Getting front-row seats to a concert often requires fans to overpay scalpers or name their firstborn child 93.1 FM. See a show on your terms with this GrouponLive deal.
- $25 for one ticket to see The Zombies (up to a $52.42 value)
- When: Wednesday, September 25, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Pabst Theater
- Seating: first- or second-floor
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The Zombies performing “Time of the Season” (Live 2012)
With the release of their debut single, “She’s Not There,” in 1964, [The Zombies](http://thezombies.net) 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](http://gr.pn/Y6qSLT), 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.
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
The Pabst Theater
144 E Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202