The Animals and Friends
FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2013
The enduring influence and breadth of appeal of Animals & Friends and The Animals’ music in 2011 - The Animals’ 1964 debut was recently included in CLASSIC ROCK magazines’ ‘50 Albums That Built Blues Rock ‘ - is perhaps also exemplified by a typical snapshot of the Animals & Friends’ tour diary of recent times; headlining Gloucester Blues Festival, storming The Rebellion Punk Festival; seizing the day at a Midlands rock festival (with ex-Scorpions guitarist, Michael Schenker) and headlining London’s legendary 100 Club - twice in one year.
In between they embarked on two massive UK tours with Special Guest Spencer Davis – which also played extensive dates in Scandinavia, where the band are regulars. Other Special Guests in recent years have included Stax , Booker T & The MGS and Blues Brothers guitar legend Steve Cropper, The Troggs and the late, great Mick Green (The Pirates, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry) – which were the last shows by the guitarist viewed by many as one of the most influential in music.
Featuring from the original Animals –
JOHN STEEL & MICK GALLAGHER (The Blockheads, The Clash, Paul McCartney)
Danny Handley (performed with Spencer Davis, Bobby Elliott, Ric Lee (Ten Years After)...); Peter Barton (Wayne Fontana's Mindbenders, Boomtown Rats Roberts & Crowe)