Animals & Friends.
were one of the most important bands originating from England during the
'60s. The group is widely considered the raunchiest, the dirtiest, the
spottiest, the most authentic and uncompromisingly raw band of their time.
Formed in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the group reflected their earthy upbringing
with hard-charging, blues-based rock 'n roll, deriving much of their early
repertoire from American Blues and R&B sources.
The concept of Animals and Friends began in the spring of 2000. Hilton Valentine had re-located to America but demand was high for the Animals. Peter Barton former Mindbender had been gigging in a band alongside John Williamson, former guitarist from Titanic. A suggestion was made to team the two units together. Pete had been involved with the Animals now for almost a decade on the management front. Due to the pedigree of the current band members the band was re-named Animals and friends. Jim Rodford was a well-known face from the Kinks and Argent. Johnnie guitar Williamson, again from his time with Titanic and Skeleton Cew had become a familiar face on the Blues and Rock circuit. Pete Barton had also served his apprenticeship alongside Wayne Fontana in The Mindbenders and with Trevor Burton from The Move. The final ingredient's to this rock & roll cocktail was of course original Animal members, Dave Rowberry and John Steel.
Animals and Friends were born.
The band toured extensively and in the winter of 2001 went into Lisa Stansfields studio to record the debut Animals and friends Album "Instinct". Friends had been called and recordings started.
In June 2003
the band had a major shock, Dave Rowberry suddenly died at the age of
63. The band knew they had to finish the new album but was not sure if
they would continue as a touring unit. Coincidently the day Dave died,
Peter Barton was contacted by a venue in Harlow, who mentioned that an
ex member of the Animals lived in the area. Being a curious chap, Peter
took the relevant contact details and made the call. The chap was Mickey
Gallagher who had joined the Animals in 1965 when Alan Price left.
The bands strength has grown over the last few years. Three major British tours under the belt. A major new album in the shops. A fantastic fan base, which is growing daily. The band will continue to perform as long as we have the audience that keeps coming out to see us.
Line-ups change, sadly two of the original sixties members are no longer with us. Their music continues, as does their legacy. As long as we play the songs that people love we will continue. We will make more albums and continue this fantastic tradition. Eric Burdon, Alan Price and Hilton Valentine are still out there doing it. Lets hope we all can continue for years to come.
and Chas Chandler RIP.
Tel:0333 9000 919- PO Box 64 Ammanford, Carms. SA18 9AB.
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