Legendary musicians on tour with Animals and Friends

Animals at Corn Exchange, Bedford.
Animals at Corn Exchange, Bedford.

Following their hugely successful tours in previous years a legendary combination of musicians will once again be performing on the same stage together.

Steve Cropper of Booker T and the MGs and John Steel of The Animals will be making appearances in Bedford and Wavendon this month when they bring Animals and Friends to town.

In 1964 a wave of new energetic rock and roll swept over the youth of the world. On the crest of this wave was The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of course The Animals. From the banks of the River Tyne came the North East’s offering - a brand of rhythm n blues that the whole world seemed to grasp greedily.

The Animals were the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with the now multi-million selling and legendary anthem, House of the Rising Sun. The band subsequently achieved over twenty global Top Ten hit records, many of which gained the Number One slot in various parts of the world. In Britain alone, the band had no less than 12 chart entries.

2007 marked founder member John Steel’s 50th year as performing musician. In 1957 he and The Animals co-founder Eric Burdon began plying their trade in and around their native Tyneside with not the slightest inking that they would - in a very few years – find themselves part of a group that would be forever bracketed with the very best of British music – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds – and respected all over the world.

Animals and Friends drops by at the Stables Wavendon on Thursday, November 13, at 8pm.

Tickets are from £25 from 01908 280800 or visit www.stables.org/Whats_on ‎

They then make a stop at Bedford Corn Exchange on Sunday, November 23 at 7pm. Tickets are £20 from www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk or call 01234 718112.