Zombies invade F’ville’s Southern Ground
This Saturday, July 28, Fayetteville will get a rare performance by the 60’s British pop group, The Zombies with opening act, R&B, Inc.
Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, two true stalwarts of classic English pop, have reunited after three decades to perform an incredible live show that captures the spirit of the British Invasion. Their return to the concert stage is of particular importance to fans, since many never had the opportunity to see the band live during its brief existence in the 60’s.
In their day, the Zombies were one of the few English bands of the 1960s that enjoyed true global popularity, with two American number one hits. Ironically, right after the band split, their single “Time Of The Season” quickly became their biggest record. The Zombies’ first two American singles, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” also remain two of the most-heavily spun vintage hits on American classic-rock radio.
The Zombies swansong album, Odessey & Oracle, from which “Time Of The Season” was taken, was their second and final album, recorded in 1967 before they went their separate ways, and remains perhaps their greatest artistic statement. It recently ranked #80 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Upon the initial demise of the Zombies, Rod Argent went on to form the band Argent, who had further success in the United States during the 1970s with the hits “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock & Roll To You.”
The Zombies are cited as influences by artists as diverse as Billy Joel and the Foo Fighters.
Last year, The Zombies marked the group’s half century with a stunning new album – Breathe Out, Breathe In. Blunstone and Argent, two seasoned pop veterans, backed by an exemplary band, present a show that not only pays open tribute to the much cherished highlights of their unequalled musical legacy, but also continues the tradition with new music cut from the same cloth: a treat for pop fans any way you slice it.
Before The Zombies take the stage, R&B Inc. will make their annual appearance in Fayetteville to play an energetic set of classic hits. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make their entire set, beginning at 8 p.m.
Good seats are still available for The Zombies, and range from $20 - $30. The next show will be 60’s favorites, The Grass Roots on August 18.
Tickets to all shows are available via the website at SouthernGroundAmp.com and at the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Fayetteville.
The Southern Ground Amphitheater is owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Main Street Tourism Association of Fayetteville.