Rod Argent says he and Colin Blunstone reactivated their old band, the Zombies, “by accident, really.”
Blunstone joined the keyboardist on stage at a charity show in 2000, singing the Zombies hits “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” Argent, 63, notes that “it felt so good to be playing together again we said ‘Why don’t we do a half a dozen gigs, just for fun?’ And that half a dozen gigs somehow turned into six or seven years of touring the world.”
With the blessing of their former bandmates, who are no longer interested in touring, Argent and Blunstone re-adopted the Zombies name with a new group of players. The activity has led to a live album and DVD, an album of new material — “As Far As I Can See...” in 2004 — and a forthcoming album and DVD from the Zombies’ group’s 40th anniversary performance of its landmark “Odyssey & Oracle” album.
On this year’s North American tour, meanwhile, Argent says the Zombies will be playing some brand new songs — including “I Do Believe” and “Any Other Way” — that are slated for a new album the group will start recording later this year.
“What I want to do is play each piece of new material on stage before we record it this time to make sure they work and really break them in on stage as much as possible,” Argent explains.
“I would also like to record the next album in a very organic way, without lots of overdubs — just the guys really playing an arrangement that works well on stage and use that very much as the basis of the arrangement that we record.”
The Zombies perform a free concert at 8:30 p.m. Thursday (July 3) on the Motor City Casino stage at Comerica CityFest 2008 in Detroit’s New Center Area. For full festival details, visit www.comericacityfest.com.