Rocco, the main character in a recent West German film called "Comeback," is a once-famous rock star attempting a comeback. Rocco is played by Eric Burdon, who had great success in the mid-'60s as leader of Britain's Animals with hits like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place." Burdon will appear at the 9:30 club tonight as part of his real-life career comeback. The film is "somewhat" based on his life, says Burdon, who also wrote and recorded the soundtrack. "It is very difficult not to draw parallels, but I did try my best to play somebody else."
Burdon, who spent most of the '70s recording for minor labels, is currently shopping for a major record deal. Bruce Springsteen has offered to produce his next project, but Burdon's not that eager to cement the deal. "My feeling is that I don't want to be another '60s act that's produced by Bruce Springsteen, that's not what I'm looking for," Burdon insists. "I'm part of the '60s, for sure, but I want to say something that's really relevant today. If I can't pull that off, I don't want to be in the business any longer."