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The Zombies invade Penn's Peak

  • RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Zombies, an oldies band which has been entertaining audiences for over a half century, performs at Penn's Peak at Jim Thorpe. Colin Blunstone, center, lead singer, is one of two founding members still performing with the Zombies.
    RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Zombies, an oldies band which has been entertaining audiences for over a half century, performs at Penn's Peak at Jim Thorpe. Colin Blunstone, center, lead singer, is one of two founding members still performing with the Zombies.
Published August 18. 2014 04:00PM

The fifth number of The Zombies 21-song set at Penn's Peak Sunday night sums up their concert.

"You Make Me Feel Good" was a single released by the British group in 1964. Judging by the reaction of the audience, the show was enjoyable.

The Zombies were greeted at the onset with a standing ovation. They got robust applause throughout the 90-minute performance. People sang along to the words of virtually all the songs, but especially the group's big hits like "Time of the Season" and "Tell Her No."

Vocalist Colin Blunstone, one of two original members of the quintet, noted The Zombies have been in existence for over 50 years.

This was the second time The Zombies played at the venue and Blunstone indicated his appreciation of the local fans, stating, "What a great pleasure it is to be back here."

The Zombies pleased the crowd by singing all their hits. They also did a few from their newest project. Plus, they took the audience back in time doing some covers, mostly from the '60s, including "Hold Your Head Up" by the Argents, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and "I Love You" by People, their opening number.

They saved the best for last with "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There," the latter done just before they went off-stage. They then received a curtain call during which they returned and sang the songs "God Gave Rock and Roll to You," a cover by Zombies member Rod Argent, and "The Way I Feel Inside" from their first-ever album, "Begin Here," released in the United Kingdom in 1965. "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" was also a track on that first album as well as "Tell Her No."

Besides Blunstone, the other founding member of the Zombies still with the band is Argent.

"They still have it," said Derek Callopone of Scranton. "They're awesome. Despite his age, Colin Blunstone can still hit the notes."

Callopone pointed out that "Time of the Season" and "She's Not There" sounded during the concert much like they did on the original vinyl records.

Opening for The Zombies was the Philadelphia-based band "American Babies," who sang five of their rock songs.

The next concert at Penn's Peak will be Thursday night when the Yonder Mountain String Band presents their unique sound. The event begins at 8 p.m.

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