Another idol of youth . . .
. . . gone. Hilton Valentine, guitarist for The Animals, passed away a few weeks ago.
This is how we . . .
. . . remember him. Unlike many bands of the era, he was the least known among his mates. Eric Burdon was almost a household name, and Alan Price was right behind him. Chas Chandler had a bit of notoriety as his bass lines were prominent in their recordings. Even John Steel had a rep for his jazz sensibilities drumming in a rock band. But Valentine, who played all the guitar parts for their chart toppers like We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place . . .
. . . received practically no recognition at all.
Most of you know I've followed the Stones for decades, with forty shows under my belt and (hopefully!) more to come. And I've seen so many other performers from my generation. But maybe the most compelling concert in my experience was The Animals reunion tour in '83.
This video was filmed during the tour I was privileged to partake in, although probably not the same show at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. I still get the chills reminiscing about that concert.