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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Birmingham Arena, 13 October 2018

Posted in ELO, gigs, Jeff Lynne, pop, Pop rock, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

To say I was excited at seeing Jeff Lynne and ELO play his home town of Birmingham would be an understatement! I have only see the Jeff Lynne fronted ELO once back at his comeback gig at Hyde Park in 2014. But first we had a wander around the local area near the Arena which has changed a lot since I was last in Birmingham back in the late 1980’s. The area has changed a lot needless to say with the canals area restored and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, along with the impressive new Birmingham Rep/library building. Mind you avoid the library cafe as it is overpriced. This fella was outside the Legoland Experience…

Billy Lockett was the support, an up and coming singer/songwriter who I had not heard of prior to tonight. Backed by a guitarist and a drummer, with himself centre stage on keyboards, Billy Lockett was impressive with his songs going from the grandiose, to more reflective songs. He has a great ear for melody and impressed the arena crowd, most of whom had taken their seats unlike many rock gigs where the audience prop up the bars during a support act. ‘Fading Into Gray’ was a stand out and I am off to hear more from this artist who is on the up and up.

Jeff Lynne was backed by twelve highly talented musicians, led by musical director Mike Stevens (10CC, Take That), although sadly no Richard Tandy on piano this time around. Most of the band were at the Hyde Park show in 2014, bar a new string trio and keyboards player Jo Webb.

Opening with ‘Standin’ In The Rain’ and what a way to start with an orchestral piece full of strings, keys, guitar and Jeff Lynne’s distinctive vocals that are still sounding good. Added to that the first look at the wondrous light and visuals, an integral part of any ELO performance.

It was a hit filled set including ‘Telephone Line’, ‘Wild West Hero’, ‘Do Ya’, ‘Turn To Stone’ and being a Saturday night, a little disco in ‘Last Train To London’. The only time the spotlight literally fell on Jeff Lynne was on the ‘comeback’ single ‘When I Was A Boy’ – the only ELO song since 1980 played this evening.

A personal highlight was hearing ‘Rockaria!’ performed live with backing vocalist Melanie Lewis-McDonald hitting those operatic high notes perfectly.

Jeff Lynne doesn’t really do much in between song chat, even leaving the band introductions to Mike Stevens. He did however give an introduction to his ‘other band’ the Travelling Wilburys, before launching into ‘Handle With Care’, with Iain Hornal taking on the lead vocals.

The whole band seemed to be having a great time, none more so than bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Take That) who seemed to be performing the dying fly on stage at one point!

‘Mr Blue Sky’ closed the show in style with every person in the arena singing along, even some of the arena staff. To hear that live is a real musical high point.

Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ was the encore which allowed the band to have an extended rock ‘n’ roll jam session.

Jeff Lynne was suitably humbled by the reception he received from the audience tonight and long may he continue touring ELO. A wonderful night of classic ELO songs played by a talented set of musicians, with lights and visuals to dazzle and of course, Jeff Lynne at the centre of it all, navigating the ELO spaceship.

Setlist –
Standin’ In The Rain
Evil Woman
All Over The World
Showdown
Do Ya
When I Was A Boy
Livin’ Thing
Handle With Care (The Travellng Wilburys)
Last Train to London
10538 Overture
Shine A Little Love
Wild West Hero
Sweet Talkin’ Woman
Don’t Bring Me Down
Turn To Stone
Mr Blue Sky

Encore
Roll Over Beethoven

What does music mean to you?

Posted in ELO, Jeff Lynne, Queen, rock with tags , , , on October 1, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

‘A good song never lets you down’

Music has been and always will be a big part of my life. My musical tastes have changed a little down the years and I am more eclectic in my tastes now than I was back in my teens and 20’s. One thing that always makes a song got me is the melody is king, although you do need a good lyric to make it that extra bit special. It can lift you up in tough times, although when Freddie Mercury died back in November 1991 I didn’t listen to much music for a few months. To quote the Don McLean song it was ‘the day the music died’ for me as Queen were, and still are, one of the major musical impacts on my listening, along with Jeff Lynne and ELO.

Music therapy can do wonderful things to help people with confidence/learning issues, long term illness as the wonderful work done by the Nordoff Robbins charity and others shows.

Music can be and should be enjoyed by all. There are a lot of musical snobs about and more genres than you can shake a stick at, however if you like a song then that is what counts. I would add though do explore music more, don’t go by radio playlists or the streaming sites playlists – look beyond as there is plenty of amazing and enjoyable music out there and some still to be made in the future…

Music for 2016: The 286

Posted in ELO, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Thanks to Keith James Sinclair and his rather good ELO/Roy Wood related blog ELO Beatles Forever for the ‘heads up’ on the 286. Like early ELO mixed with the more pop moments of latter day ELO, the 286 are not bad at all! They nail that classic ELO sound with a proper string section, drums that recall Bev Bevan and a guitar sound that Jeff Lynne would be happy with. If you are an ELO fan highly recommended.

As the band themselves say:

‘The 286 include a string section of electric cellos and violins who play a feature role in the band, both in terms of style and sound. We aim to fuse rock & pop with classical music, creating something entirely original and different in the process.

The 286 were formed by Spencer Hannabuss (guitar/vocals), looking to achieve a long held ambition to break away from the tried and tested indie rock band line up, and create a band that had a less conventional approach to songwriting and performing.’

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO UK tour dates announced :-)

Posted in ELO, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It’s all go with ELO at the moment! The new album is out this Friday, the same day as the UK dates go on pre-sale. A decent run of arena dates here, although only one in Scotland and no Welsh date. The live line-up is set to include long time ELO member Richard Tandy along with Gary Barlow’s backing band again, although this has yet to be confirmed.

April 2016
Tue 05 Liverpool Echo Arena
Thu 07 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Sat 09 Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 10 Manchester Arena
Tue 12 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thu 14 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sat 16 Birmingham Genting Arena
Sun 17 Birmingham Genting Arena
Wed 20 London The O2
Fri 22 London The O2

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JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ‘ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE’ released Nov 13th

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

First album of all new ELO music in over a decade. Jeff Lynne’s ELO release their new album, ‘Alone In The Universe’ on November 13th, 2015 on Columbia Records. The album is available globally for pre-order Friday, September 25th (buy links listed below) and the first single “When I Was a Boy” is also available Friday. Fans who preorder the album will receive “When I Was A Boy” instantly.

Jeff Lynne: “Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life-from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today-proves how much music can do.”

Ashley Newton, President of Columbia Records: “Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and ‘Alone In The Universe’ is pure pop perfection. We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records.”

“When I Was A Boy” audio/pseudo video on VEVO:
smarturl.it/WhenIWasABoyAudio

“When I Was A Boy” lyric video on VEVO:
smarturl.it/WhenIWasABoyLyricVid

Jeff Lynne’s ELO return!

Posted in AOR, Classic rock, ELO, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock with tags , , , on September 28, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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The first single ‘When I Was A Boy’ has a Beatles feel to the piano intro and the song again touches on Jeff Lynne’s love of radio and the music he heard on it as a kid (as his covers album ‘Long Wave’ did). Nice to hear the strings at the outro and a couple of times in the song and a song that grows on you after each play. Liking it!

Not sure who is playing on the album with Jeff, hopefully Richard Tandy in some capacity.

First album of all new ELO music in over a decade. Jeff Lynne’s ELO release their new album, ‘Alone In The Universe’ on November 13th, 2015 on Columbia Records. The album is available globally for pre-order Friday, September 25th (buy links listed below) and the first single “When I Was a Boy” is also available Friday. Fans who preorder the album will receive “When I Was A Boy” instantly.

Jeff Lynne: “Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life-from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today-proves how much music can do.”

Ashley Newton, President of Columbia Records: “Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and ‘Alone In The Universe’ is pure pop perfection. We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records.”

“When I Was A Boy” audio/pseudo video on VEVO:
http://smarturl.it/WhenIWasABoyAudio

“When I Was A Boy” lyric video on VEVO:
http://smarturl.it/WhenIWasABoyLyricVid

  • When I Was a Boy
  • Love & Rain
  • Dirty To The Bone
  • When The Night Comes
  • The Sun Will Shine On You
  • Ain’t It A Drag
  • All My Life
  • I’m Leaving You
  • One Step At A Time
  • Alone In The Universe