Who’s your great-grand-daddy?
It’s been 45 years since the Zombies had their harmonic-psychedelic rock hit “Time of the Season.” The one-time crew member of the British Invasion across the pond and into arenas and radios in the United State is together again, featuring original lyricist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent.
“There’s a feeling that we’re still relevant,” Argent said on the group’s website. “It’s never felt as good as it does at the moment.”
The Zombies perform live music at Tahoe Saturday, Sept. 7, in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room, built in 1959, three years before the group formed. More good news for longtime Zombie fans: the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The group became a sensation in 1964 with the song “She’s Not There,” which reached No. 2 on the charts during the heyday of The Beatles and Supremes. The song has remained popular on classic rock stations and because it was covered in a heavy rock version by Carlos Santana.
Argent’s tune “Time of the Season,” which includes the refrain “Who’s your daddy,” was included on the 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle,” recorded at Abbey Road studio. The LP in 2003 was ranked No. 80 of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Unfortunately, the Zombies had disbanded before “Odessey and Oracle” was released. It briefly reunited, sans Argent, in 1991. All of the members – Argent, Blunstone, Paul Atkinson, Chris White and Hugh Grundy – reunited for a while in 1997. The third comeback was in 2001, with a new rhythm section of Jim and Steve Rodford. The contemporary guitarist is Tom Toomey. Atkinson died in 2004.
In 2011 the Zombies released “Breathe Out, Breathe In.” “The Zombies Live In The UK” came out in May, and a studio album is planned for 2014.
“Last year,” Blunstone said on the website, “we played in the UK, US, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Japan and the Philippines. It was incredible.”
“We’re very excited about the way the band’s playing,” Argent said. “Colin’s voice is as strong as it ever was, and I feel that my voice is better than it used to be, because I’ve worked on it. Our chops, both playing and singing, are better now than they were before.”
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.