The band began gathering a following in mid-1962 in the St. Albans area. In 1963 they were approaching college age and began to discuss breaking up, as several members were thinking about going to university. That same year they entered a rock contest in which first prize was a recording contract with Decca Records. They made the finals and, even before the winner was chosen, they impressed Decca executives so much that they were offered a contract anyway (as it turned out, they actually did win the contest).
It’s the time of the season The Zombies’ 2023 North American tour. The British psych-pop legends are headed to the US and Canada this October in support of their recent album Different Game.
The Zombies will kick things off in New Westminster, British Columbia on October 1st, before hitting cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Cincinnati, and New York. The 20-date trek will wrap up outside Philadelphia on October 29th.
Tickets for all tour dates are on sale now over at Ticketmaster.
One day, our bass player at the time, who was the only one initially who left the band before we were professional, said, "What about The Zombies?" This was in the days before any of the crop of zombie films, like "Return Of The Living Dead." Now I just about knew what a zombie was. It had something to do with Haiti, and some sort of voodoo, unsavory sorts of things. Colin [Blunstone] didn't even know that. He hated the name! But I loved it. If we were lucky enough to get any recognition later, then very soon the name itself would be unimportant. It would just become whomever the members of the band were. A year after the Beatles were named, no one that I know thought about insects or even the play on words. They just thought about John, Paul, George and Ringo. That proved to be the case with us. "
We are excited to announce that @ajsmithmusic is joining us as support on the Life Is a Merry-Go-Round Tour this March in Texas & Louisiana! Tickets are going fast so get yours now to rock out with us!!!https://t.co/hR4LXQj32q pic.twitter.com/YQnGFKvJr3— The Zombies (@TheZombiesMusic) January 26, 2023