I saw the Zombies play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday. I went mostly as a favor to a friend; I'm not a huge fan. What I got was a vocal tour de force. Lead singer Colin Blunstone has all the range he ever had and far more power than when he was a kid since he sings from his chest now. He smiled through the whole show. His movements were graceful and self-assured. He's an excellent singer and an excellent front man. Backing vocals came from Rod Argent, bassist Jim Rodford (who turned down the offer to be the band's first bassist and later went on to play with the Kinks for 20 years), and guitarist Tom Toomey, who was the only relatively young guy singing. The backing vocals were great. Colin sang great. Songs ran the gamut from very old to Breathe Out, Breathe In, which is their very good newish album with a little solo material thrown in too, e.g., Hold Your Head Up (Wo-man, not whoa) and a song Colin sang for the Alan Parsons Project. Unlike some older vocal-oriented bands (like the Beach Boys) the Zombies don't need an army of hired singers to help them out. They had five people on stage with four of them singing and they sounded phenomenal.