BackStory Events and Guitar World present
Music & Conversation with The Zombies - 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM
Join us as we talk with psychedelic pop legends, The Zombies, as they come into town to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! We’ll sit down with the four surviving members of the original Zombies, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White, and Hugh Grundy to share classic stories, new insights and how they feel about this latest accolade. Then we’ll enjoy a few songs as Rod and Colin perform a short set! This event includes live interview, audience Q&A and short performance.
The Zombies will be interviewed by author and journalist Brad Tolinski. The event is part of the BackStory Events online series and will be live streamed by Guitar World magazine.
About The Zombies:
In their day, the Zombies were one of the few English bands of the 1960s that enjoyed true global popularity, with two American number ones, chart records throughout the rest of the world, and a deep and lasting affection for their music. For instance, in early 1967, at a time when their career had almost ground to a halt in the UK, the band played to crowds of over 30,000 in the Philippines. And ironically, right after the band split, their final single “Time Of The Season” quickly became their biggest record – US radio plays for the latter song recently passed the four million mark. The Zombies’ first two American singles, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”, also remain two of the most-heavily spun vintage hits on American classic-rock radio.
But beyond the statistics, the Zombies had several remarkable attributes that set them apart from other artists. The sheer consistent quality of Rod Argent and Chris White’s songwriting is rivaled only by Lennon and McCartney. Building upon the standard R&B and rock’n’roll influences, the Zombies introduced class and sophistication into a genre not noted for either, and in the most natural, unselfconscious way possible. And the songs were lent an extra dimension by the voice of Colin Blunstone, widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers Britain has ever produced. Rod Argent’s keyboard work is regarded as some of the most accomplished and inventive in rock. The Zombies’ canon belongs on the same shelf as the other major players of the mid-1960s such as the Kinks, Yardbirds and Animals; from their debut “She’s Not There” onwards, there was never at any point a drop in quality. The Zombies’ records are some of the best produced and distinctive in all pop music.
There is a $25 food & beverage minimum per person.
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