The Arden Theatre confirmed a new act is closing out the professional programming season. British pop-rock band The Zombies, led by original singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, will perform Monday, July 11.
The 21st-century lineup also features Steve Rodford on drums and session guitarist Tom Toomey. Multi-instrumentalist Soren Koch joined in 2018 following the untimely passing of bassist Jim Rodford.
The British pop-rock band scored several hit singles in the mid-60s with She’s Not There (1964), Tell Her No (1965), and Time of the Season (1968). They infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, strong vocals, choral harmonies, and jazzy keyboard riffs.
Unfortunately, subsequent singles of She’s Coming Home, Whenever You’re Ready, and Is This the Dream failed to generate the commercial success of earlier recordings.
By the 1970s, the band dissolved, with members playing in other groups and reuniting for special projects. Finally in 2019, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the induction ceremony took place exactly 50 years to the day after The Zombies’ classic Time of the Season first hit No. 1 on American charts.
Recently, The Zombies were back in the studio recording a follow-up to their 2015 Billboard-charting album Still Got That Hunger.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $69 per ticket. Tickets are available at stalbert.ca/exp/arden/ or at 780-459-1542.
Canada’s comedy king
Brent Butt, creator of the six-season TV series Corner Gas, was originally slated to perform on Jan. 21, but due to COVID, the stand-up comedian’s show was postponed until Friday, June 17. Host presenters at the Arden Theatre just announced most tickets are close to being sold out. Fans who do not wish to miss the Canadian icon are advised to buy now.
An Evening with Brent Butt starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, and are available at 780-459-1542 or online at stalbert.ca/exp/arden/.