Reel Art PressAs The Zombies prepare to kick off a new North American tour celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of their acclaimed 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, the band’s surviving members will participate in a special book launch event tonight in New York City.

The event, which will be held at the Strand bookstore at 7 p.m. ET, will celebrate the upcoming publication of The “Odessey”, which takes a look at the making of the landmark album and at the band’s history.

The book features a variety of rare and unseen photos, original artwork and recollections from Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone, keyboardist/vocalist Rod Argent, bassist Paul White and drummer Hugh Grundy. It also boasts a foreword penned by Tom Petty, as well as reflections by such famous fans as Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Graham Nash, Clive Davis, Patti LaBelle, The BanglesSusanna Hoffs, ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller and others.

Artist Terry Quirk, who created the Odessey and Oracle album cover, designed the cover of the book and contributed other pieces of original art to the publication. The book also features handwritten lyrics to 22 Zombies songs, illustrated by artist Vivienne Boucherat.

The New York City event will feature a discussion and Q&A session with Blunstone, Argent, White and Grundy. Signed copies of The “Odessey” book will be available at store. Visit StrandBooks.com for more details.

The North American leg of The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Finale Tour gets underway Friday, March 17, in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and runs through an April 29 show in Los Angeles. The trek will feature Argent and Blunstone — who lead the band’s current lineup — reuniting to perform for the final time with White and Grundy.

Here are all of the dates:

3/17 — Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre
3/18 — Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
3/20 — Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre of Durham
3/21 — Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 — Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
3/25 — New York, NY, The Town Hall
3/28 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
3/30 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/31 — Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
4/1 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Cinéma Impérial
4/2 — Toronto, ON, Canada, The Danforth Music Hall
4/4 — Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/5 — Lorain, OH, The Lorain Palace Theater
4/7 — Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Biloxi
4/8 — Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4/9 — Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center James K. Polk Theater
4/11 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium at University of Illinois Springfield
4/13 — Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/14 — Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/15 — Madison, WI, The Barrymore Theatre
4/17 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/18 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Casino Concert Bowl
4/21 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Commodore Ballroom
4/22 — Seattle, WA, The Showbox Presents
4/23 — Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
4/25 — Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
4/28 — Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
4/29 — Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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