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The Animals and Friends, 40th Anniversary

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 3 May 2004

The 40th Anniversary Tour of the Animals and Friends

1964 was a different age. But if you were a teenager then, you can relive the excitement. We’ve replaced records with CDs, but to share the Animals and friends’ 40th anniversary tour is to spend an evening with living old friends.

True, only two of the original Animals played, but there was a founder Kink and the others are talented survivors of other groups. All looked as lived in as most of the audience. Eric Burdon and the deceased were missed.

Songs from a new album interspersed classics in  their rhythm and blues style including I’m Crying, Don’t Bring Me Down, Bring It On Home to Me, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Baby, Let Me Take You Home. They protested We Gotta Get Outta This Place before bewailing the ruin of many a poor boy in The House of the Rising Sun.

The support band was more than a mere warm-up.

Class of 64 are formerly of The Hollies, The Kinks and The Tremeloes, and with jokey, blokey, groupie pleasing links they dipped into their past catalogues.

Silence is Golden, Suddenly You Love Me, You Really Got Me, Tired of Waiting, Lola, Bus Stop, The Air That I Breathe had us singing along or mouthing words still indelibly part of our youth.

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