Rod Argent wishes Tom Petty were around to give the induction speech should The Zombies be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During a live online Q&A Thursday, Argent considered who might be a good presenter for the band:
"I'll tell you who I would like, and that's Tom Petty. But poor Tom is now the late, departed Tom Petty. He was such a -- became such a friend and supporter of us. It's so crazy that he suddenly went."
Last year, Argent credited Petty for renewed interest in the Zombies song "I Want You Back Again." Tom did it live in a distinctive arrangement that so impressed Rod that the Zombies redid it Petty's way on their album Still Got That Hunger.
Petty also wrote the foreword for Odessey, the 2017 book detailing the band's history.