a whole new audience after performing with Bruce Springsteen at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. That year he also recorded an EP with the Greenhornes. The following year, he recorded the critically acclaimed 'Til Your River Runs Dry' which includes a tribute to one of his early inspirations, Bo Diddley. To that end, his uninhibited style was also inspired by American vocalists Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Nina Simone.
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