Friday, 22 June 2018

elobeatlesforever (elobf) Gig Guide #32: Q3 2018

Summer into Autumn (Q3) 2018 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published! This is our 32nd and (hopefully) you will find the roster of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st July and Sunday 30th September (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Friday 6th July
The ELO Experience @ The Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: £24 (*plus booking fee)
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/elo-experience

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/events

Saturday 7th July
The ELO Experience @ Conkers Ampitheatre, Derbyshire
Tickets: £25 (*plus booking fee)
www.visitconkers.com/events/elo-experience

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7.50 (advance) or £9 (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.thediamonduk.com/gigs

Saturday 21st July
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show @ Conkers Ampitheatre, Derbyshire
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)
www.visitconkers.com/events/travelling-wilburys-tribute

Wednesday 25th July
Pete Kent @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £7 (advance) or £9 (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5074

Friday 27th July
Stand Up & Rock! @ Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire
Tickets: £27.50 (*plus booking fee)
www.gawsworthhall.com/product/jasper

Saturday 28th July
The ELO Experience @ The Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tickets: £25 (*plus booking fee)
www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/elo-experience

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Middle of Nowhere Festival, Penkridge
Tickets: £21 each (*plus booking fee)
www.monmusicfestival.co.uk/line-up.htm

Thursday 2nd August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Friday 3rd August
The Black Country Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10 (advance) or £12 (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5146

Saturday 4th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Sunday 5th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
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Wednesday 8th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
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Friday 10th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Toyota Center, Houston, TX
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Saturday 11th August
ELO Again @ Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire
Tickets: £25 (*plus booking fee)
www.gawsworthhall.com/product/eloagain

Sunday 12th August
Quill @ Farmer Phil's Festival, Shropshire
Tickets: £45 (*plus booking fee)
www.farmerphilsfestival.com/buy-tickets

Monday 13th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
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Wednesday 15th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
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Thursday 16th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
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Saturday 18th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Air Canada Center, Toronto, ON
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The Orchestra @ Rewind South, Henley-on-Thames
Tickets: £70 (*plus booking fee)
www.south.rewindfestival.com/tickets

Tuesday 21st August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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Wednesday 22nd August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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Friday 24th August
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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Friday 31st August
The ELO Experience @ The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: from £23 (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience/regent-theatre

Saturday 1st September
ELO Again @ Century Theatre, Coalville
Tickets: £20 (advance) or £22 (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.centurytheatre.co.uk/diary/show/elo-again-live

Wednesday 5th September
The ELO Experience @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £25 (*plus booking fee)
www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-elo-experience

Thursday 6th September
The ELO Experience @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £25 (*plus booking fee)
www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-elo-experience

Friday 7th September
The Trevor Burton Band @ Brewhouse Blues Club, Lamp Tavern, Dudley
Free entry
www.whatsonlive.co.uk/wolverhampton/venue/dudley-brewhouse-blues-club

Wednesday 12th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Stand Up & Rock! @ Kilworth Hall, Leicestershire
Tickets: £35 (*plus booking fee)
tickets.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/stand-up-rock/events

Thursday 13th September
Stand Up & Rock! @ Kilworth Hall, Leicestershire
Tickets: £35 (*plus booking fee)
tickets.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/stand-up-rock/events

Friday 14th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Oslo Spektrum, Norway
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Stand Up & Rock! @ Kilworth Hall, Leicestershire
Tickets: £35 (*plus booking fee)
tickets.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/stand-up-rock/events

Sunday 16th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

The Trembling Wilburys @ The Half Moon, Putney, London
Tickets: £10 (advance) or £12 (door) (*plus booking fee)
tickets.halfmoon.co.uk/events/2018-09-16-the-trembling-wilburys-half-moon-putney

Tuesday 18th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Wednesday 19th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
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Friday 21st September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
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Sunday 23rd September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
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Tuesday 25th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany
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Thursday 27th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Friday 28th September
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show @ The Regal Theatre, Evesham
Tickets: from £23 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theregal.ac/event/1107

Saturday 29th September
Quill @ Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Tickets: £16 (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 30th September
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Tickets: from £56 (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-tickets

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate supergroup in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site at: www.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2018! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and Joanna Bates in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Dacre Peck. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

The Traveling Wilburys Experience One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-June-2018

Monday, 18 June 2018

Caught Live (3): The ELO Encounter @ Birmingham 16/06/18

The ELO Encounter returned to Birmingham to make their debut at The Crescent Theatre on Saturday night (16th June) and proceeded to prove their growing pedigree by overcoming first half sound difficulties to deliver another inspired selection of Jeff Lynne penned ELO classics (*plus one by Chuck Berry) in front of an appreciative "Down Home Town" audience.

Despite the vocals of Jack Rownes being somewhat muted at first, this gig demonstrated the progress that the band has made in "Steppin' Out" at larger venues whilst they continue dipping into the ELO songbook to bring the lesser known singles to the stage. Thirty songs were played including (quite aptly) all three UK singles taken from "Secret Messages" including the title track (perfectly in sync with the official video) and a nice rendition of "Four Little Diamonds". It was great to hear "Nightrider" and "Here Is The News" again as an expansive set covered the chart career of (the) Electric Light Orchestra all the way from "10538 Overture" to a welcome "Calling America". All the headline hits were on show too as you'd expect with a rousing "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Mr. Blue Sky" getting most onlookers up on their feet. Special mentions are due for Jasmine Ali (who managed to sing a peerless "Xanadu" with a sore throat) and last minute cellist Aaron Billson but this really was a team effort with guitarist Martin Donald, new drummer Dacre Peck, bassist Simon Rownes and son Jack combining to produce what was, in the end, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The ELO Encounter performed: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "Secret Messages" ~ "Prologue/Twilight" ~ "Here Is The News" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Nightrider" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" +++ "Tightrope" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Four Little Diamonds" ~  "Do Ya" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Calling America""The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Xanadu" ~  "All Over The World" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky"
The ELO Encounter were: Jack Rownes (Lead Vox/Keys) ~ Simon Rownes (Bass/Vox) ~ Martin Donald (Guitars) ~ Dacre Peck (Drums) ~ Jasmine Ali (Violin/Vox) ~ Aaron Billson (Cello)

Find out more about The ELO Encounter and their gig dates via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The ELO Encounter to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-June-2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Vinyl Story: ELO's AA Side Singles Revisited

Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will know that ELO's AA sided UK singles have been the subject of several articles including a look at the role reversal of "Ticket To the Moon" and "Here Is The News" (JET7018) when it was released in Holland (JET7081). We also noted that "21st Century Man" and "Twilight" (JET808) were marketed as an AA single per se in France not forgetting the pairing up of "Confusion" with "Last Train To London" (JET166) for the final single taken from "Discovery". Refresh your memory by reading these elobf articles thus:

REVERSE RELEASE: TIME'S THIRD SINGLE TWIST
VINYL STORY: ELO'S AA SIDE SINGLES

Since then, Yours Truly KJS has acquired a couple of other Electric Light Orchestra singles released in Europe from "Face The Music" that were AA sided by any other name. The first (*as highlighted by FTM Germany's Patrik Guttenbacher) is "Waterfall" backed by "Strange Magic" as issued in France (Jet/Polydor 2001653) and is, to my knowledge, the only time that "Waterfall" has been pressed on 7" vinyl. The other item is a Belgian (*not German) issued "Evil Woman" b/w "Nightrider" (Jet/Polydor 2001622) wherein, unfortunately, Jeff's surname is printed as "Lyn" bringing back memories of the gaffe on The Idle Race's "Impostors Of Life's Magazine" single.
The above table shows where the aforementioned singles are positioned in relation to the three UK singles taken from "Face The Music" (JETLP11) by Jet/Polydor.  One wonders if there are other examples out there that might constitute yet more ELO AA singles ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-June-2018

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Return To Vinyl: Secret Messages 2LP Overview

We are now only 50 days away from the 2LP return to vinyl of ELO's seminal Summer 1983 album "Secret Messages" and Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought it would be worthwhile looking beyond the glaring omission of "Beatles Forever" (unless it's merged with "Letter From Spain" as a hidden track!) at the seven tracks that did not feature on the original 1LP release (JETLX527) but now will see the electric light of day (so to speak) on Friday 3rd August replete with a high quality digital download.

"Buildings Have Eyes" (4:04)
Originally released as 'B' side to "Secret Messages" (A3720; WA3720; JET7038) and also to be found on ELO's 1990 3CD career overview "Afterglow".

"Time After Time" (3:56)
A bonus track on the cassette issue of "Secret Messages" (JETCX527) and included on subsequent CD issues. Also a bonus track on the 12" single for "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (TA3500).  

"Endless Lies" (3:35)
First time on vinyl. This original version was first issued on the "Secret Messages" expanded remaster in 2001. Later version was included on "Balance Of Power" (EPC26467) in 1986.
"After All" (0:41/2:23)
Not sure (yet) if we will see the shorter version that was intended for the original "Secret Messages" 2LP (JETDP402) as a prelude to "Hello My Old Friend". First released as 'B' side to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (A3500; TA3500; JET7034). Made its CD debut in the ELO 3CD compilation "Flashback" in 2000 and also included in the "Secret Messages" expanded remaster.

"Mandalay" (5:19)
First time on vinyl. Only previously found on "Afterglow".

 "No Way Out" (3:23)
First time on vinyl. Previously found on "Afterglow" and the expanded "Secret Messages" in 2001.

"Hello My Old Friend" (7:51/8:37)
First time on vinyl. Worth the admission price alone! Only previously found on "Afterglow".
ELOpinion: Secret Messages 2LP minus Beatles Forever
Secret Messages 2LP & ELO Singles Box Soon?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-June-2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Recommended: Not In Narnia (Morganisation)

Former ELO member Dave Scott-Morgan and his current musical outlet Morganisation have added a fifth track to their forthcoming "Highland" EP and "Not In Narnia" - released earlier this week on Tuesday 12th June - also just happens to be their new single! It's a catchy, jolly ditty about Dave and Mandy's recent missionary sojourn in Scotland and their subsequent return "somewhere down the M6" to Birmingham.

"Not In Narnia" by Morganisation can currently be purchased in download format. The "Highland" EP is poised for release on Tuesday 26th June. You can find out more and/or buy "Not In Narnia" and/or pre-order the "Highland" EP by Morganisation via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Not In Narnia" by Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-June-2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Electric Light Orchestra - A Personal Collection (Dave Jones)

Over the years, Yours Truly KJS has been blessed to come across many fellow Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) fans and followers whilst elobeatlesforever (elobf) has continued to spread its wings globally. It has been my great pleasure to friend up with (and actually meet) Dave Jones, one of the most prolific and detailed collectors of all things ELO on the planet.

Should you therefore be perchance interested in having a look at what rarities reside in Dave's extensive ELO (and related artistes) vaults, the good news is that he is gradually posting his collection on his Facebook page at: Electric Light Orchestra - A Personal Collection and you can visit it via this link thus:

www.facebook.com/elopersonal

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Electric Light Orchestra - A Personal Collection to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-June-2018

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Recommended: Grey Goose Call Live EP (Quill)

Quill are getting busy! Hot on the heels of their new studio EP "Grey Goose Call" is another EP and this time it's the "Grey Goose Live EP" consisting of a total of six trax recorded live over the last year or so plus a bonus studio recording. All the songs are co-written by Bev Bevan, Joy Strachan-Brain and Tony Kelsey with the EP featuring (in part) both former and returning Quill members.

Review: Grey Goose Call EP (Quill)

Two versions of their energetic instrumental "Winter's Jig" are included plus live versions of three trax from the aforementioned "Grey Goose Live EP" and the generous bonus offering of "Say Goodbye". This is a release that compliments its predecessor perfectly and gives more teasing glimpses of the forthcoming new Quill studio album.

"Grey Goose Call Live" trax are: (1) "Winter's Jig"; (2) "Pretty Ribbons"; (3) "Elephant In The Room"; (4) "Grey Goose Call"; (5) "Winter's Jig" (Alternative Version)"; (6) "Say Goodbye"
"Grey Goose Call Live" by Quill was released digitally via Bandcamp on Wednesday 6th June and is available to listen to and/or buy alongside the "Grey Goose Call" EP as well as previous albums "Brush With The Moon" (2015) and "Privileged" (1999) via these links thus:

quillbanduk.bandcamp.com
www.quilluk.com   www.facebook.com/quilluk

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Grey Goose Call Live" by Quill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-June-2018