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Win tickets for The Zombies homecoming concert in St Albans next week

 Published on: 14th October 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Iconic 60’s legends The Zombies are back on the road with a special homecoming concert at St Albans Cathedral next week – and you could be there. An extensive global tour, performances over two consecutive years at Glastonbury, appearances on Jools Holland, The Great Escape Festival and 6 Music firmly placed The Zombies on everyone’s Spotify playlists last year, with young and old, newcomers and fans alike celebrating a musical British institution. The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, high hitting vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs with their 1960’s hit singles like She’s Not There and Tell Her No.  Ironically, the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success – the chart-topping single Time of the Season, from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle. In the intervening years, while lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT, the legend of The Zombies took on a life of its own. Generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, including such artists as Neko Case and Nick Cave, Paul Weller, The Vaccines, She & Him, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Black Angels, The Fleet Foxes, Beach House, The Temples and The Beautiful South. Blunstone and Argent reunited in 2000 with a new Zombies line-up, which came full circle in October 2015 with the critically acclaimed release of Still Got That Hunger, bringing the band back to the Billboard Magazine charts 50 years after their first singles. Their music continues to resonate today, whether being uniquely covered by Eminem on last year’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, or providing a haunting backdrop for Coco Chanel’s world-wide campaign with Keira Knightley. The tour starts on October 21st with Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent of The Zombies performing a special homecoming concert at St Albans Cathedral. A rare acoustic piano and vocal performance by The Zombies’ founders, first experienced last year at a sell-out show in London’s Union Chapel will be performed within the hallowed Nave of St Albans Cathedral.  Joined by a guest string quintet, this intimate evening of music will span the iconic musicians’ 5-decade careers, which originated in the historic city of St Albans. St Albans looms large in The Zombies’ story…from the Blacksmith’s Arms Pub, where the five St Albans students first met to form a band…to the Cathedral itself, where keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent began his musical career as a boy chorister. My News Magazines has a pair of tickets to be won for this special evening. To win, answer the following question: Name two artists who have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones. Email your answer to tim@mynewsmag.co.uk by October 18

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