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Jeff Lynne on BBC Radio 2 this Thursday 12th November plus gig!

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


On Thursday 12 November, Radio 2 welcomes Jeff Lynne’s ELO to the
BBC, and you could be there!

Ticket registration opens on the Monday 2nd November at 8:30am until
10:00pm on Thursday 5 November.

On the day…

Soundcheck with Ken Bruce

From 11:00am Ken Bruce welcomes Jeff Lynne’s ELO to perform two exclusive tracks in the BBC Radio Theatre.

Simon Mayo Drivetime

From 5:20pm Jeff joins Simon Mayo to preview the evening’s performance.

Ask Jeff
After Jeff’s chat with Simon on Drivetime, he’ll join Jo Whiley for
an exclusive ‘Ask Jeff’ video Q&A from the stage of the BBC Radio Theatre.

Watch Jeff answer your questions at

Send your questions to:
Text: 88291 (Please start your text with JEFF)
Twitter: @BBCRadio2
Use the hashtag: #R2JeffLynneELO

Radio 2 In Concert

From 8:00pm it’s the main event!
Watch In Concert live from the BBC Radio Theatre at
and on BBC Red Button

Missed it?
After the gig you can watch video highlights on iPlayer and on the
BBC Red Button.

Lonely Robot ‘The Boy In The Radio’ :-)

Posted in Music for 2015, Pop rock, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Proof that prog music can be played on Radio 2, well if they listened to this it would be 😉

Features Go West’s Peter Cox in a cameo and of course he sings on this song.

Lonely Robot play London’s Scala on December 20th.

John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena), the man behind Lonely Robot, has confirmed a second album is in the works. The debut album ‘Please Come Home’ was released earlier this year on Inside Out and is one of my top 10 albums of the year.

BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day with Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Bellowhead

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Folk with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A great idea having a festival in a day with a BBC Radio 2 friendly line-up. Chrisie Hynde opened up proceedings with a set of Pretenders classics and a couple of her new solo album, including the very catchy single ‘Cheap Sunglasses’. Not a big fan but she did the hits and started the afternoon off in fine style.

Bellowhead I was seeing live for the fourth time and sadly due to sound issues their set was cut short. Still they got the crowd going and stuck to their more well known songs like ‘10,000 Miles Away’, ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’ and an excellent version of ‘Gosport Nancy’.

Kacey Musgraves has a lovely voice but a little to country for my personal tastes and sorry Gregory Porter but I have never liked jazz. However, Sunday afternoon and a decent jazz singer certainly did the trick for many.

Paloma Faith is another artist that Radio 2 have helped break, yet has a wide appeal across the ages.Great voice and stage presence, although musically not my cup of tea. Billy Ocean is a festival staple as he has the hits like ‘Red Light’ and ‘Caribbean Queen;, plus a good stage presence and he has lost none of his vocal power down the years. Enjoyable leading nicely into Blondie. Now drummer Clem Burke (what a powerhouse of a drummer he is, amazing drumming throughout the gig) hinted in a recent interview he wasn’t sure how much longer the band would keep touring. I’d say based on the show tonight they have a few more years left yet! Debbie Harry still has the voice and belts through the hits like ‘Atomic’, ‘Maria’ and ‘Heart Of Glass’. They play a couple of new songs, although sadly a festival crowd will only ever want to hear the classics. A very enjoyable set and they kept the between song banter to a minimum in order to cram in as many songs as possible.

Oh and Tony Blackburn leading the crowd through a rendition of ‘YMCA’ was a tad surreal to say the least.

They also have ‘An Introducing…’ stage for new acts and caught a brief snippet of the Buffalo Skinners and Sam Brookes, impressed by both and will be investigating their music further,

A crowd of 50,000 in Hyde Park eagerly anticipating the first full live show from Jeff Lynne (billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO) since 1986 in the UK and the last full live shows were a couple of US TV concert shows to promote the then new album ‘Zoom’ back in 2000. Even better news for ELO fans like me was that another key ELO member Richard Tandy was present (looking like a cross between a music teacher and an accountant!). The backing band were Gary Barlow’s/Take That’s live band who backed Jeff Lynne when he played a couple of songs last year for BBC’s Children In Need.

Words can’t describe how overjoyed I was at finally seeing ELO and the legendary Jeff Lynne live. Along with Queen, ELO are one of my all time favorite bands and I’ve been a fan since the early 1980’s but sadly never saw them live bar on TV (I can still recall seeing them perform at the charity gig Heartbeat back in 1986 shown by Central TV). I was seeing Jeff Lynne tonight! And with my six year old son who has been musically educated in the ELO classics and Bellowhead, who he loved when they performed earlier on the day.

After a video showing a brief snapshot of the varied musical works of Jeff Lynne, Radio 2’s Chris Evans introduced Jeff Lynne. Big thanks to Chris Evans from myself and fellow ELO fans as his apparent persistent nagging of Jeff Lynne to play live again worked for Children In Need which led in turn to tonight’s gig. Even better news in a radio interview Jeff Lynne revealed if he enjoyed tonight this could mark the start of more live shows and a world tour (something he confirmed on stage too).

Read the full Jeff Lynne’s ELO review here

Jeff Lynne and ELO play a UK date

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, ELO with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Amazing news that Jeff Lynne and ELO will be playing their first UK gig since 1986 this September – exciting news indeed. They play BBC Radio 2′s ‘Live in Hyde Park’ festival on September 14th.


Pretty decent support bill with Blondie, Billy Ocean and the mighty Bellowhead.

The gig has already sold out and if a success who knows maybe more UK dates? A gig in his home town at Birmingham NEC would be a must I would have thought.

There will be a full orchestra backing ELO too. Not sure who will be in the band at this stage, although Jeff Lynne’s long time ELO collaborator Richard Tandy will be involved I am sure. If drummer Bev Bevan can be tempted back on stage what a line-up that would be!

Along with Queen, ELO are the one band I like above all the other varied bands, artists and musical styles I enjoy. Never thought I would see ELO playing a full gig again here in the UK