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ALADDIN THEATER – August 29 (Portland, OR)
SSG Music – live review
“Blunstone’s signature sultry vocals were still gentle and captivating. Argent’s keyboard playing showcased nearly all of his tricks that he’s learned over his career. That man is a bad ass and definitely something to watch.”
bePortland.com –live review:
“Having only been alive for less than half of The Zombies musical journey, I was shortly surprised by their eternal talent and surprising contemporary sound. The band, consisting of original members Colin Blunstone on vocals and Rod Argent on vocals/keyboard while currently supported by bassist Jim Rodford (The Kinks), Steve Rodford on drums, and guitarist Tom Tomney, demonstrated a full musical summary of the past fifty years.”
BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL – September 1 (Seattle, WA)
The Sun Break – live review (brief but glorious!)
“Every musician at Bumbershoot, however, could’ve taken a cue from The Zombies’ faultless program of irresistible hits (“She’s Not There’, “Time of the Season”) and baroque pop masterworks. Keyboardist Rod Argent proved he could still swing with the best of them, and spectral-voiced lead singer Colin Blunstone routinely hit notes that’d intimidate singers a third of his age.”
Seattle Music Insider – live review
“The Zombies reminded the Bumbershoot crowd how many hits from the 60′s they produced. Frontman Colin Blunstone was in fine voice and Keyboardist Rod Argent wowed the crowd with some stunning solos. Their flawless live versions of songs like “Time of The Season,” “She’s Not There,” and the Argent classic and “Hold Your Head Up” were simply brilliant.”
YOSHI’S – September 5 (San Francisco, CA)
The Rock Subculture Journal –live coverage:
“After a stellar opening set from supporting band Et Tu Brucé, the two founding members of The Zombies along with rock veterans Tom Toomey on guitar, Jim Rodford (front Argent and The Kinks) on bass, and Jim’s son Steve Rodford on drums demonstrated with their performance why their legendary status continues to grow. Yoshi’s San Francisco was as packed as I’ve ever seen it, and the audience seemed to be swept away with their brilliant and timeless music.”
TROUBADOUR – September 9 (West Hollywood, CA)
Paint The Gown Red blog – short live review:
“Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent have still got it. The pipes may be old, but they sure ain’t rusty! It was unbelievable how great they sounded. But I guess bands of the 60’s and 70’s are like that. It was a lot harder to be a successful musician with a terrible voice back in the day. Unless of course, that was your thing. I danced the night away to hits like She’s Not There and Time of the Season and when it finally ended, after a few encores, the audience just stood there unwilling to go home. Not bad for a Monday night, amiright?”
THE OBSERVATORY – September 10 (Santa Ana, CA)
LA Record – live review with lots of pics
“Those at The Observatory were given a wonderful history lesson, including the opportunity to listen to new material. “We might be here for three or four days” joked co-frontman Rod Argent. Complimented with the wonderful vocal stylings of Colin Blunstone, it’s no wonder that The Zombies have have been covered by fellow musicians like Tom Petty, Paul Weller, and Dave Grohl. Alongside hits like “Tell Her No,” “Time of the Season,” and “She’s Not There,” the setlist also included covers like “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.” It was an exceptionally lovely night, and I count myself lucky to have been able to finally witness these legends in person.”
SATELLITE CLUB – September 13 (Los Angeles, CA)
Rozette Diaz, Restless Cities music website – review & lots of pics:
“They impressed the crowd right away, sounding just like they must have in 1965, but it wasn’t until the final line of the chorus that we realized what we were in for. As the music cut out and Blunstone crooned, “And I don’t know what to say-ay-ay!” the crowd burst into applause. It was impossible not to.”
CRESCENT THEATRE – September 16 (Phoenix, AZ)
Phoenix New Times – reviewed show
**I wasn’t sure what to expect. Actually, I knew exactly what to expect, becuse I’d seen it all before from a hundred other bands trying to retool their
past for an extra dollar. This show would be a bunch of lackluster singles that tried to recapture that powerful ’60s energy (and would inevitably fair) while selling out to a bunch of old folks who were trying to rehash their faded dreams
**Oh, how wrong I was.
**An aura of humility and genuine appreciation for their fans.
**The entire show seemed so modest, yet so gentile
**Colin and Rod looked especially radiant, and I found myself deeply wishing I could be this cool at their age. Lord knows that if I live to be half of 70, I doubt I’ll have the energy or pizzazz that The Zombies demonstrated Monday night.
**”Time of the Season” had me in awe, feeling like I was witnessing some kind of revolution. That fucking Mellotron was tearing at me. “A Rose for Emily” and especially “She’s Not There” broke my heart in strange places I didn’t know existed and I almost cried. I kind of wish I had.
**So in other words, fuck me. Please forgive my cynicism.
**I’ve never been to a show where I’ve felt more humbled or surprised. And when they closed with their version of George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” a slow, melancholy waltz, it left me with a feeling that I had witnessed something incredible and kosher.
KENTUCKY THEATRE – September 23 (Lexington, KY)
Kentucky.com – live review:
“Credit such credibility to the two Zombie holdovers. Argent was always the key architect of the band’s sound. Last night, he proved that with keyboard orchestration that propelled the r&b sway of the 1965 single Can’t Nobody Love You and the summery pop-soul title tune from the band’s 2011 album, Breath Out Breath In. And, to absolutely no surprise, there was the scholarly but beautifully loose jazz solo that punctuated the signature hit Time of the Season. Blunstone was the great wonder of this latest Zombies uprising. At age 68 (he is exactly 10 days younger than Argent), his vocal range and clarity was astoundingly strong, from the high chorus wail he summoned during the show-opening I Love You to the studied harmonic lead of A Rose for Emily (performed as a lean trio piece with Argent and bassist Jim Rodford).In short, this was no phoned in oldies act. This was a vital, involving pop parade fashioned from the past but built very much for the here and now.”
PABST THEATRE – September 25 (Milwaukee, WI)
A.V. Club – live review
“As they opened with a short set of early recorded songs and a few tracks off their fantastic 2011 album, Breathe Out, Breathe In, The Zombies quickly demonstrated that the longevity of their career has only strengthened their abilities as musicians and songwriters. While the instrumental playing from all members of the band was phenomenal—particularly from bassist Jim Rodford of The Kinks and the organ acrobatics of Rod Argent—most impressive was the singing of Colin Blunstone. Within 10 seconds of the first song, there were audible gasps in the audience at the undeniable quality and strength of his voice as it echoed through the Pabst. The Zombies truly dazzled a crowd in a theater as iconic and legendary as they are.”
ExpressMilwaukee.com – live review
“Beginning with a mix of their classic early ’60s work and new songs from their 2011 album Breathe In, Breathe Out, The Zombies seemed to be, well, showing off. Colin Blunstone’s voice, a significant part of The Zombies sound, remains essentially unchanged, and, if anything, sounds better, while Rod Argent is still an intensely gifted keyboardist whose work is relatively unmatched… like the first track from Odessey and Oracle, “Care of Cell 44,” says, it is “good to have you back again.”