Eric Burdon returns to The Roxy after 39 years

Eric Burdon

June 11, 2014

Roxy Theater- Los Angeles, CA

                  Eric Burdon was a major force in the historic British Invasion of the 1960’s.  This show was billed as Eric Burdon and the Animals. Eric Burdon was also with the band War at the end of the 1960s early 70’s. One great legendary song after another came roaring from the stage. The Animals, Burdon’s supporting cast of musicians were simply outstanding and one could easily see that each musician that Burdon had assembled for this tour were top level musicians and they were obviously very into the music.

Eric Burdon     _Y3A1711  He grabbed the microphone from the stand, dressed in black with a large silver peace sign on his shirt. He had dark sunglasses on and seemed to be looking directly into our eyes as we looked directly into his. I couldn’t tell if he was looking at us or through us but I got a strong sense of his energy and his love of performing. The audience could easily sense that he was having intense moments of adrenaline and excitement as he was belting out his legendary hits for us one after another. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood and many more. I was amazed at how intense these familiar songs sounded loud and live. His bandmates were smiling and giving it all that they had and they were smiling and displaying a bond of brotherhood and musicianship.

Eric Burdon is not a young man anymore as his aged persona and grey hair shows, but it is evident that he hasn’t lost his love for performing for his audience and it’s obvious that he shows no signs of stopping. I wish for only the finest days ahead for Eric Burdon and the Animals and I highly suggest that if you find yourself looking at the opportunity to see him perform live……don’t miss it! He rocks! Damn that was a great show and a great and rare opportunity to see and hear one of the most significant forces in the history of Rock and Roll.The hits Burdon played included; It’s My Life; Spill The Wine; House Of The Rising Sun, and double encore of I’m Crying, and John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom

Review by: Darren Bennion