After receiving rapturous critical acclaim from performing the 40th
Anniversary of their 1968 landmark album, 'Odessey & Oracle' over
three sold out concerts at the London Shepherd's Bush Empire earlier
this year, the original members of the Zombies will perform the
legendary album in the UK for the very last time during April 2009.
Colin Blunstone (vocals), Rod Argent (keyboards/vocals), Chris White
(bass/vocals), and Hugh Grundy (drums) will perform the entire
'Odessey & Oracle' album from start to finish. Keith Airey, who
regularly tours with the band, replaces the late Paul Atkinson on guitar.
The first half of the concert will see the Zombies' play a selection
of Zombies' hits, as well as Colin Blunstone's magical solo material
from his critically acclaimed album, "One Year".
The Zombies will perform the entirety of 'Odessey & Oracle' starting
with the song 'Care of Cell 44', followed by the layered harmonies of
'Maybe After He's Gone' and 'Beechwood Park', the soaring vocals
during 'Hung Up On A Dream', plus an unforgettable performance of
'Time of the Season' and the show closer 'She's Not There'.
When the Zombies originally performed the 40th Anniversary concert
for Odessey & Oracle at Shepherd Bush Empire during March 2008, the
concert was attended by the crème de la crème of the rock elite
including Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Robyn Hitchcock, Snow Patrol's
Gary Lightbody and members of Garbage.
The A-List attendance confirmed what an influential album Odessey has
become, with Paul Weller picking up tickets for all three nights of
his favourite album and Dave Grohl claiming that 'Care of Cell 44'
changed his life.
In a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by NME, 'Odessey &
Oracle' was placed at Number 32, with the accompanying comment:
"....British psychedelia with a kaleidoscopic vision that rivals even
'Time of the Season' reached 5 million plays in the US at the end of
last year - one of only a handful of UK records to make that
milestone. The song is also featured on a major advert in Japan for
Nissan and both 'She's Not There' and 'Time of the Season' were also
included in a recent episode of 'American Idol'.
The Zombies are heralded as a major influence by a diverse range of
big name talent including Badly Drawn Boy, Paul Weller, Magic
Numbers, Super Furry Animals, Billy Joel, and the Artic Monkeys.
Recorded as a single for their 'Golddiggers' album, The Beautiful
South released their version of The Zombies' 'This Will Be Our Year'.
Zombies songs are regularly covered live by such varied artists as
Beck and Belle & Sebastian, not to mention being used in films and
popular television shows ('Awakenings', 'Kill Bill 2' and The
Simpsons, to name a few).