Colin Blunstone, of The Zombies, plays Daryl’s House in Pawling, N.Y.
The third time’s the charm; that’s how it usually goes. But not for Colin Blunstone and his band mates in The Zombies. For this iconic group, which gave us 1960s hits such as “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” it was the fourth time that did the trick.
After receiving their fourth nomination in five years, the British rock legends will be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring. Blunstone, the lead singer, who plays a solo show at Daryl’s House Club on Thursday, Jan. 31, says everyone is “incredibly excited.”
“We’re all absolutely thrilled and really looking forward to it,” Blunstone said of the ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, set for March 29. It just happens to be 50 years to the day The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” became a top hit in the United States.
“We’ve been nominated four times and now, at long last, we will be inducted,” Blunstone said in a phone chat. And no, he’s not nervous. “I’ve got lots of other things to be nervous about before that — lots of challenges over next two or three months. I will worry when it gets closer.”
Among those challenges are many performances, including some with The Zombies and others with his solo band. He said his solo show at Daryl’s House, in Pawling, N.Y., will be different from a Zombies gig, but he’ll still play a few Zombies tunes, such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”
Otherwise it’s all songs he recorded, many of which were hits in the United Kingdom and Europe, but that may not be known to audiences here. “I’m quite interested to see how American audiences will react to this hit material; it’s quite an interesting situation to be in, really.”
Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y. Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. $60 (reserved table seating, 7:30 p.m.), $45 (general admission, seating not guaranteed). 845-289-0185
He described his solo music as classic rock, some soft rock, and a couple tunes that are quite avant-garde. “They are well-crafted songs with a commercial edge. I have a really good band with me and I think it will be a great show.”
Blunstone, 73, is also working on new music. “I started a solo album, so I am trying to make headway on it. Also, we just started a Zombies album, so there’s two projects at the same time.”
But don’t feel too bad for him. He’s also got a Bahamas cruise scheduled for February. The “On the Blue Cruise” includes such artists as Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Alan Parsons and Al Stewart. “There’s lots of wonderful bands; I play with the solo band and with The Zombies.”
Blunstone said when you’re a performer there’s always events coming up, and you just roll with it. “Things come up and it’s wow, am I gonna get through that, then you just go and do it.”
Looking ahead to the March 29 induction, Blunstone said, “Part of me was starting to wonder whether it would ever happen,” but in the end you have to be philosophical. “If it happens, of course you’re thrilled, but if not, life still goes on.
“When we started off playing we were just 19, (keyboardist) Rod Argent and I. What a great adventure we have had, traveling the world and playing music that we love. What more could you ask for.”
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