It was with great joy that I found that The Zombies was going to play in Oslo the 27th of september 2008. I’m not a huge fan, but I’ve listened alot to music from the sixties throughout the years, and these guys are one of many bands I enjoy listening to. Two of the original members, Colin Blunstone (lead vocals) and Rod Argent (organ, vocals), along with Jim Rodford (bass, vocals), his son Steve Rodford (drums) and Keith Airey (guitar, vocals) were on stage at Parkteateret Scene, and gave a wonderful concert!

Parkteateret Scene is a rather small stage, being its biggest, but it makes for an intimate concert. They started out with “I love you”, a very nice opening song, and kept going with all the good songs from the sixties, as well as several new songs and some songs written by Argent during his time after The Zombies disbanded.

“Time of the season” by The Zombies, from the album “Odessey and Oracle”.

This was actually The Zombies’ third concert in Norway, ever. The first one was way back in 1964, and the two last ones has both been in 2008. I’m really glad I got the chance to see them live, with 44 years between visits, who knows if they’ll ever be back!

All the band-members seemed to enjoy themselves (still!) on stage, which was really great to see. Some people say that Colin’s voice has gotten better over the years, and I think I agree. At least it has not gotten any worse, they are definately able to provide the audience with a great Zombies-experience. The bass-player, Jim Rodford, has played with The Kinks as well as being a co-founder of “Argent”, that Rod formed after the breakup of The Zombies back in 1968.

Some Zombies-history about the album “Odessey and Oracle”. In norwegian!

For being over 60, these guys sure knows how to rock, and they delivered an amazing concert. They had good contact with the audience, both Colin and Jim shook some hands in the front row. Rod talked about several of the songs, like how they came to be, which was interesting, and it made the whole thing something more than just the music. I hope to see these guys live again some day, and you should too!

“The Zombies, still led by original keyboard wizard Rod Argent and featuring the smoked-silk vocals of Colin Blunstone, is the finest British-invasion-era band still touring that doesn’t have Mick Jagger as a frontman”

– The Washington Times