The Zombies are coming to town to perform at 9:30 Club on Thursday, March 23, in what they call the final performances of their seminal album Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.
At 9:30 Club, The Zombies will perform with Colin Blunstone (lead vocals), Rod Argent (keyboards/vocals), Chris White (bass/vocals), and Hugh Grundy (drums). They also will perform songs with the current iteration of the band, celebrating their most recent album Still Got That Hunger (published on The End Records), with Jim Rodford (bass), Tom Toomey (guitar), and Steve Rodford (drums).
To mark the 50th anniversary of the hit album, The Zombies are touring with their surviving original members and releasing a fabulous coffee-table book dedicated to Odessey and Oracle. The book, published by BMG Books and Reel Art Press in March 2017, incorporates handwritten lyrics for all the songs on Odessey and Oracle, as well as many of their other popular songs. The book contains rare photos from the band’s career as well as original artwork from artists like Terry Quirk, who illustrated the original cover for Odessey. Tom Petty wrote the forward to the book, and it contains reflections from the original members of The Zombies as well as Brian Wilson, Nate Ruess, Clive Davis, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, and many others.
Watch an official lyric video for “Time of the Season” by The Zombies on YouTube:
In the book, Rod Argent reflects on the success of “Time of the Season,” The Zombies’ biggest hit, from Odessey: “In those days, songs could gradually catch the public’s attention in one region and spread out with a ripple effect. We didn’t even know it was gaining momentum for six months until it was already shooting up the charts. We couldn’t believe it! We had a huge hit, but had already broken up.” Thankfully, they eventually returned.
The Zombies host a book launch party tonight, March 15, at the Strand Bookstore in New York City.
The band also are reissuing the album on CD and vinyl on March 17. The digipak CD will include bonus tracks such as alternate versions and outtakes from the original recording sessions. An accompanying booklet contains never seen photos as well as new notes from Andrew Sandoval. A greatest hits LP will follow on April 7.