The lead singer of legendary ‘60s band The Zombies will take to the stage for a solo show this weekend.

Colin Blunstone, born in Hatfield, met the other members of the band while in school in St Albans. After attracting a large local following, the band were offered a recording contract which resulted in their first single She’s Not There becoming a world-wide hit. Three years on the road culminated in The Zombies final album the acclaimed Odessey and Oracle.

Unaware of their global fame the group disbanded. “The world was a much bigger place then” Colin explains. “You didn’t know what was going on around the world. In those days there was no internet and you didn’t know what was going on in other countries.”

Decades later, however, interest in The Zombies lived on, he explains: “Rod and I got together to play six concerts in 1999, I think both of us thought our days of playing live were over but we enjoyed it so much and got a good reaction – there was no thought of re-joining, we didn’t even play many Zombies’ tunes – those six concerts have grown into nearly 20 years of playing.

“We have realised there is a worldwide interest in The Zombies, it was a surprise to us. People were always asking about the band, they encouraged us to play more and more Zombies’ tunes. Some that we had recorded quickly years ago and never played live. Some of the songs we play are really obscure b-sides.”

As well as continued success in the band, Colin has had a successful solo career and this brings him to the Alban Arena on Saturday (Feb 18)

2012 saw Colin release the solo album release On The Air Tonight which took him across the UK and USA on tour that year and again in 2016. The new tour dates precede a new solo album this year.