THE ZOMBIES + LIZ BRASHER @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and recap by ZB Images
The Zombies first brought their psychedelic melodic form of rock n’ roll the the US during the 60’s British invasion – 1961! Fifty years later, the band has reunited with original world renowned members–vocalist Colin Blunstone and virtuoso keyboardist/vocalist Rod Argent. The two are some of the most legendary songwriters having influenced rock n’ rollers and crooners for generations–from Tom Petty to Dave Grohl- who attributes his earliest musical inspiration to their Odessy and Oracle album (1967).
The band greeted their life long fans Monday night at a sold out show at the Troubadour by teasing that none of them were born when that album came out.. “oh maybe one or two.” The Zombies were missing some original member–most notably Chris Whit–who Argent said he shared a flat with and wrote extensively with, including their hit “Time of the Season” and many songs from Argent (Argent’s own band) like “Hold your Head Up.”
Also missing was long time bassist Jim Rodford who sadly passed away earlier this year. Fitting, Rodford’s son Steve Rodford is The Zombies current drummer and the band is rounded out with guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Soren Koch. The Zombies joyfully tripped down memory lane playing all their hits and some new material off their current release Still Got That Hunger. They also covered a few Argent songs taking the time to explain to those inclined to sing along to “not get it wrong” the lyrics are not “Hold Your Head Up, WOAH” but “Hold your head up WOMAN.”
They encored with a rousing version of “God Gave Rock and Roll to You” which felt like a command to keep the sounds that ignited the 60’s alive for generations to come.
Liz Brasher opened the show and immediately won over the crowd with her amazing vocal skills and guitar prowess. She is backed by bass and drums but all eyes and ears were locked on her and her version of southern rock. Her style is a grab bag self described as “garage rock meets the delta blues meets gospel meets soul” and she somehow carries it off with stunning results. By the end of her set the crowd was asking each other what her name was having been completely seduced.
The show was packed and the Troubadour was forced to add another night due to popular demand of fans wanting to reminisce about a band everyone might not remember but whose songs everyone knows.
Setlist via setlist.com
Road Runner (Bo Diddley cover)
The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach cover)
I Want You Back Again
I Love You
Her Song (Colin Blunstone song)
Edge of the Rainbow
Tell Her No
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me / Bring It On Home to Me
Chasing the Past
Care of Cell 44
This Will Be Our Year
I Want Her She Wants Me
Time of the Season
Hold Your Head Up (Argent cover)
She’s Not There
God Gave Rock and Roll to You (Argent cover)
The Way I Feel Inside