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1998 - Eric Burdon with the British Rock Symphony at Crown Casino, Melbourne

Also featuring Thelma Houston and Glen Shorrock

At last Eric is visiting Australia again! That's the good news. The bad news is it looks like he'll only be appearing in Melbourne, and the show will cost between $55 and $65 for door entry. If you are amoung the hordes who are deliberately avoiding the facilities of Crown Casino because of the political machinations in its building and administration, it will be bad news indeed.

Personally, I have no motivation to give my money to the likes of Lloyd Williams, and so I have been an infrequent visitor to Crown Casino and its associated facilities. On this occasion the reward of seeing Eric Burdon exceeds my loath of Crown Casino.

The Crown Casino notice of the show can be found below. Also included on this page is an article published in The Age titled "Burdon to reprise his Animal act".

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The following notice can be found on the Crown Casino site in Melbourne where the show will be appearing:
    British Rock Symphony

15th November 1998 to 13th December 1998
Direct from London, the British Rock Symphony is a smash hit extravaganza! In this electrifying show, the timeless musical masterpieces of the sixties and seventies from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who are performed by a 26-piece orchestra. Star vocalist include Eric Burdon, Thelma Houston and Australia's own Glen Shorrock and CDB.

Ticket Price Doors Open Starting Time Finish Time
Tuesday $49* 7.30pm 8.00pm 10.30pm
Wednesday $49* 7.30pm 8.00pm 10.30pm
Thursday $59* 7.30pm 8.00pm 10.30pm
Friday $59* 8.00pm 8.30pm 11.00pm
Saturday $59* 8.00pm 8.30pm 11.00pm






Tickets available from Ticketek - Phone 132 849. *Booking fee applies.


The Age newspaper for Saturday 31 October 1998 had the following article on the upcoming show starring Eric Burdon:

Burdon to reprise his Animal act

Music Writer

The former lead singer of British Invasion band the Animals, Eric Burdon, will perform hits that include House of the Rising Sun and Gotta Get Outta This Place with a 28-piece orchestra in a series of shows in Australia next month.

Burdon will team up with soul diva Thelma Houston, former Twilights and Little River Band vocalist Glenn Shorrock, and local R&B harmony group CDB, in a symphonic tribute to the classic British rock bands the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Animals and Pink Floyd. The British Rock Symphony, orchestrated and conducted by a Grammy, Tony and Emmy nominee, Keith Levenson, has just completed a sell-out tour of the US, where it received critical acclaim.

The New York Post called it ``the hottest rock ticket this spring'', The New York Daily News said, ``the orchestra blew away the house'', and The New York Times acknowledged its ``rhythmic muscle'' and its ``cleverness''.

Singers and orchestra will be joined by a rock band to recreate songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Pinball Wizard, Street Fighting Man, Another Brick in the Wall, Is there Anybody Out There? and See Me,Feel Me/Listening to You.

The Animals first scored in 1964 with Bob Dylan's Baby Let Me Take You Home, but it was House of the Rising Sun - No.1 in the US and the UK - for which they are best remembered.

After a string of hits, the Animals fell apart and Burdon moved away from his R&B roots to embrace the psychedelic scene in California and, later, funk with the band War.

The Animals' bassist, the late Chas Chandler, found success as manager of Jimi Hendrix and Slade.

The British Rock Symphony will run at Melbourne's Crown Showroom from 15November to 13December.

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