Sunday, 30 March 2014

STOP PRESS: PUGWASH UK TOUR THIS WEEK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended artiste Pugwash will be again supporting Matt Berry & The Maypoles on their "Kill The Wolf" mini-tour [as well as squeezing in a "free entry warm-up gig"] in the UK next week. The seven [7] dates - between Thursday 3rd April and Wednesday 9th April - are likely to be well attended [if not sold out] so why not support this superb Dublin based quartet, fronted, of course, by that genial self-confessed ELO nut Thomas Walsh, at these venues thus:

Thursday 3rd April
Crowhurst Park, Battle, East Sussex
Free entry
www.crowhurstpark.co.uk

Friday 4th April

The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.twforum.co.uk/listings/events/4-apr-14-matt-berry-the-forum

Saturday 5th April

The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Tickets: £14.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.therubylounge.com/index.php/shows/matt-berry-the-maypoles

Sunday 6th April

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tickets: £13.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/matt-berry1

Monday 7th April

Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Tickets: £13.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/event_ate_18246a.html

Tuesday 8th April

Thekla, Bristol
Tickets: £13.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/event_ate_18245a.html

Wednesday 9th April

The Garage, Islington, London
Tickets: £16.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.songkick.com/concerts/19261294

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Pugwash and Matt Berry to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-March-2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: THE MOVE ft. BEV BEVAN & TREVOR BURTON

Live in 2014: The Move [L-R]: Abby Brant, Trevor Burton, Bev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Believe it or not, this is my first full review of a gig headlined by The Move with ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] having previously covered their live performances with The Animals [2010], as part of Bev Bevan's Walk Of Stars celebration [2011], the Brewood Music Festival [2012] as well as Trevor Burton's Walk Of Stars event and his Third Charity Show [2013].

So, the thirty [30] mile journey from Wolverhampton to see the 2014 incarnation of The Move in concert last night [Friday 28th March] at The Marr's Bar in Worcester - in the company of John Collins [from the excellent Forever web site] and ELOBF gig buddy Christian Evans - was very much a high priority.
Mods & Sods again provided more than ample support to The Move
But first, mention must be made of the support act for the night: Mods & Sods. I've now seen this band on a couple of occasions and on both occasions they have impressed with their accurate and entertaining covers of classic tracks by the likes of The Who, The Small Faces, The Beatles, The Kinks and The Jam. Indeed, in many respects, they were the perfect foil to The Move as they reproduced the soundtrack of the bands who were contemporaries to the band who would bring forth ELO in due time, with a strong set list including: "You Really Got Me"; "The Seeker"; "Jumpin’ Jack Flash"; "I Can’t Explain"; "All Day And All Of The Night"; "Substitute"; "Watch Your Step"; "All Or Nothing"; "What’cha Gonna Do About It?"; "I Feel Fine"; "Gimme Some Loving" and: "Louie Louie".
And what of The Move? For me, this was their most impressive and expansive set for not a few reasons. Firstly, the inspired addition of Abby Brant to the line-up to provide her distinctive keyboard attributes and to enhance the bands vocals harmonies was a master stroke. Secondly, the benefits of an ongoing multi-date tour and doubtless the pre-tour rehearsals have meant that the band are many degrees tighter and expressive, mirroring the reputation of the original band.

Thirdly - and maybe most importantly for this writer - the band endeavoured to deliver not only a parade of their many hits and a taste of those iconic Marquee nights, they also included half a dozen songs not heard live for decades. I was thrilled to hear the likes of Roy Wood penned classics "Night Of Fear"; "Hello Suzie"; "Wild Tiger Woman" and [of course] the Jeff Lynne penned "Do Ya" played live by The Move for the very first time. Add to that the interspersed recalling of life on the road in the States, the Carl 'Charlie' Wayne inspired reformation of the band and other Move memories by Trevor and Bev, and you had much more than your money's worth.

It was also good to see an increase in the prominence of Tony Kelsey and the icing on the cake must have been the inclusion in the set of Trevor Burton Band favourites "Wild Thing" with [naturally] the Trevor Burton rendition of the Hendrix' seminal swansong "Hey Joe" stealing the show. All in all, it was the best live performance by The Move that I've had the pleasure to experience.

The Move performed: "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; "Fire Brigade"; "Something Else"; "Hey Grandma"; "Flowers In The Rain"; "Night Of Fear"; "Sunshine Help Me"; "Hello Suzie"; "Goin’ Back"; "Wild Tiger Woman"; "Brontosaurus"; "Mercury Blues"; "Do Ya"; "Wild Thing"; "Hey Joe"; "California Man""Blackberry Way"

The Move were: Bev Bevan [Drums] ~ Trevor Burton [Guitars/vocals] ~ Phil Tree [Bass/vocals] ~ Tony Kelsey [Guitars/backing vocals] ~ Abby Brant [Keyboards/backing vocals]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Move featuring Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-March-2014

Friday, 28 March 2014

JEFF LYNNE: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA [3]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There has been some internet chatter regarding the airing of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles" in the UK with Sunday 6th or Monday 7th April being offered up as the date of debut on ITV at 10:15PM. However, there is no mention of the show being broadcast at that time on those dates by major UK TV listing authorities, such as Radio Times, at the time of writing.

Yours Truly KJS has been in contact with ITV to ascertain their official position regarding the broadcast premiere of the two hour Beatles tribute show featuring, of course Jeff Lynne, and has received the response which is reproduced below for your perusal thus:

"Dear Keith ... Thank you for your email regarding The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. We will be showing the programme on ITV, However, a date has not been confirmed. Information regarding the programme will be updated on our website www.itv.com and in listings magazines in due course ... We have no scheduling information regarding this programme ... Details will also appear on our website www.itv.com/guide within 10 days of transmission and I am sure it will be well advertised on ITV."


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will confirm the official broadcast time and date of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles" in due course,

JEFF LYNNE: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA [2]
JEFF LYNNE: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA [1]

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-March-2014

Thursday, 27 March 2014

REVIEW: ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN [Magnum]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The new album just released by local rock heroes Magnum is mightily impressive. "Escape From The Shadow Garden" is a tour de force of what IYours Truly KJS terms "melodic rock". I say this because the term "heavy rock" does not do justice to the latest eleven [11] classy compositions still being presented by Tony Clarkin.

Recorded just a couple of miles away from ELOBF HQ in nearby Coven, "Escape From The Shadow Garden" is an album that exhibits a charm and quality that belies a band with 18 albums under their belt and demonstrates an ongoing maturity in performance and song craftsmanship.

And make no mistake about it, ELO's former Jet Records label mates have successfully reinvented themselves with this their latest outing as the guitar driven, anthemic rock of Tony Clarkin is seeded with the tinkering keyboards of Mark Stanway and the unmistakable, enigmatic vocals of Bob Catley whilst not forgetting the twin heartbeats of Alan Barrow on bass and Harry James on drums. Faves for me on this excellent album are the opener "Live 'Til You Die", "Falling For The Big Plan", "Don't Fall Asleep"; "Wisdom's Had Its Day" and "The Valley Of Tears". [9/10]

"Escape From The Shadow Garden" was released in the UK on Monday 24th March and is available in all formats from reputable vendors including emp-online.co.uk and amazon.co.uk. And to further enhance the reputation of the album, it has just entered the UK Midweek Album Chart at the healthy position of #17 thus:
Trax: [01] "Live 'Til You Die" [6:28]; [02] "Unwritten Sacrifice" [5:28]; [03] "Falling For The Big Plan" [5:58]; [04] "Crying In The Rain" [5:45]; [05] "Too Many Clowns" [4:36]; [06] "Midnight Angel" [7:18]; [07] "The Art Of Compromise" [5:00]; [08] "Don't Fall Asleep" [5:58]; [09] "Wisdom's Had Its Day" [4:43]; [10] "Burning River" [4:43]; [11] "The Valley Of Tears" [6:39]

Magnum are: Tony Clarkin [Guitars]; Bob Catley [Vocals]; Mark Stanway [Keyboards]; Alan Barrow [Bass/backing vocals] and Harry James [Drums]

Further details of the band, the album release and the accompanying Magnum European tour can be found via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Escape From The Shadow Garden" by Magnum to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-March-2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

RECOMMENDED: STAND UP & ROCK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! After the triumphant success of last year's Made In Brum tour and a few recent hints by Bev Bevan, Jasper Carrott and the gang have confirmed via promoter Brian Yeates that they are returning with a new forty five [45] date series of shows entitled Stand Up & Rock! during Autumn into Winter 2014.

Bev and Jasper will again be joined by pals Trevor Burton [The Move], Geoff Turton [The Rockin' Berries] as well as the lovely Joy Strachan-Brain [Quilland, of course, The Bev Bevan Band [featuring Tony Kelsey, Phil Tree and Abby Brant].

The show will call in at theatres in Northampton, Scunthorpe, Leeds, Peterborough, Rhyl, Yeovil, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Hinckley, Watford, Solihull, Blackpool, King's Lynn, High Wycombe, Tunbridge Wells, Skegness, Leamington Spa, Dudley, Tewkesbury, Birmingham, Redditch, Shrewsbury, Hull, Sutton Coldfield, Bedworth, Lichfield, Nottingham, Runcorn, Weston-super-Mare, York, Redhill, Kettering, Aylesbury and Stratford-upon-Avon between Thursday 4th September and Friday 5th December. Tickets are on general sale via these venues thus:

Thursday 4th September
Royal Derngate, Northampton
t: [01604] 624811
Tickets: £27.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 5th September
The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
t: [0844] 854 2776
Tickets: £22.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 7th September
Grand Theatre, Leeds
t: [0844] 848 2700
Tickets: from £22.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 10th September
The Cresset Theatre, Peterborough
t: [01733] 265705
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 11th September
Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
t: [01745] 330000
Tickets: £27.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 13th September
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
t: [01935] 422884
Tickets: £28.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Tuesday 16th September
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
t: [01902] 429212
Tickets: from £26.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 17th September
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
t: [01270] 368242
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 19th to Saturday 20th September
Concordia Theatre, Hinckley
t: [01455] 615005
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 21st September
Colosseum, Watford
t: [0845] 075 3993
Tickets: £28.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th September
Arts Complex, Solihull
t: [0121] 704 6962
Tickets: £30.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 28th September
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
t: [01253] 290190
Tickets: £26.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 2nd October
Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
t: [01553] 764864
Tickets: £27.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 4th October
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
t: [01494] 512000
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 8th October
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
t: [01892] 530613
Tickets: £27.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 10th October
Embassy Theatre, Skegness
t: [0845] 674 0505
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 15th October
The Assembly, Leamington Spa
t: [01926] 334418
Tickets: £30.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 16th October
Town Hall, Dudley
t: [01384] 815577
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 17th October
The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury
t: [01684] 295074
Tickets: £30.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Tuesday 21st October
Town Hall, Birmingham
t: [0121] 345 0600
Tickets: £30.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th October
Palace Theatre, Redditch
t: [01527] 65203
Tickets: £27.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 26th Octotber
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
t: [01743] 281281
Tickets: £27.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 29th October
City Hall, Hull
t: [01482] 300300
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 30th to Friday 31st October
Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield
t: [0121] 464 8990
Tickets: £27.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 1st November
Civic Hall, Bedworth
t: [02476] 376707
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th November
Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
t: [01543] 412121
Tickets: £28.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Monday 17th November
The Playhouse, Nottingham
t: [0115] 947 4361
Tickets: £26.00 each [* plus booking fee]

Wednesday 19th November
The Brindley, Runcorn
t: [0151] 907 8360
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 21st November
Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
t: [01934] 645544
Tickets: £26.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Monday 24th November
Grand Opera House, York
t: [0844] 871 3024
Tickets: £28.90 each [*plus booking fee]

Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th November
The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
t: [01737] 276500
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 30th November
The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
t: [01536] 414141
Tickets: £26.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Tuesday 2nd December
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
t: [0844] 871 7627
Tickets: £28.90 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 4th to Friday 5th December
Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon
t: [01789] 207100
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

In the meantime, further details of the show[s] and dates can be viewed via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Stand Up & Rock to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-March-2014

Saturday, 22 March 2014

MORE BEVANLY JOY DUE AT QUILL SHREWSBURY GIG

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The wonderful Joy Strachan-Brain and her superb Quill band mates will soon be teaming up again with Bev Bevan [The Move, ELO, ELO Part II, Black Sabbath] for their forthcoming gig in Shrewsbury next month thus:
These ELOBF gig reviews of their fantastic recent shows in Lichfield and Cannock [with Bev Bevan guesting on percussion] should whet your appetite for this gig. Ticket sales for the show are healthy so don't delay in booking up lest you miss out on a great night of Celtic-tinged music!

Thursday 10th April
Quill with Bev Bevan @ Walker Theatre,Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theatresevern.co.uk/BookEvent.aspx?eventID=17094

Find out more about Quill via their official web site thus: www.quill-uk.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-March-2014

Friday, 21 March 2014

RECOMMENDED: FOREVER [John Collins]

Three Light Cheers: Martin Kinch [Cherry Blossom Clinic]; KJS [ELOBF] and John Collins [Forever]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Undoubtedly, one of the real plus points of 2014 has been meeting up with John Collins, who is the founder and CEO of the excellent: Forever web site. John has recently revived Forever, his Roy Wood centric site which also, of course, features Wizzard, The Move, ELO and the careers of the many related projects and former members thereof. Here is the charter of Forever - in John's own words thus:

"In December 1973, when Roy and Wizzard were in the Top 5 with the evergreen hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day", at the same time no one seemed to notice that he had a solo hit in the Top 10 with "Forever"! I have followed Roy's career now for over 40 years, and this web site is about him and the rest of "the family" including the fabulous Electric Light Orchestra, The Move and one or two others :-) Feel free to let me know what you think! Remember Roy Wood is Forever not just Christmas!"

Why not pay a visit or three to Forever to check out John Collins' fantastic web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Forever [John Collins] to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-March-2014

Thursday, 20 March 2014

EXPANDED MYSTERY GIRL SET FOR MAY RELEASE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Twenty five [25] years on from its debut in 1989, Roy Orbison's stunning comeback album "Mystery Girl" is being re-released by Sony Legacy Recordings in conjunction with Roy's Boys LLC. The Official Roy Orbison web site published this press release earlier today highlighting the detail of the forthcoming and much loved album produced in part, of course, by both Jeff Lynne and Bono.
The 2014 version of "Mystery Girl" will see the original ten song roster supplanted by either five [5] or nine [9] bonus tracks. The DVD package includes a new one hour documentary entitled "Mystery Girl: Unraveled" plus another eight music videos - available in the following formats thus:

"Mystery Girl - Expanded": CD/15 tracks
"Mystery Girl - Expanded": MP3/15 tracks
"Mystery Girl - Deluxe": CD/DVD/19 tracks/9 videos
"Mystery Girl - Deluxe": 2LP/19 tracks
"Mystery Girl - Deluxe" is scheduled for release in the UK on Monday 19th May and in North America on Tuesday 20th May. Pre-orders are now being taken [at the time of writing] by amazon.co.uk, amazon.com and royorbison.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Mystery Girl - Deluxe" by Roy Orbison to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-March-2014

REVIEW: THE 286 EP

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If the debut [download only] EP released by The 286 back in July 2011 [entitled "A Victory For Battalion 286"] was impressive, then it must truly be said that their second EP is absolutely superb and literally music to the ears of any admirer of The Move, Roy Wood's solo career and ELO [particularly their early experimental and most progressive years between 1971 and 1974].

Spencer Hannabuss - front man and co-founder of The 286 - was kind enough to send ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] a copy of their forthcoming six [6] track EP [their first 'physical' release] earlier this week so that I could hear the new songs that make up their new download EP first hand. And from the very first notes, I can tell you that this really is an outstanding release and a real testament to the pedigree of this exciting and vibrant outfit.


Ladies and Gentlemen ... May I introduce you to The 286?
So what can be said of the new release[s]? "Let The Rain Fall Down" is quite simply a masterpiece replete with overtones of "Eldorado" but also containing a beautiful synergy in places with the equally loved "Under London Skies" by The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]. It is the perfect ELOesque ballad. More ELO than ELO in many respects! With stirring string arrangements coupled with superb slide guitar riffs and the perfect rising vocals of Spencer Hannabuss, for me this song is almost on a par with the the likes of "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Waterfall". The song reminds this reader of the reasons why I loved the concept of ELO ... the ELO most folks still loved even after Jeff dispensed with those experimental overdubbed strings at De Lane Lea Studios used on "On The The Third Day", "Eldorado" et al.

"Miracle On 286th Street" is a fast paced instrumental piece that, in many respects, would be at home on "ELO2" or "On The Third Day" and would undoubtedly be a favourite in the bands live set. Both this track and "Little Louisa" - a real rocker - lend heavily on the '74 live crowd pleasers that broke the US for ELO during their "Do It With The Light On" live shows - songs such as "Daybreaker"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; "Daytripper"; "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" and: "Orange Blossom Special". Both tracks work and are the perfect partners on the EP to their epic bedfellow.

"... reminds this reader of the reasons why I loved the concept of ELO ... the ELO most folks still loved even after Jeff dispensed with those experimental overdubbed strings ..."

This is a recording that does something else for this particular listener. The vocals, diving cellos and prominent violins give us a hint of what ELO might have sounded like if the commercial skulduggery of the Ardens had not caused the divorce of Roy Wood from his brainchild. The existence and growth in maturity of a band such as The 286 demonstrates that a new generation of artistes inspired by the musical legacy of Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move and ELO can still emerge out of a current music scene full of artistic betrayal and commercial hegemony. Make no mistake about it, based on the evidence provided so far, any serious ELO and Roy Wood follower should check out The 286 and their new EP without delay. Bring on their first full album! [10/10]
The new download EP - which has a release date of Monday 14th April 2014 - comprises four excellent [4] tracks: "Let The Rain Fall Down" [Extended Version]"Miracle on 286th Street"; "Little Louisa" and "Let The Rain Fall Down" [Radio Edit]. You can buy the download EP for just $2.99 [£1.85] from CD Baby via this link thus:
The forthcoming physical EP includes all three [3] new tracks with the extended version of "Let The Rain Fall Down" making way for three songs from their debut EP in "Hello""Battalion 286 [Monmouth Minuet]" and "Suite: Beyond The World". The CD is available at their gigs and will also be available for purchase from their official web site soon.
You can also find out more about their debut download EP [still available to buy via Bandcamp for just £2.49] and the beginnings of The 286 via these links thus:

The 286 are: Spencer Hannabuss [Lead vocals/guitars]; Thomas Goddard [Drums/vocals]; Rafael Piamolini [Keyboards]; Nahum Cahoura [Violin]; Romain Malan [Cello]; Corentin Chassard [Violin]. Forthcoming gigs by The 286 include:

Saturday 19th April: EP Launch Party @ The Good Ship, Kilburn, London
Friday 9th May: New Cross Inn, New Cross, London
Friday 16th May: The Cavern Club, Liverpool [International Pop Overthrow Festival]
Friday 16th May: The Cavern Pub, Liverpool [International Pop Overthrow Festival]
Saturday 24th May: Surya, Kings Cross, London [International Pop Overthrow Festival]
Wednesday 4th June: Jazz Cafe, Camden, London [supporting Colin Blunstone]
Thursday 26th June: Hoxton Underbelly, Shoreditch, London


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The 286 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-March-2014

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

RECOMMENDED: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Calendar highlight: The ELO Experience are back in Wolverhampton ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended artiste The ELO Experience make a welcome return to The Wulfrun Hall in ELOBF's home town of Wolverhampton on Friday 4th July, hopefully with their much vaunted 'spaceship'  et al. The Hull based band are also now an octet having [finally] added a bespoke violinist to their ranks so that their impressive live set will be even more attractive to ELO fans. Tickets for their Wolves gig [priced from £20 each] can be purchased *here*. You may also enjoy reading my 2011 interview with The ELO Experience's Andy Louis for ELOBF via this link thus:

INTERVIEW: ANDY LOUIS [The ELO Experience]

The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively. View all their Tour Dates [and more] via their official web site thus:

www.elotribute.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend The ELO Experience 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-March-2014

Sunday, 16 March 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: THE ABBEY ROAD EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was fortunate that Yours Truly KJS travelled the fifteen [15] miles to Bridgnorth last night to witness the latest gig by Chris Brighton and his new look Abbey Road Experience as they delivered another entertaining and accurate live rendition of The Beatles iconic "Abbey Road" album to another near full house at The Theatre On The Steps last night [Saturday 15th March] but unfortunate too in that I missed their second set of superb interpretations of those Beatles classics we all know and love due to ill health.

The Abbey Road Experience performed: "Come Together" ~ "Something" ~ "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" ~ "Oh! Darling" ~ "Octopus's Garden" ~ "I Want You [She's So Heavy]" ~ "Here Comes The Sun" ~ "Because" ~ Medley: "You Never Give Me Your Money"/"Sun King"/"Mean Mr. Mustard"/"Polythene Pam"/"She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"/"Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End" ~ "Her Majesty"

What I can report is that every time that get to see this particular Fab Five, the band continue to gel and "Come Together" with the vocal range of Chris Brighton joined by the equally excellent Mike Tinsley with what [for me] has to be some of the most expressive guitar work that I've had the pleasure of witnessing by Nick Mellor, all aptly and ably mirroring the original output of their Beatles heroes. Add to that the superb percussion and drum work of Darren Ashford as well as the neat, supportive keyboard wizardry of Colin Noon and you have what is fast becoming a 'must see' act in terms of their professionalism and uniqueness in what is a very busy Beatles tribute pool.

There are several Abbey Road Experience gigs to look forward to in 2014. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] sincerely hopes that there are more added to their gig roster [below] in the near future:

Friday 11th April
The Wharf, Canal Street, Tavistock, PL19 8AT
Tel. [01822] 611166
Tickets: £12.00 each [advance] or £14.00 each [door]
www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/abbey_road_experience

Sunday 27th April
The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance] or £12.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3616

Saturday 3rd May
The Academy Theatre, Take 2 Centre, Barnsley, S70 5TU
Tickets: £14.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.take2centre.co.uk/academytheatre/showdetails.php?id=655

Friday 30th May
The Diamond Venue, Stoney Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4GH
Tickets: £8.00 each
www.thediamonduk.com/gigs.html

Saturday 9th August
The Roadhouse, Stirchley, Birmingham
Tickets: £6.00 each
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/810

The Abbey Road Experience are: Chris Brighton [Lead vocals/Guitar]; Colin Noon [Keyboards], Mike Tinsley [Vocals/Bass], Nick Mellor [Guitars] and Darren Ashford [Drums]

The Abbey Road Experience official web site features individual band member biographies and dates as well as audio clips of the band and other useful information thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Abbey Road Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2014

Friday, 14 March 2014

CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY PLASTIC HEAD

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The new Let Them Eat Vinyl 2014 catalogue landed at ELOBF HQ in Wolverhampton earlier this week replete with the above full page spread dedicated to their five [5] ELO/Jeff Lynne 1LP/2LP vinyl releases [licensed from Frontiers Records] to date. Although some of those excellent limited edition coloured vinyl issues have now sold out, the albums are still an attractive proposition to the discerning ELO fan. Their full catalogue[s] can be perused via their official web site[s] thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Let Them Eat Vinyl and Plastic Head to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-March-2014

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [15]: Q2 2014

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Spring into Summer 2014 is looking busy for the latest ELOBF Quarterly Gig Guide with another roster of interesting gigs to look forward to. Here are some selected dates and general links [with more to follow when confirmed] for you to consider checking out during between 1st April and 30th June [Q2] thus:

Thursday 3rd April
ELO Experience @ Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Tickets: £18.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theplacetelford.com/WhatsOn/the-elo-experience

Thursday 10th April
Quill with Bev Bevan @ The Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/quill

Friday 11th April
The Move @ The Roadhouse, King's Norton, Birmingham
Tickets: £12.00 each [advance]; £14.00 each [door]
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/839

Friday 18th April
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/pages/music.html

Saturday 19th April
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Tackeroo, Hednesford
Tickets: £6.00 each [door]
www.tackeroo.com/gig_guide.htm

Sunday 27th April
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance]; £12.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3616

Thursday 1st May
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each [advance]; £14.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 3rd May

Magnum @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.wolvescivic.co.uk/wulfrun-hall/Magnum/show=030514

Wednesday 7th May
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Kingfisher, Kingswinford
Tickets: £5.00 each [door]
www.erndor50.co.uk

Friday 9th May
Quill with Bev Bevan @ Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/2014/05/09/24071/quill

Friday 16th May
The 286 @ The Cavern Club [8:00PM] & Pub [1:00AM],
International Pop Overthrow Festival 2014, Liverpool
Free entry
internationalpopoverthrow.com/schedules/ipo-2014-schedules/liverpool

Sunday 25th May
Desperado [Eagles tribute] @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each [advance]; £15.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3611

Thursday 5th June

The Move @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each [advance]; £15.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3552

Thursday 12th June

Judie Tzuke @ Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Tickets: £22.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review/Judie-Tzuke

Saturday 14th June

Sight 'n' Sound @ The Tackeroo, Hednesford
Entry: £6.00 each
www.tackeroo.com/gig_guide.htm

Sunday 15th June
The Move @ The Isle of Wight Festival
Tickets: £75.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.isleofwightfestival.com/tickets

Thursday 26th June
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Diamond Live Band Suite, Wolverhampton
Entry: £6.00 each
www.facebook.com/Diamond-live-band-suite

Friday 27th June
The Traveling Pilburys @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
www.feathersinn.co.uk/whats-on/2014/month=6

Saturday 28th June

The Concert In The Park with Louis Clark @ Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea
Tickets: £22.50 each [advance]; £27.50 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.concertinthepark.org.uk/tickets.html

Sunday 29th June

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry
www.grapesstafford.org.uk www.erndor50.co.uk/thegrapes

Jeff Lynne
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 recognizable 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 and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found 'supergroup' 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 thus:
www.elo.biz

Roy Wood
The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of WizzardThe Helicopters et al will be [hopefully] on the road again! Find out more on his official web site thus:
www.roywood.co.uk/gigs

The Orchestra
Former members of ELO and ELO Part IIMik KaminskiLouis ClarkEric TroyerParthenon HuxleyGlen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where on their excellent web site here:

The Move
The Move featuring Bev BevanTrevor BurtonPhil Tree and Tony Kelsey will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands. Find out where on their web site thus:
www.themove-live.com/dates

The Trevor Burton Band
Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with Pez ConnorBill Jefferson and [occasionally] Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience
This fantastic Hull based ELO tribute band have just won a National UK Tribute Award 2013 as they continue to faithfully reproduce those classic Electric Light Orchestra hits and more live.
 www.elotribute.com/giglist

ELO Again
A new South Wales based Electric Light Orchestra tribute act who are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love.

Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO]
Symphonika are not only an original, independent artiste in their own right, they are also The Explosive Light Orchestra and have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe.

 All of the above artistes and shows are recommended by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. The above gig listing may be amended periodically, as applicable. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-March-2014