Go wild for ex-Animals performer at theatre

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AN ex-bandmember of The Animals, who has written some of the most memorable songs of the past 40 years, is coming to Boston’s Blackfriars Theatre.

Alan Price will be performing some of his greatest hits at the Spain Lane venue on Sunday.

The Animals were a music group formed in the 1960s and known for their bluesy sound and their number one hit song House of the Rising Sun.

Alan, born in Fatfield, County Durham, taught himself piano, guitar and bass from the age of eight, joining his first group, The Black Diamonds, at Jarrow Grammar School.

He then played bass guitar with the Frankie Hedley Trio at the Byker Parish Rock Club before meeting and playing piano with The Pagans.

The band went through various changes from The Kansas City Five, The Kontors, The Alan Price Trio and The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo.

When they entered the London R‘n’B scene in 1963 the name was finally changed to The Animals.

Their first single Baby Let Me Take You Home, reached number 21 in the UK charts, but it was House Of The Rising Sun that reached number one.

It was followed by I’m Crying, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and Bring it on Home to Me.

Then Price left the band.

He created The Alan Price Set and released a version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins song I Put a Spell On You and following it up with Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear, Hi Lili, Hi Lo and The House That Jack Built.

Alan then teamed up with Georgie Fame in 1970 to create Rosetta and also wrote music for David Storey’s play Home, at the Royal Court Theatre, in London, and for O Lucky Man!, winning a BAFTA award.

He also wrote Jarrow Song in 1974 and released an autobiographical album entitled Between Today and Yesterday.

He starred in Alfie Darling in 1975 and continues to write for music, theatre and film.

Most recently Alan and his band performed at Glastonbury Festival and have toured the continent with gigs in The Netherlands and Belgium.

The performance starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £18.50 (£16.50 conc).

To book call 01205 363108.