Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Time of the Season" for The Zombies

As a big fan of one of the most under-rated bands of the 1960s British Invasion, I have eagerly waited for The Zombies to tour on the West Coast. Well, my lucky day finally came last month when The Zombie performed at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA!
 Featuring original lead vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, The Zombies and their three, stellar backing members (including an ex-Kinks bassist!) delivered an amazing performance, sounding so fresh, relevant, and better than ever. Time has treated these gentlemen well and they have
perfected their music-making craft as they presented us with Zombie classics and new songs they've recently recorded. Sounding just like the studio recordings we all know and love, they performed hits like "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," "Time of the Season," as well as selections from their beloved Odessey and Oracle album, and even a few tunes from their solo careers (like Argent's 1972 hit "Hold Your Head Up"). After a 50-year career, Colin's beautiful, breathy vocals still showcase his incredible range, Rod's keyboard wizardry was astounding, and I loved how warm and open their relationship was with the enthusiastic audience. Before The Zombies' performance, the night began with popfull tunes and pleasant harmonies by opening act Et Tu Bruce' from West London. The historic venue (seriously, read here) made for an intimate setting and was standing-room only on the ground floor, but I gratefully enjoyed a bench seat and a great view from the loft.

Not a bad view! (The close-up shots are not mine).

It was an fantastic and energetic show that had me on the edge of my seat when I wasn't singing along. These talented Brits did not disappoint and I encourage you to check them out if they're playing in a town near you! And in true '60s Beat fashion, we must have a few videos featuring footage from our beloved decade. Since their biggest hits ("She's Not There") and ("Time of the Season")  have been previously posted, here are two other great songs that we were also performed at the concert. Featuring their complex harmonies and melodies, "Tell Her No" comes from their debut album and reached #4 on the US Billboard chart in March of '65 (here live on Hullabaloo).

Last month's performance concluded with two encores, one of which was this sultry interpretation of George Gershwin's "Summertime." For a group of guys that look like accountants, they sure make some pretty great music!

Thanks again to the magnificent Zombies for a memorable night!