Time Of The Season For A Zombie Attack

Thans to a heads-up from a friend on Twitter, I was able to add one more concert to my music-rich visit to the UK. The Zombies have featured on these pages before, with Odessy And Oracle being  a cult favorite that seems to be getting more acclaim as time goes on. So when I heard about a Zombies concert in Islington on my free night in London, I booked as soon as I can.

I don’t know all the details of the band, or their records well enough to attempt a setlist, but I learned that the Zombies had also been together for 50+ years, and the show covered all eras right up to their current album, Breathe In Breathe Out. This included a six song segment of songs from Odessy And Oracle , as well as classic sixties hits like She’s Not There and Tell Her No.

Both Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent were engaging in their banter to the audience, giving some interesting background to the songs and particularly around their classic album. The biggest laugh of the evening was when Rod Argent noted that the bands website was www.thezombies.net and that he couldn’t be responsible if people went to zombies.net.

Most importantly, the five man band played, sung and harmonised very competently, and you could well have been listening to the original tracks in many cases.  Rod Argent’s innovative keyboard work was always a feature of the band, and his many keyboard breaks went down well with the audience. All in all, it was an enjoyable show and one Zombie attack that you should actually pay good money to see!

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