What will we hear at the concerts?
I think the second half will be Odessey & Oracle. I’m not completely sure. The first half will be old Zombies classics, a little bit of Argent, and there might even be a little bit of the Alan Parsons Project because I sang with them over the years. And of course we’ll be playing songs from our new album Still Got That Hunger. The first half will be quite varied, something for everyone there. And the second half will be Odessey & Oracle with the original band.
Tell me about the new album.
It was produced by Chris Potter, a very successful producer who is well known for his work with the Verve. He’s a wonderful producer and he made the whole experience an absolute pleasure, and it was one of the best projects I’ve ever worked on. Predominantly the songs were written by Rod. There are eight new compositions, and two songs that we’ve done again. One is an old Zombies tune and one is a song that I’ve recorded in the past. The band played live in the studio, and I sang live. It was just a really great, fun project to be involved with.
How does this resurgence of interest in the band feel to you, more than 50 years on.
It is gratifying. To some extent it helps me to validate what we were doing in the ’60s because in some ways when we finished Odessey & Oracle it was a huge disappointment that it wasn’t a colossal success. It does help in that respect, and it’s an incredibly wonderful surprise that there is the interest in the band at this time in our lives. I just feel incredibly fortunate to be out there playing the music we love, traveling all around the world with our friends.
Thanks to former Creem editor Bill Holdship and RockNYC editor Iman Lababedi for help with a couple of the questions.
The Zombies U.S. Tour: An Evening With THE ZOMBIES – ODESSEY & ORACLE
The Odyssey Continues…
Sep 30 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
Oct 01 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
Oct 03 – Provincetown, MA @ Provincetown Town Hall
Oct 06 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
Oct 08 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct 09 – New York, NY @ New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall
Oct 10 – Cranston, RI @ Park Theatre
Oct 11 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
Oct 13 – Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 14 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Oct 15 – Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage
Oct 16 – Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza Theatre
Oct 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee PAC
Oct 19 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Oct 21 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
Oct 22 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Oct 24 – Beverly Hills, CA @ The Saban Theatre
Oct 25 – Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
Oct 26 – Redding, CA @ Cascade Theatre
Oct 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore