featuring Chris Connelly
Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
18 years and over
The Zombies were the second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America.
With gorgeous melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and a jazzy influence, The
Zombies ruled the 1960’s with hit singles like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”. Ironically,
the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success – the chart-topping
single “Time of the Season”, from their swan-song album “Odessey & Oracle” (recently ranked
#80 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”). Lead singer Colin Blunstone went on
to develop an acclaimed solo career, while keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked arenas in
the 70’s with his eponymous band ARGENT.
Over 30 years later, Blunstone and Argent resurrected The Zombies, paying tribute to the group’s
musical legacy and collaborating on new studio material. Helmed by founding members Rod
Argent and Colin Blunstone, the group is marking its half century with a new album – Breathe
Out, Breathe In – and a tour. The ten songs that make up Breathe Out, Breathe In are impeccably
crafted pieces; the harmonies are rich, the melodies full, the arrangements exquisite, the organ
and piano fresh and the production intuitive. Uncut Magazine raves “Argent and Blunstone find
Zombie heaven again.” Starting in September, Argent and Blunstone are joined onstage by
bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of Argent and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve on drums, and
renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, performing a dazzling retrospective of the cherished
Zombies catalogue, favorites from their post-Zombies careers, and of course songs from Breathe
Out, Breathe In.