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“Gorby” inspired song on Eric Burdon’s new disc

- February 7th, 2013

Musical inspiration comes from the most unusual places.
For example, Water, a song off Eric Burdon’s new album, ‘Til The River Runs Dry, was inspired by an impromptu meeting with former Soviet Union chief Mikhail Gorbachev when the two were both at a German TV station years ago.
“He asked if he could meet with us, and we said, ‘Yeaaaah, we’ll be down in five seconds,” the legendary inger of The Animals and War told QMI Agency before his sole Canadian date at Casino Rama on Feb. 8.
“And he was a very nice guy and I was sitting next to him I was understanding the impression that he had on (Ronald) Reagan. I was looking at his shirt and his tailored suit and his beautiful Swiss watch and I could see that that probably meant a lot to Regan and kind of warming to a Russian who he had painted as the devil at the time.
“And I asked him, ‘What’s the next big world problem?’ and he said, ‘Water.’ So I thought the best way is to say it with music.”

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