It's been a productive year for Eric Burdon.
The frontman for the Animals and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who's also worked with War and has recorded as a solo artist since 1974, released his first new album in six years, " 'Til Your River Runs Dry," in January and has been writing his third memoir, "Breathless," which he hopes to publish during 2014. But acrimony with his former bandmates has kept Burdon from getting too excited about the Animals' 50th anniversary this year.
"From my personal point of view, the Animals are dead," Burdon, 72, explains. "They killed themselves. I kept using the name for strictly promotional purposes so that young kids would associate the Animals with the Beatles and the (Rolling) Stones and that period...but I got sued for using the name by former members of the band.
"So for me it's the past. I'm all for allowing other people to do and say what they want to say, but for me it's over, and I'm on my own."
There will, of course, be some mention of the Animals in "Breathless," but Burdon says the book will explore different aspects of his life than his two predecessors.
"It's just about my world and people that I've met and people I love and respect," he says. "I made a conscious decision to stay away from music and musicians because that's what I've written about before. This time I'll find people in-between the gaps and the people standing the shadows and, y'know, the fellow travelers -- the fans, the promoters, the managers, the crooked cracks beneath the pavement in London and New York and Los Angeles. And the creative accountants!~ (laughs)
"It'll be a different trip than before, but I still think it's pretty interesting."
Eric Burdon & the Animals, Rare Earth and Brownsville Station perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $55 and $41 pavilion, $16 lawn. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 568-268-9700 or visit www.freedomhill.net.
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