Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate their long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After receiving their fourth nomination in five years, the support for The Zombies’ induction among the public and their peers was undeniable – the band placed fourth in the public online poll with over 330,000 votes, while even fellow nominee John Prine called for their induction before his own in a Billboard interview. On 29 March 2019 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, The Zombies joined Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, and Roxy Music as the 2019 Class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the induction ceremony took place exactly fifty years to-the-day after The Zombies’ classic Time of the Season first hit number one on the charts in America.
Never content to only look back, and despite a busy touring schedule, The Zombies are also in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2015 Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger. Led by founding members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, The Zombies’ twenty-first-century line-up features Steve Rodford on drums, renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, and the newest member, Søren Koch, who joined the band following the untimely passing of their beloved bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks) in early 2018.
The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits, to their 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, to post-Zombies solo favourites, and right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The second UK band following the Beatles to score a number one hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles She’s Not There and Tell Her No. Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single Time of the Season, from their swan-song album Odessey and Oracle, ranked number 100 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.
Following the break-up of the original band, lead vocalist Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including Say You Don’t Mind, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, and Old and Wise with Alan Parsons Project) and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (Hold Your Head Up, God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You), but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies.
The explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever is stronger than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian Speakeasy, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances, including Later… With Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS Saturday Morning and AOL Sessions. Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as The Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey and Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 forty-eight years later at the same time as Still Got That Hunger!