Eric Burdon and The Animals performed last night at Bambi's Exposition Hall but you would hardly have recognized them.
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"It was a listening audience," Bill Cowsill, who with David Ray operates the hall, said this morning. Cowsill said, "The audience, the police were wonderful."
About the performance Cowsill, who is father of the Cowsills, said, "It was a whole new scene. The group got its message over to a small percentage of the audience. Everybody else just as there, very attentive."
Most of the audience consisted of teenagers. There were a few older person. The latter said they appreciated the quieter sound. The group's rendition of "When I Was Young" was applauded enthusiastically.
"This performance was a trial run," Cowsill said, adding, "as often as we can get a good name we will get it." Also planned are modifications within the hall.
The operators already have perfected a new seating arrangement that give everyone a clear view of the stage. Capacity for the hall, now that new exits have been installed is 1,450.
Last night's concert was the first of several to be presented at the hall. Operators, Ray and Cowsill have made plans to bring The Rascals, Wilson Pickett and other top groups to Newport.
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