The Zombies React to Rock Hall Nomination: 'The Band Has Never Felt So Energized'

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Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies at AOL Studios on Oct. 7, 2015 in New York City.  

Nearly 50 years after breaking up on the heels of releasing one of the most astonishing albums ever (Odessey & Oracle), The Zombies' 21st century resurgence continues. In the midst of their celebrated tour behind that classic 1968 album, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has nominated the Zombies for the Class of 2017.

"I'm thrilled beyond words! It's been such an exciting year for the band, and we're honoured to even be considered," founding member Colin Blunstone tells Billboard.

"This has felt like a special twelve months period for us," agrees fellow founding Zombie Rod Argent. "Its beginning was marked by a phone call from Billboard last October to congratulate us on making the Top 100 Album Sales chart [with Still Got That Hunger] for the first time in 50 years as 'The Zombies.' Its conclusion has now been perfectly rounded off exactly a year later by the news that we've been nominated for a second time for the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame! Thanks everybody -- this has come at a really exciting time for us, as the band has never felt so energized, and the acceptance of what we are creating now, as well as the older classic material we love to play, is heartwarming!"

Check out their final Odessey & Oracle Tour dates here.

In addition to the Zombies, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, Tupac Shakur and Yes are up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017.