Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Eric Burdon at J&R Music World

I was in the sixth grade when the Beatles and the whole British Invasion happened in the early 1960s. Earlier, no one in America seemed to care what was happening in in England. Now television's Ed Sullivan Show and Top 40 radio stations showcased all the new British bands, and I was buying fan magazines. This music was revolutionizing the culture forever.
Among the best of these new British bands was Eric Burdon and the Animals. Burdon's gritty, bluesy voice powered hit songs like "House of the Rising Sun" and "It's My Life." I enjoyed his concerts in the 1970s and 1980s and interviewed him once for a local newspaper.
He's now back with a bluesy album called 'Til Your River Runs Dry and tonight sang a mini-concert at a retail store, J&R Music World, backed by an acoustic guitar player and a keyboard player. It was a great joy to hear him sing "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We Gotta Get Outta This Place," songs he popularized nearly 50 years ago. Honestly, he really did not sing as well. I am glad he is still performing, though.