Monday, 21 May 2018

Caught Live (7): Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Robin 19/05/18

Robin Myles and his Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) have come a long way since Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) first saw them perform live in Birmingham almost four years ago. Hence, judging by their powerful and inspired showing at The Robin 2 in nearby Bilston on Saturday 19th May and the audience reaction, the South Wales based outfit are going from strength to strength whilst building a reputation for accurately delivering the Jeff Lynne (*and Chuck Berry) penned Electric Light Orchestra songs we all know and love.

This incendiary (mostly) Welsh octet do a wonderful job in tackling the wide range of ELO tunes from disco to orchestral rock and back. Whether it's the diving strings of "10538 Overture", the operatic highs of "Rockaria!", the sheer beauty of "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" or the magnificence of "Mr. Blue Sky", the band that I've affectionately dubbed the name ExpLO do the ELO genre great justice. This time around, the slower paced Lynne gems of "Strange Magic", "Steppin' Out", the aforementioned "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Telephone Line" caught my attention a little more. Having said that, "Turn To Stone" and "10538 Overture" always manage to bring a smile to my face too!
ExpLO meets elobf: Robin Myles with KJS ...
We are promised some surprises in a revised ExpLO set list soon but while we await some new ELO tunes, elobf continues to heartily endorse the Explosive Light Orchestra and (if you are so able) suggests that you go see 'em!

ExpLO performed: "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Steppin' Out" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "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"
Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) are: Jimmy OttleyXenia PorteousMel SadieJason BallRobin MylesAidan ThorneSarah Fowler and Dave Purkiss
Find out more about ExpLO and their 2018 tour dates via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) 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 ... 21-May-2018

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