When the Zombies didnt make Floridas leg of Little Stevens Garage Rock Showcase last summer, it was the twenty-somethings who were crestfallen. Theres an odd affinity between the group and its fans. Maybe its because its lyrics never fit peacefully into the happy-go-lucky stereotypes of the free-love era they were about absolute destruction and social unraveling. Or it could be that a new generation appreciates the musical composition of the songs the undead group layers catchy hooks on top of complex instrumentation. Hell, it could even be because they have a great name.
Unfortunately, the Zombies and the Turtles are playing a tour with the worlds worst name: Hippiefest. But for those of you who are able to put your fears of being sandwiched between a dreadlock and a smelly place aside and who can bravely head out to Hard Rock Live (5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood), youre in for quite a show. The full line-up is: the Zombies, the Turtles, Felix Cavalieres Rascals, Mountain, Mitch Ryder, Badfinger, and Country Joe McDonald. So face your fear of tie-dye and you might enjoy this tour as much as (or more than) that random acid flashback you got three months ago in the 7-Eleven. (Sweet, a gift that keeps on giving.) Tickets range $40 - $175. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.