|Photograph taken at Toronto, Saturday 18th May 2018 (courtesy of Allison Morris)|
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 ...|