london music – the zombies

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent at Rough Trade East, London on Tuesday FebruaDSC_0674.jpgry 2nd

It’s not everyday you get to see Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent performing an intimate “acoustic” (ok.. it’s an electric piano) duo set as if they were in your living room… and, yes, they were great. Chris White (former Zombie songwriter and bass player) was also in the crowd along with old die hard, and new young, fans…

DSC_0689.jpgTheir songs have withstood the test of time. Colin’s voice was in fine form as it leapt and sprang over familiar melodies. And such great melodies! Comfortable yet tricky, the songs provide a range to be reckoned with, and Colin moved around them as if they are putty in his hand. It somehow doesn’t seem that surprising that both Rod and Colin were choir boys growing up! They are such lovely people… funny, charming and fascinated by the world around them and so willing to share. Rod’s piano playing was (and is whenever I have seen him) full of exuberance and joy. He always looks like he’s having a blast.

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These are two lucky men! They have some fabulous songs to keep performing, She’s Not There, Tell Her No, Time of The Season, Care of Cell 44, A rose for Emily – 
and they seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company, laughing and bantering…

The Q&A session was charming with a couple of stories, including the unplanned inclusion of mellotron all over Odessey and Oracle to take advantage of the instrument that John Lennon had left behind at Abbey Road. As Colin says “Now I know I’ll never get over you!” The Zombies live on!DSC_0915.jpg

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