2009-07-03 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

British Rock Royalty At Westbury

The Yardbirds are one of three acts appearing at The Capital One Bank Theater on July 9. The Yardbirds are one of three acts appearing at The Capital One Bank Theater on July 9. Live Nation proudly presents Rock Royalty starring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies, The Yardbirds, and The Spencer Davis Group at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available exclusively online at LiveNation.com, charge by phone at 1-877-598-8694, at the Westbury box office, and at participating Blockbuster® stores. Save 25 percent when you purchase a select 4-pack of tickets to this show while supplies last. For membership information, visit www.westburymembership.com.

After winning a competition sponsored by the London Evening News, the Zombies signed to Decca and recorded their first hit, "She's Not There" in 1964. With breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent's shining jazz and classical influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for their era. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, featuring the hit "Time of the Season," is ranked number 80 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The influence of the Zombies can be heard in many great bands including the Doors, the Byrds, and the Kinks among others.

The Yardbirds, featuring original members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, were undoubtedly one of the most significant groups in rock history. It's no wonder why, because the band served as the crucial starting point for three of rock's most famous guitarists, Jimmy Paige, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, as well as the starting point for Led Zeppelin. A blues-based band whose sound evolved into experimental rock, the Yardbirds had a string of hits including "For Your Love," "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" and "Heart Full of Soul." The innovations of each individual member redefined the role of the guitar in rock music, breaking immense ground in the use of feedback, distortion, and amplification. They did more than any other band to pioneer psychedelia, with an eclectic, risktaking approach that laid the groundwork for much of the hard rock and progressive rock from the late '60s to the present.

The Spencer Davis Group was one of the most important bands of the British Invasion. Inspired by American blues musicians including Muddy Waters, the group is well known for mixing commercial pop tunes and blues-inspired R&B. In 1967, the band released their two biggest hits, "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man." Many songs by the Spencer Davis Group have been covered by other prominent bands including Chicago's 1969 version of "I'm a Man," The Allman Brothers Band's 1969 take of "Don't Want You No More," The Blues Brothers' 1980 recording of "Gimme Some Lovin'," along with multiple live covers by the Grateful Dead.

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