One Track Mind: Eric Burdon, "Memorial Day" (2012)

Eric Burdon, still kicking complete ass at 70, offers a scalding indictment of the way we forget the sacrifices of others on “Memorial Day” — his specially issued advance tune from what promises to be a frank and personal forthcoming release ‘Til Your River Runs Dry.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cornerstone of the legendary bands War and the Animals, key antecedent for storytelling rockers like Bruce Springsteen, and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest voices of all time, Burdon enters his life’s third act with absolutely nothing to prove. But instead of going soft, that seems to have hardened his feelings about the injustices, the heartbreaks and the simply stupidity of this world.

Over the last few years, he’s been devastated as New Orleans drowned in a federally mismanaged disaster, as Bo Diddley (one of his own most important influences) passed, as we’ve consistently ignored threats like global warming: Each is touched upon on ‘Til the River Runs Dry, due on Sept. 18, 2012 from ABKCO Records. And all of that pent up rage seems to have coalesced around this initial track, as Burdon unleashes a furious string of tough accusations and burning questions.

If that’s not quite enough to tide you over until this fall’s release of ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, Burdon’s recent jam with emerging artist Brendan Benson at this year’s South by Southwest music festival also went live on Friday, May 25, 2012 over at Daytrotter.com.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.