The one night only historic reunion of Eric Burdon and War will take place on April 21, 2008 at London's Royal Albert Hall. This will be the first, and sounds like the, only concert Eric Burdon and War will have and performed in almost forty years. Eric Burdon's contribution to music by joining forces with war makes this single concert one of the most popular European must-see live events of 2008.
Although War's lyrics were sometimes political in nature (in keeping with their racially intergrated line up), their music almost always had a positive, laid-back vibe emblematic of their So-California roots. Shortly after the sudden death of Burdon's close friend Jimi Hendrix (Hendrix overdosed on the night he jammed with Eric Burdon and War at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London), the singer moved away from the group, and War went on to become a creative force and released many successful albums in their own right.
The London Royal Albert Hall reunion concert will also dovetail a massive reissue campaign that will see Rhino Records releasing all of Eric Burdon and War's seminal albums. The two 1970's albums Eric Burdon Declares War and Blackman's Burdon will be released in the UK on Monday, March 24, followed by the release of their 1976 compilation album Love is All Around on Monday, March 31. All of War's subsequent studio albums will follow through the month of April. The reissue campaign will end on April 14 with the release of The Best of Eric Burdon and War and The War Anthology.