The 40 Years WAR!

{Originally Published in the IE Weekly’s October 9th “Best of IE” Edition}

Lonnie Jordan and his funk masters of WAR are set to celebrate the band’s landmark fortieth anniversary. Formed in 1969, the California based group has successfully funkified genres for the last several decades all while compiling fifty million album sales worldwide. In the early days, Eric Burdon, who formerly sang for the British Band “The Animals,” declared WAR when he fronted the band and crooned hits such as “Spill the Wine,” and “Tobacco Road.” Burdon ultimately left WAR to it’s own devices as the group went on to successfully produce timeless classics such as the Chicano anthem “Lowrider,” and the eternally dedicated song, “Don’t Let No One Get you Down.” Keyboardist and vocalist Lonnie Jordan is the sole founding member of WAR performing under the band’s name. The current lineup features the talents of musicians such as Sal Rodriguez on drums and Pancho Tomaselli who lays down the funky bass rhythms like no other. The band continues to tour globally and, in gearing up for its fortieth anniversary as a musical entity, WAR reunited with Burdon for a special one time performance at England’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this year.

As the legendary purveyors of universal street music seek an induction into the rock and roll hall of fame next year, WAR sees a continued relevance to their funk anthems. For Jordan, the world still resembles much too closely the Vietnam War era that marked that genesis of the group. His sense of purpose is best seen in WAR’s live shows and it just so happens, this one is free. Come and see for yourself how, as a consummate showman, Jordan’s singing still displays commanding range while interspersing stories of the past, or put more psychedelically; flashbacks!

WAR at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA 92210. (760)-200-8400; Fri., 6 PM, FREE


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