photo -Rich Bloom
Colin Blunstone - I have seen Colin several times in recent years with the legendary and still brilliant Zombies as they continue to tour through the states as well as Europe. However, this is the first US tour for the solo Colin Blunstone in 41 years! And even as I had some really excellent shows closer to home tonight, I just had to make the trek to Rockville to see this unique version of one of rock's finest vocalists. He was just here with Rod Argent and the Zombies, playing Psychefest in Austin and a few cities in the south. He kept the Zombies guitarist and drummer, and flew in his keyboardist and bass player that he used on his recent solo album to work up a quick tour right after the Zombies' dates concluded. Even with no rehearsal time, the band was slick, professional, and nailed all the songs from the few Zombies numbers, to the Motown covers (that Colin covered before), to the Alan Parsons Project song, and to the many songs from the new album and older albums of Colin Blunstone. Of course, Colin's voice is the star, and of the older veteran singers he is second only to Leslie West in retaining his vigor and tone of his younger voice. And better still, he has a tremendous range as he exhibited with a strong tonal style shift in Duncan Browne's "Wild Places". He is also a gracious and personable presence as he has always been at every show I have seen. He and Rod Argent always have plenty of interesting stories and I heard some new ones tonight including a hilarious take on how he made no money on hit songs, but was paid a fortune to fly over to NYC to record a jingle... "It's the time of the season for Noxema". They played for over 90 minutes and enthralled the crowd every step of the way. Every time I start thinking I am too old to do what I do, I just take in a show like this and see someone who has been singing professionally over 50 years put that thought to shame. Colin and Rod should be back in the area with the Zombies later this year, and I will almost certainly be there.
Quote of the Night: There were many good long stories, but I'll just list this bit from Edward Rogers introducing a song about Kevin Ayers after a particularly gloomy cut... "I really want you to know I'm a fun guy, not always so down in my songs. Really! So this next song is about someone who died."