(Note: Joe Mc has modified the dates of the August leg somewhat, and I have changed the post accordingly)
We have written extensively on the touring history of the second incarnation of The Animals, the psychedelic outfit known as Eric Burdon and The Animals. The Animals had been a very successful "British Invasion" style band, but Burdon remade the group into an inventive Fillmore style band. This decision came from his frustration at the limitations on the original Animals, and a trip that Burdon made to San Francisco around August 1966.
A thoughtful correspondent has sent us the dates of the last American tour of the original Animals. The band had already decided to break up in May 1966, but they agreed to do a contracted American tour. They shared a bill with Herman's Hermits, and each stop probably included several local bands. The Animals probably played 20 or 30 minute sets, and only Burdon's vocals would have gone through the house PA, with the band's guitar amps provided the only other amplification. While that sort of sound system could work in a nightclub, it had to sound pretty tinny in a big civic auditorium.
At this point, the Animals were
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Herman's Hermits/Animals US Tour, July 1966 (h/t Joe Mc for the list)
July 1 Honolulu HI HIC Arena
July 2 San Jose CA Civic Auditorium
July 3 Los Angeles CA Sports Arena
July 4 TTG Studios, Hollywood-recording
Bruno Ceriotti points out another historical fact from this tour:
On a day off from the tour the band entered the "T.T.G.Studios" in Los Angeles to recorded with Tom Wilson as producer, Frank Zappa as arranger and Ami Hadani as engineer, two songs titled: "The Other Side Of This Life" (maybe with Zappa on bass?) and "All Night Long" (maybe with Zappa on guitar and/or bass?) with the help of four local sessionmen: William Roberts(guitar), Lawrence “Larry” Knetchel (organ), Carol Kaye (guitar) and John Guerin (drums). Both tracks were released in their US album "Animalism"(November 21, 1966) and the only song "The Other Side Of This Life" is also released as single by Eric Burdon & The Animals: "The Other Side of This Life /It's All Meat" (August 21, 1967).
July 6 Denver CO Bear Stadium, Denver University
July 7 Lubbock TX Coliseum
July 9 Salt Lake City UT Lagoon Terrace Ballroom
July 10 Minneapolis MN Auditorium Convention Hall (afternoon show)
Kansas City MO Memorial Auditorium (evening show)
July 12 Sioux Falls SD unknown (afternoon show)
Des Moines IA Veterans Memorial Auditorium (evening show)
July 13 Lincoln NE Pershing Auditorium
July 14 Tulsa OK Assembly Center
July 15 Little Rock AR War Memorial Stadium
July 17 Houston TX Sam Houston Coliseum
July 18 Corpus Christi TX Memorial Coliseum
July 19 Jackson MS Mississippi Coliseum
July 20 Atlanta GA Municpal Auditorium
July 21 Memphis TN Mid-South Coliseum
July 22 Montgomery AL State Coliseum
July 23 Birmingham AL Municipal Auditorium
July 24 New Orleans LA City Park Stadium
July 25 Richmond VA Syria Mosque
July 26 Winston-Salem NC Municipal Auditorium
July 27 Canton OH Municipal Auditorium
July 28 Detroit MI Olympia Stadium
July 29 Montreal QUE unknown venue (probably the Forum)
July 30 Baltimore MD Civic Center
July 31 Chicago IL International Ampitheatre (afternoon show)
July 31 Milwaukee WI Milwaukee Arena (evening show)
August 1 OFF (the Hermits playd three days at Atlantic City NJ Steel Pier
August 2 West Hyannis MA Cape Cod A-Go-Go
Bruno Ceriotti has confirmed that after this show, The Animals fly back to New York City, and Chas Chandler meets Linda Keith (Keith Richard's girlfriend) at a club called Ondine's, and she tells him about a guitarist playing in Greenwich Village.
August 3 New York NY Wollman Rink Central Park
Chandler goes to the Cafe What to hear Jimi Hendrix, playing as Jimmy James and The Blue Flames. Jimi's second guitarist is Los Angeles teenager Randy Wolfe, in Long Island for the Summer, who Jimi has dubbed "Randy California."
August 4 Fort Wayne IN Memorial Coliseum
August 5 Boston MA Boston Arena
August 6 Toronto ONT Maple Leaf Garden
August 7 Pittsburgh PA Civic Arena
August 8 Providence RI Rhode Island Auditorium (possibly cancelled)
Eric Burdon almost certainly went to San Francisco during this break in the tour. After a brief break, the Animals continued playing concerts until early September, finishing on September 5 at Atlantic City NJ Steel Pier. I believe those were their last shows as a band.
At some point, probably after August 9, Eric went to San Francisco, where he experienced that rarest of natural occurrences, the 'Warm San Franciscan Night.' When the Animals tour ended in September, Chas Chandler met again with Jimi Hendrix, and the next chapters for both Burdon's and Chandler's careers begin soon after.