Best Case for Nostalgia: The Zombies
Singer Colin Blunstone and organist Rod Argent, who started making music together well over 50 years ago, were in particularly fine form in an early-evening Thursday set at Stubb's, where they took care to include a generous helping of songs from 1968's Odessey and Oracle and the obscurity "I Want You Back Again," covered in recent years by Tom Petty. ("If it's good enough for Tom Petty, it's good enough for us," Blunstone declared.) One new song, "Maybe Tomorrow," made an explicit argument for the value of nostalgia, in a manner that felt both self-serving and charming. The song sounded like a lost B-side from 1966, and concluded, "We should forget about today/Just like the Beatles used to say/I believe in yesterday."