Zombies Rock at Alex Theatre
October 19, 2023
The Zombies tour landed in Glendale at the vintage Alex Theatre on Friday, much to the delight of the 1,400 admiring fans in attendance.
The British rockers and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers have been at it since being formed by founding members Colin Blunstone (lead vocals) and Rod Argent (keys and vocals) in 1961. They are both still the foundation of the band, now joined by Tom Toomey (guitar), Soren Koch (bass), and Steve Rodford (drums), all very accomplished musicians.
The band exhibited great chemistry and after all these years, at age 78, Blunstone's voice still maintains that beautiful high register and an aura that radiates positive vibes. Amazing that his vocal chops are still solid. It's not easy to hit those high notes.
The audience, old and new, was treated to songs from their most recent album, "Different Game," which is the name of their North American
Tour. And of course they played all of their big hits, performing a total of 17 songs.
It was remarkable how many young fans they have. The audience members, especially the young fans, were whistling and yelling out to the stage after every song.
One of the opening songs was a cover of a Tom Petty song, "I Want You Back Again," a great tribute to the fallen singer. "If it's good enough for Tom Petty, it's good enough for us," Blunstone said.
Next, one could feel the love in the room with the song "I Love You," one of my personal favorites.
Along with their anthems, "Time of the Season" and "Tell Her No," Argent displayed his organ magic during an extended version of "Hold Your Head Up," a song he wrote.
"She's Not There," another anthem, was followed by a gorgeous duet of Blunstone and Argent performing "The Way I Feel Inside."
The encore was a Denny Laine cover called "Say You Don't Mind," a song that would become a big hit for Blunstone in the '70's.
At the conclusion of the evening, the audience left the theater feeling enchanted and uplifted.