The Zombies + The Left Banke
The Zombies were the second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America. With gorgeous melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and a jazzy influence, The Zombies ruled the 1960’s with hit singles like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”. Ironically, the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success – the chart-topping single “Time of the Season”, from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle (recently ranked #80 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”). Lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, while keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked arenas in the 70’s with his eponymous band ARGENT. Over 30 years later, Blunstone and Argent resurrected The Zombies, paying tribute to the group’s musical legacy and collaborating on new studio material. Helmed by founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, the group is marking its half century with a new album – Breathe Out, Breathe In – and a tour. The ten songs that make up Breathe Out, Breathe In are impeccably crafted pieces; the harmonies are rich, the melodies full, the arrangements exquisite, the organ and piano fresh and the production intuitive. Uncut Magazine raves “Argent and Blunstone find Zombie heaven again.” Starting in September, Argent and Blunstone are joined onstage by bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of Argent and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey, performing a dazzling retrospective of the cherished Zombies catalogue, favorites from their post-Zombies careers, and of course songs from Breathe Out, Breathe In.
The Left Banke
The Left Banke produced two of the most enduring and bittersweet songs of the 1960s - "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" - which have been covered by everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Alice Cooper.
However, the group's impact goes far beyond its placement on the Billboard Top 20 charts. The band's pioneering use of classical string arrangements and lush vocal harmonies helped usher in the Baroque Pop movement, soon championed by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Love, and Procol Harum. Interest in Left Banke's now-classic catalogue has continued to soar in the intervening decades, with the band's out-of-print albums trading for over $150 online, until Sundazed Records reissued Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina and The Left Banke Tooin 2011 (selling over 15,000 units in the first months of release!). And the band's huge influence is apparent in the new Baroque Pop revival, exemplified by artists like Belle & Sebastian and Regina Spektor.No longer able to resist the calls for a reunion, founding members Tom Finn and George Cameron have reformed The Left Banke for the band's first live performances since 1970. In order to recreate the unique sound of their past recordings, Finn and Cameron have assembled some of New York City's finest musicians, including long-time Left Banke collaborator Charly Cazalet on bass, Mike Fornatale on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Alves on guitar, Mickey Finn on keyboards, and the Grip Weeds' Rick Reil on drums, along with a small string section. The recent NYC-area reunion shows (including two sold-out nights at Joe's Pub and a holiday performance with NYU's All-University Choir) have generated a tremendous amount of buzz among music journalists and fan-sites, and the band is now gearing up to actively tour throughout 2012!