Blunstone talked to the Tampa Bay Times on July 3 from his home in Surrey, England. Best known for his work as lead vocalist in the 1960s British group the Zombies, Blunstone, along with fellow Zombie Rod Argent, is about to embark on a North American tour. The first date — and only Florida stop — is at the Largo Cultural Center. "We only just finished a British tour, and so I'm really just starting to think of America,'' said Blunstone, 67. "I'm looking forward to it, though. A tour like this is such a great way to explore so many places. I'll be sure to get out and have a chat with all the locals in Largo.''
Blunstone said the evening will include "a little bit of everything, from 1964 all the way up to the album we put out 18 months ago.'' That means you can expect to hear the classics She's Not There and Time of the Season, but some Argent songs, too, including Hold Your Head Up. The show starts at 8 p.m. on July 27. For ticket information, call (727) 587-6793.
What's on your nightstand?
Philip Kerr's Prague Fatale. It's got the character Bernie Gunther, and I quite like it when a detective is a main character that is worked through the books. I've got Sue Grafton. I think I've read all of hers, and I just finished V Is for Vengeance. I also am reading some Scandinavian writers, Jo Nesbo's The Devil's Star, and Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason. Some of the books are quite bloodcurdling, and it's my wife who gets them and often reads them first.
Does the gore change her mood at all?
It's funny. She's a very lovely person who would never hurt a fly, and she reads terribly bloodthirsty books, and it doesn't make any impression on her at all.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at [email protected]