Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Eric Burdon Flies into Israel, Defying Threats of Bullies

Alicia Keys resisted pressure and threats and played to sold-out show in Tel Aviv. Now it's rock & roll founding father, Eric Burdon's turn to show the bullies the middle finger

Original footage: Eric Burden & The Animals - The House of The Rising Sun (1964)

After caving to threats and canceling a gig in Israel, aging rocker Eric Burdon flew into Israel on Monday night for the Thursday concert. "If it hasn't got to do with music",  he declared on arrival, "it's bullsh*t". Burdon, the former lead singer of 60s British band The Animals, was last week reported to have canceled the August 1 concert in Binyamina because he had been receiving daily threatening emails. However, on Monday the concert was back up on Burdon's website and was again listed among the concerts at the Zappa Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina.

Burdon, whose band’s decades-spanning career including hits such as The House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, It’s My Life, and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, is once again scheduled to perform alongside Israeli legendary band T-Slam, as per the original plan.

Earlier this month, Burdon met up with members of T-Slam in Vienna and told them he was under pressure from anti-Israel activists to cancel the show. At that time he seemed set on going ahead with the concert, telling the Israeli musicians.

But his manager later wrote to T-Slam to state that the show was off. "We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger", his manager wrote, in comments released by T-Slam last week.

In a statement at the time, T-Slam said, "To appear with Eric Burdon, one of the founding fathers of rock & roll, was an almost dream come true. We’re sorry that despite his personal assurance to us, that he bowed to pressure and cancelled his concert. "However, it seems Burdon’s reluctance to go through with the concert was short-lived and the show is back on track.