Bands often run back onstage for an encore, especially if the crowd is chanting for them or if security hasn’t been able to capture the live animal running loose backstage. Go wild with this GrouponLive deal to see The Zombies at Sound Academy. For $15, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Sunday, March 3, at 8 p.m. (up to a $31.75 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.<p>
With the release of their debut single, “She’s Not There,” in 1964, The Zombies were poised for the top of the British pop pyramid. The irresistible tune, driven by Rod Argent’s jazzy electric piano and Colin Blunstone’s hushed-to-howl vocal, catapulted them up the North American and UK charts. Then an unfunny thing happened. Their next hit, “Tell Her No,” reached No. 6 in the States but flopped in the band’s native Britain. Since social media didn’t exist, and all carrier pigeons in the ‘60s flew drunk, Blunstone and Co. only felt the UK sting, having no idea how much they were loved overseas.
These days, The Zombies’ sophomore masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle—anchored by the famed “Time of the Season”—is widely hailed as one of the most influential records ever laid to wax. It ranks at No. 100 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and English music magazines such as NME and Q rank it even higher, despite it being one of the British Invasion’s greatest casualties, released in the aftermath of The Zombies’ breakup due to collective disillusionment. Thankfully, reissues have spawned a surge of new fans and overdue critical affection. It sparked something even better than a band reunion—it inspired The Zombies to pick up where they left off. In 2011, they returned to form with the album Breathe Out, Breathe In and have another in the works for 2014.
Now, 52 years after they formed in the market town of St. Albans, the founding members of The Zombies tour with renewed zeal. Colin Blunstone’s vocals tenderly tease before expanding with soul like a bullfrog who swallowed a ghost, while Rod Argent beats the ivories black and blue in his triumphant keyboard solos. With a full rhythm section packed with backing vocals, the band tackles hits from their first album, future hits from albums yet to come, and almost every single gem from Odessey to the delight of fans who’ve waited for decades.
The Zombies – “Time of the Season” (Live 2012)
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon’s mobile app.
Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.