by Andrew Sacher

The Zombies on Fallon
The Zombies

The Zombies are currently on their 50th Anniversary tour with The Strawbs, who are playing acoustic shows on the tour. I saw the show at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY this past Sunday (9/18).

The Strawbs started things off with their unique brand of progressive folk. Founding member and lead vocalist Dave Cousins was joined by other longtime members Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk who provided guitar, bass, samples, and harmony vocals to the trio's drum-less set. The whole set was pretty great but everything really came together on the 8-minute epic "Autumn."

After about a half hour break, The Zombies took the stage, kicking their set off with their cover of "Sticks and Stones," which appears on their 1965 debut LP. After a few more early cover tracks and a fair amount of material off their recently released Breathe Out, Breathe In, The Zombies went into a much anticipated segment of songs from Odessey and Oracle. They delivered some of the albums strongest cuts, including "Care of Cell 44," "Beechwood Park," "This Will Be Our Year," and of course "Time of the Season." Though only two of the original members remain in the band, the sunshine pop vocal harmonies that made me fall in love with Odessey and Oracle were spot on, as were Rod Argent's driving organ solos. After the Odessey and Oracle section had unfortunately ended, the band played more new stuff and an Argent song, before returning to a high point with standout singles, "Whenever You're Ready," "Tell Her No," and the early psychedelia of "She's Not There."

The Zombies and The Strawbs are continuing to tour North America and will hit NYC's City Winery on September 26 and 27. Tickets are still on sale for both shows.

Updated dates, with three videos of the Zombies performing on Jimmy Fallon last week (one from the TV show and two web exclusives), below...


The Zombies -- 2011 Tour Dates
23/09/11 - Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall US
24/09/11 - Uncasville, CT Wolf Den Mohegan Sun Casino US
26/09/11 - New York City Winery US
27/09/11 - New York City Winery US
28/09/11 - Pennsylvania State Theatre US
02/11/11 - Arhhem Luxor Live Netherlands
03/11/11 - Drachten Poppodium Iduna Netherlands
04/11/11 - Zoetermeer Cultuurpodium Boerderij Netherlands
05/11/11 - Dirkshorn Eetcafé de Kastanjeboom Netherlands
06/11/11 - Uden Live Pul Netherlands
16/11/11 - Stockton The Arc UK
17/11/11 - Wrexham Central Station UK
18/11/11 - Edinburgh The Caves UK
19/11/11 - Glasgow The Ferry UK
20/11/11 - Kinross Kinross Green Hotel UK
23/11/11 - Letchworth Plinston Hall UK
24/11/11 - Wimborne Tivoli Theatre UK
25/11/11 - Leicester Y Theatre UK
26/11/11 - Worthing The Grand Victoria UK
27/11/11 - St Albans The Alban Arena UK
29/11/11 - Kent The Stag Theatre UK
01/12/11 - Worcester Huntingdon Halls UK
02/12/11 - Canterbury University Of Kent - Gulbenkian UK

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