Credit: Payley PhotographyThe Zombies have invaded the U.S. for a special tour marking the 50th anniversary of the recording of Odessey and Oracle that kicks off tonight in Glendale, Pennsylvania. The trek will feature the four surviving original members of the British Invasion group and additional musicians performing the band's 1968 baroque-pop masterpiece in its entirety.
Keyboardist Rod Argent, who leads The Zombies along with singer Colin Blunstone, tells ABC Radio that the trek will be "a one-off" marking the final time that the group will play the full album live, and also will mark the last time that founding bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy will tour with the band.
"This is an affectionate look back at 50 years ago, and we're still very proud of [the album]," notes Rod. "Very proud of the impression that it's made and how many young bands love it."
Argent says he and his band mates decided they only wanted to play the complete Odessey and Oracle live "if we could reproduce every single note on the album, and we have done that."
Rod tells ABC Radio that a key contributor to the album's live presentation is keyboardist Darian Sahanaja, a multitalented musician who previously played with Brian Wilson and Heart and who's joining The Zombies especially for the trek.
"I wouldn't like to do it without Darian, because he knows the parts so well," says Argent. "He's a gem."
Each show on the tour will begin with a set featuring the current Zombies lineup playing hits, more obscure tunes and a few songs from the band's 2016 album, Still Got That Hunger. Rod says it also will include a rendition of his post-Zombies group Argent's classic, "Hold Your Head Up."
Here are all of The Zombies' North American tour dates:
3/17 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre
3/18 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
3/20 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre of Durham
3/21 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
3/25 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
3/28 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
3/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/31 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
4/1 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Cinéma Impérial
4/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, The Danforth Music Hall
4/4 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/5 -- Lorain, OH, The Lorain Palace Theater
4/7 -- Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Biloxi
4/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center James K. Polk Theater
4/11 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium at University of Illinois Springfield
4/13 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/14 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/15 -- Madison, WI, The Barrymore Theatre
4/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/18 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Casino Concert Bowl
4/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Commodore Ballroom
4/22 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox Presents
4/23 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
4/25 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
4/28 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
4/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
5/4 -- Houston, TX, The Heights Theatre
5/6 -- Dallas, TX, aTrolla Festival
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