Happy Birthday Eric Burdon...

May 12, 2016

One of Tyneside's favourite sons, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Eric Burdon is set to make an emotional return to Newcastle with his band The Animals. The City Hall will provide the backdrop to one of the most magical evenings in Newcastle music history with 60's chart toppers Marmalade also confirmed on the bill. Joining them will be Tyneside's legendary Moat brothers featuring with Tex and Leon and Friends, formerly Tex, Leon and The Tynesiders.

Formed in Newcastle in 1963, The Animals were part of the British Invasion which took the United States by storm during this period. They appeared on the Legendary "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. They achieved global superstardom with hits such as Baby Let Me Take You Home, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and San Franciscan Nights.

Their 1965 hit single We Gotta Get Out Of This Place is listed in Rolling Stone's THE GREATEST 500 SONGS OF ALL TIME as well as The Rock and Roll Hall Fame's 500 SONGS THAT SHAPED ROCK AND ROLL. The song was also adopted as an anthem by members of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

Marmalade enjoyed chart topping success in 1968 with the Lennon/McCartney song Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and enjoyed success both here and in America with their 1969 single Reflections Of My Life and then again in 1970 with Rainbow. They have toured with some of the giants of the British music industry including The Who and Joe Cocker and were once again to enjoy success on both side of the Atlantic with their 1976 hit Falling Apart At The Seams.

Also featuring will be Tex, Leon and Friends. Tex and Leon Moat have a rich history in Tyneside folklore themselves. They have featured on several occasions at Wembley Arena at the Wembley Country Music Festival picking up awards along the way. They have long been a feature of the regions music venues whether it be with Tex, Leon and The Tynesiders or as the Scratchband.

Tickets: £46/£66/£96 Meet & Greet Tickets: £181 (includes photo with Eric Burdon, a signed item and a glass of fizz).

Running times: 7.30pm - Moat brothers x 25 mins, 15 min interval 8.10pm - Marmalade x 45 mins, 30 min interval 9.20pm - Eric and The Animals (60-80mins)



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