An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

by Charlie Bermant

Aside from his time onstage, the music cruise experience didn’t appear to be Eric Burdon’s thing. He ignored expectations on the recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise by not mixing with the passengers or participating in any musical collaborations — including an especially obvious one with the Lowrider Band, members of which backed Burdon under the name *** on hits like “Spill the Wine.”

Burdon served as a headliner for the 23rd semi-annual Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, held from Oct. 4-10, 2014, along the Mexican Riviera. Since its founding in 2002, the Blues Cruise has boasted the most unfettered connections between the performers and participants — even as choices have grown exponentially for affluent music fans. Of course, the fragile egosystem under which performers have operated for years can thwart this effort.​ Read More…

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