Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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Jan 2013 Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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It is every singer’s worst nightmare, and it is even more devastating when it comes in the middle of a tour – losing your voice.

That is what happened last month to The Zombies’ lead singer Colin Blunstone who was struck down by both bronchitis and laryngitis while doing a solo tour of the Netherlands with his own band. Concerts had to be cancelled for the moment and tickets had to be refunded or made valid for a rescheduled date.

“If I wasn’t a singer, this wouldn’t really be a big problem. It just needs a little time to sort its self out,” said Colin, who has been rescheduling the Dutch, as well as some UK, dates for early next year.

“Since I developed laryngitis, I’m afraid I have been unable to sing at all. I’m getting a bit better every day. But still don’t have much voice.

“I have seen several doctors in both Holland and England and am now being treated by a Harley Street specialist. He feels I’m over the worst of it and, of course, I hope he’s right, but if I try to perform too soon, I run the risk of losing my voice again, or perhaps doing permanent damage.

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“What I really need is time but I don’t have much to play with!”

Colin Blunstone enjoyed chart success as a solo performer with ‘Say You Don’t Mind’ (UK No.15), ‘I Don’t Believe In

Miracles’ (No.31), ‘How Could We Dare To Be So Wrong’ (No.45) and ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ (No.13).

The Zombies had hits in the UK charts in the 1960s with ‘She’s Not There’ (No.12) and ‘Tell Her No’ (No.42). They scored much more heavily in the United States with ‘She’s Not There’ zombies1going to No.2, ‘Tell Her No’ reaching No.8, and ‘Time Of The Season’ hitting No.3.

The group, also featuring original keyboard player Rod Argent in today’s line-up, are one of the most popular British acts from the 60s and their tours this year have included the United States, Japan and the Philippines.

zombies2With his solo gigs, this makes Colin one of the busiest lead singers on the circuit.

 

www.robzombie.com/tour-dates

 

January dates:

 

THE SOLO BAND FEATURING COLIN BLUNSTONE, PETE BILLINGTON, TOM TOOMEY, STEVE RODFORD AND ALEX MEADOWS.

 

06   AMSTERDAM, KLEINE KOMEDIE17   HENGELO, RABOTHEATER

18   CAPELLE AAN DE IJSSEL, ISALATHEATRE

20   MEDEMBLIK, BRAKEBOER

 

THE SOLO BAND FEATURING COLIN BLUNSTONE, PETE BILLINGTON, PAT ILLINGWORTH, TOM TOOMEY AND ALEX MEADOWS.

 

24    WORCESTER, HUNTINGDON HALL.

25   SUTTON, BOOM BOOM CLUB.

27   SKEGNESS, ROCK AND BLUES.

28   HEBDEN BRIDGE TRADES CLUB.

30   LONDON, JAZZ CAFE.

31   BROMSGROVE, THE ARTIX.

 

February dates:

 

01   SWINDON, ARTS CENTRE.

03   SADDLEWORTH, CIVIC HALL.

05   MILTON KEYNES, THE STABLES.

07   SWANSEA, THE GARAGE.

08   CARDIFF, THE GLOBE.

09   REETH, BUCK HOTEL.

10   KINROSS, THE GREEN HOTEL.

14   WOVERHAMPTON, ROBIN2.

15   WIMBORN, THE TIVOLI THEATRE.

Ralph Gowling

 

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