The second U.K. band after The Beatles to score a hit in the United States, legendary English band The Zombies will be unleashed upon the unsuspecting denizens of Lorain, Ohio on April 5th as they play a show at the beautifully-restored Lorain Palace Theater.
The band, originally formed in 1962 in St. Albans, a town about twenty miles north of London, scored a handful of hits during the British Invasion era of Rock. “She’s Not There” climbed both the British and American charts in 1964, while “Tell Her No” and the hugely popular “Time Of The Season” both hit the airwaves (and charts) a few years later. Their album Odessey and Oracle, although unintentionally misspelled, has been ranked as #100 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time.”
Led by original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the band has been touring for the last several years. For this current tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Odessey and Oracle, all four living original members are reuniting. Joining Blunstone and Argent onstage will be Chris White on bass and Hugh Grundy behind the kit.
A new hard bound coffee table book, which will be published by BMG Books and Reel Art Press in March 2017, will include handwritten lyrics for all the songs on Odessey And Oracle, as well as many of their other popular songs. Lavishly illustrated with rarely-seen photos from throughout the band’s career, the volume also includes original artwork to accompany the lyrics – from both Terry Quirk who created the iconic cover for Odessey and Oracle, and Vivienne Boucherat, who created individual works for each O&O song. The book’s text will include anecdotes behind the songs and their recording, all from the original members, as well as reflections from Brian Wilson, Nate Ruess, Clive Davis, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, and many others. The Foreword was written by Tom Petty.
The Lorain Palace, a beautifully-restored movie palace of the 1920s, will host the event. Tickets for the April 5th concert may be found here.