60’s psychedelic supremos, The Zombies returned with a vintage set, performing to an audience at Hampton Pool, in aid of the pool’s upkeep on July 19.

They were supported by Chris Farlowe and the Norman Beaker band, who croaked out The Rolling Stones classic Out of Time.

However enthusiastic the audience were to hear the one time UK number 1 hit, this was a tired, below par performance from the usually soulful Farlowe. Nevertheless, those that could remember the Islington born rocker in his heyday would have rekindled memories of the energetic stage performances and the dynamic string motif, favoured now by the tenor sax.

As darkness set, The Zombies showed they had not lost any razzmatazz off the back of a golden age of British bands from the 60s, playing Time of the Season and She’s not there. Colin Blunstone, showed he still had the voice of yester-years and Rod Argent pitched in with some sensational keyboard soloing.

The hippy feel was compounded in Care of Cell 44, reintroducing a joyous pop melody featured on Pitchfork Media’s “200 best songs of the 60s”. The harmonies were just as stunning as they have ever been. This was followed by Argent’s 1972 hit Hold your head up, with the driving baseline and keyboard theatrics; it served as a delicious main, to the feast put on show.

The band closed their magical set with the anthemic God Gave Rock n Roll to you, which echoed out to an audience who responded in kind and could be heard across the whole of Hampton, a fitting end to a concert which relished the return of legends.

© Photography by William Redfern www.williamredfern.co.uk “The Zombies performing at the fundraising Hampton Pool Summer Picnic Concerts in 2013. The not-for-profit open air pool is owned by the local South West London community and is unique in offering open air swimming in heated water 365 days a year. The concert season raises essential funds that help secure the long-term future of the pool.”

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