The Zombies & Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals 09.11.16

On Sunday September 11, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Zombies, two 1960s psychedelic pop legends came to Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.  The Zombies are an English rock band, formed in the early 60s by Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone.  Felix Cavaliere was one of the founding members of the American rock band, The Young Rascals (later called The Rascals) in the early 60s.


Felix Cavaliere

First up was Felix and his new band, called Rascals.  Felix was center stage behind his famous Hammond organ.  They started with In The Midnight Hour, moved on to A Girl Like You and then Love is a Beautiful Thing.  Felix told us that originally The Rascals cover of Mustang Sally was originally the “B” side of their 45 LP with Good Lovin’ as the hit or “A” side.  He told us that years later Jackie Wilson thanked Felix for recording the song, which later was recorded by other bands and Wilson made a lot of money.  Next came Groovin’ which Felix told the audience that it was written for the wives of the band since the band had to work Friday and Saturday nights, but wanted to spend time with their families on Sunday and Monday.  From time to time, Felix would come out to the front of the stage and get the crowd dancing and singing along.  During the show, they played different movie segments from the psychedelic pop era of the 60s on the projection screens on either side of the stage.  They ended their set with 2 classic Rascals hits, People Got To Be Free and Good Lovin’.  During both songs the audience was up dancing and singing along.  After their set, Felix and the band came out to the casino area just outside of the showroom to sell and sign items for the fans.


Rod Argent


Colin Blunstone

After a short intermission to allow the roadies to setup the stage, The Zombies came out.  Rod Argent (Keyboard) and Colin Blunstone (Lead Vocals) were joined by bassist Jim Rodford, Rodford’s son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey.  Their set covered songs from their first album, Begin Here, to their latest album, Still Got That Hunger, released in 2015.  They started the set with I Love You and I Want You Back Again.  Rod told us about their latest album and indicated that the next two songs, Moving On and Edge of the Rainbow would be from that album.  When The Zombies released Odessey and Oracle in 1967 Rod said sales were disappointing.  But many years later, the album started to sell and it now sells more than it did originally.  They then did three songs from that album, Care of Cell 44, This Will Be Our Year and finally Time Of The Season which brought the band their first standing ovation.  Rod is a very talented organist and he showed his skills when they did Hold Your Head Up, from his ARGENT band days.  Colin’s voice was not as strong as in the 60s, but he still had great command and presentation especially during Time Of The Season and She’s Not There.  Jim, Steve and Tom provided harmonies on most of the songs.  They finished the show with their hit, She’s Not There.

I met a number of people in the audience that had seen either the Rascals or The Zombies multiple times.  Some were even from Tucson where they had seen The Zombies the night before.  These were diehard fans and after the show they said that it was great but a little short.  I had never seen either band since they broke up in the late 60s, but I listened to their music a lot.  I was actually a huge ARGENT fan and went through at least 2 copies of their live album, Encore: Live in Concert.  If you get the chance to see either of these bands then please go, you will enjoy the show and have a good time reliving your youth.

Photos and review by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Showroom

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

The Zombies

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2016

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Setlist:                (Album)
In The Midnight Hour/Thank You                (The Young Rascals)
A Girl Like You                                                    (Groovin’)
Love Is a Beautiful Thing                                 (Collections)
A Beautiful Morning                                         (Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits)
Come On Up                                                        (Collections)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher                  (Jackie Wilson cover)
Mustang Sally                                                    (The Young Rascals) (Sir Mack Rice cover)
Groovin’                                                              (The Young Rascals)
(I’ve Been) Lonely Too Long                         (Collections)
How Can I Be Sure                                            (Groovin’)
People Got to Be Free                                      (Freedom Suite)
Good Lovin’                                                        (The Young Rascals)

The Zombies Setlist:                               (Album)
I Love You                                                     (1965 “B” Side release only)
I Want You Back Again                             (Odessey and Oracle)
Moving On                                                   (Still Got That Hunger)
Edge of the Rainbow                                 (Still Got That Hunger)
Care of Cell 44                                            (Odessey and Oracle)
This Will Be Our Year                               (Odessey and Oracle)
Time Of The Season                                  (Odessey and Oracle)
Sticks And Stones                                     (Begin Here)
Tell Her No                                                  (The Zombies)
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me          (Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke cover)
Hold Your Head Up                                   (Argent – All Together Now)
She’s Not There                                         (Begin Here)

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