Colin Blunstone of The Zombies w/ special guest Edward Rogers
Friday May 9, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
w/ special guest Edward Rogers!
Starting his 50 year career span with The Zombies, Colin's signature voice reached millions across the world with number one hits such as: "Tell Her No", "She's Not There" and "Time of The Season". After The Zombies untimely breakup in 1968, Colin pursued a solo career releasing his first record, One Year, in 1971. One Year was met with critical acclaim and scored Colin a hit single all across Europe with "Say You Don't Mind" reaching #15 in the UK charts. Music critic Robin Platts of All Music wrote: "Widely considered to be Blunstone's best solo album, One Year is the perfect showcase for his distinctive, breathy voice. He also came into his own as a songwriter on this record." Colin followed up his debut record with 1972s release, Ennismore, again reaching #31 in the UK Charts with the single, "I Don't Believe In Miracles". In 1980, his cover of the timeless motown classic "What Becomes of The Broken Hearted" attained #13 in UK. Blunstone's unearthly voice would again grace the airwaves in 1982, this time being featured on The Alan Parson's Project most famous single "Old and Wise", reaching #21 in US charts.
With chart topping success in the UK and Europe, Colin has been keeping busy performing solo when The Zombies aren't touring. With his 11th record released this past October, On The Air Tonight, some down time between Zombies tours, and the (constant) push from fans, for the first time in over 30 years Colin has decided to take his solo show to the states! Accompanied by a full band, Colin performs The Zombies biggest hits, going on to his extensive solo catalog from the 1970s and 1980s, leading all the way up to his latest record.
Kaye is the fifth solo album from UK-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter, Edward Rogers, and his fourth on Zip Records. Inspired and dedicated to Kevin Ayers, Kaye includes a version of the English singer-songwriter’s “After The Show.”
Born in Birmingham, England where he spent his first 12 years of his life, Rogers moved to New York City just as the British Invasion began in the States. He started his career behind the drum kit and played in several garage bands. When a subway accident in October 1985 left him without his right arm and right leg below the knee, he turned to songwriting and found he enjoyed singing and writing more rewarding than playing drums. Over the past decade, Rogers has been extremely prolific, releasing four solo albums (two of which were co-written with George Usher) as well as two with Bedsit Poets, which Rogers founded, a Folk/Brit-inspired trio whose name was given to them by The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone.
Once again, Rogers put together a stellar group of musicians to play on Kaye’s twelve songs that were all penned by Rogers with the exception of “After The Show.” Musicians James Mastro (Ian Hunter, Bongos), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Cracker), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), Don Fleming, Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys, Nanci Griffith) come together on Kaye, which was produced by Don Piper (a don piper situation, Syd Straw), and also features backing vocals by Tish & Snooky (Manic Panic, Sic F*cks).
Recorded live over three days, Rogers describes Kaye as a mixture of madness and softness, and hopes Kevin Ayers, who was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement, would approve. Rogers will be on tour with Colin Blunstone this May.