Saturday, 7 February 2015

GRAMMY GAFFE: STRANGERS ON A QUIET SEAT

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Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Photographs have emerged overnight from behind the scenes at the preparations for the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday 8th February showing what can only be described as an almighty gaffe by organizers with promotional photographs and seat reservations for ELO and Electric Light Orchestra actually showing The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II].
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Sam Smith will be seated near "Stay With Me" co-writer Jeff Lynne ...
It's perhaps ironic that after years of error strewn promotion of Phil BatesELO Part II and The Orchestra as ELO that photos of The Orchestra are labelled as ELO at one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the calendar, commonly as known as the Oscars of the music world. One can only hope that this unfortunate error will be corrected in time for the show.

JEFF LYNNE & ED SHEERAN TO STAR AT 57th GRAMMY AWARDS
JEFF LYNNE: GRAMMY BOW CONFIRMED + UK TV SCHEDULE
IN PICTURES: JEFF LYNNE & ED SHEERAN GRAMMY REHEARSALS

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Feb-2015

13 comments:

  1. Punk kids setting up the show don't know their musical history past last year......

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  2. You can go overboard with this, but it's no wonder Jeff is not in the Rock and Roll hall of fame is it? I think Jeff should come back to the UK, where he is known, as this is nothing short of insulting. Jeff to us is music royalty, on a par with Paul McCartney, Elton John and David Bowie, would they have got their pictures wrong? What a disgrace.

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  3. If Jeff and Don Arden hadn't dissolved the "real" ELO in the first place there wouldn't be any such issues!! Whatever comes Jeff's way is deserved both in the good to recognize his genius talent..as well as the bad....his poor choices of how he has treated former members of ELO and other groups along the way basically using, stepping on then discarding when finished with!!

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    1. I respect your opinion. For me, Jeff wrote "Getting To The Point" for good reason in 1986. He'd been tied into a contract with the Ardens and he wanted out. I will always be grateful for Bev taking ELO Part II on the road because I missed ELO playing live in their prime. Jeff, Roy and Bev co-founded ELO so when Bev ditched ELO Part II [albeit in a unfair manner in terms of timing], that was the end of it - or so we thought. I will always have time for The Orchestra and the former members of both bands.I am glad that Jeff has re-launched his ELO spaceship again and, yes, he does deserve the attention and accolades that he is now starting to receive. But I do not agree that he discarded anyone. The original ELO came to an end in its time and so did Part II. What is now needed in the ELO fan community is the ability to agree to disagree, and in a courteous manner. KJS@ELOBF

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    2. Richard you do not know what happened, what I was told from a good source that Jeff was stabbed in the back big time. Its time that people moved on from this that happened 28 years ago.I for one is LOVING all the JEFF/ELO activity the last couple of years.Going back to the subject here, it is a bloody disgrace, hope management sort it out before the show.

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    3. I agree. It is time to move on and savour these ELO tinged days. KJS@ELOBF

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  4. Well said, Richard.

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  5. From one Anonymous to another, Jeff did plenty of stabbing also. Both Jeff and Bev had enormous egos, and both treated former band members terribly. As I got to know to know the band, I grew to have less and less respect for both of them.

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    1. Perhaps Keith you are correct to a great degree....I suppose its maybe time i along with many moved passed the bitterness of what all went down. Truth is i wasn't there when the Wilf Gibson situation occurred, nor the strings all being released/fired by telegram, nor apparently the consistent disagreement within the band when Jeff and Bev were both there. I guess my issue mainly was Jeff putting an end to ELO in the first place...just loved them so much...Jeff, Bev, Kelly, Mik, as well as all the rest including Roy Wood!! first heard them when i was about 8 years old and was permanently hooked...never got to see'em live either so every chance i got i listened or watched when the opportunity arrived....and when i was finally in a position i could see them it all ended! Just kinda crushed me and to a point guess i never got over it..But rethinking my position somewhat, Yeah i guess me and a lot of folks probably need to move forward.

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    2. Also Keith i never knew he was trying to get out of his contract with Arden; I thought from all descriptions they were as "thick as thieves" per say and more like business partners? To a degree perhaps i have been misinformed when it comes to Jeff and his decisions (some i have questioned and wondered about)...i mean maybe some were his, maybe some were others, not truly certain. As to a couple other comments about stabbing and backstabbing i don't know who was in the wrong here, i suppose they both were mostly...no wonder Roy decided to depart after the first and/or second album...might of saw this coming??...anyway have a great day...with Blue Skies!

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  6. That is the nature of business and in particular show business. People make decisions, for good or for ill. In a situation like ELO, where one person was responsible for the product, there are going to be decisions that upset and annoy the employees. I had no idea that there was such friction within ELO between Jeff and Bev, on an ongoing basis. My understanding of the ditching of the string section was that they did get together, eventually, and have a talk, though not much was said. This is all ancient history and, as the Part 2 albums showed, Jeff Lynne is the only creative vision that ELO had that was worth pursuing.

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