Photos & Live Review: The Zombies @ Variety Playhouse 4/3/24

Review by Janet Miller


The Zombies appeared at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on April 3, 2024. Wendy Colonna opened the show, with her final performance on the tour.  Performing solo, Ms. Colonna entertained the crowd with hits from her several albums. Hearing Ms. Colonna play her hit song “Hurricane” live, was truly a treat.

Formed in 1961, The Zombies broke up in 1967 just prior to the release of their most successful album, Odyssey and Oracle, and reunited again in 2004. After several unsuccessful attempts, The Zombies were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. The induction ceremony occurred exactly 50 years from the release of one of their biggest hits, “Time of the Season”.

Led by keyboard player Rod Argent, and lead singer Colin Blunstone, The Zombies also featured drummer Steve Redford, guitarist Tom Toomey, and bassist Saren Koch. Spanning more than 60 years, The Zombies released yet another album in 2023 titled “Different Games” and featured the title track as well as Merry Go Round and Dropped, Reeling and Stupid from that album.

Bringing a mixture of old and new to the show, The Zombies are a classic example of timeless perfection. Having seen The Zombies previously on several occasions, The Zombies again set the stage for rock and roll at its finest. The Zombies brought the crowd to their feet throughout the show, with the climax being Argent’s “Hold your Head Up” followed by The Zombies “She’s Not There”. The show ended with Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone remaining on stage performing the duet “The Way I Feel Inside”.

The Zombies are a timeless classic.  Is amazing how pure they sound after more than 60 years and their songs are recognizable to people of all ages and diversities.  If you want to see a rock and roll show that sounds exactly like what you have heard all these years, The Zombies are the show you will not want to miss.

The Zombies Set List was as follows:


  1. It’s Alright with Me
  2. Summertime
  3. I Want You Back Again
  4. Sticks and Stones
  5. I Love You
  6. Different Games
  7. You Could Be My Love
  8. Tell Her No
  9. You’ve Really Got Ahold on Me
  10. Dropped, Reeling and Stupid
  11. Care of Cell 44
  12. A Rose for Emily
  13. This Will Be Our Year
  14. Time of the Season
  15. Merry Go Round
  16. Hold Your Head Up
  17. She’s Not There
  18. The Way I Feel Inside

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