Saturday, 30 May 2009

THE ORCHESTRA: ISRAEL GIG LINKS

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 and Saturday 6th June thus:
www.telaviv4fun.com/events.html
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3717996,00.html

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] 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 ... 30-May-2009

Thursday, 28 May 2009

CALLING ALL HONEST MEN [1]

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 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 decades later! Not just regarding our government but also the hidden, secret government[s] that exist above the 'public' government.

CALLING ALL HONEST MEN [2]

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

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

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

ELO'S GREATEST HITS LIVE IN ISRAEL

 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 theorchestra.net thus:
Friday 5th June
Mivtzar Shuni, Binyamina, Israel

Saturday 6th June

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!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] 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 ... 27-May-2009

Saturday, 23 May 2009

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [1]

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

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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-May-2009

Friday, 22 May 2009

THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO KELLY GROUCUTT

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

FOLLOW ME FOLLOW ELOBF? [1]

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

BEATLES, BOLAN & HELEN SHAPIRO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS travelled over to Great Barr in Birmingham last night [Saturday 16th May] 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 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

Saturday, 16 May 2009

NEW WEB SITE: ERIC TROYER

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: ericleetroyer.com

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 ... 16-May-2009

Friday, 15 May 2009

ROBIN REVIEW: AN EVENING WITHOUT KELLY GROUCUTT

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 published in Wolverhampton's Express & Star newspaper on Tuesday 12th May 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."

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

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

TWO EVENINGS WITHOUT KELLY GROUCUTT

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, 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 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."
Just in case you are interested, here are the remaining dates for The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]'s remaining Spring Tour thus:

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

Please visit www.theorchestra.net for more official tour updates.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] 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 ... 13-May-2009

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

STOP PRESS: THE ORCHESTRA AUTUMN DATES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are 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. You can view the dates and venues via this link thus:

www.elo.rockfans.co.uk/news.html
Of special note is the band's return to their Midlands roots at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Tuesday 13th October. Another one in the calendar to look forward to!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] 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-May-2009