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article imageReview: Eric Burdon & the Animals fantastic at The Paramount in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 7, 2016 in Music
Huntington - On Feb. 6, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & the Animals performed at The Paramount in Huntington. Randy Jackson of Zebra was his opening act.
Backed by a gifted five-piece band, Burdon opened his show with "Spill the Wine," which featured his raspy vocals, and he immediately broke into "Don't Bring Me Down" as blue and orange lights dimmed on the stage.
His cover of The Animals' "When I Was Young" was more laid-back and mellow, while a purple backdrop graced the Paramount stage. "Thank you very much," Burdon said, in his eloquent British accent, in appreciation of the warm reception from the venue's audience.
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was smooth, and he showcased his sultry and blues side on the piano-driven "I Believe To My Soul."
He continued with several noteworthy tunes from his latest studio album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry, where he co-wrote 10 out of its 12 tracks. These songs included the bluesy "Before You Accuse Me," where he had the audience clapping along, and it was followed by the haunting and melancholic ballad "27 Forever."
Everybody's iPhones lit up as he performed his signature tune, the rock classic "The House of the Rising Sun," which earned him a standing ovation. The audience was reciting the lyrics to "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" back to him verbatim, and it featured a neat jam towards the end.
For his encore, Burdon returned to sing "It's My Life," where the stage was graced in a purple backdrop, and it garnered him yet another standing ovation, prior to introducing his talented band members and wishing everybody a good night. "Thank you very much. God bless you," he said graciously.
The Verdict
Overall, Eric Burdon was superb at The Paramount in Huntington. His rich vocals were captivating, and he proved to be a true song stylist and rock poet. The audience was well aware that they were in the presence of a rock king, and they gave him a royal welcome at the venue. Burdon and his band are worth seeing live whenever they are in town. His concert at The Paramount garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars.
To learn more about veteran rock star Eric Burdon and his tour dates, check out his official website.
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