St Albans band The Zombies have announced a special tribute concert this month to mark a year since their bass player passed away.
Jim Rodford, who was also bassist for The Kinks and Argent, recorded and toured with The Zombies for 18 years right up to his last performance on January 14, 2018 at the 30a Songwriters Festival in Florida, six days before he had a tragic fall at his St Albans home.
Now, the band, who had hits with Time of the Season and She’s Not There more than 50 years ago, are paying homage to the man who was an influential figure in the band and who was instrumental in helping to reform them after their initial split.
The 1960s outfit will return to the city’s Alban Arena on January 20 to perform a tribute concert of songs and stories, which will include performances from Rodford’s grandchildren’s band ARC, made up of Anya, Russell and Cara Rodford.
The Zombies co-founder Colin Blunstone spoke to STALBANSnews.
He said: “Jim was a world-class musician, an absolute cornerstone of The Zombies and he was respected by so many people. He was incredibly experienced, very approachable and he absolutely loved music.
“Whenever The Zombies got themselves into musical difficulties, Jim always managed to pull us back together.
“We are delighted to be putting on this concert for our true friend.”
Picture courtesy of Andrew Eccles