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Don't they know that The Zombies
are British Royalty?

The Zombies
The Historic Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
September 10, 2016
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Review and photos by Frances Sealy

Britain's original band, The Zombies, returned for a night of classic rock & roll from the original British invasion era (which featured such legendary bands as The Beatles, Stones, Kinks and The Who). The Zombies have disbanded and reunited several times during their career as well as formed other bands or performed solo over the past five decades. The band has continued to perform under many monikers. This show gave us a perfect blend of timeless classics and fresh new material.

The present touring band consists of some of the most legendary musicians and performers to emerge from the original British invasion in the early 1960s. Initially when the band started, Colin Blunstone's breathy voice catapulted the group to international stardom. Their first album had the mega hits "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No." Rod Argent's songwriting (with Chris White) and keyboards have played a major role in their success then and now. Their music's jazz and blues tinged flavor has kept their music timeless and relevant today.

Tom Toomey's guitar has been gracing the stage with Blunstone and the band intermittently for over 20 years now. Steve Rodford has been playing the drums for the band since the mid-eighties. He is also a writer and a multi-instrumentalist. Jim Rodford started playing bass with the band, Argent, when The Zombies initially disbanded. After his stint with Argent, Jim joined The Kinks and stayed with them for 18 years before joining The Zombies.

They recorded their critically acclaimed album, Odessey and Oracle (Originally labeled as the R.I.P. project) and disbanded before it was released. The last track on the album was the beautifully sad musical tome "Time Of the Season." The album was not initially a financial success, but it has withstood the test of time and has become universally accepted as their masterpiece that has gained momentum through the years. This show featured three songs from Odessey and Oracle. Their performance of "Time Of The Season" garnered one of the many standing ovations of the night.

Highlights from the set were: Rod Argent's virtuosity on the keyboards were amazing. The ten-minute version of "Hold Your Head Up" was jaw dropping. Colin Blunstone's vocals were not as 'breathy' as remembered from the 1960s, but they have gained strength and vibrato through the years. There were just too many high points in their set to do The Zombies justice. This was an amazing night as this legendary band took us on a very special journey into their magical past!
1. I Love You
2. Can't Nobody Love You (Solomon Burke cover)
3. I Want You Back Again
4. Goin' Out of My Head (Little Anthony & The Imperials cover)
5. Moving On
6. Edge of the Rainbow
7. I Don't Believe in Miracles (Colin Blunstone song)
8. Care of Cell 44
9. This Will Be Our Year
10. I Want Her She Wants Me
11. Time of the Season
12. Chasing the Past
13. Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner cover)
14. Tell Her No
15. You've Really Got a Hold on Me / Bring It On Home to Me
16. Hold Your Head Up (Argent cover)
17. She's Not There
18. God Gave Rock and Roll to You (Argent cover)

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