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THE ANIMALS & FRIENDS
Saturday 27 August 2022
The Muni 2.15 -3.15
The Back in 1957 John Steel along with fellow Animals co-founder Eric Burdon began playing their trade in and around their native Tyneside with not the slightest inking that they would - in a very few years - find themselves part of a group that would be forever bracketed with the very best of British music - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds - and respected all over the world. The Animals were also the second British band after The Beatles to top the American charts with their multi-million selling anthem, 'House of The Rising Sun'.
Bruce Springsteen recently revealed on stage in the USA that it was The Animals, not The Beatles or the Stones who were his favourite British Invasion band."
Their singles were the first full-blown class-consciousness I'd ever heard". After playing a short burst of 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place', Springsteen then confessed: "That's every song I've ever written. 'Born to Run', 'Born in the USA', all of them".
After almost 60 years, the legend still grows...
"Though the band has changed, the songs remain eternal, thanks to the protesting dissatisfaction linking them together... alongside covers of Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker classics, they ensure that the nostalgic element comes with an enjoyably abrasive edge."
(Andy Gill, The Independent)
"The Animals earned their name thanks to their wild stage act. That was 50 years ago and they have calmed down since, but their music has lost none of its vigour." (Wales Online)
"It's a musical marriage made in heaven, with the Geordie band's gritty R&B classics the ideal counterpoint to Cropper's timeless Deep South soul... Sublime."
In 2014 The Animals along with The Yardbirds, The Zombies, Maggie Bell and Dave Berry embarked on one of the most popular 60's tours since the 1960's.
Selling out capacity venues like The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow to over 2300 fans.
Now in his 80’s Founding member John Steel is still the foundation block of The Animals and along with and his Bluesy Band Mates are performing their last Global outing throughout 2022/23. You really don’t want to miss this.
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