The Zombies

Well, we're now at the end of the first week of the Rolling Rock and Roll Show -- four shows in. I must admit to initially wondering how well the concept would actually work in practice -- several gre

Well, we're now at the end of the first week of the Rolling Rock and Roll Show -- four shows in. I must admit to initially wondering how well the concept would actually work in practice -- several great young
bands followed at the end of the evening by us veterans.

Well, I certainly needn't have worried. The shows were happening from the start, but have just felt better day by day. Certainly we have been fine tuning our set, which now feels totally right to me. The audience reaction to the last couple of shows, at Portland, Oregon and in Seattle has been outrageous.

What has really blown us away is the fantastic welcome we've been given by an audience -- average age of maybe 22 - 25 -- who all seem to know every word of our songs, including the "Odessey" and "Oracle" album tracks we play. The feeling you get when 700 young people are sending you back such waves of energy, all singing along to your songs one after the other, is pretty indescribable -- especially when you wrote some of those songs over 40 years ago, way before they were born!

It has been a gas too playing with such great young bands. I've heard bits and pieces of all the sets, and they've all sounded terrific, but the only set I've so far heard all the way through is Phantom Planet, who immediately preceded us on the bill. They had their last night in Seattle, and I wanted to make sure I caught the whole thing. What a great band. They've promised us copies of their CDs, and I can't wait. They also do a very cool version of the Zombies' "Friends Of Mine " in their set!

Now can't wait to catch everybody else in full over the next few nights!