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Animals And Friends at The Point


The Point
Holmside SR1 3JE Sunderland England
Featuring from the original Animals –


Whitley (Ric Lee of Ten Years After)

Danny Handley (performed with Spencer Davis, Bobby Elliott, Ric Lee of Ten Years After) and Scott

“The Animals earned their name thanks to their wild stage act. That was 50 years ago and they

have calmed down since, but their music has lost none of its vigour”. (ANIMALS & FRIENDS

review - Wales Online)

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 of course The Animals. From the banks of the River

Tyne came the North East's offering; a brand of rhythm n blues that the whole world seemed to grasp

Bruce Springsteen recently revealed on stage in the USA that it was The Animals, not The Beatles

or the Stones who were his favourite British Invasion band." Their singles were the first full-blown

class-consciousness I'd ever heard". After playing a short burst of 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place',


Springsteen then confessed: “That’s every song I’ve ever written. 'Born To Run', 'Born In The USA', all

of them".

The Animals were the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with the now

multi-million selling and legendary anthem, 'House of the Rising Sun'. The band subsequently

achieved over twenty global Top Ten hit records, many of which gained the Number One slot in

various parts of the world. In Britain alone, the band had no less than twelve chart entries. The

The enduring influence and breadth of appeal of The Animals’ music continues ever onwards. The

Animals’ 1964 debut was recently included in CLASSIC ROCK magazines’ feature - ‘50 Albums That

“Though the band has changed, the songs remain eternal, thanks to the protesting

dissatisfaction linking them together... alongside covers of Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker

classics, they ensure that the nostalgic element comes with an enjoyably abrasive edge”

Animals were the first British band to tour Poland and Japan.

Built Blues Rock’

(ANIMALS & FRIENDS review - Andy Gill, The Independent)

Serious contenders to Bob Dylan in his ‘Never-Ending Tour’, the band have in recent years embarked

on two massive UK tours with Special Guest Spencer Davis, as well as tours with other Special

Guests including 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).

ANIMALS & FRIENDS’ appeal continues abroad, too – with shows in Sweden, Portugal, Finland,

Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Russia and Holland.

2012 marked founder member John Steel’s 55th 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

ANIMALS & FRIENDS’’ recent ‘Prehistoric’ album features recordings of the songs that so inspired

to their version as inspiration for his infamous ‘going electric’.

John Steel and Eric Burdon as they grew up on Tyneside.

After 50 years, the legend still grows…

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