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FEBRUARY 2016 The Solo Band will be playing some
dates in Holland with POSSIBLY some U.K. dates
preceding that (no U.K. dates are confirmed as
yet). The Dutch dates are,
4th. Amstelveen, P60
5th. Hilversum, Vorstin
6th. Hoorn, Manifesto
7th. Zoetermeer, Theater
9th. Heist Ten Berg Be
11th. Blauwe Kei Veghel
12th. Drachten Iduna
Then The Zombies go to The States for The Moody
Blues Cruise and possible other tour dates.
new "Collected" C.D. on Universal Music featuring
60 tracks representing the whole of my 50 year
career in the music industry will be released in
Holland on September 19th.
will be available on Dutch
online store bol.com and can already be
Copies of the new album will be available at all
concerts on my Dutch tour October 1st.-5th.
of the Dutch tour dates are on the "gigs" page.
is the Dutch
link for iTunes where you can download the
"Collected" 3CD set for a very attractive price
ZOMBIES NEW ALBUM AND PLEDGE MUSIC
When we started
recording the new Zombies album we thought it
would be fun to involve all our fans in the whole
recording process. Together with Pledge Music we
will try to keep everyone up to date on everything
that's happening in the studio, what new songs are
being written and any other news on a regular
You will also be
able to buy the new album in advance and at the
same time we will make momentos and special offers
available to everyone who joins us on this musical
Slowly but surely
coming back onto U.K. time!
Many, many thanks to all those who supported The
Zombies on their recent U.S. tour.
From the wonderful audiences to the brilliantly
professional crews who work so hard back stage and
to everyone at TCI our management company in New
York who made the whole tour possible!
This weekend I'm
going to Holland to play "The Day The Music Died"
concert at the "Ahoy" in Rotterdam (on the 31st.
August) to commemorate the last broadcast from
I should also
mention that on September 22nd. The Zombies will
be playing with Eric Burdon and The Animals and
Christopher Cross and many other star names at the
Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas in a concert in aid
of The Health Alliance For Austin Musicians.
Tickets from http://act-live.com/
THE AIR TONIGHT" was released in The States on Zip
Records on the 21st. January.
Here are the first two reviews!!
Album: On the
Air Tonight Artist: Colin Blunstone
Label: Zip Release Date: January 21, 2014
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
With the recent
revival of the Zombies and renewed appreciation
for a band that was sadly underrated in their
original incarnation, it’s no wonder that the
band’s original vocalist, Colin Blunstone, would
opt to renew his pursuit of solo success.
Underscoring a set of songs that would have fit
comfortably on the Zombies’ late ‘60s
masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle, Blunstone’s
still-superb vocals and his rarified arrangements
effortlessly recall the band’s lingering legacy.
has to wonder, why Rod Argent wasn’t involved in
this endeavor. Blunstone’s steady foil and partner
in the second act of the Zombies’ saga, Argent
could have ensured that On the Air
Tonight became the Zombies album it measures
up as, in all but name only. “Turn Your Heart
Around,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “So Much More”
and an earnest take on Duncan Browne’s “Wild
Places” are rendered with the pristine approach
and unapologetic grandeur that the band always
aspired to. Likewise, Blunstone’s singing remains
as lofty as ever, a reminder that his voice was –
and is — a key component in the band’s sound.
Still, there’s no
need to quibble about who’s credited where such a
fine effort is concerned. On the Air
Tonight is worthy of the talents involved,
and it ought to be noted that both bassist Jim
Rodford and his son, drummer Steve Rodford,
members of the current Zombies line-up, also play
on the album. Besides, it’s wonderful to hear
Blunstone’s voice back in the spotlight, on the
air tonight, exactly where it’s always belonged.
Dave Martino's column in rollingston.com and
On The Air Tonight (Zip) Anything sung by Colin
Blunstone—lead singer of the UK’s pioneering
Zombies—is generally worth hearing and this new
release, officially the singer’s 11th solo set,
absolutely is as well. Featuring a mix of
originals, tasteful covers, and a revisiting of
prior classics like “Though You Are Far Away,” the
album is fresh, upbeat and—considering that
Blunstone was hitting the charts in 1964 with the
Zombies’ “She’s Not There”—notably contemporary.
I’m still amazed at how well the Zombies’ music
has held up over the years, and albums like this
only add to the legacy.
AND BLUES TOUR.
Just wanted to
remind everyone that The Zombies will be touring
with The Yardbirds, The Animals and Friends and
Maggie Bell starting on 23rd. January at The
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Full tour details
are on the gigs page.
pleased to say that Megan Baker House have been
awarded one of the joint first prizes of £3,000
from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund. Many thanks
to all those who voted for them and for anyone who
would like to see the wonderful work they are
involved in please go to www.meganbakerhouse.org.uk
have been nominated to be inducted into
The Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame.
To take part in the public vote please go to the
and vote for The Zombies!!!
Since I have
now become a patron of Megan Baker House I would
like to encourage everyone to check out their
They have currently been short listed for the
Lloyds bank community fund.
I'm hoping that anyone who sees the invaluable
they do will vote for them on the links below.
or SMS Text
Voters should send the message 'Vote KWQC' to
(or to+447860016016 if voting from the Isle
The Zombies/ Live In The UK album CD
is available to pre-order on iTunes
New solo album 'On the air tonight'
was released on 15th October 2012
Available to pre-order from
For Dutch Fans
Digital download stores
Digital • Spotify
"ON THE AIR TONIGHT" REVIEWED IN OCTOBER ISSUE
Re-energised, newly respected the ex (?)
-Zombie is back with his 11th. solo album. Of
late there's been a new appreciation of
Blunstone and the voice that gave us everything
from She's Not There to I Don't Believe In
Miracles. This outing doesn't detract. Opener
Turn Your Heart Around is classic, anthemic soft
rock given meaning by Blunstone's nuanced edge;
the guitar break alone (Tom Toomey) is so
soaringly perfect, you know you're in the hands
of genius. The title track, a deft soulful
ballad, is classy, too. The big surprise is a
number of sparer numbers. Though You Are Far
Away channels Scott Walker's late-period haiku;
Not Our Time is a tender, Carpenters style
I'm proud to
announce that I have been invited to become
a patron of Megan
Baker House, which does such wonderful
work providing free Conductive Education
Service for children, teenagers and adults
with special educational needs and physical
disabilities such as cerebral palsy, head
injury, stroke, dyspraxia and early on-set
Parkinson's disease. I'll keep you up to
date as I find out more about their methods
and their successes and in the meantime why
not check out their website?
UNVEILING OF THE
BLUE PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST MEETING
OF THE ZOMBIES AT THE BLACKSMITH'S ARMS,
ST.ALBANS, IN APRIL 1961.
Many thanks to everyone
who made the unveiling of the blue plaque on
Friday 27th. April such a success.
Especially to Tony Dawson Hill and his wife
Gill who's idea it was in the first place
and to The Blacksmith's Arms landlord Mark
and his magnificent staff for keeping the
hundreds of people who came happy, fed and
It's incredible to think
that 51 years ago the 5 original members of
The Zombies met outside The Blacksmith's
Arms before their very first rehearsal and
now here we are today preparing for our next
tours in the U.K., U.S. Holland, Japan and
The Philippines. I had absolutely no idea
that I was starting a musical career that
would last for the rest of my life and am
forever grateful for the opportunities that
music has given me.
I'm not sure when the original members of
The Zombies will have a chance to meet up
again as Hugh is moving to Spain shortly and
I wish him and his wife Tracy every
happiness in their new life on the
Mediterranean. Meanwhile the present
incarnation of The Zombies will be
rehearsing this week prior to beginning a
U.K. tour in Cardiff at "The Garage" on
Monday 7th. May (details of all dates are on
the gigs page).
Later this week I will
be hearing the finished version of my new
solo album "On The Air Tonight" and we will
then be mastering and finalising the artwork
ready for a September release. Of course
everything we're doing today is only
happening because of that first meeting in
St.Albans all those years ago and I know I
will go back to the Blacksmith's Arms from
time to time to look at the blue plaque and
remember what a wonderful adventure began in
St.Albans in April 1961.
all the best,
The Zombies UK tour begins
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