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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 Radio Veronica.
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/
"ON 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.
Consequently, one 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 yahoo!music
Colin Blunstone: On The Air Tonight (Zip) Anything sung by Colin Blunstonelead singer of the UK’s pioneering Zombiesis 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 andconsidering 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.
ULTIMATE RHYTHM 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.
I'm really 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
The Zombies 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 website below
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 website www.meganbakerhouse.org.uk
They have currently been short listed for the
Lloyds bank community fund.
I'm hoping that anyone who sees the invaluable work that
they do will vote for them on the links below.
or SMS Text Code: KWQC.
Voters should send the message 'Vote KWQC' to 61119
(or to+447860016016 if voting from the Isle of Man).
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
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"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,
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