Monday, March 11, 2013

The Zombies Play Nashville's War Memorial

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A quick dispatch tonight (this morning?). I got to see The Zombies at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. If you don't know, The Zombies are a British group that started recording in the early 60s and are probably best known for their hit song "Time of the Season" though they have many other popular and notable tunes like "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No." The remaining members are Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, both solid performers who had solo careers of their own when the band broke up. Without getting into a ton (because it's late and I'm tired), it was a great show. Both Argent and Blunstone seemed so satisfied to be performing for a receptive crowd. It was also cool to hear them weave in some of their history in between songs, especially since the audience was by no means solely comprised of Baby Boomers. But wouldn't you know in room full of gray hair, I got stuck next to three elementary-aged kids. Well. Good for them. This would have been a heck of a first concert. Besides sampling the hits and other favorite tracks from the past, they also played new material off 2011's Breathe Out, Breathe In. As someone who is not overly familiar with all of their work, I couldn't distinguish between which songs were old and which were new.

I really want to go on about how Argent wailed on the keyboard, or how Blunstone nailed "Summertime" by George Gershwin, or how the other guys in their band were pros... or even how Nashville's own The Ettes opened and their drummer has to be the hardest working drummer I've ever seen, but really the best way to wrap this up is by saying this: Fifty years later, and The Zombies are still kicking.

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