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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

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.’

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO UK TOUR 2016 – REGISTER NOW!

Posted in ELO, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Fans can now register for the UK tour with Ticketmaster. Sign up right away to gain first access to tour information and Pre-sale access.

https://elo.signmeupfor.com

Still no official tour dates announced but they are due soon 🙂

Jeff Lynne’s ELO are on the UK TV show TFI Friday this Friday 6th November at 8pm GMT.

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

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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2yfF1s7vcWwvFbxS1yPWqlC/jeff-lynnes-elo

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 bbc.co.uk/Radio2

Send your questions to:
Text: 88291 (Please start your text with JEFF)
Twitter: @BBCRadio2
Use the hashtag: #R2JeffLynneELO
Email: InConcert@bbc.co.uk

Radio 2 In Concert

From 8:00pm it’s the main event!
Watch In Concert live from the BBC Radio Theatre at bbc.co.uk/radio2
and on BBC Red Button

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

Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘When I Was A Boy’ official video

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Melodic rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , on October 27, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The official video for ‘When I Was A Boy’ is released and a clever one that gives a timeline, albeit briefly, through Jeff Lynne’s musical career. The new album ‘Alone In The Universe’ is due out on November 13th.

An interview with Jeff Lynne on Ian Dainter’s My Planet Rocks show, can be heard again on UK digital radio station Planet Rock.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO has been added to the bill for this year’s Royal Variety Performance, at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 13th November (album release day).

There is a strong possibility that there will be live dates in the UK next spring. No confirmation as yet and the only past member of ELO to be involved is Richard Tandy. The rest of the band is likely to be Gary Barlow’s backing band which was used in the Hyde Park show.

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