Live Review: The Zombies @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 9/29/19

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The Zombies perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Upon induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, keyboardist Rod Argent of The Zombies recalled hearing “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley at the age of 11. “For the next year or so, I just sought out the rawest rock ‘n’ roll I could find: I was totally transfixed by American rock ‘n’ roll; it seemed to represent a world and a culture that was not only magical, but so far removed from our ’50s England that whatever I did, I could never dream of any of us ever being anywhere near it.”

Inspired by Elvis, Miles Davis, and The Beatles, The Zombies recorded two remarkable albums in the ’60s then disbanded. But much like their heroes, The Zombies discovered the public would not forget them, and an initial regrouping in the early ’00s led to a full-blown reunion and The Zombies receiving their due with the Rock Hall in New York in March. Still on a career high from that experience, Rod and vocalist Colin Blunstone took their current Zombies show on the road and appeared at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland, recently.

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Live Review: Colin Blunstone @ City Winery — 2/7/19

Colin Blunstone @ City Winery, Washington DC, 02/07/2019 Colin Blunstone performs at City Winery in DC on Feb. 7, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

On the cusp of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Colin Blunstone of The Zombies first turned his dazzling vocal power to City Winery in DC for a perfect evening of song and remembrances recently.

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Preview: Colin Blunstone of The Zombies @ City Winery, 2/7/19

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Colin Blunstone (center) and his band (Photo courtesy The Bloom Effect)

Colin Blunstone, lead singer of The Zombies, will visit City Winery for a rare solo show on Thursday, Feb. 7. Colin’s concert precedes a long overdue recognition for the ‘60s psych rockers as The Zombies will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 29!

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Don’t Miss: The Zombies @ Birchmere, 7/17/17 (Perspective on a Very Good Year)

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The Zombies perform at 9:30 Club on March 23, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

The Zombies Continue Banner Year

If the “Modfather” hands you one of his all-time favorite albums and tells you to listen, it would behoove you to do so.

Paul Weller helped transform the sound of British rock during the 1970s with his former punk rock-new wave band The Jam and later with The Style Council in the 1980s. When he’s not recording new music on his own (his 13th solo album “A Kind of Revolution” drops May 12) or performing live, you can find him at a record store collecting vinyl like it’s his job. His musical appetite is varied and oftentimes obscure, but always on point, so it’s no surprise a critically acclaimed commercial flop like Odessey and Oracle (misspelling courtesy artist Terry Quirk) is at the top of the tastemaker’s list.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Zombies @ 9:30 Club, 3/23/17

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The Zombies (Photo by Andrew Eccles)

The Zombies surely make for an unlikely success story. By the release of their seminal album, Odessey and Oracle, in 1968, the band broke up. Early in 1969, “Time of the Season” from the album became a hit in the United States, but The Zombies weren’t there to enjoy the attention.

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