The Zombies - Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale - April 8
The highlight of the set was a cluster of favorites pulled from Odessy and Oracle, which began with a short history lesson on the once tragic obscurity of the album, courtesy of Rod Argent. The band began this part of the show with a rare performance of "A Rose for Emily," which Argent dedicated to an audience member who had told him her granddaughter was named after the track at the meet and greet earlier in the evening.
As the band began to weave the tale of "Care of Cell 44," Blunstone's voice started to further recall that of his youth, bringing the album to life with each airy lyric sung. "This Will Be Our Year" had audience members rise to their feet, dancing, visibly caught in the thralls of the sounds from yesteryear. The performance came to a head as the instantly recognizable "boom-doom-pst-ahhh" of "Time of the Season" wafted through the night's cool air, which warned of a rain that never came. The performance of the song was a simply ideal moment in time with a classic and its creators.
The end of the set included a pair of R&B covers from its past, "Tell Her No" and "You Really Got a Hold on Me," for which Blunstone continued to flex his vocals to the delight of the crowd. The band played a couple of hits from Argent and Blunstone's respective post-Zombies careers also. Bolstered by former Kinks bassist Jim Rodford, his son Steve Rodford on drums, and the impeccable Tom Toomey on guitar, Argent and Blunstone made good on the promise of the band's legend last night, and shirked the misconception that an aging band is incapable of chasing its own dragon.
As the crowd filed out towards the endless sea of cars surrounding the casino, the Who's "Baba O'Riley" played over the PA and signaled an astounding volley of professional fireworks which exploded over the dog track for what felt like an eternity.