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Brian Wilson and The Zombies are touring together!!! I repeat, head Beach Boy Brian Wilson and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Zombies are touring America together right now! To celebrate these legendary artists sharing the stage, we got ’em together at the first gig of the run for a Talkhouse Podcast conversation.
The Zombies’ songwriter/keyboardist Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone roundtable some wonderful ideas with Wilson, fellow Beach Boys founder Al Jardine, 1970s Beach Boys addition Blondie Chaplin (who also plays with The Rolling Stones), and Darian Sahanaja, who’s played with Brian for two decades and was key in the making of the fantastic Smile LP. Their talk takes in the early days of The Beach Boys and The Zombies, and the bands’ love of each other’s music; challenges in playing songs you haven’t played in 50 years; recording Friends in Brian’s living room; and “balls out” Hammond B3 organ that’d make Argent proud.
Check it out, and stay tuned after the featured conversation for clips of our favorite Brian Wilson and Zombies appearances on the show from 2016, including Brian and Carly Rae Jepsen in a “one-question wonder” chat from Pitchfork Music Festival, and The Zombies chatting with Hollis Brown at the Samsung store in NYC.
Catch Brian Wilson and The Zombies on tour:
9/12: Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre
9/13: Oakland, CA — Fox Theater
9/16: Seattle, WA — Paramount Theatre
9/17: Portland, OR — Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/19: Sandy, UT — Sandy Amphitheater
9/20: Denver, CO — Paramount Theatre
9/22: Milwaukee, WI — The Riverside Theater
9/23: Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
9/24: Detroit, MI — Masonic Temple
9/26: New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
9/27: Waterbury, CT — Palace Theater
9/28: Upper Darby, PA — Tower Theater
Today’s show was recorded by Malcolm Harrison of National Southwestern in Las Vegas, and Mark Yoshizumi at Hook and Fade Studios in Brooklyn. It was co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi.
The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range.