Eric Burdon is a singer-songwriter and lead vocalist. Eric is commonly known for his lively and powerful live performances. The Animals was formed in 1963 in Newcastle, England. Eric Burdon joined the band "Alan Price Combo", a ban d from 1958, as the lead vocalist and changed the name of the band some time later. Their music was a combination of electric blues and they were considered as one of the leading British bands in U.S. They introduced the British music to the world along with bands such as "The Rolling Stones", "The Beatles", "The Kinks" and "The Who". By 1966, most of the band members including Alan Price of Alan Prince Combo left the band to start is solo career. Eric Burdon took the reins and started reforming the band with new band members. The name of the band was changed to "Eric Burdon and the Animals" and was often called "Eric Burdon and the New Animals" too.
Buy Eric Burdon Tickets
Eric Burdon that were an instant hit included singles "Bring It on Home to Me", "The House of the Rising Sun", "Sky Pilot". "Boom Boom", "It’s My Life", "I’m Crying", "See See Rider" and "Monterey". They were named "animals" because of their intense and wild stage performances as well as unique get ups, which was unusual during that era. The band went through numerous changes as well as break ups and reunions. When they moved to California in they found their real mainstream commercial success. They took up the genre of "psychedelic band". The group managed to have ten of their songs in the Top Twenty in both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart.
At first Eric Burdon and the Animals was under the contract with "Brill Building" which wasn’t providing with enough artistic freedom, much to the annoyance of Burdon. They broke their contract and joined "Decca Records" by the end of 1965. They signed with "MGM Records" for US and Canada. In the start of 1966, they released their hit singles in the album "The Best of the Animals" which turned out to be their best selling album in America. The last hit before their first break up was "Don’t Bring Me Down". After it Eric Burdon went solo and released his album "Eric Is Here". The album included hit song "Help Me, Girl". The album was Eric’s last contract with Decca Records.
Eric Burdon and the Animals was reunited in 1968 with the line-up including Eric Burdon himself with Price, Chandler, Valentine and Steel to participate in a benefit concert at Newcastle. In 1975 they got together to remake The Animals and bring the music back to the stage. They arranged a tour and released the album "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted". This short reunion ended shortly afterwards and even today Burdon says that he still wonders what made them get together for that short time again. However, the band reunited once again with Eric Burdon and Alan Price to release "Ark" and went on a world tour. Their tours had stuff including songs since their first incarnation. They released their live album by the name "Last Live Show" and when Chas Chandler died, it brought the final dead end for the band, never to be reunited again.
The original line-up of The Animals was enshrined in "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1994. Burdon still performs with supporting band live on stage. If you wish to witness his legendary performance too, get your Eric Burdon tickets today!