Jeez, am I really that old? I went to see the Zombies last night - a band which formed way back 51 years ago. And which had its only UK chart hit, 'She's Not There' ... in 1964.
So that must make the twin pillars of the Zombies, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, well, a bit more than simply OAPs. And their current band features surely the world's oldest extant bass player.
Colin and Rod, though, are still lean and mean - and magnificent musicians. When a band with big nostalgia value starts playing their new material, it's usually time to head home. But the Zombies' new stuff packs a punch - they play all the back catalogue as well, and that means 'Time of the Season', 'Whenever You're Ready', and some of the material from solo careers - Colin Blunstone still has a wonderful, at times, aethereal, voice - and Rod Argent is a great rock and roll keyboards guy. And they give every impression of enjoying themselves on stage.
So altogether, the Zombies are a neat band - good live - and you'd never guess that they have already had their golden anniversary.
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