Sunday, 14 September 2014

REVIEW: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ HYDE PARK 14/09/14

Hello... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Jeff Lynne - ably supported by ELO right hand man Richard Tandy, the Take That session/touring band and the BBC Concert Orchestra delivered a truly outstanding concert to bring to a climax a superb day of top musical entertainment at Hyde Park in London tonight to truly complete in style this years BBC2 Live In Hyde Park "A Festival In A Day" on Sunday 14th September 2014.
Blondie more than prepared the assembled crowd for the arrival of Mr. Lynne ...
Jeff, Richard and company were preceded on stage with some excellent performances by Chrissie HyndeBellowheadGregory PorterKacy MusgravesPaloma FaithBilly Ocean and Blondie. Particularly impressive, for me, were the sets by the ever eclectic Paloma Faith, the charismatic Billy Ocean and the legendary Debbie Harry with Blondie.
A hiatus of twenty eight [28] years had passed since ELO's last live appearances back in 1986 and, although there was no song representation from "Time""Balance Of Power" or "Zoom" in a packed sequence of songs that enchanted the near 50,000 folks assembled, those watching and listening [including myself here at ELOBF HQ] were thrilled with this comeback of comebacks.
With the backdrop and backing of the wonderful BBC Concert Orchestra, the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] maestro delivered a seventy five [75] minute set of seventeen [17] songs including an absolutely outstanding version of "Steppin' Out" and a surprise rendition of The Traveling Wilburys' classic "Handle With Care" nestled in with such classics as "10538 Overture""Can't Get It Out Of My Head"; "Evil Woman"; "Telephone Line""Strange Magic" and, of course, "Mr. Blue Sky".
For me, the most touching moment of the night was Jeff's dedication of "Handle With Care" to fellow Wilburys and personal heroes George Harrison and Roy OrbisonJeff was visibly affected by the overwhelmingly positive reaction of the assembled throng before him and that will hopefully give him the much needed impetus and confidence to roll out his beloved ELO again in terms of that promised studio recording and a significant venue tour, both in the UK and beyond.
Jeff's set list: "All Over The World"; "Evil Woman"; "Ma Ma Ma Belle"; "Showdown"; "Livin' Thing"; "Strange Magic"; "10538 Overture"; "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"; "Sweet Talkin' Woman"; "Turn To Stone"; "Steppin' Out"; "Handle With Care"; "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"; "Telephone Line"; "Mr. Blue Sky"; "Roll Over Beethoven"

Jeff Lynne has stated that, should this concert be a success, that he would seriously consider a return to performing live and touring. And, on the basis of the spectacle of his performance tonight, it will soon be "A Matter Of Fact" that Jeff will be back on the road again.


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

43 comments:

  1. Ahem...all over the world was from Xanadu!

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  2. CORRECTION: "All Over the World" first song of the set is from the album Xanadu. Thus, it was represented. :)

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  3. Amazing review,couldnt watch but listen in radio BBC 2 , outstanding .Graet photos

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  4. Well written Keith,if he was indeed to do more shows an interesting thought would be who will be in the band?

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  5. Awesome show! ELO's music will never grow old!

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  6. I was there! Could have died and gone to heaven happy !

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  7. Last night was beyond words to describe. Jeff Lynne is quite simply, the absolute, very best!!! WELCOME BACK, JEFF LYNNE!!!!

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  8. Who was the lead Guitarist ???

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    1. Thank for letting me know that. I thought that I had seen him somewhere. but couldn't think who he was or where it may have been.

      Great concert, I listened to it on Radio2 driving back from Goodwood Revival, then just had to watch it all again on eth red button when I arrived home......

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  9. What a musical genius!!! Totally marvellous concert, both musically and vocally and visually perfect. You've still got it Jeff, .....we need your music to cheer us all up and get those toes tapping once again! PLEEEASE arrange another UK tour!!

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  10. "Pure class" but I miss Kelly.. Bev.. Hugh.. Mel and Mik x

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  11. who was on drums and violin?

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    1. Donavan Hepburn was on drums and Chereene Allen was on violin. :-)

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  12. Quality concert though I didn't get to see it live, I was still impressed that a 66 ye old Jeff Lynne could sing brilliantly. Cracking concert and a man that deserves a knighthood.

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  13. Mil Kaminski has never looked so good. Welcome back Jeff, you were sorely missed.

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  14. who were the guitarist (to Jeff's left) and bass player ?

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  15. The guitarist to Jeff's left [and our right] was Mike Stevens [he was also the Musical Director] and the bass player was Lee Pomeroy :-)

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  16. Great concert - apart from the violinist who appeared to have forgotten to put on most of her clothes before going onstage. Some folk just crave attention I guess.

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    1. ....& the problem there is what exactly? Her violin playing was as good as she looked...if not better!!

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    2. Ade Gatehouse !!!
      Didn't Know You Were On Here ! Howdee Cousin !
      And You're Right, Her Violin Playing Was As Good As She Looked !!

      Nice To Know You're Still Into ELO !!
      Paul.

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  17. I was there just 10m from the front with my best mate. We're both massive ELO fans in fact Out of the Blue was the first album I ever bought and it's still my favourite. The concert was everything I could have wished for and then some. I've seen many bands over the years but this goes straight in as my No.2 gig of all time. Only Queen live at Wembley in 1986 keeps it off the top for me !!!!

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    1. Agree with everything you say Nick! Exactly the same story for me except 1 thing! I saw queen too, Live Aid '85 and again '86, but Jeff goes to no.1 simply because of the level of the mans brilliance after that amount of time "away from the frontline".
      ;0)

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  18. I was there, absolutely magnificent, it was if listening to a recording. Jeff still hits the high notes and the backing was fantastic..... rolled back the years for me!!

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  19. Who gives a shit, Jeff was awsome!!

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  20. With thanx to Sir Jeff Cooper for his help in answering some of your queries re: the Take That session/touring band who were behind Jeff and Richard on the night. :-)

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  21. I was there and I have to say they were fantastic. Even our teenage kids were dancing and singing along. They thought ELO were brilliant. If Mr Lynne does decide to tour, I for one will be going to see them again.

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  22. Only saw it on you tube but the work and technical accuracy did not disappoint, got all the little bits in that are so important. The best ELO concert ever, arguably the best concert ever preformed. ELO always had an issue reproducing the songs live due to the technical issues and not having a full orchestra. This concert shows how great the music can be live with a proper orchestra. Being an ELO music admirer for 36 years to see the maestro give his best performance to date, all you can say is this was awesome in the true sense of the word.

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  23. I was there at Hyde Park to see Jeff Lynne's ELO (and it is his ELO) and it was flippin' marvelous; certainly lived up to and in many ways exceeded my expectations.

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  24. Everything ... and more !! ...... Come to Yorkshire ... PLEASE

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  25. So who were all the band, second keys? second drums and percussion

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    1. Jeff Lynne's ELO full line-up:

      Jeff Lynne [Lead vocals/Guitars]
      Richard Tandy [Keyboards/vocoder]
      Lee Pomeroy [Bass]
      Donovan Hepburn [Drums]
      Mick Wilson [Percussion]
      Chereene Allen [Violin]
      Milton McDonald [Guitar]
      Mike Stevens [Guitar]
      Bernie Smith [Keyboards]
      Marcus Byrne [Keyboards]
      Danny Marsden [Trumpet]
      Melanie Lewis-McDonald [Backing vocals]
      Jean-Marie Lincoln [Backing vocals]
      Sharleene Linton [Backing vocals]
      BBC Concert Orchestra

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  26. What a comeback. Just finished watching via the red button. Tears of happiness from me. Jeff, the country is falling apart and we need your music to cheer us up. Please give us a tour and a new album because you still are a genius!

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  27. My observation was that Jeff "Went Big....or wouldn't do it at all!" I think because of criticism in the past by ELO critics he employed a large band, which was incredible, to totally reproduce the ELO sound live! It was really astonishing. I saw a lot of young people who really loved it, not sure they knew who ELO was before. We ran into two ladies on the tube who were there to see Blondie, they mentioned ELO was amazing and had no idea of all the great songs.

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  28. I am in love with the violin player with the most beautiful legs, eyes, smile in the whole world, love her love her love her! What is her name?

    Marc Stevens
    Worldwave Radio

    http://www.worldwave.net

    radioworldwave@gmail.com

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    1. The answer lies within this ELOBF article ...
      http://elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2014/09/roll-call-jeff-lynnes-elo.html

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  29. Been searching for next performance, which appears to be in March 2015 in Tubingen, near Stuttgart.

    Moving stuff - both the Hyde Park concert and the comments above.

    http://www.songkick.com/artists/408598-electric-light-orchestra

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    1. The Stuttgart gig you mentioned is by Phil Bates with the Berlin String Ensemble performing as "ELO Klassik"and not Jeff Lynne's ELO. Hope this helps! KJS@ELOBF

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  30. I was at Hyde park and a dream I had a few years ago came true and jeff, richard and band, orchestra were amazing, a night I will never forget and I travelled from Australia to see my hero from last 40 years. What a year 2015 going to be, new ELO album by MR ELO = JEFF LYNNE and a tour, another dream coming true, when you think about it IT REALLY IS BRILLIANT NEWS and we all never thought would ever happen again. I hope the fans and media give Jeff and team great support with this, as really Jeff Lynne has done it all and achieved everything he dreamed off, he did not need to do this but is for the fans.

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  31. I have been a Jeff Lynne fan since I was a young lad. I'm 52 now and this guy never ceases to amaze me.

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  32. Jeff Lynne used to eat in my dad's cafe in Lea Village. Didn't know then that he would become one of the greats!!

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