Friday, August 22, 2014


Hard to believe it was 50 years ago that The Zombies hit it big with She's Not There and even harder to believe that they're still going strong---well, two of them are, anyway---and sounding as good as ever.
The Zombies then.....
....and now
 The iconic band, which this year has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drew more than 5,000 people to Santa Monica Pier and the surrounding beach with a mixture of old hits and new material.
  Sadly for the beachgoers, Santa Monica officials, worried about the huge crowds and hoping to dissuade people from showing up, had removed the beach-facing jumbotron screen, although it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the audience.  
Beachgoers take in the music
  Led by the original founding members, keyboard player Rod Argent and singer Colin Bluntstone, the band has a new album out, and as well as She's Not There, it's original hits, Tell Her No from 1965 and Time of the Seasons (1966) are still played regularly on radio stations around the world.    
  The group, which was founded in the Blacksmith's Arms pub in St. Albans, disbanded back in 1967 but Argent and Blunstone reunited more than 30 years later and played live shows together until 2004 when they started going out under the name The Zombies with a re-formed line-up.

 Though the Zombies have faced inevitable member changes and split-ups over the years, Argent says that he and Blunstone came back together “just for fun” in late 1999.
“It was only that we had such a fun time playing that it mushroomed into many, many more gigs,” he says.
 He still relishes the buzz he and Blunstone get from performing live shows. “It feels one hundred percent the same as it did when we were 18 years old,” he says. “It’s just as exciting and it’s what makes being onstage magical. We have the privilege of being onstage again, and we’re having a ball.”



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