Tuesday, 31 December 2013

YOURS TRULY 2013: A YEAR IN REVIEW


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! What a year 2013 has been for: ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. This is the 165th ELOBF blog of 2013 and first of all I would like to thank each and every visitor for taking the time to check out my writings and musings. 2013 was a year of many varied activities. Interviews; reviews; introductions; recommendations and [of course] gigs!
Undoubtedly the major theme of 2013 for me was both the continuing public re-emergence of ELO & Jeff Lynne with the long overdue re-issues of "Armchair Theatre" and "Zoom" plus the 'new' release of the: "Live" album from 2001's foreshortened "Zoom Tour Live". The absolute highlight of 2013 must have been the ELO maestro's amazing top-of-the-bill performance for: BBC Children In Need Rocks. 2013 should also be remembered for the return of Roy Wood as well as the sad passing away of Pete Haycock. But there were plenty of other happenings in the ELOBF universe this year too ...
The year 2013 again also saw over 50,000 visitors to ELOBF - sending to total number of hits past the 175,000 mark at the time of writing. It has been great to continue working with Hamilton Radio and a personal pleasure to keep on endorsing independent local, national and international artistes out there in the ELOBF universe. Here is a brief summary of 2013 for you to peruse thus:

Interviews:
Claudia Brucken & Stephen Hague, Steve Howard [Wings/BGO] and Bryan Gibson [Session 60]

Reviews:
"Greatest Failures" [Baby Scream]; "This Is Who I Am" [Esa Linna]; "Rings Around The Sun" [Vegas With Randolph]; "Town" [Shifty Chicken Shed]; "The Discovery" [BGO]; "Sticky Wickets" [DLM]; "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" [Cult of Wedge]; "Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock" [Various]; "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom" & "Live" [Jeff Lynne & ELO]; "Baby Scream" [Baby Scream]; "Sunlight In Nightmares" [River City Portrait]; "Edmund & Leo" [Maxi Dunn]

Recommended:
ELduO; Oldies Unlimited; "Patterns In The Chaos" [Dave Scott-Morgan]; Phil Bates [Band, ELO Klassik, Trio & Solo]; Light Years Ahead; Explosive Light Orchestra; Judie Tzuke Song Club; Another Evening Without Kelly Groucutt; Stephen Lawrenson; Symphonika

Caught Live:
Roy Wood; Winston's Big Brother; ELO Again; The Abbey Road Experience; Quill; The Duckworth Lewis Method; The Trevor Burton Band; The Move; The Traveling Pilburys; The ELO Experience; The Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival; Off The Ground; Red Shoes; Made In Brum; Pugwash; Cult Of Wedge [Peter Hackett]; Too Petty; Dave Scott-Morgan

Many thanx go to my regular concert cohort: Christian 'Manhattan Rumble' Evans. It has also been a pleasure to meet up with folks like: Thomas Walsh, Neil Hannon, Tosh Flood, Tony Smith, Paul Richardson, Steve Gibbons, Chris Brighton, Martin Kinch, Pez Connor, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Joy Strachan-Brain, Ben Jones, Nick Owen, Jeff Cooper, Bill Jefferson, Carolyn & Mark Evans, Peter Hackett, Amanda Hickin, Craig Whale, Adam Willetts, Ian Hammond, Robert Plant and not a few others during the year.

So, as you can see, it has been a great year and 2014 looks like being busy too. More interviews, more Reviews and [hopefully] even more gigs! Once again I truly thank you for your support and wish you a Happy, Peaceful, Prosperous and ELOtastic New Year!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2013

1 comment:

  1. Dear Keith, BGO and myself are very honored to have graced the pages of ELOBF in 2013, 2012 & 2011!. I am thankful for your friendship and your continuing interest in Bubble Gum Orchestra. May 2014 be even better! Michael Laine Hildebrandt .

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