Not all rock 'n' roll milestones are treated the same way, either by the media or the artists themselves.
There has been plenty of coverage this year marking the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys, whose surviving members have gone all out, reuniting for a new studio album and an extensive tour. The same can be said of The Rolling Stones reaching the big 5-0 as a band, even though they've looked like slackers compared to Brian Wilson and company, authorizing an upcoming photo/artwork book and documentary while toying with the idea of performing later this year.
Then you have The Zombies. In 2011, their 50th anniversary was handled much more passively by the mainstream press, even though the crafty British band — still led by original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent — released a new studio album, Breathe Out, Breathe In, and hit the road.
Maybe it's because singer Blunstone and keyboardist Argent — unlike the surviving Beach Boys or the current Stones lineup — have been working together on a regular basis in recent years, reuniting circa the early 2000s to record and tour as a duo, then reviving the Zombies moniker. Or maybe it's just the latest example of the band being overlooked; the most egregious example of this, of course, is that The Zombies have not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Prior to a string of Zombies U.S. concert dates, Argent addressed the Rock Hall issue and other topics, such as how his band fit in with the other 1960s British Invasion acts and what continues to motivate him and the rest of his group — currently Blunstone, bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of The Kinks and Argent's cousin), drummer Steve Rodford (Jim's son) and guitarist Tom Toomey (a veteran of Blunstone's solo band).
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