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The Zombies have released a live version of their hit song ‘Time of The Season’. Recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and released in 1968, the track was a worldwide chart-topper that paved the way to a full-fledged glorious career for the band. The live rendition was recorded live in Los Angeles and premiered via Rolling Stone.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have also announced that they’re working on a new LP, their first since their 2015 album ‘Still Got That Hunger’. Keyboardist Rod Argent noted that several songs have already been recorded in his new studio, which was designed by the same person responsible for the acoustic design of all the Abbey Road studios.
The band currently consists of Argent, vocalist Colin Blunstone, guitarist Tom Toomey, drummer Steve Rodford, and bassist Søren Koch, who replaced Jim Rodford after he passed away in 2018.
51 years have passed since ‘Time of the Season’ claimed the number one position on the U.S. single charts, making them the second UK band (following the Beatles) to score a #1 hit in America during the 1964 “British Invasion”.
After infiltrating the airwaves with hit singles ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Tell Her No’, The Zombies ironically broke up just prior to releasing “Time of the Season” and their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle. Ranked #100 among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, these are considered their greatest successes. 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 a year of overseas touring, The Zombies will be returning to Scandinavia for a series of tour dates, which is significant as the band actually played their first European dates here. The band has also announced other US, Canadian, and UK dates, as well as performances on two special cruises.
In 2019, The Zombies was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, joining Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, and Roxy Music. Fittingly, the Induction Ceremony took place on March 29, 2019 – exactly 50 years to-the-day that ‘Time of the Season’ first hit #1 on the charts.
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’ led to performing at Glastonbury Festival, an appearance on TV on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’, and the band’s 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction… With so many major triumphs in their 5-decade career, you can be sure they will not rest on their laurels. The Zombies story continues! All tour dates can be found HERE
Also enjoy this animated video for their trippy track ‘Butcher’s Tale’:
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