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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 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

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