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Ex-Zombies principals Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, who recently reunited for a string of shows and a collaborative album, are now planning a nine-date U.S. tour next month. The duo of vocalist Blunstone and keyboardist/songwriter Argent had a falling out after the Zombies broke up in 1967, only to reform a collaborative partnership for last year's "Out of the Shadows" (Redhouse), which is available through Argent's official Web site.
The duo -- backed by bassist Jim Rodford (the former member of the experimental rock group Argent formed in the early 1970s), guitarist Mark Johns, and drummer Steve Rodford -- played a series of U.K. dates last year as well as a four-show run at New York's Village Underground.
The Zombies, one of the best-loved '60s pop groups, had three top-10 Billboard Hot 100 hits with "Tell Her No" (No. 6), "She's Not There" (No. 2), and "Time of the Season" (No. 3). Though they rose to fame as a singles group, their swan-song album, "Odessey and Oracle" (1968) is regarded as a critical highpoint of the late '60s psychedelic pop era.
Here are Blunstone and Argent's tour dates:
Sept. 18: Harrisburg, Pa. (Whitaker Center)
Sept. 19: Falls Church, Va. (State Theatre)
Sept. 20: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
Sept. 21: Glenside, Pa. (Keswick Theatre)
Sept. 23: Buffalo, N.Y. (Trelf)
Sept. 24: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
Sept. 26: Chicago (Abbey)
Sept. 27: Milwaukee (Mirimar Theatre)
Sept. 28: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.