Zombies: R&R Hall Nomination And Tour That Will Bring Them back To The Detroit Area

Fresh off their Rock Hall nomination, the Zombies — led by Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone — have just announced a final string of shows next spring in which they’ll perform their 1968 cult classic, Odessey And Oracle.

They are scheduled to play the Royal Oak Music Theater April 4th.

Odessey And Oracle was recorded between June and November 1967 at both the Beatles‘ home base — London’s Abbey Road Studios and the Rolling Stones‘ primary studio, Olympic. John Lennon‘s mellotron was actually used for the set when the band could not afford a string ensemble — and even paid for the album’s stereo mix out of its own pocket.

Odessey And Oracle was released on April 19th, 1968 was released following the band’s split, with “Time Of The Season” peaking at Number Three.

  • Rod Argent told us that it’s fun being in the Zombies again, and he would never have agreed to resurrect the group name if it was just about money: “I, particularly, am in the lucky position — because of all the songwriting over the years, and because of the production success that I’ve had — of notneeding to do this to make a buck. We’re doing it because it’s suddenly, unexpectedly such a buzz to play live again! It’s just as exciting as it was when we first went out, all those years ago.”
  • UPDATED: The Zombies featuring Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent tour dates (subject to change):
    March 1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Celebrity Cruises – Flower Power Cruise at Celebrity Summit
    March 17 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
    March 18 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
    March 20 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
    March 21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
    March 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
    March 25 – New York, NY – Town Hall
    March 28 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur
    March 30 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
    March 31 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theater
    April 1 – Montreal, QC – Imperial Cinema
    April 2 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
    April 4 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre     
    April 5 – Lorain, OH – Lorain Palace Theatre
    April 7 – Biloxi, MS – Golden Nugget Biloxi
    April 8 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
    April 9 – Nashville, TN – James K. Polk Theater
    April 11 – Springfield, IL – Sangamon Auditorium
    April 13 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
    April 15 -Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
    April 17 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
    April 18 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent Event Centre
    April 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
    April 22 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
    April 23 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
    April 25 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
    January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – Miami, FL – Celebrity Cruises – “The Moody Blues Cruise” Celebrity Eclipse


  • The Zombies are best remembered for their classic 1960’s hits — 1965’s “She’s Not There” (#2) “Tell Her No” (#6), and 1969’s “Time Of The Season” (#3).
  • Keyboardist Ron Argent went on to form Argent and in 1972 scored the Top Five hit “Hold Your Head Up.”
  • He also contributed keyboards to the Who‘s final album with Keith Moon, 1978’s Who Are You, and later went on to tour as part of Ringo Starr‘s All Starr Band.

CHECK IT OUT: The Zombies’ 1968 track “This Will Be Our Year”:

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