Brian Wilson and the Zombies' joint tour is delivering on its promise of 'Something Great From '68.' The trek finds Wilson — with his backing band featuring fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin — tackling key cuts from the band's 1968 classic Friends, the Beach Boys' watershed 1971 album Surf's Up, along with assorted group favorites.
The Zombies — featuring co-founders Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone — perform their 1968 masterpiece Odessey And Oracle, among other hits.
Earlier this year, backstage at the band's Rock Hall induction, Rod Argent told us that the way he and Colin Blunstone go about their work with the Zombies hasn't changed over the decades: ["We play with the same passion now that we did when we were 18-years-old. And, um, of course it's the original guys here that are being inducted. We always approach what we're doing exactly the same way as we did when we first started out. We still get completely energized by being able to write new music, record it, and play it in front of appreciative audiences. Y'know, that's still the excitement that we feel."] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . that we feel)
Al Jardine told us that after all these years to have his musical and personal relationship with Brian Wilson intact means the world to him: [“Oh, it’s great — you can’t describe it. We’re still sparkin’ off of each other. We were just talking backstage, just like, y’know, like, y’know, hangin’ out in the nurse’s room where we used to cook up some ideas at El Camino (Junior College). (Laughs) He ran a musical idea by me last show we were at and we were just crackin’ up, and going, ‘Yeah — that’d be great! We oughta record that! Y’know?’ It’s still charming because he still has that. . . that spark, y’know what I mean?”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . what I mean)