The Zombies continue their remarkable 21st-century resurgence with a 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, and a 23-date North American tour, starting on January 8, 2018 in Key West at the Key West Theater. The Florida leg of the tour includes four exclusive performances of their iconic album Odessey and Oracle, performed in its entirety by the original members (Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy). The remainder of the tour will feature the acclaimed current line up, which includes Argent and Blunstone as well as Jim Rodford, Tom Toomey and Steve Rodford. 2018, marks the 50th Anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, which was released on April 19, 1968.
The 2018 tour follows an extremely active and exciting 2017, culminating with the band’s nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, their 3rd since 2014. Reacting to the news in a recent Billboard article, keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent said “It’s not something we expected. I mean, third-time nomination. We’re hoping the third-time is lucky for us. We’re delighted and excited.” 2018 Inductees will be announced by the Rock Hall this December, and the process includes a public ballot where fans can vote daily: www.rockhall.com/fan-vote/2018-fan-vote
Other 2017 highlights included a major anniversary tour celebrating Odessey and Oracle with stops at NYC’s Town Hall, LA’s Ace Hotel Theatre, London’s famed Palladium, and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival; the release of a lavish coffee-table book (“The Odessey”: The Zombies in Words and Images), and releases on CD and Vinyl, including the reissue of ‘Odessey and Oracle’ for the first time on CD in digipak with bonus tracks; a Greatest Hits LP; a reissue of the group’s most recent release, ‘Still Got That Hunger’ on baby blue vinyl; and two exclusive Record Store Day releases – a limited edition 7” of “A Rose For Emily” (which found a new audience when it was featured on the popular podcast S-Town) on rose-colored vinyl with the b-side “This Will Be Our Year,” and a 7” featuring their 2015 version of “I Want You Back Again” with the original 1965 recording on the flip side. In addition, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland featured The Zombies in a new exhibit, which spotlights the influential career and music of the iconic British Invasion group. The exhibit opened on July 12 and all four original members attended the special ceremony
“their music blew my mind”
– Brian Wilson
“Simply put, The Zombies have been one of the single most impactful groups on Cage The Elephant”
– Matt Schultz, Cage The Elephant
“a masterpiece of the highest order”
– Tom Petty
“Thank you…for touching my life with your beautiful music”
– Paul Weller
“In my early 20’s, when I was really getting into writing music, someone turned me on to Odessey and Oracle. My life changed. I pretty much listened to nothing else for an entire year”
– Nate Ruess, fun.
About The Zombies:
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey.
The 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 favorites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s 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 #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 ‘70’s 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 explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever is stronger than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian Speakeasy, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances, including Later…With Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and AOL Sessions. Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as The Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey And Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 forty-eight years later at the same time as Still Got That Hunger!
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