The Zombies Reunite for Odessey & Oracle Tour

I just love The Zombies musical group. I first saw The Zombies perform on the opening night of their U.S. Tour on February 6, 2004 at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. They knocked me out with their performance. I was amazed at Colin Blunstone’s vocal range. He sounded just like the studio recordings he made in 1964 and 1965.

Rod Argent was vivacious on stage, playing the keyboards with great command. When The Zombies switched gears and played the Argent hits, “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” I was totally psyched.

It would be eight years before I would see The Zombies play live again. This time it was a more intimate setting and free! We caught The Zombies at the Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den on August 8th, 2012 in Uncasville, CT. My earlier blog post about that concert experience is available here.

I read with zeal that The Zombies are returning to the U.S. shores in the fall to perform Odessey & Oracle in its entirety with the four remaining Zombies who recorded that classic album.

Here is the Zombies’ teaser announcement:

ANNOUNCEMENT: USA, this has been a long time coming.

It has been 5 decades since the original Zombies’ line-up last toured the States. Our final album together was released in 1968, but we never got a chance to perform it live for our American fans.

Starting on September 30th in Dallas, that is all going to change!!!!

That’s right! The Zombies are returning to the USA, and bringing some special friends – the incredible Chris White and Hugh Grundy – to perform “Odessey & Oracle” in its entirety! The original line-up (minus the sorely-missed Paul Atkinson) will join the current line-up for a very special evening of Zombies music, past and present. Whether you missed us in the 1960’s, or just discovered us yesterday, we hope you can join us on this journey today!

Here’s a sneak peek at the tour schedule (and we hope to add a couple shows more if we can!). Stay tuned for ticket information – most shows will go on sale this week.

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It just so happens there is a Connecticut concert date on the itinerary, Tuesday October 13th at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT. I’d love to see them live in concert again. The Zombies have a special magic when they perform live.

In addition to the reunion tour, The Zombies hope to release their next studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s Breathe Out, Breathe In, in the fall. Terry Quirk, the artist/illustrator of Odessey & Oracle  is creating the album art for that upcoming sixth album, Still Got That Hunger. I’d love to pick that recording up after the show 🙂

This video recorded at SXSW’s 5th Avenue Studio in Austin, TX this year will give you a taste of The Zombies fall lineup and perhaps the next album 😉

The Zombies Live at The Wolf Den

We attended a concert by The Zombies last night at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. Our seats were right down front in the “high roller” section 😉  Rod Argent played keyboards directly above us. Colin Blunstone sang to our immediate right.

The Zombies are associated with the British Invasion through their classic hits, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No“. I recall seeing the 45 rpm of  “She’s Not There” on Parrot Records way back when…

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone spoke about their five decades history which features noteworthy and measurable accomplishments. The Zombies gave us a very balanced set of that music legacy. They did their 60’s hits, then delved deeper into Odessey and Oracle performing five tracks of this masterpiece recording. “Care of Cell 44”, “A Rose for Emily”, “I want Her, She Wants Me”, and the last song was the timeless universal hit,  “Time of the Season“. It was a very fun sing along at  The Wolf Den 🙂

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Rod Argent spoke as one of the proud parents of Odessey and Oracle how the rich production has influenced generations of musicians. He was quite fond of Dave Grohl’s quote in NME.

“I would have loved to have been in the studio when The Zombies recorded [their 1968 masterpiece] Odessey and Oracle,” Dave Grohl told New Musical Express in 2011, when asked which classic album he would most liked to have put his stamp on. “It’s such a simple record, and such an amazing album, but the sounds are really primal and raw because of the technical limitations of the time. So yeah, probably that.”

ArtworkThey highlighted four songs from their latest studio recording,  Breathe Out, Breathe In, the title track, “Any Other Way”, “A Moment In Time”, and “I Do Believe”. I must admit the album has sturdy legs and grew on me last night.

They also featured the Argent song, “Hold Your Head Up” which was done in rousing fashion. I loved the fact that you had two members of Argent there, Rod Argent of course who truly shines on keyboard and special effects on this rock classic. We also had Jim Rodford the original bassist for Argent. Jim has also played with The Kinks and The Animals II. Hilton Valentine formed The Animals II. He now lives in Wallingford, Ct. and was in the audience directly behind us. He smiled approvingly through much of the show. I actually saw Hilton Valentine play with The Yarbirds a few years back at The Oakdale in Wallingford.

I was taken with a song that Colin Blunstone did from his days as lead vocalist for The Alan Parsons Project. Colin appeared on six of The Alan Parsons Project recordings. The selection he sang reached inside of me, “Old and Wise”. The song reached #21 on the Billboard AC charts in the US in early 1983 and #74 in the United Kingdom.

I bought a signed copy of The Zombies, Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London.

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