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‘House of The Rising Sun’‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’… ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and ‘Boom Boom’ 

(as featured in the James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’)

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‘House of The Rising Sun’… ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’….’Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and  'Boom Boom’ (as featured in the James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’).


Featuring from the original Animals –



with Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz



Reviews of Animals And Friends' in the new millenium have been phenomenal - this from Australia:


 “No nostalgia, just Blues and Animal Magic…Today’s Animals and Friends are about that joy of life… engaging with the crowd, entertainment and simple truths of life written in songs which are, no matter how you shake it, are classics played by men who live and breathe and walk among us…but the thrill was that here was a band out to have fun with their material, to push the songs around a bit, and to enjoy performing”


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 greedily.


Bruce Springsteen revealed on stage in the USA in recent times 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 Animals were the first British band to tour Poland and Japan.


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 Built Blues Rock’.


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’.


“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 &  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 Brothersguitar legend Steve Cropper, The Troggs and the late, great Mick Green (The Pirates, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry). ANIMALS AND FRIENDS’ appeal continues abroad, too – with shows in Poland, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Russia, Holland, along with three extensive tours of Australia & New Zealand.


2017 marks founder member John Steel’s 60th 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’.



ANIMALS AND FRIENDS' recent ‘Prehistoric’ album features recordings of the songs that so inspired John Steel and Eric Burdon as they grew up on Tyneside.


“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)



Over 50 years on, the legend still grows…

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