The Animals perform live at Kedron-Wavell Services Club this March featuring founding members John Steel (1964-), Mickey Gallagher (1965-) along with friends Danny Handley and Scott Whitely (ex. Spencer Davis, Ric Lee’s Ten Years After).
In 1964 a wave of new, energetic rock ‘n’ 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.
Back in 1957 John Steel, along with fellow Animals co-founder Eric Burdon, began plying their trade in and around their native Tyneside with not the slightest inkling 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 the second British band after The Beatles to top the American charts with their multi-million selling anthem ‘House of The Rising Sun’.
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”.
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