Zombies Ready New Album
The Zombies, whose 40th anniversary dates for Odessey & Oracle lasted so long they ran into the album’s 41st anniversary, are set to return with a new studio album later this year.
“Rod [Argent, keyboards] and I are going to record at his studio, which has just been refurbished, starting in the next few months,” reveals singer Colin Blunstone (pictured left), whose enduring gift was once called “[among] the greatest British vocal sounds of the 20th Century,” by Sir Tim Rice.
Blunstone continues: “Two or three tunes have already been demoed and they sound great, but we’ve got about two-thirds of the material required for an album.
“There’s talk of The Zombies playing a major tour of UK in the Autumn and also doing America and Canada in the summer.
“These tours won’t be themed upon a particular album [as we did with Odessey & Oracle], but I would hope we will be previewing a few songs intended for the album – maybe as many as four or five of them.”
But before any of this happens, next month Blunstone undertakes a solo tour of the UK to promote a new box-set re-issue of his first three albums, One Year (1971), Ennismore (’73) and Journey (’74).
The dates are:
Feb. 4: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
Feb. 5: Sutton Boom Boom Club
Feb. 6: Eastney The Cellars
Feb. 11: Bilston Robin 2
Feb. 12: Derby Flowerpot
Feb 13: Frome Cheese & Grain Feb 13
Feb. 14: Southampton The Brook
Feb 18: Cardiff The Globe
Feb. 19: London Oxford Street 100 Club
For details go to: www.colinblunstone.co.uk
– Dave Ling