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The Zombies' Colin Blunstone talks touring in America, scoring hits in the '60s and how the group got its name




A bit of British rock royalty will be in Largo on Friday night, as The Zombies, who scored hits in the '60s with Time of the Season and She's Not There, play the only Florida date on their new American tour.

We recently talked by phone with Colin Blunstone, and he discussed the group's evolution, its shows in America and how the group's name predated the worldwide zombie craze.

“A fellow named Paul Arnold sat in front of me in class, and one day he turned around and asked if I played the guitar,” Blunstone said. “Then he invited me to play with him and some other guys. We met one Saturday morning with three other guys who went to another school. When we met that Saturday morning, Paul Arnold was late, and I didn’t know anyone, and what was funny was that I played rugby and I had a broken nose, two black eyes and strapping all across my face. I actually looked like a zombie. I looked a bit scary. ...

"We were originally the Mustangs, and then we realized there were other bands called the Mustangs. But Paul Arnold, again my friend Paul, came up with Zombies. To be absolutely honest, everyone thought it was a great name, but I wasn't that keen on it. After awhile though, it came to represent the band. But I still think that the name Zombies sounds more like a heavy metal band."

The Zombies perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Click here for ticket info.

And click here for the rest of Theodora Aggeles' interview with Colin Blunstone.

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