The Zombies' Rod Argent Talks Fourth Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination: 'It Would Be a Dream'


After three earlier nominations, Rod Argent is hoping it's lastly the time, and the season, for The Zombies to be elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   

The British Invasion group — finest recognized for its hits "Tell Her No," "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" and the enduring Odessey and Oracle album — made the Rock Hall's brief record for the lessons of 2014, 2017 and 2018. Now, with Tuesday morning's (Oct. 9) announcement that they're on the record for 2019 as properly, keyboardist and co-founder Rod Argent tells Billboard, "It actually looks like such an honor to be nominated for a fourth time in 5 years." And it will likely be even higher if the group will get on this time.    

"You need to assume that after this variety of occasions, it will be nice — it will be a dream, really," Argent says. "When we obtained collectively in '61, you recognize, all our heroes have been American and the lifetime of the world that was rock 'n' roll and every little thing to do with it appeared so unattainable and so distant from our expertise, we couldn't think about it. That there would possibly probably come a time after we'd be thought of in related phrases as these heroes, that's what we’d by no means have believed.   

"But we've had a terrific journey, and the earlier three nominations will not be one thing we counted on. We thought it's simply good individuals have seen match to appoint us." Public voting for the Rock Hall class of 2019 begins at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday right here. The induction ceremony can be held March 29 on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with ticket particulars TBA.     

The Zombies' newest nomination finds the group nonetheless in an upswing from its well-received 2015 studio album Still Got That Hunger and final 12 months's tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, which introduced Argent and frontman Colin Blunstone — who’ve been working collectively once more for the previous 18 years — again along with authentic drummer Hugh Grundy and longtime bassist Chris White. Argent, Blunstone, Grundy and White are on the Rock Hall's record of Zombies who can be inducted, in addition to late founding guitarist Paul Atkinson.

"One of the issues we by no means wished to do was simply come again and rake over the embers and commerce on outdated glories, should you like," Argent says. "We by no means wished to try this. We're glad to play the entire catalog if that's what you need, however all the time inside the context of getting energized and excited by one thing new. That's what feels actual. It's an actual privilege to be within the place at this stage in our lives of feeling that there's nonetheless issues happening and nonetheless rising in some bizarre manner. We're very fortunate." He says that it additionally "feels about time now to begin…writing and recording a brand new album as properly," a course of that has simply began.

And Argent guarantees that if the Zombies are to be inducted into the Rock Hall, it will likely be free any of the interpersonal drama a few of its contemporaries have delivered to the ceremonies. "We are in fixed contact with one another, actually, as we’ve been all through the years," he says. "We've all the time remained mates and on the identical size — all of us, all the time. So it will be nothing however a pleasure."