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Resurgence proves
Zombies aren’t dead
by Bill Warner
The Zombies have to be one of the more genuinely enigmatic groups in the history of rock music.
Beginning more than 50 years ago as a quintet of high school students in St. Al- bans, UK, the band  gured as one of the great names in '60s rock, releasing two polished albums and at least three endur- ing songs before disbanding in 1968.
Since that time, the group has resur- faced and vanished on two occasions — for the “New World” album in 1991, for a 1998 reunion concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Odessey and Oracle” LP and again in 2004 for the “As Far As I Can See” album.
Today, The Zombies are back again, their presence far less enigmatic this go- round — they're here by poplar demand.
“It was never our intention to reform The Zombies,” said lead singer Colin Blun- stone. “We got together in new York in 2000 and were touring as Argent and Blun- stone.”
But that tour — and subsequent tours worldwide — would reveal consistent fan enthusiasm for the British Invasion group in which the careers of Blunstone and Rod Argent had begun. “Everywhere we went,” Blunstone said, “there was this large inter- est in The Zombies.”
So the duo gradually began adding Zombies songs to its repertoire. “After a
while, it became a Zombies show,” Blun- stone said. “Four or  ve years ago, we decided it was appropriate to revive the Zombies name.”
The revival was well received. Not only has the current lineup — comprising Jim Rodford, Steve Rodford and Tom Toomey in addition to Blunstone and Argent — played to sold-out houses and festivals across the map, but the band's latest re- lease, “Still Got That Hunger,” made Bill- board's Top 100 in 2015. “That's the  rst time we've been there in 50 years,” Blun- stone said.
What accounts for The Zombies' re- surgent following? The group's legendary work ethic — characterized by long peri- ods of diligent rehearsal and highly orga- nized recording sessions — might account for some of it. But the sheer enjoyment of meeting new audiences and performing live would seem to be the real key. “We still love to write new songs and record new al- bums,” Blunstone said. “And we still love to get out there and play live.”
Add to that the fact that The Zombies just plain sound great, and you've got the sort of band people want to hear onstage.
“I'm not sure if we're really more pop- ular than in the '60s, when we were pro- ducing very large hit records,” Blunstone said. “But we're certainly building a large fan base, and we've built it by playing live.”

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