The Zombies Fifty years and counting for the St Albans boys.
From page 93 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Half a century has passed since The Zombies held their debut rehearsal in the Easter of 1961. Galvanised by reuniting for the band’s 40th anniversary, they have recorded a new album called Breathe In, Breathe Out . Keyboard player Rod Argent also believes there’s more to come.
Fifty years of existence in this cutthroat business is a humongous achievement. Is that longer than Jimmy Saville, even? It’s longer than just about anybody.
The album picks up the band’s signature sound with ease. The weight of expectation must have been considerable? Strangely, no. Colin [Blunstone, vocals] and I got back together purely for half a dozen gigs, which turned into 11 years of touring, so it happened naturally. Early response to the album has been overwhelming, and although it wasn’t intentional it does have a great resonance with the early stuff.
What was your first impression of Colin? As the car pulled up outside the Blacksmith’s Arms in St Albans for our very first rehearsal I said to Jim [Rodford, bass]: ‘God, I hope that’s not the guy we’re meeting’. Colin was a real sportsman back then; he had a plaster across his nose after breaking it playing rugby and was sporting two black eyes. His face was blown up like a balloon. Luckily, he turned out to be a vocalist in a million.
How many of the new songs will you perform on this tour?
Around half a dozen. I’m just back from rehearsal and they’re sounding excellent.
Is the finishing line even in sight for you? As long as we feel well enough, and we certainly do at the moment, then we’ll continue. My father, who sadly is no longer with us, played in a band till he was 83. DL The tour begins in Frome on May 14.