Eric Burdon’s Ball and Chain

07-17

Looking back at the career of Eric Burdon you may get the feeling that fame has been somewhat unfair to him. Seeing him on the video of House of Rising Sun one gets the feeling that the man is a vision of what rock is going to become, but rock today seems reluctant to aknowledge his anticipatory nods.

That’s fine with Burdon. The man has sung his way through a sometimes patchy career always remaining his own man and refusing to wear the ball and chain of fame. So while Dylan and Springsteen favor the splendid Parco della Musica when they visit Rome, Burdon will play next July 17 at the Crossroads a club tucked away in a recondite road outside Rome. Only fitting for someone who has always lived with one foot on the platform and the other on the train.