The Animals & Friends
The Animals & Friends are Mickey Gallagher and John Steel with Friends ,Scott Whitley & Danny Handley. Who can forget the hits? House of the Rising Sun, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Don’t Bring Me Down, it’s My Life, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place…
The Animals were one of the most important British bands of the 1960s. The group is widely considered the raunchiest, and the most authentic and uncompromisingly raw band of their time. Formed in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the Animals reflected their earthy upbringing with hard-charging, blues-based rock ‘n roll, deriving much of their early repertoire from American Blues and R&B sources – including (though they barely knew it) from Steve Cropper himself.
The Animals’ career took off in January 1964. With the release of House of the Rising Sun later that year, the Animals became the first British group after the Beatles to chart a Number One single in the USA. Their brooding arrangement of House of the Rising Sun – a traditional folk song recorded by Josh White and Bob Dylan became an early milestone in the British Invasion of the USA.
House of the Rising Sun topped the American and British charts. In fact, it stayed at #1 in the U.S. for three weeks – longer than any single since the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love held down the top spot a half-year earlier. The Animals followed House of the Rising Sun with seven more massive hits, at least four of which – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get out of This Place, It’s My Life and Don’t Bring Me Down - remain classics of the era.
Appearing Perth Cairns Brisbane Adelaide Sept 2014
Featuring from The Animals - John Steel and Mickey Gallagher (The Blockheads, Paul McCartney, The Clash, Eurythmics
Plus - Danny Handley (Performed alongside Spencer Davis, Bobby Elliott and Rick Lee) Scott Whitley
The band that shook the world back in 1964 have re-invented themselves ...quality and distinct sound that was, and still is, The Animals..." (Barry Kirk, Romford Recorder)
The enduring influence and breadth of appeal of Animals & Friends and The Animals' music in 2010 - The Animals' 1964 debut was recently included in CLASSIC ROCK magazines' '50 Albums That Built Blues Rock ' - is perhaps also exemplified by a typical snapshot of their tour diary of recent times; headlining Gloucester Blues Festival, storming The Rebellion Punk Festival; seizing the day at a Midlands rock festival (with ex-Scorpions guitarist, Michael Schenker) and headlining London's legendary 100 Club - twice in one year.
In between they embarked on four massive UK tours with Special Guest Spencer Davis - which also played extensive dates in Scandinavia, where the band are regulars. Other Special Guests in recent years have included Stax , Booker T & The MGS and Blues Brothers guitar legend Steve Cropper, The Troggs and the late, great Mick Green (The Pirates, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry) - which were the last shows by the guitarist viewed by many as one of the most influential in music.
Their appeal continues abroad, too - with shows in Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Denmark, Finland, France, Ukraine, Belgium and Holland.
Animals & Friends remain a seminal rhythm & blues band who still command great respect internationally amongst their peers as well as from fans of all ages who instinctively respond so enthusiastically to such pivotal songs from The Animals' catalogue such as 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', 'Boom Boom', 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood', 'Baby, Let Me Take You Home', 'I Put A Spell On You' and the bands' multi-million selling anthem and Number One hit across the world - 'House of The Rising Sun'.
THE HISTORY BIT
In 1964 a wave of new energetic rock and roll swept over the youth of the world. On the crest of this wave was The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and from the banks of the River Tyne came the North East's offering; The Animals - with a brand of rhythm n blues that the whole world seemed to grasp greedily.
2007 marked founder member John Steel's 50th year as performing musician. Back in 1957 he and The Animals co-founder Eric Burdon began plying their trade in and around their native Tyneside with not the slightest inking that they would - in a very few years - find themselves part of a group that would be forever bracketed with the very best of British music - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds - and respected all over the world. The Animals were also be the second British band after The Beatles to top the American charts with their multi-million selling anthem, 'House of The Rising Sun'.
Let us not forget that it was Bob Dylan's 'House of the Rising Sun' that so inspired this legendary band to record what history has shown to be the definitive take. It is even whispered that Dylan looked to their version as inspiration for his infamous 'going electric'.
In 2004, to commemorate forty glorious years, the band recorded a new studio album - 'Instinct'. Produced by guitarist extraordinaire Jerry Donahue ( Fairport, Joan Armatrading, Sandy Denny, Chris Rea, Gerry Rafferty) this recording features an amazing array of invited friends as guests. A new album is being prepared, tentatively titled 'Prehistoric' - which will feature recordings of the songs that so inspired John Steel and Eric Burdon as they grew up on Tyneside
In 2005, the band also released TWO 'live' albums, recorded in Copenhagen during their very successful Scandinavian tour in 2004 'Live' In Denmark, Vols. 1 & 2' (Organic Mountain Records MPS02/03.
In 2007, the band released a live DVD also recorded in Denmark.
2012 will see the release of a completely new Studio album entitled 'Prehistoric'.
After over forty years the legend still grows... AND NOW THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR