Psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have announced a summer UK tour – and it includes a visit to Edinburgh in June.
The British band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favourites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The Zombies, who will also play dates in Bexhill, Cardiff, Leamington Spa and London, before bringing the tour to an end at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, will be lead by founding and current members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent.
The second UK band following the Beatles to score a No.1 in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960s hit singles She’s Not There and Tell Her No.
Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single Time Of The Season, from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked No.100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’
To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.
Following the break-up of the original band, lead vocalist Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including Say You Don’t Mind, What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, and Old & Wise with Alan Parsons Project) and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked 70s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (Hold Your Head Up, God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You), but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own.
By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies.
The Zombies’ Live Dates
6th – De La War Pavillion, Bexhill
12th – Tramshed, Cardiff
13th – The Assembly, Leamington Spa
14th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
16th – Queen’s Hall – Edinburgh