The Zombies' Rod Argent Talks Fourth Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination: 'It Would Be a Dream'
After three previous nominations, Rod Argent is hoping it's finally the time, and the season, for The Zombies to be elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The British Invasion group -- best known for its hits "Tell Her No," "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" and the iconic Odessey and Oracle album -- made the Rock Hall's short list for the classes of 2014, 2017 and 2018. Now, with Tuesday morning's (Oct. 9) announcement that they're on the list for 2019 as well, keyboardist and co-founder Rod Argent tells Billboard, "It really feels like such an honor to be nominated for a fourth time in five years." And it will be even better if the group gets in this time.
"You have to think that after this number of times, it would be great -- it would be a dream, actually," Argent says. "When we got together in '61, you know, all our heroes were American and the life of the world that was rock 'n' roll and everything to do with it seemed so unattainable and so far away from our experience, we couldn't imagine it. That there might possibly come a time when we'd be considered in similar terms as those heroes, that's what we might never have believed.
"But we've had a terrific journey, and the previous three nominations are not something we counted on. We thought it's just brilliant people have seen fit to nominate us." Public voting for the Rock Hall class of 2019 begins at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday here. The induction ceremony will be held March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with ticket details TBA.
The Zombies' latest nomination finds the group still in an upswing from its well-received 2015 studio album Still Got That Hunger and last year's tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, which brought Argent and frontman Colin Blunstone -- who have been working together again for the past 18 years -- back together with original drummer Hugh Grundy and longtime bassist Chris White. Argent, Blunstone, Grundy and White are on the Rock Hall's list of Zombies who will be inducted, as well as late founding guitarist Paul Atkinson.
"One of the things we never wanted to do was just come back and rake over the embers and trade on old glories, if you like," Argent says. "We never wanted to do that. We're happy to play the whole catalog if that's what you want, but always within the context of getting energized and excited by something new. That's what feels real. It's a real privilege to be in the position at this stage in our lives of feeling that there's still things going on and still growing in some weird way. We're very lucky." He says that it also "feels about time now to start...writing and recording a new album as well," a process that has just started.
And Argent promises that if the Zombies are to be inducted into the Rock Hall, it will be free any of the interpersonal drama some of its contemporaries have brought to the ceremonies. "We are in constant contact with each other, really, as we have been throughout the years," he says. "We've always remained friends and on the same length -- all of us, always. So it would be nothing but a joy."