The Zombies at House of Blues
The Zombies 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Zombies are back with ‘Dropped Reeling & Stupid’, the first track ahead of their long-awaited new album, Different Game. Set to release on March 31st, 2023, "Different Game" is the follow-up to the iconic British psychedelic pop legends’ 2015 Billboard-charting album, "Still Got That Hunger".
The Zombies originally infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”. Ironically, the original lineup disbanded just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their swan-song album Odessey and Oracle, ranked in the Top 100 of Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’ To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans. Following the break-up of the original band, Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, while Argent rocked arenas in the 1970’s with his eponymous band ARGENT, but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own.
By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies, which has led to several critically-acclaimed new albums and 2 decades of worldwide concert performances. The Zombies story continues on with tour dates planned throughout 2023, starting with US performances in Texas and Louisiana, including SXSW Music and Film Festival, and a full UK run in the Spring. AJ Smith Denver-born, and recently relocated from NYC to Nashville, fast-rising pop artist AJ Smith’s music has the uncanny ability to evoke a nostalgic desire for dramatic pop of decades past while sounding modern & deeply emotive. A flare for the dramatic is written into his DNA - AJ’s father literally ran away & joined the circus (unafraid to step into the “Globe of Death” stunt), while his Great Great Uncle was famed Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona, who composed the famed standard “Malagueña”. It's no surprise then, that Smith’s songwriting & performance abilities have earned multiple awards, including a scholarship from the Songwriters Hall of Fame & a semi-finalist ranking 2020's International Songwriting Contest. Recent highlights include: national TV debut on The Kelly Clarkson show, charting at #50 Alternative Radio, the cover feature in Performer Magazine, working with SpaceX, and stories in American Songwriter, GMA, CBS Radio, Spin Magazine, and more.