AMES, IA (September 28, 2013) —What’s your name, who’s your daddy, is rich like me…” “It’s the time of the season for loving…” “Hold your head, hold your up…” and “God gave rock and roll to you, gave rock and roll to you and put it the hearts of everyone..” For half a century Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent have made music whose lyrics/addictive melodies as The Zombies and Argent. In 1963 I listened to The Zombies along side The Animals, Beatles, Chad and Jeremy, Dave Clark Five and the Stones.  “Damn they were fantastic …” rang through the healthy crowd assembled outside Ames City Auditorium after their 90 minute show. Unlike nostalgic acts such as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Grand Funk and  American Band who are on the county fair circuit,  The Zombies have toured the U.S. three times in 2013 to overwhelming approval from critics and fans of the British invasion to sold-out venues big and small. In fact Rolling Stone recently said the the concert photograph of the year was a photo of The Zombies first show in the U.S. this year. Think of all the concert shots over the course of one year.

During their sound check, I realized that I was in for a slice of the British invasion I had only heard on my transistor radio and a Sears phonograph. They played all their well known songs as well as very obscure material, explaining how the songs came about and who produced or played on which song. It was a 59 year old music junkie’s dream. Then to find out the bass player had been offered a job with The Zombies in 1964, but turned it down to play with the Kinks and later the Animals. Each non-original Zombie had ties to the band that made them very credible. Colin told of the time the band recorded in Abbey Road studio the next day after The Beatles recorded Sgt. Peppers. The Zombies 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle, comprising twelve songs by the group’s principal songwriters, Argent and Chris White, is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Colin Blunstone’s voice was perfect. He hit every note without hesitation, even though he said after 50 years he forgot some songs all together. Rod Argent has joined Carl Palmer and Roger Dartley in appearance. Rod is as fit as a 30 year gym rat at a powerful 68 years old. His playing was well crafted in 60’s pop, 70’s  progressive rock and every era jazz. It was a bittersweet show for Colin, Rod and the rest of the band as they were leaving the next morning for Britain. Colin stated that they would come at some point with a new record they are currently assembling in the studio. Regardless if they ever make new music, as long as they continue to play as they did on this tour The Zombies will attract new and original fans after each performance.

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