Friday, 21 September 2018

elobeatlesforever (elobf) Gig Guide #33: Q4 2018

Autumn into Winter (Q4) 2018 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published! This is our 33rd and (hopefully) you will find the roster of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Monday 1st October and Monday 31st December (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Wednesday 3rd October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Friday 5th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Manchester Arena
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Saturday 6th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Manchester Arena
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Tuesday 9th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Tickets: from £90 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Wednesday 10th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Arena Birmingham (NIA)
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Thursday 11th October
Morganisation @ Royal Suite, The Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath, Birmingham
Tickets: £18.18 each (*plus booking fee)
www.davescottmorgan.com/events/2018-10-11/morganisation

Friday 12th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Arena Birmingham (NIA)
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

The ELO Experience @ The Regal Cinema, Evesham
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)
theregal.ac/showing/9841/book

The Black Country Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10 each (advance) or £12 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5475

Saturday 13th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Arena Birmingham (NIA)
Tickets: from £50 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Monday 15th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ First Direct Arena, Leeds
Tickets: from £80 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Wednesday 17th October

Thursday 18th October

Friday 19th October
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
feathersinn.co.uk/events/2018-10

Saturday 20th October
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Stratford Playhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)
stratfordplay.co.uk/product/roy-wood-and-his-10-piece-band

Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The O2, London
Tickets: from £65 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Sunday 21st October

Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Entry: £1 each
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5284

Tuesday 23rd October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The Echo Arena, Liverpool
*** SOLD OUT ***
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Thursday 25th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ 3Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
*** SOLD OUT ***
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Friday 26th October
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
*** SOLD OUT ***
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/11/jeff-lynnes-elo-2018-world-tour-ticket.html

Saturday 27th October
The ELO Experience @ The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £23 each (*plus booking fee)
boxoffice.wlct.org/select_seats.aspx?perfid=1135

Thursday 1st November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/on-stage/roy-wood-rock-and-roll-band

Friday 2nd November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Tickets: from £32 each (*plus booking fee)
orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-dartford-2018

The Born Again Beatles @ Penn Bowling Club, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £6 each (advance) or £7 each (door)
www.facebook.com/events/227511741454270

Friday 9th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Tickets: £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.marinatheatre.co.uk/production/roy-woods-rock-roll-band

Quill ft. Bev Bevan @ Kiddeminster Town Hall
Tickets: from £14 each (*plus booking fee)
www.seetickets.com/event/quill-feat-bev-bevan/kidderminster-town-hall-kidderminster/1261714

Saturday 10th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Peterborough Theatre, Peterborough
Tickets: £TBA each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 11th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
Tickets: £33.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre/events/event/1137/roy_wood_rock_and_roll_band

Wednesday 14th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Tickets: £34.25 each (*including booking fee)
www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/whats-on/roy-wood-rock-roll-band

Thursday 15th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.pyramidparrhall.com/whats-on/event/roy-wood-rock-roll-band-red-e-2-rock-tour

Friday 16th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.eventim.co.uk/roy-wood-his-band-whitley-bay-tickets.html

The ELO Experience @ The Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove

Saturday 17th November
The ELO Experience @ The Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove

Tuesday 20th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/roy-wood-rock-roll-band-at-christmas

Thursday 22nd November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury
Tickets: from £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk/index.php?page=1883

Friday 23rd November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/event/roywood

Saturday 24th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fee)
www.fernehamhall.co.uk/whats-on/music/roy-wood-rocknroll-band

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond Rock Club, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7 each (advance) or £8.50 each (door)
thediamonduk.com/gigs

Tuesday 27th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: from £31 each (*plus booking fee)
crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-and-his-rock-and-roll-band-crewe-2018

Wednesday 28th November
Magnum @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £23.50 each (advance) or £25.50 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5369

Friday 30th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
www.grandpavilion.co.uk/events/3583-Roy-Wood-Rock-and-Roll-Band

The Trevorless Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
erndor50.co.uk/Gigs.html

Sunday 2nd December
Rockmas 2018 @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Raymond Froggatt @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £14 each (advance) or £16 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5205

The Trembling Wilburys @ The Half Moon, Putney, London
Tickets: £10 each (advance) or £12 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
tickets.halfmoon.co.uk/events/2018-12-02-the-trembling-wilburys-half-moon-putney

Tuesday 4th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Grand Opera House, York
Tickets: from £22 each (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/roy-wood/grand-opera-house-york

Wednesday 5th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Middlesbrough Town Hall
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk/shows/roy-wood-rock-roll-band

Friday 7th December
ELO Again @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £16 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5252

Monday 10th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Tickets: £28 each (*plus booking fee)
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth/Show/roy-wood-rock-roll-christmas-show

Thursday 13th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Hull City Hall, Kingston-upon-Hull
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.hulltheatres.co.uk/events/roy-wood-rock-and-roll-band

Friday 14th December
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Flowerpot, Derby
Tickets: £14 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ticketline.co.uk/order/tickets/13333180/explosive-light-orchestra-derby-the-flowerpot

Saturday 15th December
Quill ft. Bev Bevan @ Admaston Village Hall, Rugeley
Tickets: £20 each
from The Greyhound, Colton or Manda on (07876) 975960 or joyofquill@aol.com

Thursday 20th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
www.wegottickets.com/event/437333

Friday 21st December
Kingdom of Madness: Classic Magnum @ Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)
www.newhamptonarts.co.uk/kingdom-of-madness-classic-magnum-grand-slam

Monday 24th December
The Upbeat Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £13 each (advance) or £15 each (door) (*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5221

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 at: 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 2018! 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 Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and Joanna Bates in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found 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 Based in Hull, The ELO Experience 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 Based in South Wales, ELO Again 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 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 ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Dacre Peck. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

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

The Traveling Wilburys Experience One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Sep-2018

Monday, 17 September 2018

Roy Wood: Rockmas Reminder + 2018 Tour

Roy Wood sprang into social media life on Friday to confirm both the special guests for his annual Rockmas event at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sunday 2nd December and also the full roster of twenty one (21) dates between Saturday 20th October and Thursday 20th December for this years Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band Winter Tour, which for the first time in eons will not be calling in at The Robin 2 this year. Yours Truly KJS still hopes that Woody might sneak one in.

Rockmas 2018 sees a mixture of the old and the new in terms of guests with Galleon Blast and Mark Radcliffe, comedian Mick Miller and The Enigma Strings returning to join acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe and legendary Level 42 bassist Mark King on the bill in what promises to be another hugely enjoyable evening. Further details and ticket info can be found within these previous elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles thus:

Roy Wood: Rockmas 2018 Revealed + Tickets
Roy Wood: On The Road Again in 2018

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends the Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band 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 ... 17-Sep-2018

Friday, 14 September 2018

Review: Egypt Station (Paul McCartney)

It's been five long years since Paul McCartney unleashed his previous "New" album back in 2013 and over three years since Yours Truly KJS was fortunate enough to be one of the 15,800 fans in attendance in Birmingham during his "Out There" tour in May 2015. A review of Paul's new studio album "Egypt Station" is therefore in order following its release last week.

With the deluxe edition boasting two extra trax taking it to a duration of over an hour, "Egypt Station" has plenty of opportunities for this Beatle to try his hand at a plethora of styles and, lyrically, take the listener on a journey from the autobiographical to the anthemic beneath his revived ancient Egyptian album art. McCartney can write a tune (as we all know) but what strikes me about this record is that it goes all over the place musically speaking from the commercial aspect of "Fuh You" to the soul bearing "Confidante". With up to eighteen songs present, some might say there are some weaker efforts in amongst the pearls but this writer sees "Egypt Station" as something with a greater whole.

This is perhaps the only album that I've reviewed for elobeatlesforever (elobf) that retains its integrity even when I select random play on my CD deck! "Egypt Station" demonstrates that Macca still has it, even at 76 years of age. His voice holds up well and there are some fab songs to be found here, some guitar and some piano led. "Happy With You", "I Don't Know" (the lead single), "People Want Peace", "Do It Now", "Hand In Hand", "Dominoes", "Get Started" ... the list goes on. Without a doubt, the two longest trax are those that impress most. Three part medley "Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link" sees McCartney in eclectic form (some nice guitar work within) and is great fun with the album highlight "Despite Repeated Warnings" almost entering prog territory with its foreboding storyline and changes in tempo. "Egypt Station" does grow on you after every play and is a pleasure to run the rule over. If this particular ELO/Jeff Lynne fan likes it from a semi-neutral standpoint, then you quite possibly could do too. ★★

"Egypt Station" trax: [1] "Opening Station" (0:42); [2] "I Don't Know" (4:27); [3] "Come On To Me" (4:11); [4] "Happy With You" (3:34); [5] "Who Cares" (3:13); [6] "Fuh You" (3:24); [7] "Confidante" (3:05); [8] "People Want Peace" (2:59); [9] "Hand In Hand" (2:35); [10] "Dominoes" (5:02); [11] "Back In Brazil" (3:21); [12] "Do It Now" (3:17); [13] "Caesar Rock" (3:29); [14] "Despite Repeated Warnings" (6:58); [15] "Station II" (0:47); [16] "Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link" [6:23); [17] "Get Started" (Deluxe/Bonus) (3:41); [18] "Nothing For Free" (Deluxe/Bonus) (3:15)

Find out more about "Egypt Station" by Paul McCartney via this link thus:


Replay: CAUGHT LIVE: PAUL McCARTNEY @ BIRMINGHAM 27/05/15

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Egypt Station" by Paul McCartney 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 ... 14-Sep-2018

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Review: This Is The One (P. Hux)

Mention the name Parthenon Huxley or P. Hux to folks in the ELO (and related artists) community and not a few will identify him as the lead guitarist and vocalist with The Orchestra Starring Former Members. Yet Hux has many strings to his bow, if you'll excuse the pun, with a wealth of quality albums of his own behind him including the acclaimed "Homemade Spaceship" and "Kiss The Monster", not forgetting he contributed the excellent ELOesque anthem "Jewel & Johnny" to The Orchestra's only studio outing to date, 2001's "No Rewind".

Cue "This Is The One" (nine 18 Recordings), the new album from P. Hux released last month, a thoroughly enjoyable eleven (11) song outing demonstrating not only some top class songwriting but also "recorded in living stereo" with a tight band giving it a organic, atmospheric feel. Whilst there are deft violins and cellos in here that fans of the ELO sound will surely appreciate, this is most certainly a record that comes under the Power Pop banner with nods to The Cars ("Just Sayin'"), America ("Off We Go")The Beatles ("Inside Your Shoes") and Tom Petty ("Song For James" ) amongst not a few others.

There's a guest appearance here too from fellow Orchestrator Gordon Townsend for good measure with core band members Ricky Wise (Drums/vox), David Phenicie (Bass/vox) and Dan Clarke (Keys) ensuring that this impressive long player hits the right notes and strikes a chord with the listener. KJS fave: "Off We Go" ★★

"This Is The One" trax: [1] "This Is The One" (2:44); [2] "Song For James" (3:16); [3] "September Clouds" (3:17); [4] "Just Sayin'" (3:37); [5] "Running Home To You" (3:29); [6] "Off We Go" (5:27); [7] "Inside Your Shoes" (2:34); [8] "That's When I Know" (3:02); [9] "Real Tough Day" (2:56); [10] "Honey Sweet Baby" (3:26); [11] "Sleeping With A Friend" (5:17)

"This Is The One" by P. Hux can presently be ordered via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "This Is The One" by P. Hux 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 ... 11-Sep-2018

Friday, 7 September 2018

BrumBeat Bulletin (3)

With major tours by ELO co-founders Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood soon to hit not only UK shores but also "Down Home Town" in their beloved Birmingham, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought that it was "Time" for our third BrumBeat Bulletin especially when considering that former Idle Race drummer Roger 'Ollie' Spencer is also out and about and Dave Scott-Morgan has just announced a quickfire local date for his Morganisation troupe to coincide with the forthcoming three night Arena Birmingham (NIA) residency by Jeff Lynne's ELO.

Roger Spencer will be calling into Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre next week (Tuesday 11th September) and a number of other Midlands venues thereafter with Brian Yeates' touring show A Black Country Night Out. More details here:

yeatesentertainment.co.uk/a-black-country-night-out/422
www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-black-country-night-out

After not a few fan enquiries, Dave Scott-Morgan's Morganisation have arranged a date on Thursday 11th October in the Royal Suite at The Oak Hotel in Hockley Heath, Birmingham when Jeff Lynne's ELO just happen to be between gigs. Tickets are priced at £20 each and can be purchased from Alan Smith via email at: info@grimmdo.co.uk or here:

www.davescottmorgan.com/events/2018-10-11/morganisation
shoutout.wix.com/so/b7MMkNIgd#/main

It goes without saying that Jeff Lynne's ELO and the Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band will soon be playing at various venues throughout the UK. More details here if you haven't got tickets yet:

Jeff Lynne's ELO: 2018 World Tour & Ticket Overview
Roy Wood: On The Road Again in 2018

And don't forget that Quill and Bev Bevan are also at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester on Saturday 29th September too! More details here: www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453061084

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Sep-2018

Monday, 3 September 2018

Compilation Corner: The Best Of ELO

ELO fans were in for something of a surprise in 1981 when a compilation initially only intended as a mail order release started to appear in the shelves of local record shops. That was the case when the 2LP collection "The Best Of ELO" (Tellydisc; TELLY7) turned up at HMV in Wolverhampton and Yours Truly KJS was quick to snap it up. Two years earlier, Jet Records had released "ELO's Greatest Hits" (JETLX525) following in the wake of the amazing chart topping success of "Discovery" (JETLX500) and it's four Top 10 singles. It stalled at #7 probably because it it included none of the aforementioned "Discovery" singles within its eleven (11) tracks.

But "The Best Of ELO" was different because in covering the years 1974-79, it included all five (5) "Discovery" singles as well as "Eldorado Overture", "Do Ya" (a single in the States), "Tightrope", "Steppin' Out" and "Shangri-La" alongside all the UK singles taken from "Out Of The Blue" and "A New World Record". Indeed, there was no "Showdown", "Ma Ma Ma Belle" or any eighties representation ("Xanadu" or "Time") here but coupled with the appealing roster of twenty (20) songs was an attractive front sleeve with the ELO logo on a black background and an inner gatefold that included a nice biography and a classy photos of the Magnificent Seven.

See also: Compilation Corner: Ticket To The Moon

This was a two record set hard to resist and something of a departure being as it intermingled so many album tracks with so many hits. "The Best Of ELO" remains one of my fave ELO career overviews to this day, reminding us all that the Electric Light Orchestra were a band with a huge hit pedigree at their commercial peak. And they still are.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Sep-2018

Friday, 31 August 2018

Recommended: Not Just An Alcoholic (Steven and Clare Midgley)

Back in the days when elobeatlesforever (elobf) was in its early stages and Yours Truly KJS was new to Facebook, I struck up a friendship with a talented musician and huge fan of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) by the name of Steve Midgley (even covering "Sweet Talkin' Woman"). This continued up until his untimely passing in September 2011 and since then I've kept in touch with his mother Clare and featured some of her work in Steve's memory. Clare Midgley has written and published a book entitled "Not Just An Alcoholic" on the subject of her son and his condition and elobf would like to draw your attention to it. Here's an overview of the book:

Description: This story is true as far as memory allows and illustrates the difficulties one family contended with in a bid to live well with a mental health illness. Steven is an intelligent and unique boy who grows into an anxious teenager and a mentally distressed man. The many labels given to him - Aspergers, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar, Personality Disorder and ‘just an alcoholic’, illustrate the battle for consistent effective and holistic care. His story is written with candour and black humour. The suicide attempts, the hospital stay where he is handcuffed to the bed, the disappearances - he relates his descent into mental illness and alcoholism. He tells of his interactions with mental health professionals who couldn’t seem to engage with him or earn his trust. Twice married, he finally returns to his parents for his last chance at a life without fear or alcohol. He tells of his love for his many friends and his passion for music making. In between, he describes the difficulties of living with a wife who was determined to suck him dry, emotionally and financially. His mother has taken up his story and ‘filled in the gaps’ that his disturbed mind either forgot or deemed unimportant. Finally, it is a Mother’s story about grief, loss and wasted potential and the battle to find the best mental health care and support in an impoverished NHS. 

About the Author: My experience with mental health illness and distress is gathered from both personal and professional experience. I have spent more than 20 years working with distressed individuals as a private therapist using Bach Flower Remedies and Clinical Hypnotherapy. My breadth of experience comes from supporting my son Steven. From the age of 11, he suffered from mental distress and my knowledge was gained during the time my husband and I looked after him until his death at 31. The many labels applied to Steven provoked me into learning more about each named condition.

Find out more and/or order "Not Just An Alcoholic" via these links thus:

Previous elobf articles featuring Steve Midgley include:
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Not Just An Alcoholic" by Steven and Clare Midgley to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Aug-2018

Monday, 27 August 2018

Jeff Lynne's ELO: North American Tour Thoughts

Photograph taken at Toronto, Saturday 18th May 2018 (courtesy of Allison Morris)
Without a doubt, the positive reaction of concertgoers and the media alike is that the dozen or so dates just completed by Jeff Lynne's ELO in the United States and "Across The Border" in Canada is a testimony to a series of gigs that will live long in the memory of those who were there and, indeed, looked forward to them for the best part of 35 years. Whether they be personal friends or the very many members of the various ELO/Jeff Lynne Facebook fan groups, everyone has enthused about seeing the Electric Light Orchestra maestro stroll through a portion of his songbook aided and abetted by Musical Director Mike Stevens and a now familiar, flawless band that did every song justice in the live environment.

In terms of the songs performed on the North American leg of this tour, the set list settled very quickly into a nineteen (19) song roster although Oakland were treated to twenty due to the initial inclusion of "Xanadu", which was only given one other outing at Toronto in place of "Rockaria!" due to the absence of vocalist Melanie Lewis-McDonald at that gig. The full span of ELO was covered from "10538 Overture" to "When I Was A Boy" with "Handle With Care" included again for a nice Wilburys cameo. With the next phase of the tour beckoning, it will be interesting to see if there are changes to the set list for fans on this side of the pond. On a personal level (and this is not a criticism), Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) would like to see the likes of "Hold On Tight" or "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" or even "Calling America" and/or a song from the promised new album in there if not the return of "Ma Ma Ma Belle" but in all honesty we should all just be content to see Jeff and his band touring and delivering these great songs to ardent and casual fans alike. With both Jeff Lynne and co-ELO founder Roy Wood now gigging fairly regularly in the UK, we should appreciate them and enjoy the experience. What we also know is that the current ELO formula works and what has thrilled American and Canadian audiences alike will be here soon!
Tour Montage: Twelve North American EJLO selfies ...
Next up are those nine dates in Europe during September before Jeff Lynne's ELO return to the British Isles to complete the tour in October. Tickets may still be be available via these links thus:

Wednesday 12th September: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
Friday 14th September: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Sunday 16th September: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday 18th September: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 19th September: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
Friday 21st September: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Sunday 23rd September: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
Tuesday 25th September: SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany
Thursday 27th September: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunday 30th September: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England
Wednesday 3rd October: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
Friday 5th October: Manchester Arena, England
Saturday 6th October: Manchester Arena, England
Wednesday 10th October: Arena Birmingham (NIA), England
Friday 12th October: Arena Birmingham (NIA), England
Saturday 13th October: Arena Birmingham (NIA), England
Monday 15th October: First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
Wednesday 17th October: The O2, London, England
Thursday 18th October: The O2, London, England
Saturday 20th October: The O2, London, England
Sunday 21st October: The O2, London, England
Tuesday 23rd October: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Thursday 25th October: 3Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO Live 2018 to those enlightened folks who love Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-Aug-2018

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Time After Time: Turn To Stone

Every fan of every singer and/or group and/or artiste has a pivotal track (not necessarily their fave) that is special to them and it's no different with Yours Truly KJS. And if there is one track that has kept popping up since my interest in all things Electric Light Orchestra was sparked in Autumn 1977, then it has to be "Turn To Stone".  Ever since my brother Bob played side one of his copy of  "Out Of The Blue" to me, "Turn To Stone" has been there. TTS was the first record that I ever bought (Jet/UA #UP36313) and the first ELO song that I heard performed live (by ELO Part II).

"Turn To Stone" (which peaked at #18 in the UK Singles Chart in December) has also been one of the most frequent subjects here on elobeatlesforever (elobf) too with our coverage of the seemingly cancelled reissue (Jet/CBS #SJET103), the ultra-rare solid centre original issue and even Fragile X's 2011 cover, not forgetting that TTS was also the first track from "Wembley Or Bust" to be released too. I even came across an intact jukebox last year with "Turn To Stone" still listed alongside "Mister Kingdom"! It's still a track that I love to hear live, be it by Jeff Lynne's ELO or by the growing number of excellent ELO tribute bands. "Turn To Stone" has indeed been the subject of many elobf articles down the years (as has, of course, "Beatles Forever") hence the above montage and this roster of articles for you to peruse thus:


Is there an ELO song that follows you around too as "Turn To Stone" does this writer? It may not be your fave but it just keeps showing up "Time After Time" ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Aug-2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Recommended: elobf 10th Birthday Bash with Explosive Light Orchestra

Regular readers of and visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) might be aware that elobf will be ten (10) years old on Saturday 2nd February (Groundhog Day!) next year. Yours Truly KJS has been thinking on ways to celebrate our 10th birthday and, thanx to Mike Hamblett at The Robin 2 and Robin Myles of Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO), we will be celebrating (somewhat belatedly) the occasion on Saturday 25th May 2019 when ExpLO arrive at the Bilston venue.

What better way to hear the music of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) performed live, fill the venue to capacity on a Bank Holiday weekend and also (hopefully) give this writer the opportunity to thank folks personally for their support over the last decade. There may be the odd surprise on the night! Tickets are priced at £15 each in advance or £16 each on the door (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) and The Robin 2 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Aug-2018

Saturday, 18 August 2018

All Change for Brum Rocks Live 2019

Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) may recall that earlier this year in March, Yours Truly KJS revealed that the acclaimed Brum Rocks Live show was to return to local theatres in Autumn 2018. Ashley Yeates over at Yeates Entertainment has confirmed several changes to the production both in terms of timing and personnel with a new series of dates starting to appear in Spring 2019 with this noteworthy show now featuring Ricky Cool & The In Crowd and The 3 Sixties alongside The Move co-founder Trevor Burton and Brummie legend Danny King. Four gigs are confirmed at the time of writing with additional shows likely. In the meantime, here are those dates for you to peruse and/or buy tickets thus:

Saturday 30th March 2019
Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 24th April 2019
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £19.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/brum-rocks-live/bgGenre1

Thursday 25th April 2019
Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 26th April 2019
The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Brum Rocks Live 2019 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Aug-2018

Friday, 17 August 2018

Recommended: Original Album Classics: Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne

As suggested by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) previously in this February 2018 article, ELO maestro Jeff Lynne has cemented his return to the Sony Legacy fold from Frontiers with a new 5CD release in the Original Album Classics series next month featuring "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom", "Long Wave", "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Electric Light Orchestra Live", following on from their digital debut earlier this year.

Release date (according to amazon.co.uk) is Friday 14th September (just a week before their first 7" singles boxed setand pre-orders can be placed via these links thus:

An elobf selection of previous ELO multi-CD releases betwixt 1990-2016 ...
Fans and collectors now await the release of a boxed CD set covering ELO's studio albums from 1980-1986 to partner the 2016 edition covering the years 1973-1977 (above left) ...

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne: Original Album Classics 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 ... 17-Aug-2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Quite a few interesting happenings occurred in the elobeatlesforever (elobf) whilst Yours Truly KJS was out of the country recently and one of those was the entry of ELO's 2LP "Secret Messages" reissue in the Official UK Vinyl Albums Chart at a respectable #7 on Friday 10th August after peaking at #49 in the Official Midweek Album Chart four days earlier (based on decent pre-order numbers). Whilst it's pleasing to see "Secret Messages" return to the chart as a vinyl only release, one can only wonder whether the inclusion of "Beatles Forever" and/or a CD issue would have also elevated it not only in the vinyl chart but also helped it return to the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart a little over 35 years after its original 1LP launch back on Monday 6th June 1983 ...


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Secret Messages" by Electric Light Orchestra 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 ... 16-Aug-2018