Sunday, 31 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS was talking to my wife's uncle earlier today. He is a wonderful man of God as well as being a fantastic guitarist and musician. I've had the pleasure of playing percussion with him on the odd occasion too.
He told me that in the early 60's, he used to play and practice with a certain Robert Plant in his mothers front room here in sunny Wolverhampton. We got to talking also about my love of the music of ELO and he mentioned that he had been having a listen to some of their stuff recently. He also used to own a music shop in Birmingham and sold guitar strings to a certain Jeff Lynne back the day! But what got my attention is that he said to me today [for the first time - I've known him for 13 years] that he played in Band of Joy as support to a certain well known Birmingham band entitled The Move, the predecessor, of course, to ELO in those sixties days. And I've no reason to doubt him. He still remembers the trashed televisions and media stunts that The Move were sometimes famed for. Even though Wikipedia doesn't mention him in their Band Of Joy line-ups; there does appear to be a gap between the 1966 and 1968 [various] roll calls. In any case, it's yet another one of musical ELO links that seem to follow me around! His name is John Elson.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-May-2009

Friday, 29 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! For those of you in Israel [and/or those of you who are interested in going there]; here are some links with respect to the forthcoming gigs by The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] on Friday 5th June 2009 and Saturday 6th June 2009 thus:
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-May-2009

Thursday, 28 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has now received a formal reply from Eric Troyer of ELO Part II and The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] regarding the inspiration behind his classic 1990 composition "Honest Men" [Telstar; #ELO100]. I asked Eric this somewhat direct question:

"Eric, I’ve always rated your composition “Honest Men”. And I would love to hear it live again. But could you tell me what was your inspiration? What was the driver behind this track?"

Eric kindly answered my question on Saturday 16th May 2009 thus:

"The inspiration was that there’s too much corruption and dishonesty in our public figures … even the honest ones still bend the rules …look at your latest scandal in the UK, all the MP’s, not just one party, all of them, seem to have been taking a bit too much from the public funds … it’s outrageous … especially in these difficult times … doesn’t do much to add to the public confidence in government … but that’s what the song was about … and I was thinking about it when our elections were coming around … I think Obama was a breath of fresh air in government, and he’s now having to bend his ideals to the realities of governing ... I still think he’s a game changing leader." 

Everyone has a right to their own opinion about President Barack Hussein Obama. He certainly is "game changing", that's for sure, whether that is for the better remains to be seen. A change is not always for the better and change for changes sake isn't the best motive or mandate, in my opinion. As to when this song was written in 1990, the issues that Eric wrote about in "Honest Men" then are still more than relevant here in 2009 - almost two [2] decades later! Not just regarding our government but also the hidden, secret government[s] that exist above the 'public' government.


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] wishes to express their thanks to Eric Troyer for his succinct response and continues to recommend Ericto those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat' and The Beatles.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 28-May-2009

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I'm thrilled to announce that The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] are playing two gigs in Israel next month. Yours Truly KJS knows that I get some visits from Haifa, Jerusalem and Ashdod to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] so I simply have to recommend that you should grab the opportunity to hear the music of ELO live in Israel on this very rare occasion next month. Further details can be found via thus:
Friday 5th June 2009
Mivtzar Shuni, Binyamina, Israel

Saturday 6th June 2009

Amphipark, Ra`anana, Israel
Please let me know if any of you go to either or both of these concerts and please post a comment with your review. This, in all probability, is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' chance for you to see and hear Louis Clark, Mik KaminskiEric TroyerPhil BatesGlen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend performing ELO's greatest hits live - in person - in Israel!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-May-2009

Friday, 22 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please find herewith the very first ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] Gig Guide, a list of ELO related gigs coming up in 2009 for those of you who live near to the Centre of the known Universe here in Wolverhampton that Yours Truly KJS thinks will be worth checking out:

The Orchestra ~ The Robin 2, Bilston ~ Tuesday 13th October 2009
Bev Bevan's Move ~ Cox’s Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon ~ Friday 12th June 2009
Roy Wood [Summer Special] ~ The Robin 2, Bilston ~ Saturday 4th July 2009
Groucutt & Haynes ~ The Robin 2, Bilston ~ Wednesday 30th September 2009
Brum Rocks! ~ Garrick Theatre, Lichfield ~ Sunday 25th October 2009
The ELO Experience ~ The Robin 2, Bilston ~ Friday 20th November 2009
Roy Wood [Christmas Special] ~ The Robin 2, Bilston ~ Friday 18th December 2009

Me thinx that you will agree with me that the gig menu this year looks greatSee you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-May-2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have a real treat for you here courtesy of media maestro George Reed. Please find below the special tribute shown during "An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt" at The Robin 2 in Bilston back on Monday 11th May 2009 thus:
Yours Truly KJS found this montage of great Kelly G moments to his classic song "Fly Away" with OrKestra extremely moving. This presentation of footage and music truly hits the spot emotionally. Enjoy it folks ... and then pass it on!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 22-May-2009

Monday, 18 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Those of you who are regular visitors to ELO BEATLES FOREVER can also follow ELOBF via these links thus:

You can then keep up-to-date with my latest postings et al. I'm thrilled by every visit, thankful for every comment and Yours Truly KJS values your feedback! "Follow Me Follow" ELOBF?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 18-May-2009

Sunday, 17 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Last night I travelled over to Great Barr in Birmingham to a Gospel Outreach event featuring a certain Helen Shapiro. She delivered a succinct and all-encompassing message together with a brief overview of her life, career and in particular, her conversion and faith. It was nice to snatch a few moments with her alongside my daughter Rebekah at the end of the night.

Yours Truly KJS was thinking earlier today about meeting Helen and the events that have transpired with respect to the death of Kelly Groucutt this year, and how my interest in ELO and my Christian faith seem to be intertwined at many levels. Only yesterday, I was listening to the re-mastered version of ELO's 1973 album "On The Third Day" [that's a subject in and of itself] while doing my stuff around the house and was reminded that one Marc Bolan played on three [3] of the tracks.
I also read a brief biography of Helen this morning and I was reminded that as a young Jewess, she knew and played with a young Jewish lad called Marc Bolan and that The Beatles - whose song "I Am The Walrus" was the original inspiration of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne for the creation of The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] - were the support act for her first tour. It was another musical connection rediscovered between my fave artistes ... and no coincidence either.

Life is certainly never boring here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 17-May-2009

Friday, 15 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has been musing about the songwriting of Eric Troyer a few times recently in a series of articles entitled "Calling All Honest Men", a reference to his composition "Honest Men" which can be found on the first Electric Light Orchestra Part Two album in 1991. Please be advised that Eric has just launched his new web site at:

There is some interesting material to be found. Eric is also currently compiling a daily diary of life on the road with The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]. You can find demos of songs he recorded for ELO Part II too including "Heart Of Hearts" and "For The Love Of A Woman" amongst not a few others. Good stuff indeed for all ELO and Beatles fans and well worth checking out if you are so minded.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 15-May-2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS thought that you'd like to read the text of the review in the Express & Star on Tuesday 12th May 2009 for An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt, held at The Robin 2, Bilston on Monday night, so here it is for you to peruse thus:
Concert packed in Kelly’s honour
~ The Orchestra, Robin 2, Bilston ~
By Laura Blyth
"Hundreds of ELO fans packed out a concert in Bilston to pay tribute to the band’s former bass player Kelly GroucuttIt was a night the crowd at the Robin 2 club would never forget, as they got to see members of ELO, now named The Orchestra, perform some of their classics. The gig was a sell-out and fans were being turned away at the door. Other acts who performed during An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt included Mik Kaminski and Phil Bates, Kelly’s first professional band Danny Cannon & The Vibras and Family Groucutt, made up of Kelly’s sons, daughters and nephews. They were all there to pay their musical tributes to Kelly the “father”, “mentor” and “musician” who died on February 19 this year after a heart attack. ELO fan Elisabeth Smith, aged 61, of Broadway, Walsall , said all the acts were “fantastic”. Her friend Rosemary Manjunath, 48, of Park Hall, Walsall , added: “Kelly would have adored the concert. It painted a real picture of him.” All the money from the concert it being donated to the National Parrot Sanctuary Trust which was Kelly’s favourite charity."  ~ end quote

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 15-May-2009

Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is pleased to inform you that Jane Wilkinson has just emailed me the detail of The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] Autumn Tour during October and November 2009. You can view the dates and venues via this link thus:
Of special note is the band's return to their Midlands roots at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Tuesday 13th October 2009. Another one in the calendar to look forward to! See you there?
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 13-May-2009


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Hello ... Hello ... It's great to see you once again! What a fantastic weekend of live music I've just witnessed. First of all, on Sunday 10th May 2009, Yours Truly KJS was at a packed Dudley Concert Hall in order to witness another great gig by The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II].

And to top that, I was then at a packed Robin Hood 2 R&B Club on Monday 11th May 2009 with Christian "No Rewind" Evans to witness "An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt with The Orchestra and Friends". There was a lot of emotion at both gigs, folks sad that Kelly Groucutt was not there and folks consoled in paying homage to this diminutive man of music and folks grateful for Kelly's musical contribution to their lives. It was heartbreaking to see his widow Anna and brother John still dealing with their loss but at the same time it was good to see them, shake hands, offer a smile and a kind word or two. I got the feeling - again - at both gigs that we had better make the most of the opportunities that remain to hear the magic of ELO's music live.

Here is the text of the review by Andrew Turton in Wolverhampton's "Express & Star" newspaper on Monday night of the Dudley gig for you to peruse:

Mr. Blue Sky just heaven for fans
~ The Orchestra, Dudley Concert Hall by Andrew Turton ~
"Triumph came out of adversity as the remaining members of The Orchestra paid homage to their late band mate with a rip roaring show. Former ELO violinist Mik Kaminski took charge of a packed Dudley Concert Hall as the group gave a performance which would surely have pleased Kelly Groucutt. The audience eagerly greeted the band as they rattled through the ELO back catalogue with ease. It was Kaminski's constant presence, including an exquisite violin solo in a single spotlight, which captivated the audience. "Mr. Blue Sky" proved the highlight of the night, bringing the crowd to its feet as soon as those unmistakable chords rang out. Shouts of "we want more" from the foot-stomping audience brought the band back for an encore with a special nod to Groucutt, who died in February. The Orchestra's performance of "Don't Bring Me Down" featured Groucutt's voice in a fitting moment before "Roll Over Beethoven" proved an excellent final track. The Orchestra will be at The Robin 2 in Bilston tonight." ~ end quote
Just in case you are interested, here are the remaining dates for The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]'s remaining 2009 Spring Tour thus:

Thursday 14th May 2009: The Anvil @ Basingstoke [01256] 844244
Saturday 16th May 2009: The M Club @ Crewe [01270] 216785
Monday 18th May 2009: Grand Opera House @ York [0844] 847 2322
Tuesday 19th May 2009: Parr Hall @ Warrington [01925] 442345
Wednesday 20th May 2009: Southport Theatre [0870] 400 0684
Thursday 21st May 2009: City Hall @ Sheffield [01142] 789789
Saturday 4th July 2009: Grassington Festiva [01756] 752691

Please visit for more official tour updates.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 13-May-2009