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It's Eric Burdon's Birthday! 70 and still rockin'!

The first time I saw Eric Burdon in concert was at the Hollywood Bowl. He was rolling our "Eric Burdon Declares War" as the title of the act. Headlining was Canned Heat, and also on the bill were the following bands: John Lee Hooker, Sugarloaf, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the MC was none other than Wolfman Jack. It was an all day event in 1971 and it was after Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson had died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Yes, another one who "went to heaven at 27." Anyway, my boyfriend at the time, Ross, and I went to the show. We didn't have a ticket, but bought one for $1 and someone else gave us a ticket, so we both got in for ONE DOLLAR! Crazy. Those were the days my friend, when miracles happened and concert tickets cost less than the handling fees do now. So, with the sweet memories of that wonderful concert swimming through my brain, when the weather was warm, wine and smokes were shared with complete strangers, and anything seemed possible...even world peace...I thought I'd share this video of Eric Burdon and War from around that time. Oh, and I need to mention that War will be appearing with The Doobie Brothers at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Sunday July 10th. I will be there. Hope you are as well.

05/11/2011 12:46PM
It's Eric Burdon's Birthday! 70 and still rockin'!
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05/11/2011 1:02PM
Sha JustSha
You're my inspiration and musical guru! Would love to share a cup of coffee sometime, and just listen to you talk. Seriously... :) Best wishes for your continued good health and success.
05/11/2011 2:02PM
Mark Fields
Iris, That story is AMAZING! That was a fantastic day! The incredible music you experienced that day must've made the whole day surreal! What a heavenly day You had! Great Video, I just watched it twice! I've yet to see Eric Burden Live before! EverytimeI party with my best friend, out come the guitar, and the first song we jam is House of The Rising Son! I'll see you at the concert! It will be great!;o)
04/25/2012 5:52PM
lisend to you sence you were to party with you.
now i have 13 speekers in my livingroom,3200 wats .8 speekers from bata 20 to 122s.and every time i cant turn it down befour a song is over and you say kgon rocks,ro anything like that my speekers and me go in to cardiac arest,thay jump up and down.can you help me out, 400.00 to fix the 122s.woof.
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