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Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne 24th August 2014 Eric Burdon, Roy Young & Jim Diamond

Great British Blues Festival Colne 24th August 2014 Eric Burdon, Roy Young & Jim Diamond
colnebluesThis year The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The festival takes place each year in the village of Colne, Lancashire and this year featured another set of great blues and R&B atcs including Eric Burdon, Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood. I went over last night to see Eric Burdon, who is a hero of mine and doesn’t play that often in the UK these days.
I arrived in time to catch Jim Diamond, who played an acoustic set on the international stage, which is in Colne Municipal Hall. Jim was accompanied by guitarist Gareth Mouton, and sang a set of great soul covers, and his own songs including “I Won’t Let You Down” and “Hi Ho Silver”. He went down well with the crowd, and seemed genuinely bowled over by the reception.
The Muni was packed by the time Eric Burdon came on stage. Everyone wanted to see Burdon, and rightly so. There was a short delay while the band sound-checked, and the crowd were starting to get restless, with a few slow hand claps. The sound was soon sorted and Eric took to the stage, looking and sounding great. Burdon has become one of our great legendary bluesmen, still playing some 50 years since he first started singing the blues. His American band are hot and tight and have an excellent ’60s psych/beat feel to them.eric And they were very loud; I was standing right next to the speaker stack to the left of the stage, and my ears are still ringing this morning as I write this. Eric’s set was a mix of classics from his times with the Animals, War and solo material. Great versions of “Don’t Bring Me Down”, which was the opener, and “It’s My Life”. They closed with, of course, “House of the Rising Sun” and were called back for one more, which was John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom”.
I stayed to watch some of Roy Young’s set, but left before the end (it was close to midnight when he started his set, and I had a two hour drive home). Roy is a true legend, and has only recently returned to playing UK concerts. He started singing and playing rock’n’roll piano in the late ’50s, and performed in Hamburg with the Beatles in the early ’60s. He then joined Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, formed his own band, and went on to record with David Bowie, playing piano on “Young Americans” and “Low”. I remember seeing the Roy Young Band on the Old Grey Whistle Test in the early ’70s and planned to go and see him at Peterlee Argus Butterfly, but never made it, for some reason. His style is very much in the mould of Jerry Lee Lewis and he plays fine authentic rock’n’roll, they started with “Slow Down” and had the crowd dancing and jiving.
Eric Burdon Setlist: Don’t Bring Me Down: When I Was Young; Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood; Water; Spill the Wine; Black Dog; Before You Accuse Me; I Believe To My Soul; Bo Diddley Special; We Gotta Get Out of This Place / River Is Rising; It’s My Life; House of the Rising Sun
Encore: Boom Boom

Eric Burdon Newcastle Tyne Theatre 2002

Eric Burdon Newcastle Tyne Theatre 2002
This was Eric’s first home town gig back in the Toon for around 20 years, and anticipation was very high. He was originally booked to play one night at the Tyne Theatre, which sold out very quickly and a second night was added. Marie and I went along to the Thursday night show, which was the first gig to be announced. I was really looking forward to the gig; it had been around 20 years since I’d seen Burdon and I was very excited about seeing him again. I remember that I had an event to attend at work earlier in the evening, but managed to slip away in time to get through just as Burdon and the band took to the stage. Eric was on top form at this gig, and belted out the old hits. I’d almost forgotten just how hood he was, and was knocked out by his performance that night. The set was largely old classics from both versions of the Animals, including Its My Life, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, House of the Rising Sun, When I was Young, San Franciscan Nights, Sky Pilot, Don’t Let me be Misunderstood. A DVD called Yes you can go home includes some footage from the gig.

Eric Burdon Newcastle 1976

Eric Burdon Newcastle 1976
Eric Burdon is a bit of a hero to me. His blues/soul voice is second to none, he has written some great songs (particularly in the late 60s, at the time of his hippy/San Francisco new-Animals phase), and he hails from the North East of England! I’ve seen him in concert quite a few times over the years, with several incarnations of his band, and with the reformed original Animals in the early 80s. I saw him a couple of times in the mid 70s, once at Newcastle Mayfair ballroom, and also at this gig at Newcastle City Hall in 1976 as part of the Newcastle Festival. Eric has had many line ups backing him over the years and his albums in the mid 70s were in a hard rock / funk vein. However I am pretty sure that the band and set for this gig was straight blues and included material such as Bring It On Home To Me; We Gotta Get Out Of This Place; Paint it Black; Tobacco Road and House Of The Rising Sun. I’ve never seen Eric do a bad performance. I have seen one or two times where he looked pretty worse for wear, but he has always delivered and his voice remains strong and soulfull to this day.

The Animals reunion Newcastle 1983

The Animals reunion Newcastle 1983
The Animals reformed in the early 80s for a tour, and to record a new album. This was the original line up of Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler and John Steele, augmented by a few other musicians including Zoot Money. The tour took in two North East dates at Newcastle City Hall and Middlesbrough Town Hall. I went along to the City Hall date.The set was a mix of classic hits, such as Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood; House Of The Rising Sun; It’s My Life; Don’t Bring Me Down and We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place, plus R&B standards and tracks from the new lp. I remember I was somewhat disappointed that there weren’t more older tracks in the set. Perhaps not surprisingly they didn’t play any of the later Eric Burdon tracks which were hits for later versions of the Animals, such as Good Times, When I was Young etc. It was great to see the original line up playing back in their home town.

Eric Burdon Newcastle Homecoming The Academy 8 August 2010

Eric Burdon Newcastle O2 Academy 8th August 2010

So Eric Burdon returned to his home town for a show some 8 years since his last appearance at the Tyne Theatre. Sadly Eric’s visits to the North East are few and far between. Support came from Ray Stubbs Amazing One Man Blues Band who I haven’t seen for some time (must be 30 years since I last saw him). Ray was onstage performing some blues tunes to a fairly subdued crowd when we arrived. After a short break Eric’s band took to the stage, starting with an extended introduction to When I Was Young, Eric joining the band to cheers from the crowd. The set was similar to the one he played at Maryport last year, with a few changes of song. Eric was in great voice; his voice is still strong and powerful and he was clearly enjoying himself performing in front of a home town crowd. The band are excellent, each of them great musicians in their own right. Old hits such as Don’t Bring Me Down, Its my Life and We Gotta Get Out of this Place fill the hall with their roaring choruses. They may all sound somewhat dated these days but they are stil great to hear. Marie and I both enjoyed the show; hope he doesn’t leave it so long to return next time.

Setlist included the songs below; I know that I have missed some blues tracks that I didn’t recognise:
When I was young
Don’t bring me down
San Franciscan Nights
Don’t let me be misunderstood
River Deep Mountain High
Boom boom
Invitation to the White House
It’s my life
We gotta get out of this place
House of the rising sun

Eric Burdon website: http://ericburdon.ning.com/
Ray Stubbs website: http://www.myspace.com/raystubbsonemanband

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Eric Burdon at Maryport Blues Festival July 26 2009

Eric Burdon and the Animals
Maryport Blues Festival July 26 2009
Marie and I went across to the Maryport Blues Festival on Sunday specially to see Eric Burdon and his new Animals. We hadn’t planned on going to Maryport this year, but when I heard that Eric Burdon had been added as a late replacement for Taj Mahal, we decided to make the journey over to Cumbria to see him. We last saw Eric at Newcastle Tyne Theatre a good few years ago and his visits to the UK are all too rare these days.
We arrived in Maryport during the afternoon and had a few drinks in a couple of pubs on “the trail” catching a few bands on the way. We made our way up to the main marquee just before 7pm and took our places in the front row of people, right on the barriers. Eric and his band took the stage at aorund 7.15 starting with When I Was Young. Eric looks and sounds great, his voice is still strong. The set was a great mix of old songs. Eric was followed on stage by Ruby Turner, and by this time the marquee was full. We left around 10pm ; got home aorund midnight.

A great night

Setlist (something like, have probably missed some):
When I was young
Don’t bring me down
San Franciscan Nights
Don’t let me be misunderstood
The Night
Boom boom
I believe to my soul
It’s my life
Paint it Black
Encores:
We gotta get out of this place
House of the rising sun

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