Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Eric Burdon & The Animals


Stage Setup for their NYC show at the Highline Ballroom on 5/15/13.  (My iPhone ain't great.)

A great set of pictures & setlist are here, on Brooklyn Vegan.

There's no mention of the cool opening act, which is too bad because the guy & his backup drummer were terrific.  And didn't actually say his name enough for us to actually catch it.

Eric did a funny interpretive dance to some of the lyrics, which was slightly awkward, but he quickly switched gear into his "uber-cool" mode.  He looked very comfortable as soon as he established himself as the lead shaman in the room full of willing rockers.  Even the obscure songs were strong, but the audience came alive at every hit.  Hearing them performed was the ultimate time-warp, suddenly you were transported back to high school, to your first car speeding down the highway, to a holiday barbeque with your friends.

"Oldies" shows sometimes involve a weird level of nostalgia.  Singing along to songs that are performed exactly like the record.  What do you call the nights where you can lay new fabulous memories over old ones?



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