High Voltage: What Got Argent Back Together
Rod Argent has revealed that playing a charity gig alongside former band-mate Russ Ballard was the catalyst in getting Argent (the band) back together to play at High Voltage. their first live appearance in 36 years.
Words: Dave Ling
“It happened at the Childine Rocks gig (at London’s IndigO2 in 2008), where Colin (Blunstone, vocalist and band-mate in The Zombies) and I played alongside Roger Daltrey, Glenn Hughes and a few others,” Rod explains to Classic Rock. “Bob Harris suggested that Russ should get up with us and do Hold Your Head Up, which we agreed to. It felt really, really nice.”
The recent re-issue of Argent’s double-album from 1974, Encore: Live In Concert, was another factor in reuniting Rod with guitarist/vocalist Ballard, bassist Jim Rodford and drummer Bob Henrit. “It had been mixed at Abbey Road, but because they’d just changed the speakers in the studios it was done on headphones, which I was always a bit ho-hum about,” he continues. “However, with the re-mastered edition the anomalies were all corrected. I listened to it again and thought, ‘Bloody hell, we sounded good!’. So I got in touch with Russ and the guys.”
Unsurprisingly, then, Argent confides that the group’s 50 minutes at High Voltage will be based on said concert set.
“I’m taking a break from working on the new Zombies album, which is progressing really well, for some intensive rehearsals,” says Rod of Argent’s pre-show preparation. “36 years later, I haven’t got a clue what to expect, but it’s incredibly exciting.”
Argent play on the Prog stage at High Voltage on July 25. Find out more about High Voltage at www.highvoltagefestival.co.uk
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