The Zombies coming to Cranbrook in 2020
Classic Rock fans rejoice… On March 29 of 2019, iconic British pop legends joined the likes of Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, and Roxy Music as the 2019 class of the North American Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the induction ceremony took place exactly 50 years to the day, after The Zombies’ classic, Time of the Season – their first hit number one on the charts in America.
The Zombies were part of the British invasion to North America in the ‘60s with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and many more establishing a worldwide base of fans in a very quick fashion.
Never content to only look back, and despite a busy touring schedule, The Zombies are also in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2015 Billboard charting album, ”Still Got That Hunger.”
Led by founding members, vocalist Colin Blunstone, and world-renowned keyboardist Rod Argent, The Zombies’ 21st Century line-up features Steve Rodford on drums, renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, and the newest member Soren Koch on bass.
The band’s live performances are described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “absolutely triumphant,”’ takes fans on a journey through time, from their early hit their 1968 masterpiece “Odessey and Oracle,” post Zombies solo favourites, right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a number one hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There,” and “Tell her No.”
Ironically, the group actually broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success, the worldwide chart-topping single Time of the Season, from their swan-song album “Odessey and Oracle,” which is ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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, as their music is still played on countless radio stations across North America today. The reason is, is that the Zombies have produced timeless music.
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 and Wise,” with Alan Parsons Project.
Keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked 1970’s arenas with his great band Argent (“Hold Your Head up”, and “God Gave Rock n Roll to You”). However, 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, proved that Zombies fever is stronger than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, the Late show with Stephan Colbert, CBS Saturday Morning and AOL Sessions.
Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as the Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey and Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 48 years later, at the same time as Still Got That Hunger.
The band’s 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction marked a major triumph in their five decade career, but you can be sure they will not rest on their laurels as the Zombies story continues on.
The Zombies tour will be making a stop at Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre on April 22 (2020) at 7:30 p.m.
This show will be the only interior date on the tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday November 8. All Seats are reserved and priced at $55 all inclusive. You can purchase tickets at the Key City Theatre box office, by phone or online.
If you are a fan of old time classic rock, you are not going to want to miss The Zombies LIVE in concert at the Key City theatre on April 22/2020. It’s the chance of a lifetime to hear and experience one of the world’s longest lasting and iconic rock/pop bands in the intimate acoustical surroundings of Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre.