Eric Burdon and the Animals kick off a series of fall U.S. tour dates this Saturday in Stateline, Nevada. The British blues-rock legend recently assembled a new Animals lineup that he says has helped reenergize his recent performances.
“We’re very happy with it,” the 75-year-old rocker tells ABC Radio about the band. “They’re much younger guys than me, half my age. They’re enthusiastic.”
The guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist of the current Animals all hail from the band Johnzo West and the Wayward Souls, which Burdon reveals he and his wife/manager discovered while searching the internet. Eric tells ABC Radio that he felt his group still needed a heavier bass sound, so he also hired a pair of horn players — baritone saxophonist Ruben Salinas and trombone player Evan Mackey.
Fans coming out to Burdon’s shows can expect to hear plenty of Animals classics, such as “The House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “It’s My Life.” His sets also usually include his 1970 smash with War, “Spill the Wine,” plus covers of Sam & Dave‘s “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” the traditional tune “In the Pines” and Ian Dury and the Blockheads‘ quirky “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick.”
Burdon admits to ABC Radio that he sometimes wishes he could put some of his Animals hits behind him, but he feels obligated to perform them for the fans’ sake.
“They just won’t die,” he notes. “They’ve become anthems rather than just songs.”
Meanwhile, Burdon says he has no immediate plans to record a follow-up to his 2013 album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, although he hopes to work on new material with his band “when the time comes.”
Here are all of Eric Burdon and the Animals upcoming tour dates:
9/24 — Stateline, NV, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
9/26 — Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/28 — Chicago, IL, City Winery
10/1 — Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/3 — Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/6 — Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/7 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
10/8 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
10/10 — New York, NY, City Winery
10/11 — New York, NY, City Winery
11/13 — Nashville, TN, City Winery
11/14 — Atlanta, GA, City Winery
11/16 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/17 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/18 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/25 — Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget
2/17/17 — Bremerton, WA, Admiral Theatre
2/18 — Tacoma, WA, Broadway Center
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