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Who: Eric Burdon and The New Animals
Where: Western Suburbs Leagues Club
When: Sunday April 27, 2003

THIS month's annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival has attracted an impressive line up of artists to the bill.

From legends like Ike Turner to newcomers like Ozmalti, the event will bring a long list of some of the world's greats to the Byron Bay festival.

One classic artist who will make an appearance is Eric Burdon, better known as the frontman for legendary rhythm and blues band The Animals.

Although the original Animals line up was disbanded in 1967, Burdon's magical vocals are enough to revive the legend of the band.

Now joined by a new band, aptly named The New Animals, Burdon will give locals the chance to see the legendary band when it detours for two Hunter dates.

Eric Burdon and the New Animals will perform at Wests Leagues Club on April 27 and Doyalson- Wyee RSL Club on April 26.

The Animals helped define an era during the explosion of rock'n'roll in the 60s when it arrived with its penchant for r'n'b.

The band had a string of major hits including House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of This Place and It's My Life.

As well as hits with The Animals and The New Animals, Burdon found fame with funk outfit War and released the hit singles Tobacco Road and Spill the Wine.

Burdon furthered his musical career in 1991 by teaming up with The Doors' Robbie Krieger and British keyboardist Brian Auger to form the Eric Burdon/Brian Auger Band.

But Burdon's time with The Animals fails to be forgotten and in 1994, Burdon and The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Last year also saw the release of Burdon's He Used To Be An Animal album.

Tickets are on sale now from the venues.

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