John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment Presents
The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary
Sat. March 25, 2017
New York, NY
$55, $75, $95
This event is all ages
More than fifty years after they became one of the first British Invasion groups to top the U.S. singles charts with the hit “She’s Not There," and approaching the 50th anniversary of their album, Odessey and Oracle, the Zombies continue their remarkable 21st-century resurgence with a performance at The Town Hall on March 25th.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of their final album together, all four surviving original Zombies will reunite to perform “Odessey & Oracle” in its entirety – for the final time!https://www.metropolitanpresents.com/event/1365351/
This unique presentation will unite past and present….featuring both the current incarnation of The Zombies performing material from their highly-anticipated new studio album…
…and a reunion of all 4 surviving original members, who will lovingly recreate "Odessey & Oracle" in its entirety with full instrumentation.
Founding and current members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent will be joined original bassist/co-songwriter Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy for their first American tour together in 5 decades…
bringing to our shores the long-overdue live debut of the album that marked the end of their career… and the beginning of their legacy.
#100 of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (Rolling Stone)
"a beautifully arranged, harmony-drenched pristine pop paean to memory, the changing of seasons, the passage of time and lost love – [it] slowly began to be recognized as one of the greatest albums of the 1960's." (New York Times)
"[Odessey & Oracle] bore not only the timeless hit "Time Of The Season" but an accompanying suite of songs that are among the very best ever in the pop era." (Rolling Stone)
"Odessey and Oracle was their shining moment - a cornucopia of pop-art songs and elegant arrangements worthy of McCartney at his Revolver-era best." (Record Collector)
"Anyone with an interest in 60s artistic pop will adore the underrated Odessey and Oracle" (Q,)
"Their masterpiece... without doubt one of the best albums of its era." (Mojo)
"The beat boom's most refined and elegant group, they specialised in unashamedly romantic pop - whether heartfelt and personal, wistful and nostalgic, or inspired by literature... Released at the height of hippie hedonism and narcissism, [Odessey & Oracle] was a last gasp from the age of innocence..." (The Times)
"The Zombies were psychedelic gods...[Odessey] moved them from of-their-time to timeless" (The Guardian)
By 1967, The Zombies had already ridden the wave of the "British Invasion", following The Beatles as the 2nd UK band to score a #1 hit in America. With the initial success of their singles "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No", the band entered Abbey Road Studios in London with experimental ideas and 12 new songs written by keyboardist Rod Argent and bassist Chris White. The result was "Odessey & Oracle", released by CBS Records in 1968, with its famously misspelled album cover by artist Terry Quirk.
Sadly, the album failed to generate any attention upon its release, prompting the group to disband and move on to other projects. The Zombies never performed the material live, and the band would remain dormant for decades. However, this decision proved premature.
A year after their break-up, the last track on the album, "Time of the Season", became the surprise world-wide chart-topping song of 1969. And by the 1980's, "Odessey & Oracle" had been rediscovered as an enduring pop masterpiece – to this day, it continues to be embraced by new generations of fans, cited by breaking artists as a major influence, and lauded by critics as a touchstone in music.
The band members continued to stay active in the music industry throughout the years as performers, writers and producers – guitarist Paul Atkinson was a successful record label executive until he passed away in 2004.
Following the break-up of the original band, lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked '70's arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT, but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies, recruiting bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford's son Steve on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey.
2013-2014 marked a major resurgence for the band, with two U.K. and five U.S. tours (including stops at SXSW in Austin, NYC's Central Park SummerStage, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and Milwaukee SummerFest)…the American release of their new album, "Breathe Out, Breathe In" (Huffington Post's David Wild called the album "inspired" and said "some songs recall the haunting melodic heights of the group's 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle.")… the debut on RollingStone.com & VEVO of their first-ever music video for "Any Other Way"… a PBS Special filmed on the legendary Austin City Limits stage….Eminem's sample/cover version of "Time of the Season" on his comeback album… the amazing Keira Knightley "She's Not There" campaign for Coco Chanel… and the announcement of their first nomination to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
The Zombies returned to the studio in early 2015 to begin work on a new album – only taking breaks to debut new songs live during a triumphant return to SXSW, a live Yahoo! Screen broadcast from House of Blues New Orleans, and their first appearances at the UK's Great Escape and Glastonbury Festivals. The new album, "Still Got That Hunger", slated for a September 2015 release, was produced by Chris Potter (The Verve "Urban Hymns", Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels") and has been the focus of a PledgeMusic campaign, giving fans the first-time opportunity to come behind-the-scenes and the band writes and records.
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