The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18 Jun16


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The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18


The Zombies at the Assembly, Leamington 13/06/18

Before the legendary Zombies came on stage they were to be supported by a family trio Arc, but this isn’t any old family they are the granddaughters and son of the great late Argent bassist Jim Rodford. Their set consisted of some original songs they had written and also some covers, two of which were Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson and a beautiful version of Buffy Saint Marie’s Universal Soldier. The three siblings are Anja, Cara and Russell Rodford and the harmonies between the girls along with the acoustic guitar accompaniment of their uncle were beautiful, and it was a lovely start to the night: Jim would be proud of them, I’m sure.

Now the main act of the night The Zombies, were formed way back in 1961 and led by keyboardist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone. It was obvious that most of the crowd were going to be of a certain age and this was to be a seated event. Unfortunately, the spacing of the temporary seats had less leg room than an Easy Jet flight, so sort that out next time Assembly as it was at times quite uncomfortable, and I heard many complaints throughout the night.

So, onto the gig: Colin introduced himself as being very old, as Rod and he had been doing this for fifty years: this was welcomed by loud applause and cheers. Playing songs from their new 2015 album Still Got The Hunger along with a plethora of oldies and solo work from both Colin and Rod’s band ARGENT you could see why so many other bands over the years have been influenced by them. Blunstone still has an incredible voice and can still do the falsettos on classics like Miracles and Say You Don’t Mind, and Rod’s keyboard work is outstanding, to this day some of the most innovative I have ever heard. Starting off with the classic Road Runner followed by The Look of Love and later Colin singing the wonderful Old And Wise from his work with the Alan Parsons Project, they never disappointed. Hit after hit came one after the other Really Got A Hold, Time of The Season, Hold Your Head Up, She’s Not There, and Rod throughout the night giving a little history of the songs and the band. Finishing with God Gave Rock and Roll, it was nice too see some younger fans there too. Older bands like the Zombies are called dinosaurs by some, well, if that’s the case tonight people the dinosaurs ruled the earth again (well Leamington anyway).

Review by Dave Martin, pictures by Carol Henson aka (LadyGigger)


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