Line-Up: 1962 - May 1965
- Bryan James 'Chas' Chandler (December 18, 1938) - bass
- John Steel (February 4, 1941) - drums
- Eric Victor Burdon (May 11, 1941) - vocals
- Alan Price (April 19, 1942) - piano
- Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine (May 21, 1943) - guitar
In 1954, Twelve year old Alan Price forms his first group, a skiffle band called The Black Diamonds, with friends from Jarrow Grammar School. Alan plays bass guitar with Frankie Headley on piano. They eventually evolve into the Frankie Headley Five.
In 1956, Thirteen year old Hilton Valentine forms his first group, a skiffle band called The Heppers, with a group of school friends from North Shields. Hilton played a mail-order Spanish Plywood acoustic guitar. Other band members plucked away at a tea-chest bass, scrubbed a washboard used thimbled fingers, or played a comb and paper to get a kazoo sound. One of the guys had a little plastic toy saxophone (which played) one note. They played 'See You Later, Alligator' and the saxophonist would follow the refrain with a “toot, toot, toot, toot” solo of the one note. Their first drum was a biscuit tin. Like many of the teen bands of the time, The Heppers’ set list mixed Lonnie Donegan covers of American folk blues tunes like 'Wreck of the Old’ 97' with early rock and roll songs like Elvis Presley’s 'Hound Dog', Little Richard’s 'Tutti Frutti', and, more obscurely, Charlie Gracie’s 'Fabulous'. The Heppers debuted before an audience of “old-age pensioners” in a church hall.
In late 1956 early 1957, Eric Burdon (trombone) and John Steel (trumpet), Who had met in September 1956 at the Newcastle College of Art and Industrial Design, form The Pagan Jazzmen with two of Eric’s schoolmates, Alan Sanderson (aka 'Blackie') on drums and James 'Jimmy' Crawford on 4-string banjo. They played skiffle and trad jazz songs and had a lot of jam sessions in the university's common room.
The Pagan Jazzmen became The Pagans after switching from skiffle and trad jazz to rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Eric Burdon couldn’t play trombone to save his life and he just said he wanted to sing rock and roll. Alan Sanderson said he wanted to play a new flat Fender bass and Jimmy Crawford said he wanted to play electric guitar, so John Steel said he’d switch to drums.
THE PAGANS #1 (DECEMBER 1956 or SPRING 1958 - 1958 (?)) 1) Eric Burdon vocals 2) John Steel drums 3) Alan Sanderson bass 4) Jimmy Crawford lead guitar
1957 Jarrow Congregational Church, Jarrow, ENG The Black Diamonds’ debut gig. There is a possibility that the band had already became The Frankie Headley/Hedley Five (or Combo) by then.
1958 (?): Methodist Church Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Frankie Headley/Hedley Five (or Combo)'s gig. Alan Price's future bandmate Eric Burdon was in the audience that night, although the two didn't speak or meet on this occasion (they maybe just say "Hello" to each other).
1958 (?) The Frankie Headley/Hedley Five became The Headley/Hedley Trio (wrong sources say "The Thomas Hedly Trio") and Alan Price switched from bass to rhythm guitar. The trio played only Jerry Lee Lewis covers, so nowadays you'd call them a Jerry Lee Lewis tribute band.
THE HEADLEY/HEDLEY TRIO (1958 (?) - MARCH 1959) 1) Alan Price rhythm guitar 2) Frankie Headley/Hedley vocals, piano 3) ? lead guitar or bass?
1958 (?) The Pagans added to the lineup another Newcastle Art student called David 'Dave' Ashcroft (b. 1941/42) on rhythm guitar and piano.
THE PAGANS #2 (1958 (?) - MARCH 1959) 1) Eric Burdon 2) John Steel 3) Alan Sanderson 4) Jimmy Crawford 5) David 'Dave' Ashcroft rhythm guitar, piano
1958: Byker Parish Rock Club, Church Hall, Headlam Street, Byker, east Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Pagans' gig.
1959 Hilton Valentine (lead guitar) forms his second group - a rock and roll band called The Wildcats - when he was sixteen years old with his step brother Harry Dixon on bass, James 'Tappy' Wright (b. 1943, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear) on rhythm guitar, and Ronnie 'Mad Mac' McKenzie on drums. Harry, Tappy and Ronnie were school mates in Whitley Bay where they had played together as a skiffle trio called The Alley Cats (Harry on tea-chest bass, Tappy on acoustic guitar and Ronnie on washboard). Hilton met up with Tappy some time before when they both heading back from a talent competition at the Newcastle Empire. Neither of them had been successful and, as they headed to the train station together, they found a friendship on an agreement that the winners (The Railroaders Skiffle Group who included Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welsh, who went to be part of Cliff Richard and The Shadows) would never amount to anything! Apparently from time to time The Wildcats also had a couple of singers named Keith Shields and Dominic Malia. After gaining something of a reputation played in working men’s clubs and dances in small east-coast towns like Whitley Bay and Cullercoats, they won the North Shields’ cinema group skiffle competition, which eared them their first Newcastle booking at the Majestic Ballroom. They played regularly at a Whitley Bay dance, but it will be a quite an experience to play from the stage of big ballroom like the Majestic.
THE WILDCATS (1959 - SEPTEMBER ?, 1963) 1) Hilton Valentine lead guitar 2) Harry Dixon bass 3) James 'Tappy' Wright rhythm guitar 4) Ronnie 'Mad Mac' McKenzie drums + 5) Keith Shields vocals (occasional guest vocalist) or 5) Dominic Malia vocals (occasional guest vocalist)
Monday, March ?, 1959: 'Church Hop', Byker Parish Rock Club, Church Hall, Headlam Street, Byker, east Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Pagans and The Headley/Hedley Trio played on the same bill together tonight. The Pagans played their little spot and they were doing different things when Alan Price came over and said “Can I sit in?”. It was one of these church halls with an old upright piano and they were playing beside it and Alan sat at the piano (by the way, according to Alan it wasn’t him that asked to sit in but actually was the band that asked him to sit in with them). So they said “Sure”, and he hammered this piano with a strong left hand boogie style. They went “Oh come on, you’re in the wrong band, you should be playing piano not guitar!”. Eric Burdon said “Why don’t you join The Pagans?”. So that’s how Alan Price joined The Pagans right after that night (and Dave Ashcroft was fired because, although he was a good boy, he really sucks as piano player!).
THE PAGANS #3 (MARCH 1959 - SUMMER 1959) 1) Eric Burdon 2) John Steel 3) Alan Sanderson 4) Jimmy Crawford 5) Alan Price piano
Summer 1959 (wrong sources say "late 1959") The Pagans more or less folded after John Steel left art school and Newcastle and got himself a job as a technical illustrator at the De Havilland aircraft company down in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Alan Sanderson and Jimmy Crawford later formed The Gamblers in 1961.
1960 (?) Chas Chandler forms his first group - a rock and roll band called The Kon-tors - with Nick Brandon on vocals, Gordon 'Cleg' Cleghorn on guitar (b. 1938?), John 'Chunky' Bourne on drums, and Bernie McGuigan on guitar (b. 1939). The group was putting together by Chas Chandler and Cleg Cleghorn after they met Bernie McGuigan of Sydney Court, Gateshead, in a music shop in Newcastle’s Grainger Market. Bernie was having an argument with a shop owner over an amplifier he had bought which wasn’t working. Chas and Cleg happened to be in the shop, joined in and then asked if he would play with them. The band initially honed their talents by playing around eight gigs a week at the Downbeat Club and Club A’ Gogo in Newcastle, as well as Wetheralls nightclub in Sunderland.
THE KON-TORS #1 (1960 (?) - MAY 18, 1962) 1) Chas Chandler bass 2) Nick Brandon vocals 3) Gordon 'Cleg' Cleghorn guitar 4) John 'Chunky' Bourne drums 5) Bernie McGuigan guitar
Saturday, unknown date, 1960: The Hotspur dance hall, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear The Wildcats’ gig.
Spring 1960 After going back to Newcastle, John Steel immediately hooked up with Eric Burdon at the Downbeat Club one night, and soon they asked Alan Price to join them in a new rhythm and blues band. They found this album by Joe Turner called 'Boss of the Blues' which was Kansas City urban blues with Pete Johnson playing really powerful boogie on keyboard. They thought that was good so they started calling themselves The Kansas City Seven (aka The KC7) and lifted a couple of numbers off that album and added it in with the rest of the mix. They had a tenor sax player (Alan Price's fomer schoolmate Geoff Hedley), and a double bass player (John Steel's old friend Roger Noble was the guy who played with them for most of time, but he wasn't the only bassist they had), and a guitar player (first a guy called Derek and then John Steel's old friend George Stoves), and an alto sax player (an high society guy from Ghana called Danny Okpoti), and a trumpet player (another high society guy from Ghana called Pat Odoi), then two trumpet players (Pat + an unknown guy with an eyepatch on the right eye!), so it became The Kansas City “Several”, based on however many that turned up.
THE KANSAS CITY SEVEN (aka THE KC7) (SPRING 1960 - 1961) 1) Eric Burdon vocals 2) John Steel drums 3) Alan Price piano 4) Geoffrey 'Geoff' Hedley tenor sax + (in and out) 5) Roger Noble double bass 6) Derek ? guitar 7) Danny Okpoti alto sax 8) Pat Odoi trumpet 9) ? trumpet 10) George Stoves guitar
1960 - 1961: The New Orleans Club, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Kansas City Seven played regularly once a week at The New Orleans Club for about a year, thanks to their old friend George Pearson who had secured the gig for them.
1961: Kirklevington Country Club (aka The Kirk), Kirklevington, Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire The Kon-tors’ gig.
1961: Seaton Terrace Working Men’s Club, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Valley, Northumberland The Wildcats played along with a male stripper!
1961 Eric Burdon employed his artistic talents to design the cover for the emcee 5’s debut album, 'Let’s Take Five!'. Eric also sang with the band as guest around that time, at the Downbeat Club in Newcastle on Saturday (few times) and also once at an unknown venue in Redcar (for this gig he got a few pints and ten bob as well).
THE EMCEE 5 (1961) 1) Michael Anthony 'Mike' Carr piano 2) Francis Gary Cox tenor sax 3) Ian Henry Randall Carr trumpet 4) Ronald 'Ronnie' Stephenson drums 5) John O'Carroll double bass + 6) Eric Burdon vocals (as guest)
1961 The Kansas City Seven became The Kansas City Five after Danny Okpoti and Pat Odoi leave the band and moved to Manchester in search of fame and fortune.
THE KANSAS CITY FIVE (aka THE KC5) (1961 - MAY 18, 1962) 1) Eric Burdon 2) John Steel 3) Alan Price 4) Geoff Hedley 5) George Stoves
1961 - 1962 Eric Burdon often sat-in as guest vocalist with The Mighty Joe Young Band.
THE MIGHTY JOE YOUNG BAND with ERIC BURDON (1961 - 1962) 1) John 'Mighty Joe' Young acoustic guitar, (possibly) banjo 2) John Walters vocals, trumpet 3) Barry Robinson alto sax 4) Leo Harwood tenor sax 5) William 'Bill' Harper piano 6) Brian Fisher double bass 7) Ian Forbes drums 8) Richard 'Dick' Errington baritone sax + 9) Eric Burdon vocals (as guest)
Friday, April 21, 1961: 'Newcastle Jazz Arts Festival', Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Mighty Joe Young Band with Eric Burdon were advertised to play from 8:45pm to 9:30pm (their performance was also recorded). Also on the bill: The Dave Rowberry Septet.
July ??, 1961 Eric Burdon, John Steel, and George Pearson attended a performance of their idol Ray Charles at the '2ème Festival International du Jazz' held from July 18 to 24 in Juan-Les-Pins, Antibes, Côte d'Azur, south of France. This was the first time that Ray Charles played outside the US, and it was also the first time Eric, John, and George went out of their home country. By the way, actually Eric, John, and George were never able to see their idol live in persons because with the little money they had, they managed to barely get up to Paris where they spent a week in a youth hostel located in a small old and disused football stadium located in the district of Malakoff. There they discovered a little bar that had a jukebox with a lot of Ray Charles' records, so every night they put on some good ol' Ray's music for the pleasure of local people and Sweden and German tourists.
January - May 1962: Downbeat Club, Carliol Square off Worswick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Kansas City Five play every Friday night at the Downbeat Club. It was supposedly at one of these Friday night gigs that Chas Chandler of The Kon-tors saw the band in action for the first time and he was so impressed by Alan Price's piano ability that he later secretly proposed to Alan to quit The Kansas City Five and join The Kon-tors.
Friday, May 18, 1962: Downbeat Club, Carliol Square off Worswick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Kansas City Five's last gig ever. Alan Price wasn't even there and no one knew why (see below).
Saturday, May 19, 1962 Alan Price was poached by The Kon-tors (he used to come and listen them when they practised in the Living Rooms in Byker) and he went with them because they were making more money than The Kansas City Five and the latter then just fell apart because they needed that keyboard input. So John Steel got a job in a nightclub with a bow tie, playing cocktail jazz and backing cabaret artists six night a week until 2 in the morning, singing the likes of 'Moon River' with piano, bass and drums.
THE KON-TORS #2 (MAY 19, 1962 - SEPTEMBER ?, 1963) 1) Chas Chandler 2) Nick Brandon 3) Gordon 'Cleg' Cleghorn 4) John 'Chunky' Bourne 5) Bernie McGuigan 6) Alan Price piano
1962: Mortonsound Recording Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Kon-tors recorded six songs - 'It Might As Well Rain Until September', 'How Cruel Love Can Be', 'Twist Locomotion', 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do', 'Point Of No Return' and 'Love Letters' - that were pressed into an acetate. It is tought that only six copies were made and given to band members, so it is extremely rare. In recent years the Tyne & Wear Museums bought the only surviving copy in circulation for £600. They acquired The Kon-tors record for the exhibition in several local museums like the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, the South Shileds Musem and Art Gallery, and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
Summer 1962: Rex Hotel, 26 Promenade, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear The Mighty Joe Young Band with Eric Burdon played here throughout the summer months.
1962 In the space of just a few months, Alan Price had got a bit bored with playing in The Kon-tors because they just did covers of American hits basically. So he formed a splinter band called The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo with Chas Chandler and John Bourne also of The Kon-tors, plus Geoff Hedley formerly of The Kansas City Five, and an unknown guitar player. The band’s set list included John Lee Hooker’s 'Boom Boom' and Ray Charles’ 'Talking About You'.
THE ALAN PRICE RHYTHM AND BLUES COMBO #1 (1962) 1) Alan Price piano, vocals 2) Chas Chandler bass 3) John 'Chunky' Bourne drums 4) Geoffrey 'Geoff' Hedley tenor sax 5) ? guitar
1962 When it became clear that he wasn't good as a singer, Alan Price asked Eric Burdon to join his Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo as the new singer exactly.
THE ALAN PRICE RHYTHM AND BLUES COMBO #2 (1962 - 1963) 1) Alan Price 2) Chas Chandler 3) John 'Chunky' Bourne 4) Geoffrey 'Geoff' Hedley 5) ? 6) Eric Burdon vocals
February 1963 John Steel leaves his job as a clerk at a local department store to become a professional musician.
1963 (wrong sources say "March 1962") Eric Burdon goes to London over a weekend to see the local rhythm and blues scene and there, maybe at the Ealing Club, he sings once as guest vocalist with the legendary Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated.
ALEXIS KORNER'S BLUES INCORPORATED #? (1963) 1) Alexis Korner vocals, guitar 2) ??????????? + other uknown players + 3) Eric Burdon vocals (as guest)
1963 John 'Chunky' Bourne, Geoff Hedley, and the unknown guitar player leave The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo (Chunky left as his new bride was unhappy enough about his involvement with The Kon-Tors, but that on his night off he was playing with the sane guys under the different name of The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, was to much!) and were replaced by Nigel Stanger (b. William John Nigel Stanger, Saturday, January 16, 1943, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear - d. Monday, March 15, 1999, of cancer) on tenor and alto sax, and Barry Preston on drums.
THE ALAN PRICE RHYTHM AND BLUES COMBO #3 (1963 - SEPTEMBER 6, 1963) 1) Alan Price 2) Eric Burdon 3) Chas Chandler 4) Nigel Stanger tenor sax, alto sax 5) Barry Preston drums
Saturday, ? - Saturday, August 31, 1963: 'All-Nighter', Downbeat Club, Carliol Square off Worswick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo play every Saturday at the Downbeat Club's 'All-Nighter' session from midnight to 3am.
August 18, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
August 25, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
Late August 1963 John Steel was walking down Northumberland Street in Newcastle one afternoon and Chas Chandler stop him in the street and said “Just the man, we’ve got this drummer in the band, a guy called Barry Preston whose driving everybody crazy, he’s not right musically and is getting up everybody’s nose personally as well” (Barry was a good enough drummer by all accounts, but pissed everybody off, that he quickly rendeded himself redundant). So he said “Do you want to come and joins us?” and John thought, with being down in the basement playing cocktail jazz for 10 months he’d lost touch with what was going on in the dirty end of town; the Downbeat Club, the Club A Go-Go. He didn’t realise what they’d been up to and he said “That’s all right I’ve turned professional now”, as he quit the little day job he had. He said he was on 15 quid a week which was all right at that time. Chas said “Well we’re doing that, 14-15 quid a week” and John said “What, playing good stuff?” and Chas said “Yeah!” and John said “Oh, OK I’m in”. John said that he had a week’s holiday in Belgium or France. This was only a week or two away, so he said “How about when I’m back in the September?” and Chas said “That’ll do, we’ll make that the date for our first gig”. Oh, by the way, after he was fired by The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, Barry Preston will joins Paul Ryan and The Streaks
September 1, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
September 7, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter') John Steel went down to the Downbeat Club, it was an all-nighter - it started at midnight - and the place was rammed. They’d built up this following in R&B. So John walk in, sets his kit up and says “Hello”. By this time Nigel Stanger the sax player had gone to Oxford University, he was following an academic life (although he later will play again with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Georgie Fame, and the Newcastle Big Band, among others). They said they’ve got this new guitarist called Hilton Valentine. And that was the first time John met Hilton. They just got up and played a three-hour set. In those days they just knew so much material. All Eric Burdon had to do was call the number and they could play it. So that was the first time the five people (Burdon, Steel, Price, Chandler, and Valentine) who became The Animals were on stage together, although at that time they were still called The Alan Price Rhythm And Blues Combo.
THE ALAN PRICE RHYTHM AND BLUES COMBO #4 (SEPTEMBER 7, 1963 - DECEMBER ?, 1963) / THE ANIMALS #1 (DECEMBER ?, 1963 - MAY 1965) 1) Alan Price 2) Eric Burdon 3) Chas Chandler 4) Hilton Valentine guitar 5) John Steel drums
September 8, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
September 10-14, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge') The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo became the house band of the Club A' Gogo. The Downbeat session at midnight was an extra. It was like an all-nighter, but the main gig was the Club A Go-Go in Newcastle. Mchael Frank 'Mike' Jeffery founded it, owned it and ran it (Mike also offered to Eric Burdon the job of designing the interior of the club, and this was Eric's first and only job as a designer in the commercial world), and he had them on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, then they’d go down to the Downbeat Club for the all-nighter. They used to play two three-hours sets on a Saturday night. They became the house band and became massively popular as the local band. They also got to be support for guest people like John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson II.
September 14, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
Sunday, September 15, 1963: Graphis Sound Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo went for the first time in this recording studio - a former farmhouse situated on the south side of the river just west of Newcastle - to lay down four tracks with producer Phil Woods. The songs - 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You', 'Boom Boom', 'Big Boss Man', and 'Roadrunner' - were then pressed on one side of a 12-inch vinyl, which was pressed in 500 copies that were later distributed by the band members themselves to their fans during their gigs.
September 15, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
September 18-21, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
Thursday, September 19, 1963: 'Saturday Club', BBC Studio, Leeds, West Yorkshire The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo auditioned for the famous BBC radio show 'Saturday Club'. They didn't know whether they passed the audition or not that day, but few weeks later a BBC representative sent them a letter to tell them that not only had they passed the audition, but their performance was so good that they would have aired as it was on Wednesday, December 11, 1963.
September 21, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
September 22, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
September 25-28, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
September 28, 1963 The New Orleans Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG
September 28, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
September 29, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
October 2-5, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
October 5, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
October 6, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
October 9-12, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
October 12, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
October 13, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
October 16-19, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
October 19, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
October 20, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
October 23-26, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
October 25, 1963 The Oxford Galleries, Oxford, ENG ('University Rag Ball')
October 26, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
October 27, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
October 30-November 2, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
November 2, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
November 3, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
November 6-9, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
November 9, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
November 10, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
November 13-16, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
November 16, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
November 17, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
November 19, 1963 University of Newcastle Students Union, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG
November 20-23, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
November 23, 1963 Downbeat Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('All-Nighter')
November 24, 1963 Agogo's Club, Whitley Bay, ENG ('Lunchtime Session')
November 27-29, 1963 Club A' Gogo, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG ('Jazz Lounge')
November 30, 1963 University of Newcastle Students Union, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG (Supposedly The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo's last gig with this name)
December ?, 1963 Mike Jeffery came back to Newcastle and he said they've got a good deal, The Yardbirds are going to come up there in Newcastle and do their gigs for 10 days or something and they are going to go down there and do the Yardbirds gigs in and around London; gigs like the Ricky Tik clubs and Eel Pie Island. Also they were going to have a base at Ronan O'Rahilly's Scene Club in Piccadilly. He said "Oh, by the way, you've got a new name. Graham Bond had suggested that you want to get rid of that 'Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo' name. You want something more snappy, so your called 'The Animals' now!".
Saturday, December 7, 1963: 'All-Nighter', The Scene, 41 Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly Circus, City of Westminster, Greater London The band play for the first time as The Animals at The Scene Club's All-Nighter session from midnight to 2am. Apparently the band played the 'All-Nighter' sessions at the Scene almost every nights during their 10-days London trip.
Tuesday, December 9, 1963: 'Scene At 6:30', Granada TV Show, Granada Studios, Quay Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester (broadcast date) The Animals' first television appearance is aired today.
December 10, 1963 Cavern Club, Liverpool, ENG
December 1?, 1963 Ricky-Tick, Windsor, ENG
December 1?, 1963 Craw Daddy R&B Club, Richmond Athletic Association Grounds, Twickenham Road, Richmond, ENG
December 1?, 1963 Ricky-Tick, Guildford, ENG
December 1?, 1963 The Flamingo, London, ENG
December 15, 1963 Ricky-Tick, Reading, ENG
December 20, 1963 Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG (The Animals first gig in their home town)
December 21, 1963 Star Hotel, Croydon, ENG
December 26, 1963 Club A Go Go, Newcastle, ENG (supporting and providing back up to Sonny Boy Williamson)
December 30, 1963 Club A Go Go, Newcastle, ENG (supporting and providing back up to Sonny Boy Williamson)
January 10, 1964 Ricky-Tick, Guildford, ENG January 12, 1964 Ricky-Tick, Reading, ENG January 23, 1964 Jazzshow, Jazz Club, London, ENG January 28, 1964 Flamingo Club, London, ENG (Cyril Davies Benefit Night) February 5, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG February 8, 1964 Ricky Tick, Pearce Hall, Maidenhead, ENG February 12, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG February 19, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG February 23, 1964 Olympia Ballroom, Reading, ENG (with Manfred Mann) February 26, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG March 3, 1964 100 Club, London, ENG March 4, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG March 8, 1964 Ricky-Tick, Reading, ENG March 10, 1964 100 Club, London, ENG (supported by The Groundhogs) March 11, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG March 17, 1964 100 Club, London, ENG (supported by The Groundhogs) March 18, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG March 30, 1964 Night Scene Club, Westcliffe, ENG March 31, 1964 100 Club, London, ENG (supported by Pretty Things & The Groundhogs) April 8, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG April 30, 1964 Jazz Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, ENG May 1, 1964 Bluesville Manor House, London, ENG May 2, 1964 Continental Dancing Club, Edmonton, ENG
Package Tour with Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, The Animals, King Size Taylor & The Dominos, The Other Two, Nashville Teens & Larry Burns (compere). The Swinging Blue Jeans left the tour half way through due to adverse audience reaction)
May 10, 1964 Hammersmith Odeon, ENG (2 shows 6.00 & 8.30)
May 11, 1964 Town Hall, Birmingham, ENG
May 12, 1964 Odeon, Nottingham, ENG
May 13, 1964 Globe, Stockton, ENG (2 shows 6.15 & 8.30)
May 14, 1964 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG
May 15, 1964 Gaumont, Bradford, ENG (2 shows 6.20 & 8.45)
May 16, 1964 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, ENG
May 17, 1964 Odeon, Liverpool, ENG (2 shows 5.40 & 8.00)
May 18, 1964 Gaumont, Southampton, ENG
May 19, 1964 ABC, Plymouth, ENG
May 20, 1964 Savoy, Exeter, ENG
May 23, 1964 City Hall, Newcastle, ENG
May 25, 1964 Granada, Woolwich, ENG
May 26, 1964 Odeon, Bolton, ENG
May 27, 1964 Odeon, Glasgow, SCOT
May 28, 1964 Colston Hall, Bristol, ENG (2 shows 6.30 & 8.45)
May 29, 1964 Odeon, Southend, ENG
May 30, 1964 Continental Dancing Club, Edmonton, ENG (Not part of the tour)
June 6, 1964 Club Noreik, Tottenham, ENG (with John Lee Hooker) July 3, 1964 Wimbledon Palais, London, ENG (with Demons and Trojans) July 24, 1964 Attic Club, Hounslow, ENG (with Steve Marriott’s Moments) August 5, 1964 Cellar, Kingston upon Thames, ENG (with The Plebs) August 12, 1964 The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, ENG August 15, 1964 Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, ENG August 22, 1964 California Ballroom, Dunstable, ENG (with The Downsiders and Johnny Kaye & The Kossacks)
Package Tour with The Animals, Carl Perkins, Tommy Tucker, Barry St. John, The Plebs, The Quotations, Elkie Brooks, The Nashville Teens, Ray Cameron (compere)
October 19, 1964 Odeon, Liverpool, ENG 20 October 1964 Edmonton Regal, London, ENG 21 October 1964 Romford Odeon, London, ENG 22 October 1964 Huddersfield Essoldo 23 October 1964 Ipswich Gaumont 24 October 1964 Leicester Odeon 25 October 1964 Newcastle City Hall 26 October 1964 Birmingham Town Hall 27 October 1964 Stockton Hippodrome 28 October 1964 Edinburgh Usher Hall 29 October 1964 Dumfries Lyceum 30 October 1964 Stockport Essoldo 31 October 1964 Bradford Gaumont 1 November 1964 Brighton Hippodrome 2 November 1964 Kilburn Gaumont State, London, ENG 3 November 1964 Guildford Odeon November 4, 1964 Fairfield Hall, Croydon, ENG 5 November 1964 Sheffield City Hall 6 November 1964 Stoke Essoldo 7 November 1964 Derby Gaumont 8 November 1964 Portsmouth Guildhall 9 November 1964 Rochester Odeon 10 November 1964 Lewisham Odeon, London, ENG 11 November 1964 Cardiff Sophia Gardens 12 November 1964 Bristol Colston Hall 13 November 1964 Watford Odeon 14 November 1964 Manchester Odeon 15 November 1964 Bournemouth Winter Gardens 20 November 1964 Kingston Cellar November 21, 1964 Gliderdrome, Boston, ENG (with Dawn & The Dee-Jays) 22 November 1964 Handsworth Plaza
January 7, 1965 Ricky-Tick, Reading, ENG
January 16, 1965 Royal Hotel, Lowestoft, ENG (with The Deacons)
January 25, 1965 UK TV "Hullabaloo" performing "Baby Please Dont' Go" & "Club A-Go-Go"
February 2, 1965 UK Radio "60's At The Beeb" performing "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" & "Gonna Send You Back To Georgia"
March 6, 1965 Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare, ENG (with Ken Birch Band)
March 8, 1965 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG (with Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Pretty Things, Screaming Lord Sutch, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs, Dodie West)
March 14, 1965 City Hall, Newcastle, ENG (with The Kinks, The Animals, The Pretty Things, Screaming Lord Sutch, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs, Dodie West)
March 19, 1965 Fairfield Hall, Croydon, ENG (with The Kinks, The Animals, The Pretty Things, Screaming Lord Sutch, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs, Dodie West)
March 21, 1965 Southall Community Centre, Southall, ENG
March 22, 1965 Town Hall, Birmingham, ENG (with The Kinks, The Animals, The Pretty Things, Screaming Lord Sutch, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs, Dodie West)
March 25, 1965 Locarno, Swindon, ENG (with The Sole Savages)
April 10, 1965 Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, ENG (with The Cascades and The Amazons)
April 11, 1965 Wembley Stadium, London, ENG (NME Poll Winners Concert 1965)
April 27, 1965 St Joseph’s Hall, Basingstoke, ENG (with The Troggs)
Line-Up: May 1965 - January 9, 1966
- Eric Burdon - vocals
- Dave Rowberry - keyboards
- Hilton Valentine - guitar
- Chas Chandler - bass
- John Steel - drums
May 10, 1965 Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, ENG
May 14, 1965 Marconi Basildon Locarno, Basildon, ENG (with The Soul Agents & The Felders Orioles)
June 29, 1965 St Joseph’s Hall, Basingstoke, ENG
July 5, 1965 Marquee, London, ENG (with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds)
July 10, 1965 UK Radio "60's At The Beeb" performing "We Gotta Get Outa This Place", "Heartbreak Hotel" & "Work Song"
July 17, 1965 California Ballroom, Dunstable, ENG (with The Apex Group & The Yensons Trolls)
July 18, 1965 Palace Theatre, Westcliffe-on-Sea, ENG (with The Lively Set & The Flowerpots)
July 20, 1965 Town Hall, High Wycombe, ENG
July 21, 1965 Orchid Ballroom, Croydon, England
August 8, 1965 Richmond Athletic Grounds, Richmond, ENG (5th National Jazz And Blues Festival)
September 27, 1965 Circle Star Theatre, San Mateo, CA (Supported by Jefferson Airplane)
October 10, 1965 US TV "We're Gonna Howl Tonight"
October 21, 1965 UK Radio "Wee, Wee Hours"
October 22, 1965 UK TV "Ready, Steady, Go!" performing "I'm Gonna Change The World" & "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
October 22, 1965 California Ballroom, Dunstable, ENG
October 31, 1965 Southall Community Centre, Southall, ENG
November 1965 UK Radio "60's At The Beeb" performing "It's My Life" & "Corrina, Corrina"
November 5, 1965 UK Radio "Joe Loss Pop Show" performing "Lucille"
November 6, 1965 UK Radio "Saturday Club" performing "Baby What's Wrong", "I Can't Believe It" & "Rosie"
November 7, 1965 Odeon, Colchester, ENG (2 shows 5.30 & 8.00, with The Small Faces, Tommy Quickly, The Soul Mates, The Rustics and Beryl Marsden and The Crewcats)
November 24, 1965 Locarno, Stevenage, ENG
November 27, 1965 Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, ENG (with Dave and The Strollers)
November 30, 1965 Marquee, London, ENG
December 24, 1965 Wembley Studios, London, ENG (UK TV "Ready, Steady, Go!" performing "Santa Clause Is Back In Town")
??, 1965, 1965 US TV "Hullabaloo" performing "I'm Crying"
February 10, 1966 UK Radio "Saturday Club" performing "Maudie" & "One Monkey Won't Stop The Show"
February 11, 1966 UK TV "Ready, Steady, Go!" performing "Maudie"
February 13, 1966 UK Radio performing "Boom Boom", "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" & "What Am I Living For"
February 13, 1966 Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, ENG
February 17, 1966 Ram Jam, Brixton, London, ENG
VIDEO SHOW: February 22, 1966 Ed Sullivan (tv) Show
Inside Looking Out We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
March 1966 UK Radio performing "She'll Return It"
March 1, 1966 UK Radio "60's At The Beeb" performing "Inside Looking Out" & "Sweet Little Sixteen"
March 4, 1966 The Rag Ball, Granby Halls, Leicester, ENG (Supporting Manfred Mann. Barry Jenkins was still on drums)
Line-Up: 1966 (April 13, 1966 - July 4, 1966) Eric Burdon - vocals Hilton Valentine - lead guitar Dave Rowberry - keyboards Chas Chandler - bass Barry Jenkins - drums (replaced John Steel)
March 6, 1966 University of Aston Rag Ball, Bingley Hall, Aston, ENG (with Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy Fury & The Gamblers and Craig. Possibly Barry Jenkins’ debut)
May 10, 1966 Staples High School Auditorium, Westport, CT
The Animals had decided to break up by June 1966, but they agreed to do a contracted American tour supporting Herman's Hermits.
- Eric Burdon - vocals
- Hilton Valentine - lead guitar
- Dave Roweberry - keyboards
- Chas Chandler - bass
- Barry Jenkins - drums
July 1, 1966 HIC Arena, Honolulu, HI (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 2, 1966 Civic Auditorium, San Jose, CA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 3, 1966 Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 4, 1966 TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA (Eric Burdon recorded the songs "The Other Side Of This Life" & "All Night Long" produced by Tom Wilson, arranged by Frank Zappa and with Ami Hadani as engineer. The recordings featured, William Roberts & Carol Kaye on guitars, Larry Knetchel on organ and John Guerin on drums)
July 6, 1966 Denver University Bear Stadium, Denver CO (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 7, 1966 Coliseum, Lubbock, TX (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 9, 1966 Lagoon Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, UT (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 10, 1966 Auditorium Convention Hall, Minneapolis, MN (afternoon show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 10, 1966 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS (Evening show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 12, 1966 Arena, Sioux Falls, SD (afternoon show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 12, 1966 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA (Evening show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 13, 1966 Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NE (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 14, 1966 Assembly Center, Tulsa, OK (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 15, 1966 War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, AR (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 16, 1966 Dallas, TX (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 17, 1966 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 18, 1966 Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, TX (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 19, 1966 Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, MS (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 20, 1966 Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, GA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 21, 1966 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 22, 1966 State Coliseum, Montgomery, AL (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 23, 1966 Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, AL (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 24, 1966 City Park Stadium, New Orleans, LA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 25, 1966 Syria Mosque, Richmond, VA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 26, 1966 Municipal Auditorium, Winston-Salem, NC (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 27, 1966 Municipal Auditorium, Canton, OH (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 28, 1966 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 29, 1966 Forum, Montreal, QC (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 30, 1966 Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 31, 1966 International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL (afternoon show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
July 31, 1966 Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI (evening show, supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 2, 1966 Cape Cod A-Go-Go, West Hyannis, MA (After this show, The Animals flew back to New York City, where Chas Chandler met Linda Keith (Keith Richard's girlfriend) at a club called Ondine's. It was here that she told him about a guitarist playing in Greenwich Village, called Jimi Hendrix)
August 3, 1966 Central Park Wollman Rink, New York City, NY (After the Central Park show, Chad Chandler went to the Cafe Wha' to see Jimmy James and The Blue Flames. Jimmy James became Jimi Hendrix. Also in the band was guitarist Randy Wolfe, whom Jimi had dubbed Randy California)
August 4, 1966 Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 5, 1966 Boston Arena, Boston, MA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 6, 1966 Maple Leaf Stadium, Toronto, ON (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 7, 1966 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 8, 1966 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, RI (supporting Herman’s Hermits)
August 13, 1966 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA (supported by Jefferson Airplane & Wailers)
August 15, 1966 Veterans Memorial Auditorium Santa Rosa, CA (supported by New Breed & California Girls)
August 17-23, 1966 New York City, NY
August 24, 1966 Phoenix, AZ
August 25, 1966 Manatu Beach, MI
August 26, 1966 Harbor Springs, MI
August 27, 1966 Midland, MI
August 28, 1966 Benton Harbor, MI
August 29, 1966 Mendon, MA
August 30-September 5, 1966 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ
September 16, 1966 Rediffusion Television Studios, London, ENG (UK TV "Ready Steady Go", Otis Redding Special, with Chris Farlowe. Eric performed "Hold on I'm Coming" on his own and then joined Otis Redding and Chris Farlowe for "Shake" & "Land of 1000 Dances")
October 7, 1966 Rediffusion Television Studios, London, ENG (UK TV "Ready Steady Go" performing "Help Me Girl". Also appearing were Rolling Stones & Paul & Barry Ryan)
Eric Burdon & The New Animals
October 15, 1966 Southern Television, Southampton, ENG (UK TV "Countdown Show". The first appearance on the New Animals. David Garrick also appeared)
Managers Mike Jeffery and Chas Chandler had already spotted guitarist Vic Briggs playing with Brian Auger and The Trinity in Paris, while opening for Jimi Hendrix (on October 18), so the lineup for this tour (with Tom Parker on organ) was already subject to change, although whether this was communicated to the band members was unknown.
October 20, 1966 Finsbury Park, London, ENG
October 21, 1966 Odeon, Birmingham, ENG
October 22, 1966 Odeon, Leeds, ENG
October 23, 1966 Gaumont, Doncaster, ENG
October 24 was a night off, Eric Burdon saw Jerry Lee Lewis perform at Newcastle’s Dolce Vita.
October 25, 1966 Odeon, Manchester, ENG
October 26, 1966 Odeon, Liverpool, ENG
October 27, 1966 Gaumont, Sheffield, ENG
October 28, 1966 Colston Hall, Bristol, ENG
October 29, 1966 Odeon, Cheltenham, ENG
October 31, 1966 Gaumont, Southhampton, ENG
November 1, 1966 Odeon, Bolton, ENG
November 2, 1966 ABC, Carlisle, ENG
November 3, 1966 Odeon, Glasgow, ENG
November 4, 1966 Odeon, Newcastle, ENG
November 5, 1966 Gaumont, Hanley, ENG
November 6, 1966 Odeon, Leicester, ENG (This was the last date scheduled for the Georgie Fame Tour)
November 11, 1966 UK Radio performing "The Same Thing"
November 14, 1966 UK Radio "60's At The Beeb" performing "Jailhouse Rock", "Paint It Black", "See See Rider" & "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"
November 18, 1966 Crackerjack Show, BBC-TV The New Animals
November 18, 1966 Rediffusion Television Studios, London, ENG (UK TV "Ready Steady Go" performing "Jailhouse Rock" & "Help Me Girl". Also appearing were Small Faces, The Breakaways, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donovan, The Four Tops, Kathy McGowan interviewed the Kinks' Pete Quaife and Dave Davies, The RSG! Dancers: Sandy Sarjeant, Georgie Allen and Celia Hetherington)
November 19, 1966 BBC radio "Saturday Club Show"
Eric Burdon & The Animals
For reasons that remain murky, after the tour Burdon and manager Mike Jeffery continued to tinker with the line-up. Eventually, the permanent line-up took shape, along with a realistic admission about how the band’s name would be known in any case.
Vic Briggs recalls this show as the first one he played with Eric Burdon and the Animals. For this show, Zoot Money and Georgie Fame joined the group on piano and Hammond organ.
November 25, 1966 Birmingham University, Birmingham, ENG
November 26, 1966 Hounslow Ricky Tick, London, ENG (supported by Jimi Hendrix Experience)
December 5, 1966 Wembley Studios, London, ENG (UK TV "Ready, Steady, Go!")
December 7, 1966 Big Apple Club, Munich, GER
December 10, 1966 Leeds University, Leeds, ENG
VIDEO SESSION: December 11, 1966 Beat Club, West Germany (tv) (broadcast January 21, 1967)
A Love Like Yours See See Rider Shake Rattle And Roll
December 13, 1966 Marquee, London, ENG (supported by The Syn)
December 15, 1966 Pavilion, Worthing, ENG
December 17, 1966 Corn Exchange, Bedford, ENG
December 23, 1966 Ready Steady Go! Show, Rediffusion Television (Broadcast date, billed as Ready Steady GOES!)
Mick Jagger and Chris Farlowe with excerpts "Satisfaction" and "Out Of Time" played, The Who perfoming "Please Don't Touch" & "I'm A Boy", Paul Jones, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Alan Price, Donovan, Lulu, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith from the Yardbirds, Julie Felix, Cat Stevens, The Merseys, Peter and Gordon, The Small Faces, Spencer Davis Group.
December 23, 1966 Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, London, ENG
December 25, 1966 Scotland
PERSONNEL: 1967 (1/8/67) - April 1968 (12/1/67)
Eric Burdon - vocals John Weider - guitar/violin (replaced Dave Rowberry) Vic Briggs - guitar (replaced Hilton Valentine) Danny McCullock - bass (replaced Chas Chandler) Barry Jenkins - drums
January 28, 1967 BBC radio "Saturday Club Show" recorded. Broadcast February 4, 1967)
January 31, 1967 The Rum Runner, Birmingham, ENG
RADIO SESSION: January 1967 BBC
If I Were A Carpenter
RADIO SESSION: January 1967 - 60's At The Beeb
When I Was Young
VIDEO SESSION: January 1967 (season 1, show 11) Beat! Beat! Beat!, Frankfurt, Germany (w-bbbtv) (Eric Burdon and the Animals)
VIDEO SESSION: January 21, 1967 (season 2, show 16) Beat-Club (TV), Radio Bremen (TV network), Bremen, Germany (w-bctv)
LIVE SHOW: January 28, 1967 Live In London
Connection Love Like Yours Shake Rattle And Roll
RADIO SESSION: January 28, 1967 BBC
Unknown Blues (McClloch's Blues, Instrumental)
RADIO SESSION: January 28, 1967 Live In New York
When I Was Young
February 11, 1967 UK Radio "Ready, Steady, Go!" Performing "Inside Looking Out"
February 10, 1967 Bambi’s, 1 Casino Terrace, Newport, RI (Rescheduled for February 20th)
February 10, 1967 Hunter College, New York City, NY (supported by The Mydlle Class)
February?, 1967 The Mike Douglas Show performing "When I Was Young"
February ?, 1967 Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
February 17, 1967 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
February 20, 1967 Bambi’s, 1 Casino Terrace, Newport, RI (Rescheduled from February 10th)
February 26, 1967 Hamilton, ON
March 1, 1967 Lansdowne Park Coliseum, Ottawa, ON (cancelled when Eric Burdon refuses to come on stage until they are paid and the fans riot for an hour. Supported by Eyes Of Dawn & Unit 5)
March 3, 1967 Drew University, Madison, NJ (supported by The Lords & The Sorts)
March ?, 1967 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury NY (supported by The Vagrants)
March 6, 1967 Thunder Bay, ON
March 8, 1967 Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI (2 shows 7.00 & 9.30)
March 9, 1967 Mason City, IA
March 11, 1967 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
March 12, 1967 Baton Rouge, LA
March 14, 1967 Houston, TX
March 15, 1967 San Marcos, TX
March 16, 1967 San Antonio, TX
March 18, 1967 Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA
March 19, 1967 Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA (supported by Oxford Circle, New Breed & Beatables)
March 20, 1967 Santa Barbara County Fairgrounds, Santa Maria, CA
March 21, 1967 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supported by The Art Collection)
March 23, 1967 Civic Auditorium, Stockton, CA
March 24, 1967 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA
March 25, 1967 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA (supported by Association, Bola Sete Trio, Harbinger Complex, Baytoven & Sly and The Family Stone)
March 26, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (with Grateful Dead & Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Animals showed up and played a few numbers on the Grateful Dead’s equipment)
March 28, 1967 Freeborn Hall, UC Davis, CA (supported by Oxford Circle)
March 31, 1967 Grossmont College, San Diego, CA (supported by Oxford Circle. During the concert bassist Danny McCulloch broke his wrist)
April 1, 1967 City Auditorium, Colorado Springs, CO
April 2, 1967 The Cheetah, Santa Monica, CA (supported by Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Carl Holmes and The Commanders with Ruthie McFadden. Because of Danny McCulloch’s broken wrist, bassist Pat Burke augmented the band by playing along)
April 7, 1967 Denver, CO
April 11, 1967 Christchurch, NZ (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & Larry’s Rebels)
April 12, 1967 Wellington, NZ (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & Larry’s Rebels)
April 13, 1967 Rotorua, NZ (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & Larry’s Rebels)
April 15, 1967 Town Hall, Auckland, NZ (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & Larry’s Rebels)
April 18, 1967 Barton Town Hall, Adelaide, AUS (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & The Loved Ones)
April 20-21, 1967 Festival Hall, Melbourne, AUS (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & The Loved Ones)
April 22 1967 Festival Hall, Brisbane AUS (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & The Loved Ones)
April 24-25, 1967 Sydney Stadium, Sydney, AUS (supported by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich & The Loved Ones. The April 25 performance was broadcast on Australian radio)
June ?, 1967 Milan, ITY
June ?, 1967 Bologna, ITY
June ?, 1967 Firenze, ITY
June 16-18, 1967 Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA (Monterey International Pop Festival)
June 16, 1967 Horse Show Arena, County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Johnny Rivers, Beverly, Lou Rawls, The Paupers, The Association
The Animals perform four songs, Hey Gyp, Gin House Blues, the live debut of San Franciscan Nights and Paint In Black. 30-minute sets were in fact typical for Monterey Pop performers, with the exception of the headliners.
June 17, 1967: Athletic Field, Cypress Community College, Monterey, CA: Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service (Open Jam)
So many people showed up without tickets that the Junior College across from the Fairgrounds was used for a campground. A little stage on the athletic field was commandeered by the Grateful Dead road crew, and a jam session went on intermittently throughout the weekend. Robert Christgau mentioned interviewing a camper who woke up at 4:00 am to hear Eric Burdon singing House of The Rising Sun. Members of Country Joe and The Fish recall jamming with the Animals in the Junior College parking lot. Whether this is the same, related to or separate from the Dead, Quicksilver jam is unclear.
Vic Briggs comments (in Egan’s book) that he played as well, and suggests that a number of the Animals joined the jamming. However, Briggs doubts that Burdon would have actually sung Rising Sun at a jam session, so the Burdon/Townshend story may have been apocryphal. Briggs also recalls that the band spent much of the weekend watching the other performers, so how much jamming the Animals actually did seems lost in the mists of time.
June 27-July 2, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supporting Chuck Berry & with Steve Miller Blues Band, who also backed Chuck Berry)
July 1, 1967 Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Amphitheatre, Mill Valley, CA (Thunderheaven Presents the Festival of Growing Things with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, Youngbloods, Sandy Bull, Congress of Wonders, Charlatans, Wildflower, Freedom Highway, Melvin Q Watchpocket, Ace of Cups, Lamp of Childhood)
July 21, 1967 Orchid Ballroom, Croydon, ENG
July 29, 1967 Alexandra Palace, London, ENG (Love-In Festival, with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger with Julie Driscoll and The Trinity, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Creation, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, The Nervous System, Apostolic Intervention, Sam Gopal’s Dream, Ginger Johnson)
August 4, 1967 UFO, Roundhouse, London, ENG (supported by Family & The Hydrogen Juke Box, which was an early version of Third Ear Band)
August 8, 1967 Marquee, London, ENG (supported by Timebox)
August 11, 1967 Balloon Meadow, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor, ENG (National Jazz, Pop, Ballads And Blues Festival 7, with The Nite People, Syn, Tomorrow, The Marmalade, The Move, The Small Faces)
The Animals played a 30 minute set beginning at 9:45pm. The National Jazz, Pop, Ballads and Blues Festival had started life back in 1961 in Richmond, just outside of London. After trying out at Kempton Park, Windsor and Plumpton racecourses for a few years, a long term home was foiund at Reading in 1971 where the festival has been held ever since.
RADIO SESSION: August 15, 1967 - 60's At The Beeb
San Franciscan Nights
RADIO SESSION: August 24, 1967 Top Of The Pops, BBC
All Night Long Good Times I Got So Exited San Franciscan Nights Yes, I Am Experienced
August 26, 1967: The Saturday Club, BBC Radio Session, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals
August 26, 1967: Flamingo Club, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Paper Blitz Tissue
August 27, 1967 Woburn Abbey Park, Woburn, ENG (Festival of The Flower Children with the Small Faces, The Move, Eric Burdon (appearing with but advertised without The Animals), Jeff Beck Group, Denny Laine, Alan Price Set, Zoot Money & Dantalian’s Chariot, Marmalade, Tomorrow, The Gass, Tangerine Peel, Tiles Big Band, The Dream
This was a three day festival (August 26-28, 1967), and the headline acts were spread out over three days. The Small Faces headlined on Saturday (August 26) and Eric Burdon (appearing with but advertised without The Animals), headlined Sunday (August 27). The Animals set was filmed, and the song Hey Gyp appears in an obscure film called Rock City, which features assorted rock clips from 1964 to 1973.
August 29, 1967: Dee Time, BBC Television: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Keith West
For groups of the time, an appearance on Simon Dee’s hip talk show was essential.
In September, 1967 MGM releases the first album by Eric Burdon and The Animals, Winds of Change. It features “San Franciscan Nights” and “Yes, I Am Experienced” among its various tracks. Although an unfocused album, it still reaches #42 on the US album charts.
September 1-2, 1967: UFO Festival, London: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, The Move, Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Eric Burdon and the Animals (unconfirmed)
September 4, 1967: Monday, Monday, BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals
RADIO SESSION: September 4, 1967 WS R and B (unknown location) (p-radio1) (recorded: September 4, 1967, broadcast: October 2, 1967)
Gratefully Dead Hotel Hell Red House San Franciscan Nights
September 8, 1967 UFO, Roundhouse, London, ENG (supported by Aynsley Dunbar)
September 10, 1967: Saville Theatre, London: Eric Burdon & the Animals, Dantalian's Chariot featuring Zoot Money, Denny Laine's Electric String Band, Sam & Bill
September 24-30, 1967: Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland: Eric Burdon & the Animals
The Animals made their cabaret debut (cabaret is roughly the equivalent of Supper Club to Americans) in the far north-east of England close to Burdon’s home town of Newcastle.
October 1, 1967: Mojo, Sheffield: Eric Burdon and The Animals
October 1, 1967: Happening Sunday, BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
October 2, 1967: Rhythm and Blues, BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
Both the TV broadcasts were probably recorded somewhat earlier.
October 6, 1967 Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, ENG
October 6, 1967 Speakeasy, London, ENG
The Animals retuned to the United States on October 8.
October 13, 1967: The Cheetah, Chicago, IL: Eric Burdon and The Animals
Vic Briggs recalls this show. The Cheetah, later The Aragon, was at 1106 W. Lawrence. Possibly the band played October 14 instead (which would have been Saturday night). From this point forward, the Animals shows are booked through Kevin Deverich, who effectively graduated from tour manager to manager, although Mike Jeffery retained a critical portion of the band’s revenues. According to Briggs, when Deverich discovered that the group had only been getting around $2500 a show, he was shocked. Deverich recognized the power of the band’s new hits and started getting closer to $10,000 a show, befitting the Animals stature at the time.
Briggs recalls a variety of shows throughout the West up through a December return to the UK, but he can’t recall many details, so there are quite a number of shows we have yet to uncover from this period.
October 17, 1967: Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX: with Eric Burdon and The Animals, Wink Kelso and Kaleidoscope, Neal Ford and The Fanatics, The Band Ayd
This may have been on October 15 or 16 (Sunday or Monday), but Tuesday October 17 seems the most likely. An enthusiastic review by Larry Kent in the San Antonio Express-News reported that 4,000 showed up “on a school night.” It seems the Animals were extremely popular in Texas.
October 18, 1967: Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX: Eric Burdon and The Animals/Neal Ford and The Fanatics/The Moving Sidewalks/The Chessmen
The Moving Sidewalks featured future ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.
October 19-21, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supported by Mother Earth & Hour Glass, who featured Duane and Gregg Allman)
October 25-28, 1967: Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA: Eric Burdon & Animals, Spirit
October 29, 1967 Century Plaza Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA (Artists and Models Ball, with Sue Rainey, Mike Clifford and hosts Rowan and Martin)
November 4, 1967: Valley Plaza Park and Recreation Center, North Hollywood, CA KHJ-TV show Groovy! (filmed)
Acts included The Byrds (with Gene Clark), Eric Burdon and The New Animals, and various singers and actors. Filming continued on the next day (Sunday 5 November), and The Animals may have performed on either or both days. Broadcast date uncertain.
November 10-11, 1967 Cheetah, Santa Monica, CA (supported by East Side Kids)
November 17, 1967 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (supported by Blues In A Bottle, Caretakers & Good Feelings)
November 18, 1967 Cow Palace, Daly City, CA (The Sunshine Company “Festival of Music”, with The Association, The Who, The Everly Brothers & Sopwith Camel)
November 19, 1967 Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (with The Association, The Who, The Everly Brothers & Sopwith Camel)
November 26, 1967 BBC Television, London, ENG (“Happening Sunday”, broadcast date)
December 2, 1967 Floral Hall, Southport, ENG
December 4, 1967 Club A-Go-Go, Newcastle, ENG
December 5, 1967 Oxford University, Oxford, ENG
December 9, 1967 Coventry College, Coventry, ENG
December 10, 1967 ABC-TV: Eamonn Andrews Show
December 12, 1967 Exeter University, Exeter, ENG
December 16, 1967 String of Beads, Bradford, ENG
December 17, 1967 Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, ENG
December 19, 1967 Marquee, London, ENG (supported by Eire Apparent)
RADIO SESSION: December 1967 - 60's At The Beeb
Monterey It's All Meat
RADIO SESSION: December 21, 1967 Top Gear (unknown location) (p-radio1) (recorded: December 21, 1967, broadcast: December 31, 1967)
All Night Long Monterey Orange And Red Beans Anything Chim Chim Cheree
Cancelled: December 20-24, 1967: The Roundhouse, London, UK – Circus Alpha Centauri: Originally billed as Circus Alpha Centauri at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London Eric Burdon and the Animals and Zoot Money; Light Shows; Films - Including the Bob Dylan film. Compere - Jiml Hendrix. To raise money for an art centre for underprivileged children. Tickets £1 from Galaxy Alpha Centauri, 6, Masons Yard, Duke Street, St James', SWI (WHI 1424) ARTS LAB. 242-3407/8.
December 22, 1967 Olympia Grand Hall, London, ENG (Christmas On Earth Continued, The All-Night Christmas Dream Party with Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, Soft Machine, Tomorrow, Graham Bond Organisation, Sam Gopal and Paper Blitz Tissue. The Who were originally billed but were no shows. Poor publicity and bad weather made this a financial disaster)
December 23, 1967 Pier Ballroom, Hastings, ENG
December 23, 1967: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London: Freedom, Procol Harum, The Animals, Denny Laine, Zoot Money, Fairport Convention [Vietnam Solidarity Campaign organised by Circus Alpha Centauri]
The advert says ALL NIGHT, so the Animals may have scheduled an evening gig in Hastings and then played early the next morning at The Roundhouse. However, Vic Briggs believes the Animals played neither the Roundhouse show, nor the Pier Ballroom show, as he recalls that after the Olympia show (Dec 22) he did not see Eric Burdon again until after Christmas, a fact they remarked upon at the time.
The billing of Zoot Money is almost certainly actually Dantalian’s Chariot (the psychedelic metamorphoses of Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band).
Cancelled: December 24, 1967 The Roundhouse, London, UK – Circus Alpha Centauri
December 31, 1967 Top Gear, BBC Television Session, London, UK Eric Burdon and The Animals’ session for (broadcast date)
The exact recording date of this New Year’s Eve broadcast is unknown.
Eric Burdon - vocals Zoot Money - keyboards John Weider - guitar/violin Vic Briggs - guitar Danny McCullock - bass Barry Jenkins - drums
January 6, 1968: Pete’s People BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
Pete Murray, then in his forties and one of the housewives favorites, hosted Pete’s People on Radio 1.
January 14, 1968: [venue], Copenhagen, Denmark
Briggs recalls that the brief Scandinavian tour began with a trip to Copenhagen, but he can’t recall the precise event—possibly a TV appearance.
January 16, 17 or 18, 1968 Jonkoping, SWE
January 18, 1968 Konserthuset, Stockholm, SWE (Four songs were broadcast on Swedish radio)
January 19, 1968 Goteburg, SWE
Briggs recalls that the Animals returned to the UK on Sunday January 20.
January 26, 1968: Bingley Hall, Birmingham: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Yardbirds, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
January 26, 1968: All Systems Freeman, BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
January 26, 1968: New Release, Southern Television, Southampton: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Toby Twirl (broadcast date)
January 29 or February 1 or 2, 1967:“David Symonds Show BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
January 29, 1968: L’Olymia, Paris, France: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Burdon and The Animals (two shows)
The Animals flew to New York on January 30. They were scheduled to have a press conference on top of the PanAm building, and Briggs looked forward to the helicopter ride to the building. However, bad weather prevented the ‘copter, and they limo’d over instead.
February ?, 1968 Jackson, MS
Briggs recalls the show in Jackson. There were also a few other shows, possibly in Texas, on the way to Los Angeles. As of February 1968, Eric Burdon and The Animals relocated to Los Angeles permanently, the first major English band to do so.
February 9, 1968: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Eire Apparent, Soft Machine
Mike Jeffery managed Hendrix and The Animals, although Kevin Deverich handled the day-to-day affairs of the Animals. The Anaheim show was the only American bill shared by Hendrix and the Animals. Jeffery used his headliners to promote his other bands. Usually the Soft Machine played with Hendrix, and Eire Apparent (formerly and Irish band called The People) played with the Animals.
February 10, 1968 Bakersfield, CA
February 11, 1968 Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (supported by The Fugs & Eire Apparent)
February 16, 1968 Southwestern College Gym, San Diego, CA (supported by The Eire Apparent)
February 17-23, 1968 The Cave, Vancouver, BC (supported by The Eire Apparent)
February 25, 1968: Morecambe & Wise Show ATV, London: Eric Burdon & The Animals (broadcast date)
This would have recorded a month or so earlier.
February 25, 1968 Merced County Fairgrounds, Merced, CA (supported by The Eire Apparent)
RADIO SESSION: February 28, 1968 Top Of The Pops, BBC
February 28-March 3, 1968 Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA (supported by Eire Apparent)
March 3-4, 1968 Brass Ring, Sherman Oaks, CA (supported by Uncle Tom)
March 8, 1968 Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
March 9, 1968 VIP Club, Tucson, AZ
March 12-13, 1968 Dallas, TX
Briggs recalls there may have been additional Texas dates as well on this leg of the tour.
March 15, 1968 SUNY Gym, Stony Brook, NY
March 16, 1968 Anderson Theater, New York City, NY (2 shows supported by New York Electric String Ensemble & Jessie’s First Carnival)
It seems likely that the Animals played several more dates throughout the United States than we have listed here.
March 22, 1968 Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, MI (Supported by The Grateful Dead, Eire Apparent, The Apostles & The Jagged Edge)
March 23, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI ("The Grande Scene at the State Fair Coliseum". Supported by Eire Apparent, The Apostles & The Jagged Edge. A Grande Ballroom show moved out to the Michigan State Fair Coliseum due to the size of the expected crowd for The Grateful Dead and the Animals. When the expected numbers failed to materialize, the show was moved back to the Grande Ballroom. After the poor attendance at the Grande, and with a blizzard coming, the Grateful Dead returned to San Francisco before the show)
March 24, 1968 CNE Coliseum, Toronto, ON (supported by Albert King, Ugly Ducklings & Eire Apparent)
March 28, 1968 Freeborn Hall, University of California, Davis, CA
March 30, 1968 Exhibit Building, Phoenix Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ (supported by Blue Cheer)
April 1, 1968 Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, CA (supported by Brotherly Love & Main Attraction)
April 4, 1968 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supported by Quicksilver Messenger Service & Sons Of Champlin. This was the day Martin Luther King was shot and may have taken place at Winterland)
April 5-6, 1968 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (supported by Quicksilver Messenger Service & Sons Of Champlin)
PERSONNEL: April 1968 - July 1968
Eric Burdon - vocals Zoot Money - keyboards (replaced Vic Briggs) John Weider - guitar/violin Danny McCullock - bass Barry Jenkins - drums
April 8, 1968 Carousel Theatre, West Covina, CA
April 9, 1968 Sun Air Drive-In, Cathedral City, CA: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Blue Cheer, Sweetwater, The Collectors, Dirty Blues Band Barry Baldwin presents The Palm Springs Pop Festival
April 11, 1968 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX
“There was an interesting date down in South Texas, perhaps Corpus Christi or maybe Harlingen on a Sunday (don't ask me which Sunday). My best guess, April of 68. We flew to Houston and were due to catch a flight to wherever the gig was and get there just in time to play. The airline which I think was called Trans Texas Airways flat out canceled the flight; we were stuck. Kevin Deverich called around and found a charter company that flew us down there in an old DC3 that they told us used to belong to some British Lord. We got down there late but made the gig…”
In the Spring of 1968, Eric recruited old pal Zoot Money, former leader of Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and Dantalian’s Chariot, to join the group as a keyboard player. This was not discussed with other band members (although they all knew Zoot well), and it lent an air of confusion to the group. Briggs, in particular, the arranger and de facto ‘bandleader’ felt crowded (as well as being upset with the financial machinations of Animals management). Egan recounts a (friendly) difference of opinion between Money and Briggs, as Money remembers being brought in as a bandleader in anticipation of Briggs focusing on being a record producer in Los Angeles, while Briggs remembers no such discussions.
Zoot Money’s last known date with Dantalian’s Chariot was April 19, 1968, at Beckenham's Mistrale Club in England, so he must have debuted with the Animals shortly after that.
Meanwhile the band had begun recording their latest album (with Money on keyboards), at TTG Studios in Hollywood, with Vic Briggs acting as producer in place of Tom Wilson.
May ? 1968 New Orleans, LA Eric Burdon and The Animals
The exact date of Money’s first show with the Animals is unclear, but it appears to be around late April or early May. Egan quotes Money and Briggs as remembering the show being in New Orleans, where the jovial Money asks the audience if they are all “pissed.” The local constabulary, not knowing that “pissed” equals “drunk” in England, promptly shuts down the concert (Briggs thinks it was because “piss” was a 4-letter word).
Presumably the Animals played additional dates in North America prior to returning to England in mid-May, but we only have a few known bookings. Vic Briggs does recall a show in Colorado Springs around this time, but no specific details. During this period, the band had 6 members, with two guitarists (Vic Briggs and John Weider) and Zoot Money on organ and keyboards.
May ? 1968: [venue], Colorado Springs, CO: Eric Burdon and The Animals
Vic Briggs recalls a show in Colorado Springs around late April or early May, soon after Zoot joined the band. Danny McCulloch was sick, and Briggs and John Weider had to cover the bass parts.
May 10-11, 1968 The Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA
May 13 or 14, 1968: [venue], Montreal, QC: Eric Burdon and The Animals
Briggs recalls Montreal very clearly, as the band was on the way back to London. Briggs himself returned to Los Angeles to mix Everyone Of Us and returned to London a few days later.
May 18, 1968: Time For Blackburn, Southern Television, Southampton: Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Troggs (broadcast date)
May 18, 1968: Middle Earth, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Spice, Broomdusters
May 18-19, 1968 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Santa Clara, CA
RADIO SESSION: May 21, 1968 Top Gear, BBC Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly, London, ENG (recorded: May 21, 1968, broadcast: May 26, 1968)
White Houses Monterey Landscape When Things Go Wrong It Hurts Me Too
May 19, 1968: The Golden Shot, ATV, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
The Golden Shot was a game show where contestants directed a blindfolded marksman with a crossbow at a target.
May 20, 1968 Orchid Ballroom, Purley, ENG
May 21, 1968: BBC Television Session, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals’ session for Top Gear (broadcast date)
May 22, 1968 The Revolution, Bruton Place, London, ENG
May 25, 1968 Glasgow University, Glasgow, SCOT
May 26, 1968: Top Gear, BBC Television, London: Eric Burdon and The Animals (broadcast date)
May 30-31, 1968: Monsterkonzert, Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Move, Traffic, John Mayall, Koobas, Anselmo Trend
Billed as Eric Burdon and The New Animals. The Zurich show was somewhat of a madhouse, with stern Swiss police battling the fans, but by all accounts it was quite a spectacular event. Each band played both days.
June 1, 1968 Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, MB
June 7, 1968: Joey Bishop Show, Hollywood, CA: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Jean-Paul Vignon
Canceled-June 8, 1968: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Superscene 68 Eric Burdon and The Animals, Brotherhood, Lemon Pipers, Eastside Kids, Yellow Payges, Bonniwell Music Machine, Jim And Jean, The Hook
This was an early, and forgotten, attempt at an all-day rock concert in a stadium, preserved in a newspaper ad. The show was cancelled, as most LA events were, in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.
June 18, 1968 Community Concourse, San Diego, CA (supported by Brain Police)
RADIO SESSION: June 28, 1968 Top Of The Pops, BBC
It Hurts Me, Too (When Things Go Wrong)
June ?, 1968 El Paso, TX
July 2, 1968 Memorial Coliseum Portland, OR
July 3, 1968 Spokane, WA
July 4, 1968 Seattle, WA
July 5, 1968 Vancouver, WA
July 7, 1968 Armory, Salem, OR (Vic Briggs final show with The Animals)
PERSONNEL: July 1968 - December 1968 (band broke up)
Eric Burdon - vocals Zoot Money - keyboards Andy Summers - guitar (replaced John Weider) John Weider - bass/violin (replaced Danny Mccullock) Barry Jenkins - drums
July 19, 1968 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX (supported by Yellow Payges & Sweet Smoke)
It appears that the Animals played a few shows as a quintet without two guitars, as Danny McCulloch must not have left the group at the same time as Vic Briggs. I had wondered if this show might have been canceled, but it was still being advertised on the day of the show. It does appear that the Animals were very popular in Texas, and the show may have been too lucrative to reschedule. There may be a few more dates as yet undiscovered for this configuration of the Animals (Eric, Weider, Zoot, McCulloch, Barry Jenkins).
An odd item in the August 30, 1968 San Antonio Light seems to suggest that the Animals had played San Antonio somewhat recently, with a brief item entitled “All Animals Aren’t In The Zoo.” It went on to say: “The little old lady stood patiently In line at the Municipal Auditorium wailing for a ticket to see Eric Burdon and the Animals. When she reached the window she asked for one ticket to see the animals. The sales girl looked at her and at the waiting crowd of long-haired youths, then called for assistance. It look two sales girls and several bystanders to convince the woman that Eric Burdon and the Animals was a rock 'n roll group —not a circus.”
July 26, 1968 How It Is, BBC Television Session, London, ENG (broadcast, with fellow guests Pentangle. This would have been recorded much earlier)
August 4, 1968 Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA (First Annual Newport Pop Festival. The new Animals line-up with Andy Summers debuted at the Newport Pop Festival. Summers played guitar and bass, and Weider and Money covered bass parts for certain songs)
August 8, 1968 Concord Coliseum, Concord, CA
August 9-11, 1968 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (supported by Blood Sweat & Tears & Gypsy Wizard Band)
August 16, 1968 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (supported by Rascals, Tommy James & The Shondells & The Yellow Payges. The show was preceded by a celebrity picnic hosted by television presenter Steve Allen)
August 21-25, 1968 Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA (supported by A.B. Skhy)
August 28, 1968 Civic Center, Oklahoma City, OK (supported by Sweetwater)
Presumably there were numerous other dates outside of California, but the activities of The Animals are somewhat vague during this period.
September 18, 1968: Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA: Buddy Miles Express
The Buddy Miles Express made their debut. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon and Graham Bond showed up to jam.
September 21-22, 1968 San Antonio Arena, San Antonio, TX
The Fillmore East date a few weeks later suggests that the Animals were touring across the country.
October 4-5, 1968 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (supported by Sly & The Family Stone & Linn County)
In October, 1968 Eric Burdon and The Animals recorded the double album Love Is, not released until December. The album was a single LP in the UK and a double in the US. (it was re-released on CD on Repertoire in 2004, with excellent liner notes by veteran British journalist Chris Welch). With Zoot Money firmly in control, the album was an interesting mixture of soul music and British psychedelia, but it was a change from the bluesy acid rock of the previous albums.
October 13, 1968: Tijuana Pop Festival, Mexico: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Iron Butterfly, Chicago Transit Authority, The Collectors, Yellow Payges, Patchwork Security Blanket
According to Burdon’s autobiography, he told the crowd that Mexico was famous for beautiful women and great pot, and this did not go over well with the local police forces. This was a very confusing event that received a lot of police interference, and the Animals may not have actually played.
October 19, 1968: Carbondale, IL: Eric Burdon
Attending “in person” Eric Burdon at the grand opening of The Rock – instrument retailers. A number of local acts played and maybe Eric sang a song or two. This weekend event in Carbondale suggest that there were some dates in Illinois around this time.
October 24, 1968: Elyria District Catholic High School Coliseum, Elyria, OH: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Burton Mason
October 26, 1968: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA: Johnny Rivers, Jose Feliciano, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Iron Butterfly, Fraternity of Man, Buddy Miles Express, Rejoice, Lee Michaels, Mad River San Francisco International Pop Festival
This was part of a two-day event in the Bay Area. Originally the event was supposed to be held in Palo Alto (at Searsville Lake) on October 5-6, but Stanford University blocked the show after a few thousand tickets were sold. The event was rescheduled for a different site on the other side of the Bay. The Animals had not been part of the original booking (Traffic had been the headliner), but were added to the latter show to give the event an “International” flavor. Actually, the Animals were just another band from LA (to coin a phrase), but they were fairly perceived as English by California rock fans.
November 9, 1968 Fargo State College, Morehead, ND
November 1968—Eric Burdon and The Animals Japanese Tour
In November, 1968 Eric Burdon and The Animals toured Japan. According to Eric Burdon’s autobiography, after a few successful shows at major venues, the group was expected to put on two shows a night for Japanese gangsters for two weeks. Eric and the band rebelled, and had to bribe their way out, so they abruptly left Japan without their equipment. Burdon, Egan and Summers’s books all understandably vary slightly on the details (although there are no conflicts), but the basic outline of the scary adventure remains pretty clear, and seems to have done in what enthusiasm was left for keeping the Animals together. A complaint was made to the Japanese consulate.
December 1968 is a murky period for Eric Burdon and The Animals. Although no less than three books that cover the topic (Burdon’s second autobiography, Egan’s book about The Animals and Summer’s autobiography), the drama associated with the Japanese tour was so great that whatever happened afterwards is hardly mentioned. After the Japanese tour, however, Burdon did declare that he wanted to quit the music business and become a film director.
December 7, 1968 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (supported by New Buffalo Springfield, which was Dewey Martin's version of Buffalo Springfield)
December 7, 1968: Community Concourse, San Diego, CA: Eric Burdon and The Animals, Jello’s Gas Band
The poster for this show says The Farewell Performance of Eric Burdon and The Animals. Presumably, the band had decided to break up but still had obligations, and presumably they would have had to borrow the equipment to play the show.
December 13, 1968: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA: The Turtles, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Morning Sun
The newspaper ad says Christmas Concert with The Turtles presented by L&M Enterprises. It is not certain whether the band actually played this gig, and presumably it falls into the same category as the San Diego show, an existing obligation after the band had broken up. The ambiguity comes from the San Diego performance, which also listed that show as a Farewell Performance, but concert posters are hardly required to be scrupulously truthful. Zoot Money simply doesn’t recall whether or not the shows were played, as the aftermath of the Japanese “tour” and the stolen equipment were far more prominent memories.
In any case, the live performance history of Eric Burdon and The Animals seems to end in Southern California in December, 1968. In December, MGM released the album Love Is, but Eric Burdon and The Animals had already split up. The band had ground to a halt, its fine history of live shows worn down by difficult financial dealings and the changing interests of Eric Burdon and some of the band members.
December 22, 1968 City Hall, Newcastle, ENG (Benefit for the Percy Hedley Spastic School and the Muscular Dystrophy Group of Tyneside. A charity show was organized to reunite the original Animals in their hometown. Zoot Money’s keyboards filled out the sound for the original quintet (Burdon, Price, Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler and John Steel)
December 28, 1968 Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London: Andy Summers, Zoot Money, Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt
This was billed as a jam between members of the Animals and Soft Machine. Money and Summers had returned to London, and Soft Machine (for reasons too complicated to address here) was planning to resuscitate itself after Kevin Ayers had departed. With Ayers gone, Wyatt was free to re-invite Andy Summers to play with him again. However, Summers, Money and Eric Burdon had all returned to California by January 1969.
Although Eric Burdon and The Animals broke up in December 1968, shortly after the debacle of the Japanese tour, the California adventures of the band members were not quite over. This appendix briefly chronicles each band member’s immediate aftermath in California throughout 1969.
Barry Jenkins (drums) was the only member who returned immediately to England. He joined the group Heavy Jelly. However, he soon gave up performing in order to operate a guitar shop.
Danny McCulloch (bass) had left the Animals in July 1968, shortly after Vic Briggs. In 1969 McCulloch released the solo album Wings of A Man on Capitol Records, produced by Briggs. Subsequently McCulloch played as a session musician and in the 1990s formed a variant version of the band - Danny McCulloch's Animals – and it was this band that played a concert in Moscow's Red Square to aid The Children of the Chernobyl Disaster.
Vic Briggs (guitar) left the Animals in July 1968 to become a staff producer for Capitol Records. Among other works, he produced McCulloch’s Wings Of A Man and Zoot Money’s 1969 album Welcome To My Head. Briggs went on to a quite remarkable music career afterwards, albeit well outside the confines of rock music.
John Weider (guitar) remained in Los Angeles in 1969, playing with the group Stonehenge. However, in 1969 the English group Family abruptly needed a new bass player while on tour in America, as their bassist Ric Grech had unexpectedly departed to join Blind Faith. Weider was flown to Detroit where he joined Family for an April 25, 1969 show at the Grande Ballroom. He remained in Family for two years, returning to England, where he went on to play in a variety of bands. John eventually settled in Los Angeles and made a career in music publishing, first with Warner Chappell and currently with Peer Music. John and Antion (Vic) are still friends after forty seven years.
Zoot Money (keyboards) remained in Los Angeles in 1969 (after a brief Christmas trip to England), working on a Capitol Records album with Vic Briggs. The album Welcome To My Head was released in July 1969. Money formed a five-piece band to promote the album, although he no longer recalls who was in it. I only know of two bookings for the band:
June 6-8, 1969 The Comic Strip, Santa Monica, CA July 25-27, 1969 Family Dog On The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA The Comic Strip was at 120 Ocean Front, and according to Money was a hangout for college students (probably from nearby Santa Monica College). This was a tiny place that Money used for some warm-up dates, and not very many people could have attended. Money does recall, however, that on one of those nights his friend Jimi Hendrix dropped by to play some rhythm guitar. Hendrix had jammed with Money on the first night he arrived in London in September 1966, so they had lots of history.
Andy Summers (guitar) remained in California, got married (to future Chartbuster Robin Lane), got a college degree at Cal State Northridge and largely dropped out of the music industry. He returned to England and the music industry around 1974, playing with Neal Sedaka, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers and Mike Howlett, among others, before a successful stint in Law Enforcement.
Eric Burdon (vocals) remained in Los Angeles in 1969, stuck in contractual limbo. MGM had released Love Is, the final Eric Burdon and The Animals album, in December 1968, so they were still invested in Burdon’s career. However, for various reasons Burdon was frustrated with the music business, and felt with some justification that he had earned a lot of money for his manager and record companies with little to show for it. According to Egan, Burdon was very interested in film making and managed to get enrolled in USC Film School. However, he was not interested in doing the preparatory work that other students were doing, so he did not pursue the program.
1983 Golddigger's, Chippenham, ENG
August 28, 1983 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA
August 30, 1983 Civic Auditoruim, San Francisco, CA
September 7, 1983 Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
November 29, 1983 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI