Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon + The Animals at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks

During the British Invasion in America, many groups found success and took over the charts. While many bands had a more pop-rock sound, The Animals stood out with their blues-based sound and frontman, Eric Burdon. Just a year after departing The Animals, Burdon went on to form another legendary group originally named Eric Burdon and War. After departing War, Burdon became a solo artist. With The Animals, Eric Burdon was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Burdon ranked 57 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Burdon and his newer Animals group played the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks Friday night, Nov. 15. Opening the show was son of acting royalty Malcolm McDowell, Beckett McDowell. McDowell played a short solo acoustic set just over 30 minutes including Beatles and Elvis Presley covers. Before Burdon took the stage, his long-time friend Malcolm McDowell came out to announce him. Burdon, now 78, showed no signs of age as his voice was as great as it was 50 years ago.

Burdon and The Animals played a fourteen song set highlighting his career with The Animals, War, and as a solo artist. Burdon kicked off the show with his biggest hit with War, “Spill the Wine” and played Animal hits including “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and “House of the Rising Sun," which was the last song before the encore. Burdon ended the show with a two-song encore of “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place” and “It’s My Life.”

Setlist

  1. Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon and War

  2. Mama Told Me Not to Come - Randy Newman

  3. White Houses

  4. When I was Young

  5. Anything

  6. Soul of a Man - Blind Willie Johnson

  7. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone

  8. Mother Earth - Memphis Slim

  9. Don’t Bring Me Down - The Animals

  10. Bring it On Home - Sam Cooke

  11. House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Encore

  1. We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals

  2. It’s My Life - The Animals