Saturday, 31 December 2016

YOURS TRULY 2016: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Jeff Lynne
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Trying to fit all the happenings and occurrences in the elobeatlesforever (elobf) universe this year is almost as difficult as trying to swim uphill! Such a lot has happened in 2016 with Yours Truly KJS publishing 35 Caught Live gig reviews, 15 album reviews, 20 recommendations and much more within a total of 182 articles.
Brian Wilson
Top: The Trembling Wilburys ...Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show,
Bottom: The ELO Experience ... Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO)
Top: Mike Stevens with Julian Lloyd-Webber ... Bev Bevan's Zing Band
Bottom: Morganisation ... Judie Tzuke
Quill ...
elobeatlesforever (elobf) hit a million views in June 2016 ...
From the many, there were two top treasured memories for Yours Truly KJS in 2016. The first was finally getting to see Jeff Lynne perform live with Jeff Lynne's ELO for the first time in Liverpool (and on two subsequent occasions in Birmingham) with the sight (and sound) of "Secret Messages" live at The Echo Arena a truly unforgettable and somewhat emotional experience. The other was the day in June when elobeatlesforever (elobf) received its one millionth view.
A trio of Jeff Lynne's ELO gigs were attended by Yours Truly KJS in 2016
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band @ Rockmas 2016 ...
Bryan Adams ...
Phil Bates ... Mike & Suzi Sheridan ... Pete Hackett (Cult Of Wedge)
There were more memorable moments in the 366 days that made up 2016, too many to mention in detail. They are either summarized by the photographs included within this article or below thus:

  • elobeatlesforever (elobf) reviewed gigs/events by Jeff Lynne's ELO, Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band, Bev Bevan's Zing Band, Bryan Adams, Brian Wilson, The Feeling, Iain Hornal, Mike & Suzi Sheridan, Quill, Mike Stevens, Steve Gibbons, Raymond Froggatt, Phil Bates, Morganisation, Sight 'n' Sound, The 286, Pete Kent, Judie Tzuke, The Tubes, ABC, Wings Over Abbey Road, The ELO Experience, Explosive Light Orchestra, The Trembling Wilburys, Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO completed extensive tour dates in the UK, Europe and US, calling in at Glastonbury, Radio City Hall and Hollywood Bowl to widespread critical acclaim
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO event announced at Wembley Stadium in June 2017
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO Summer 2017 dates in Sheffield, Glasgow and Hull also confirmed
  • Electric Light Orchestra (Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy) were confirmed as Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame inductees for 2017
  • 'Very Best Of' compilation "All Over The World" (2005) gave ELO their first UK Album Chart topper in 35 years and is now ELO's longest running chart entry
  • "All Over The World" finally issued in 2LP vinyl!
  • Roy Wood completed his largest UK tour in many years, continuing into 2017
  • Roy Wood's age was confirmed as 69 despite reports to the contrary!
  • Roy Wood endorsed elobeatlesforever (elobf) via Twitter!
  • Remaining Wilburys Tom Petty and Bob Dylan confirmed UK dates for 2017
  • David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen were remembered by elobeatlesforever (elobf)
  • The Move's 50th anniversary celebrated by CD and/or vinyl releases of their studio albums
  • Stand Up & Rock! confirmed as returning in 2017
  • Trevor Burton left The Move who became Bev Bevan's Zing Band
  • KJS queued in a blizzard on Record Store Day in April in order to obtain a splattered vinyl copy of "The Idle Race"!
  • KJS finally obtained a copy of the 12" black vinyl issue of ELO's "Shine A Little Love" b/w "Jungle" (SJET12144)!
  • elobeatlesforever (elobf) celebrated our 7th birthday in February
KJS with Keith Smart ... Fiona & Dave Pritchard ... Mike & Suzi Sheridan
KJS with Iain Hornal ... Mike Stevens
KJS with Dave Scott-Morgan ... Julie Hambleton ... Steve Gibbons ... Roger 'Ollie' Spencer ... Greg Masters
KJS with the Quill ladies ... Judie Tzuke
elobf Record of the Year
elobf have reviewed some great albums in 2016 including "2" by Mudcrutch featuring (of course) Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, "Foreverland" by Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy, "Sticky Love Songs" by Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) and "Bubbles" by Morganisation amongst not a few others. After due consideration, I'm pleased to confirm that the elobf Record of the Year is this year shared between "Sticky Love Songs" and "Bubbles". Both are great albums and well worth a listen with the former another amazing, top class production from the Blue Violin Studio of Michael Laine Hildebrandt with the latter a vibrant, classy reminder of the songwriting prowess of Dave Scott-Morgan and his extended musical family.
elobf Records of the Year 2016: "Sticky Love Songs" (BGO) and "Bubbles" (Morganisation)
Yours Truly KJS would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every visitor and contributor to elobeatlesforever (elobf) during 2016 and to also wish you a Happy, Peaceful, Prosperous if not ELOtastic New Year. See you in 2017 folks?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2016

Friday, 30 December 2016

26th ELOBF GIG GUIDE: Q1 2017

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Winter into Spring 2017 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide #26! Please find a list of selected gigs below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st January and Friday 31st March during Q1 2017 (plus some individual artist links) for you to peruse thus:

Saturday 7th January
ELOquence
Sunnyside Inn, Nuneaton
Free entry
www.facebook.com/ELOQUENCEtribute

Tuesday 10th January
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood-2017/new-victoria-theatre

Thursday 12th January
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood-2017/bristol-hippodrome

Friday 20th January

Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood/princess-theatre-torquay

Friday 27th January

The ELO Encounter
Witham Public Hall, Essex
Tickets: £14.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.withampublichall.co.uk/music.html

Saturday 28th January

Quill
The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £21.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/Quill-2017

Friday 3rd February

ELO Light Years
The Kings Arms Hotel, Abergavenny
Tickets: £10.00 each
www.kingsarmsabergavenny.co.uk/event/elo-light-years-elo-tribute-act

Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band

Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Tickets: £29.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.grovetheatre.co.uk/events/roy-wood

Sunday 5th February
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood/theatre-royal-brighton

Wednesday 8th February

Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood/palace-theatre-manchester

Saturday 11th February
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
New Theatre, Oxford
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood/new-theatre-oxford

Sunday 12th February

Raymond Froggatt
The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £14.00 each [advance] or £16.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4497

Sunday 19th February
Record & CD Fair
The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Admission: £1.00 each
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4587

Wednesday 22nd February

Pete Kent
The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £7.00 each [advance] or £9.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4588

Friday 24th February

The Trevor Burton Band
The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/events

Saturday 25th February
The ELO Experience
The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £24.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/the-elo-experience

Sunday 26th February

Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
King's Theatre, Glasgow
Tickets: £33.65 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood-2017/kings-theatre

Thursday 2nd March
The ELO Experience
New Alexander Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets: £25.90 each [*plus booking fee]
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham

Friday 3rd March
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Tickets: from £20.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.belgrade.co.uk/event/the-big-o-and-the-wilburys-tribute-show

Saturday 4th March
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show
The Regal Cinema, Evesham
Tickets: from £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theregal.ac/event/1107

ELO Again
The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £23.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/ELO-Again

The ELO Encounter

Braintree Arts Theatre, Essex
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.braintreeartstheatre.com/whats-on/march-2017/item/the-elo-encounter

Friday 10th March

10CCLO
The Venue, Selby
Tickets: £8.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/event/10cclo/the-venue/1044352

Saturday 11th March
The ELO Encounter
The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £7.00 each [advance] or £8.00 each [door]
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/1296

Wings Over Abbey Road
Theatre On The Steps, Bridgnorth
Tickets: £13.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk/product/wings-abbey-road

Friday 17th March

The Trembling Wilburys
The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £7.00 each [advance] or £8.00 each [door]
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/977

Sunday 19th March
ELO Light Years
The Half Moon, Putney, London
Tickets: £10.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.musicglue.com/half-moon-putney/events/19-mar-17-elo-light-years

The Trevor Burton Band
The Grapes
Free entry
www.grapesstafford.co.uk/Gig_Diary

Saturday 25th March

Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
The Playhouse, Nottingham
Tickets: £29.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/music/roy-wood

Stand Up & Rock! with Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan
The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Mr. Blue Skye (supporting Hotel Caledonia)
The Ferry, Glasgow
Tickets: £12.50 each [advance] or £14.00 each [door][*plus booking fee]
www.the-ferry.co.uk/theferrywebsite.html

Sunday 26th March
Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band
The Corn Exchange, Exeter
Tickets: £29.50 each [*plus booking fee]
www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/roy-wood-and-his-band

Stand Up & Rock! with Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan
The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Monday 27th March
Stand Up & Rock! with Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan
The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/all-shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Jeff Lynne's ELO: 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 recognisable 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, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in 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.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood: The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2017! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra: Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill: Legendary Midlands Celtic-tinged rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band: Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience: This fantastic Hull based ELO tribute band deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again: This South Wales based ELO tribute act are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO): Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

The Trembling Wilburys: One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show: One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, the Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are either recommended by or have been featured by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) down the years. See you at some of the above gigs for a chat?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-Dec-2016

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

ANOTHER ART BREAKS: IT'S ELO TIME!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The involvement of Jeff Lynne in the "Xanadu" movie soundtrack (JETLX526), on the face of it, yielded more chart success for ELO. The title track, their duet with Olivia Newton-John, gave them their first #1 single in the UK with the OST managing #2 in the album chart and three (3) other ELO singles: "I'm Alive", "All Over The World" and "Don't Walk Away" attaining #20, #11 and #21 respectively yet failing to dent the Top 10. A significant change in direction and style came next with "Time" (JETLP236) in 1981 featuring a streamlined ELO, largely with their trademark strings largely supplanted with a new futuristic synthesised sound. "Time" topped the UK album chart again and gave ELO their final UK Top 10 single "Hold On Tight" with two other singles: "Twilight" and "Ticket To The Moon"/"Here Is The News" making the Top 30 and, more significantly, "The Way Life's Meant To Be" failing to chart at all. The album art for "Time" had an almost kind prophetic of 'Time is running out' theme to it. The well documented reduction of next album "Secret Messages" from an inspired double album (JETDP402) to the 1LP edition (JETLX527) - for dubious reasons - which reached #4 when released in 1983 could well have been 'the straw that broke the camels back' for ELO maestro Jeff Lynne, as he completed his contractual obligations with "Balance Of Power" (EPC26467) in 1986.
The alternate album art for "Secret Messages" ...
Following "Time" and the ensuing world tour came the famed Garden Rehearsals and recording sessions at Jeff's then home which became "Secret Messages". Yet the themes, recording techniques and even imagery of "Time" and "Secret Messages" were much more intertwined than perhaps many realized, back in the day. Even as a 15 year old, listening to "Secret Messages" when it cane out in June '83, I was aware of a progression from "Time", the product of the lyrics and production values from both records. In later years - and the reason that elobf originally came into being -  we learnt of those missing 2LP tracks from "Secret Messages" and even the alternate artwork depicting secret handshakes with ELO watches in prominence.
The familiar album art for "Time" and "Secret Messages" ...
Which brings me to the subject of this article. Yours Truly KJS recently acquired a fascinating and most interesting poster advert for "Time" (see top of article) from Billboard magazine in which similar themes prevail as those for the alternate "Secret Messages" artwork with perhaps a nod as well to the classic Star Trek episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever". For me, the poster begs the question as to whether there may also have been alternate album artwork considered for "Time" too. elobeatlesforever (elobf) hopes that it is something of interest to ELO fans here in Yours Truly 2016 as we "Zoom" into 2017.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-Dec-2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

ELO HALL OF FAME POSER: WHO MIGHT BE THERE?

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The welcome news that the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2017 has sparked speculation amongst fans, media and even the band members themselves as to just who will turn up at the ceremony in Brooklyn on Friday 7th April next year being as (rightly or wrongly) only Bev Bevan, Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy and Roy Wood are cited as band members.

Birmingham Mail @ 22/12/16
Co-founder and drummer Bev Bevan has already given interviews to both The Birmingham Mail and Rolling Stone (here) in which he is clearly delighted to be named as one of the inductees whilst also clearly stating his opinion that Roy Wood should be there too and that a reconciliation might be forged with Jeff Lynne too. Roy has not made a public statement (at the time of writing) as to his intentions, bur it appears that all options are open at present. The view of Yours Truly KJS is that ideally all four ELO personalities should attend and dispense with any longstanding disagreements - and that would tick all the boxes for the fans who have played such a large part in the induction process by voting in their tens of thousands. Having said that, the opinion of elobeatlesforever (elobf) is that Jeff and Richard are the most likely to attend with Roy a distinct possibility too, remembering that his close family resides in the NYC area too. The unknown factor is whether Jeff and Roy will accept the olive branch seemingly being offered by Bev - a possibility if it were brokered by their mutual friend Jasper Carrott.
Wolverhampton's Express & Star newspaper @ 23/12/16: Spot the slight error ...
I've been a fan of ELO, The MoveRoy Wood and the exploits of both core personalities and extended members for almost 40 years, the thought of even a temporary agreement that leads to all four named members being together on the same stage again for a few magical moments would be far more than an Ordinary Dream.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Dec-2016

Thursday, 22 December 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [10]: ROY WOOD ROCKMAS 2016

The Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! After much anticipation, Roy Wood duly rock 'n' rolled his Rockmas 2016 spectacle into Birmingham earlier this week and, with a little help from his friends, delivered another night of musical magic in front of over 2,000 festive fans in the iconic Symphony Hall on the night of Tuesday 20th December. Enjoined again by Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, Chas & Dave and The Enigma Strings, the man who brought us The Move, ELO and, of course, Wizzard, also gave a debut to comedian and classically trained pianist Kev Orkian.
The Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band with The Enigma Strings
As ever, Andy Fairweather Low - with Wizzard saxophonist Nick Pentelow in tow - enthralled the assembled throng with an energised mixture of his own classics including "High In the Sky", "If I Ever Get Lucky", "Bend Me Shape Me", "Wide Eyed And Legless" and "If Paradise (Is Half As Nice)" as well as such inspired covers such as "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", "Tequila", "Peter Gunn", "Apache", "Route 66", "Puttin' On The Style" and, quite aptly, "Blue Christmas".
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
Kev Orkian was a revelation. In fifteen (15) minutes, the Armenian comic won the audience over with some fine Woody tinged comedy, a rendition of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" in CD skip mode and an exploration of what the song "Happy Birthday" would sound like if it were composed by the likes of Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and even Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Very original, very funny and certainly one to watch.
Roy Wood's Birmingham Bagpipe Bonanza ...
When Roy Wood arrives on stage, you sit (or stand) up and take notice. You have a good idea as to the content of the set list yet, in every case, you are taken on a familiar musical journey through what is only a small portion of his published output yet you are left quite refreshed and amazed at the end of the evening as to the sheer legacy of one of the finest all round musicians ever produced by the UK. The man they call Woody is clearly very contented and happy with the Rock 'n' Roll Band who have traversed the country with him on gigging duty for the last three (3) months and in recent years. And it showed with and the brass quartet and rhythm section combining superbly to add a jazz finesse to the songs we all know and love. The hits were all there from The Move and Wizzard alongside the more recent "Kiss Me Goodnight, Boadicea" (soon to be covered by none other than Cheap Trick, hopefully) and "New York City", not forgetting the wonderful sight (and sound) of the bagpipes and marching band who accompanied Roy during "Are You Ready To Rock?"
The Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band with Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave then joined the festivities in a four (4) cameo which included the classy "Ain't No Pleasing You" amongst their more familiar Rockney tunes to liven up the proceedings further before The Enigma Strings octet and Dr. Roy Wood continued the hit fest with my fave moments of the evening, an orchestrated "Flowers In The Rain" and "Blackberry Way" followed by a certain Christmas classic to round off an enjoyable and completely satisfying night whilst "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is once again nestled in the UK Top 30 Singles Midweek Chart and Roy's ELO brainchild is all set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in a few months time. Find out more about Roy's 2017 live dates via this link thus: ROY WOOD: BRINGING IN THE NEW WITH 2017 DATES

The Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band performed: "California Man" ~ "Ball Park Incident" - "Kiss Me Goodnight, Boadicea" ~ "Fire Brigade" ~ "New York City" ~  "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" ~ "Angel Fingers" ~ "R U Ready 2 Rock?" ~ "See My Baby Jive" ~ "Flowers In The Rain" ~ "Blackberry Way" ~ "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Dec-2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

ELO CONFIRMED AS 2017 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A little over an hour ago, the folks at Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame confirmed that ELO will indeed be amongst the 2017 inductees at the ceremony in Spring 2017, after not a little controversy in the fan ballot which ended on Monday 5th December with the Electric Light Orchestra coming in behind Journey in the hotly contested online poll.

The class of 2017 will also feature Joan Baez, Journey, Yes, Pearl Jam and Tupac with Nile Rodgers receiving the Award For Musical Excellence. The event will take place at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday 7th April 2017. An edited version of the induction ceremony will be broadcast via HBO with a simultaneous radio broadcast on SiriusXM.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) wish to congratulate Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and, of course, ELO upon their RRHOF induction award. It will be most interesting to see who turns up at the ceremony on the day ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Dec-2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [5]: EXPLOSIVE LIGHT ORCHESTRA [ExpLO]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A fair few things have happened in the 19 months since Yours Truly KJS last attended an Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO] gig. In that "Time", elobeatlesforever (elobf) has nudged over 1.3 million views and the South Wales based band have expanded (or even exploded) into an octet replete with string section for the larger venues in which they are now performing. Their final date of a successful 2016 just happened to be just down the road in Birmingham - the home town, of course, of ELO - on the night of Saturday 17th December at The Second City Bar and Lounge.

And the 20 mile trip to Kingstanding, just 7 miles from Shard End, was more than worth it as the band I affectionately term ExpLO delivered a polished and accurate reproduction of ELO's hits all the way from "10538 Overture" through to "When I Was A Boy". A packed house of Brummies rocked and rolled the night away as the string section blended beautifully with the rhythm section, augmented by the wonderful keyboards of Sarah Fowler. Wigs have been ditched in favour of the natural and ExpLO have matured greatly since they were last reviewed by elobeatlesforever (elobf).
Confidence oozed from Robin Myles as he delivered the vocals of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne. I was also struck by the bands tightness as a unit. Drummer Dave Purkiss' skill and attention to detail was top notch, as were the bass playing and vocals of Aidan Thorne. Of particular note had to be the guitar prowess of Jason Ball - who provided not only vocals (particularly the intro to "Rockaria!") but also a goodly banter with the assembled audience with a much more prominent presence. Violinist Xenia Porteous played beautifully, her almost permanent smile charming many. Although a little hidden from full view, cellists Jimmy Ottley and Abi Blackman were a vital element in their impressive and cohesive sound. Fave songs on the night were: "10538 Overture", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Strange Magic", "Ma Ma Ma Belle" and "When I Was A Boy" but the rest weren't 'arf bad either! Without a doubt, ExpLO are now ready to advance to bigger stages whilst adding their unique flavour to a now healthy pool of ELO tribute bands. Their debut at The Robin 2 next Spring on Saturday 6th May is certainly one to pencil in your gig diary.
ExpLO performed: "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
Photograph courtesy of Dave Purkiss/Explosive Light Orchestra
Explosive Light Orchestra are: Robin Myles [Guitar/Lead vocals], Aidan Thorne [Bass/vocals], Jason Ball [Guitars/vocals], Dave Purkiss [Drums], Sarah Fowler [Keyboards/vocals], Xenia Porteous [Violin], Jimmy Ottley [Cello], Abi Blackman [Cello] and Josh Moon [Sound].

You can find out more about ExpLO and their 2017 tour dates via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO] 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 artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Dec-2016

Sunday, 18 December 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: MIKE & SUZI SHERIDAN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The return trip to the homely and friendly Wootton Wawen Social Club in somewhat foggy Warwickshire to see Mike Sheridan perform a festive tinged set of tunes alongside wife Suzi was well worth the repeat 45 mile drive for elobeatlesforever (elobf) and Yours Truly KJS on Friday night (16th December) as the 'Brum Beat' legend produced another entertaining evening of cracking music and comic banter.

Mike & Suzi Sheridan proved again that they remain the most talented of double acts in the way that they combined a well chosen set of 25 songs, including not a few festive faves, with some truly funny moments of wedded wordplay including a clever new version of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" with slightly different lyrics that many married folks might agree with, perhaps in silent approval! Suzi's renditions of "Since I Don't Have You" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" were classy whilst Mike rolled out a a nice version of Steve Gibbons' "Tulane", the Roy Wood penned Wizzard classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" and old pal Jeff Lynne's UK #3 hit single with ELO: "Don't Bring Me Down".

I've now missed The Sheridans take on "When I Was A Boy" on a couple of occasions and sincerely hope that I'm third "Time" lucky when Mike & Suzi Sheridan next return to Wootton Wawen Social Club on Friday 20th January 2017. See you there?
Find out more about Mike Sheridan via his official web site thus: www.mikesheridan.org.uk

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Mike 'n' Suzi Sheridan 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 artistes. Go see 'em!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Dec-2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

REVIEW: LIFE'S A TRAP [Baby Scream]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With eight (8) tracks and a running time of just over twenty (20) minutes, you'd be forgiven for terming the latest offering from regular elobf reviewee Juan Pablo Mazzolo and his Baby Scream vehicle - temptingly entitled "Life's A Trap" - as a mini-LP or even an extended EP. Yet this, the sixteenth (16th) release in the career of this prolific Argentinian singer/songwriter and performer, manages to reach new heights in its apparent brevity.

"I'm 35 and I feel lost ..."

Within the confines of this compact octet of self penned songs that we are exposed to an array of lyrical gymnastics mixed with acoustic excellence in a release which balances the philosophical with personal angst within a framework of catchy tunes and impressive production. As you listen to "Life's A Trap" for the second, third and fourth time (and thereafter), you feel the influence of Bowie, Lennon and Bolan and even our beloved Jeff Lynne/ELO (as the intricate arrangements within my fave track "Climbing Down" ably demonstrate) throughout what is a quite remarkable, compact and precise piece of work. A lovely record and well worth the $7 asking price. (9/10)

"Life's A Trap" by Baby Scream comprises: "Life's Better When U R High" [3:02] ~ "The Ballad Of Music Biz" [2:58] ~ "Climbing Down" [2:04] ~ "We Can't Go Back To 17" [3:01] ~ "Wish You Were Beer" [3:15] ~ "Jokes" [1:49] ~ "The Road Bends" [2:41] ~ "Midnight Snack" [1:41]

Find out more about Baby Scream and/or buy new album "Life's A Trap" via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Life's A Trap" by Baby Scream to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Dec-2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

RECOMMENDED: ON A PLANE [Morganisation]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of my fave albums of 2016 is "Bubbles" - the debut studio album by ex-ELO man Dave Scott-Morgan's quality quintet Morganisation (reviewed here by elobf). My fave track on "Bubbles" has to be "On A Plane", a track that is sure to appeal to fans of ELO/Jeff Lynne and more than worthy of a further recommendation by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). A new accompanying music video was released on Monday 12th December and is well worth a watch/listen thus:

REVIEW: BUBBLES [Morganisation]

You can find out more about Morganisation via their official web site and/or purchase their new album "Bubbles" (in download format only) via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "On A Plane" and "Bubbles" by Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Dec-2016

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

HEADING FOR THE LIGHT: UK DATES BECKON FOR WILBURY TRIO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The recent announcements that both Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Bob Dylan will be performing live as well as, of course, Jeff Lynne's ELO in the UK next Summer means that there will be a unique opportunity for fans to see and hear the three remaining members of The Traveling Wilburys up close and personal over three (3) months in 2017.

With those Jeff Lynne's ELO dates at Sheffield Arena on Wednesday 21st June and at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 24th June already set in stone (and practically sold out) plus two (2) newly announced dates at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on Wednesday 28th June and at Hull's KCOM Stadium on Saturday 1st July, Bob Dylan and his band will also be playing six (6) dates in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and London between Wednesday 3rd May and Tuesday 9th May whilst Tom Petty - ably supported by Stevie Nicks - will headline the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park event on Sunday 9th July in only his second UK date in eighteen (18) years with tickets going on general sale from Friday 16th December at 9:00AM. There is also now the intriguing possibility that TP or even Bob could turn up on a British stage with Jeff next year ...

You can find out more about these significant concerts and/or buy tickets via these links thus:

Wednesday 3rd May
Bob Dylan @ The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tickets from £55.00 each (*plus booking fee)
motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk/whats-on/bob-dylan-and-his-band

Thursday 4th May
Bob Dylan @ Bournemouth International Arena
Tickets from £55.75 each (*plus booking fee)
www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/bob-dylan-2017

Friday 5th May

Bob Dylan @ The Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Tickets from £61.60 each (*plus booking fee)
motorpointarenanottingham.com/whats-on/bob-dylan-and-his-band

Sunday 7th May

Bob Dylan @ SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Tickets from £45.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/bob-dylan-and-his-band-glasgow-07-05-2017

Monday 8th May
Bob Dylan @ The Echo Arena, Liverpool
Tickets from £61.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.echoarena.com/whats-on/bob-dylan

Tuesday 9th May
Bob Dylan @ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
Tickets from £65.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/bob-dylan

Wednesday 21st June

Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The Sheffield Arena
Tickets from £55.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

Saturday 24th June
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Wembley Stadium, London
Tickets from £35.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

Wednesday 28th June
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
Tickets from £50.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

Saturday 1st July
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The KCOM Stadium, Hull
Tickets from £35.00 each (*plus booking fee)
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/jeff-lynnes-elo-tickets

Sunday 9th July
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Hyde Park, London
Tickets from £65.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/9th-july-tom-petty-the-heartbreakers

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Tom Petty and Bob Dylan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. Will you be there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-Dec-2016