Category Archives: Music
For all those in the UK the now yearly extravaganza for all music fans and especially those with a penchant for vinyl come together to celebrate Record Store Day
There might be just a few still left over, but no promises as The Zombies put out a limited run for 2016 to mark the occasion.
Rod has recently made a statement over on The Zombies Facebook page sharing his sadness about the passing of the late, great Keith Emerson, “t’s over a week now since Keith Emerson died, and I must say I’ve been really saddened that the passing of this fantastic musician and monster creative talent hasn’t been marked in a greater and more unequivocal way by the press and broadcasting media. I may have missed something, but I didn’t catch ANYTHING at all on the BBC ….. quite incredible.
And the meanness and short-sightedness of the people, without any ability of their own, who latterly criticised his continuing to play, without any sympathy or understanding of the difficulties he suffered from muscular and nerve problems in his right hand and arm….it truly is depressing.
Keith was a true musician in every sense of the word; a great keyboardist whose playing was always full of fire and invention. He never dumbed down the high content of what he did, yet still managed to connect and communicate with many millions of people – a remarkable achievement. When I heard, not so long ago, from a couple of different people that Keith liked my playing, it felt like one of the most rewarding compliments I’d ever been paid. He was truly one of the few.”
Visit Rod’s Live Page to keep up to date with all his and The Zombies forthcoming tour dates.
There is a pretty epic feature about Rod and The Zombies early days from seasoned Sunday Times writer Paul Lester and the team behind Classic Rock, Prog and Blues Magazines – check it out here
All week the lovely Ken Bruce from Radio 2 will be featuring Rod on his ‘Tracks Of My Years’ segment – with today’s selection from Rod coming from The Beatles and Randy Crawford - listen back here
The Zombies’ album “Odessey & Oracle” is going on display in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The album is one of 200 LPs from the record collection of the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. The collection is being organized by the same people behind the David Bowie show there. The exhibit opens this autumn!
For more information on this very exciting event check out this article from The Guardian newspaper
The Zombies have had another epic year with the release of their critically acclaimed new album ‘Still Got That Hunger’ and their voracious appetite to continue touring and entertaining fans new and old across the globe.
UK based music aficionado website Drowned In Sound were not one to overlook the continued importance of The Zombies as they tore the roof off with impromptu shows at this year’s Great Escape festival in Brighton. To read the full review click here
Just before The Zombies headed out on their current European tour they stopped in to play on Later With Jools Holland
Always worth a watch!
The Zombies made a clear statement of intent with the recent release of their new LP ‘Still Got That Hunger’ not only in name but it the quality of music which shows that they are still very relevant and welcome in today’s plethora of new music. This has now been reflected by the album cracking into the top 100 of the Billboard Charts.
There are a lot of charts relating to music around these days but for those who like an interesting statistic, The Zombies’ new album ‘Still Got That Hunger’ debuts on the following Billboard charts, dated Oct. 31 2015, reflecting sales in the week ending Oct. 15.
No. 15 on Internet Albums
No. 24 on Independent Albums
No. 35 on Top Rock Albums
No. 94 on Top Current Albums
No. 100 on Top Album Sales
Here is what each of the above charts ranks:
Internet Albums – the week’s top selling physical albums sold through Internet retailers like Amazon.com.
Independent Albums – the week’s top selling independently distributed albums
Top Rock Albums – the week’s top selling rock albums
Top Current Albums – the week’s top selling current albums (meaning, generally, those albums that are less than 18 months old and have not fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart)
Top Album Sales – the top selling albums of the week, regardless of age (so the list blends current and catalogue titles).
The current US tour of The Zombies has been typically epic with rave reviews across the board every night, showing truly what masterful musicians can achieve in a glowing career that has trumped many decades. California is next with back to back shows in Beverly Hills, Sacramento, Redding and San Francisco from Saturday October 24th – full listings and any remaining tickets can be found here then it’s back to London, England to begin dates across UK, Spain and France, then UK again ahead of Christmas.
Not To Be Missed!