By: Gary Graff
Credit former Soviet Union chief Mikhail Gorbachev with helping to inspire Eric Burdon's new album, "'Til Your River Runs Dry."
The album, the former Animals frontman's first in six years, comes out today (Tuesday, January 29) with an opening track, "Water," that Burdon tells us came from meeting Gorbachev several years ago in Germany:
"I was wondering, 'What can I ask this guy that he would know more than I ever know? What can you tell me about? What's the world in for after this current spate of terror and horror and, y'know, people afraid of, like, oil is going to run out and it's the end of the world again and all that kid of stuff?' And he said to me, 'Water,' and I went, 'Wow.'..."
"And then the lyrics to 'Water' came to my head. I thought, 'This is the best way...to join the program of making people aware of how important water is in today's world.' So that was a long time ago, but the song was just recorded in the last few months."
Burdon recorded "'Til Your Water Runs Dry" in Santa Barbara, Calif., with co-producer Tony Braunagel. He starts a short tour to promote it on January 31 in Milwaukee and will also perform at this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference during March in Austin, Texas, where the Animals' 50th anniversary will also be celebrated. Burdon is also writing his third memoir, which will likely be published in 2014.
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