Thursday, 31 July 2014

RECOMMENDED: 21 TODAY: JUSTICE 4 FOR THE 21 CONCERT

Julie Hambleton [L] lost her sister Maxine in the atrocity and has been ably supported by Phil Hatton [R]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A very special concert has just been announced in memory of the twenty one [21] victims of the Birmingham pub bombings on Thursday 21st November 1974. 21 TODAY: JUSTICE 4 THE 21 has been organised by campaign group Justice 4 The 21 and will be held on the eve of the fortieth [40th] anniversary of the outrage on Thursday 20th November 2014 at Birmingham Town Hall.
Steve Gibbons, QuillPhil Hatton, former ELO musicians Dave Scott-Morgan and Martin Smith, Dave Pegg [of Fairport Convention], Zero Navigator [featuring author R J Ellory], King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys [amongst not a few others] plus classical musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire will perform during the event, which will be by respected Midlands historian Carl Chinn.
A song written by Phil Hatton and Dave Scott-Morgan called "21 Today" will be performed live for the first time during the evening. It can be viewed via this Birmingham Mail article covering the event. All artistes and personalities will be appearing free of charge with the proceeds split between the Acorns Trust and Birmingham Children's Hospital. Tickets are priced at just £12.50 each [*plus booking fee] and go on sale from 10:00AM on Friday 1st August via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] continues to endorse Justice 4 The 21 and recommends the 21 Today event on Thursday 20th November 2014 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. For further information, please visit the J4T21 official web site.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-July-2014

PUGWASH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + 2014 US TOUR

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Legendary Los Angeles based label Omnivore Recordings released news of an exciting new Pugwash compilation yesterday [30th July 2014] and also confirmed that the acclaimed Irish quartet would soon be embarking on their maiden US tour later this year via this You Tube video.

"A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History Of Pugwash" has been pencilled in for release on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 and will include seventeen [17] tracks personally chosen by heavily influenced ELO + Jeff Lynne founding member Thomas Walsh from their "Almond Tea" debut all the way through to latest studio album "The Olympus Sound".

Gig dates for the 2014 Pugwash US tour will be announced in the near future. "A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds" can now be ordered diectly from Omnivore Recordings. The CD is priced at $16.98 [plus P+P] with the download priced at $9.99 and both can be pre-ordered via this link thus:

www.omnivorerecordings.com/music/a-rose-in-a-garden-of-weeds-a-preamble-through-the-history-of-pugwash

Check out what Pugwash are presently up to via their excellent Facebook page thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-July-2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ELO AGAIN ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR & 2015 ELO CRUISE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Again have just made the dual announcement of both a twenty [20] date Autumn 2014 UK tour as well as a weekend mini-cruise featuring the band in June 2015. The tour will be their most extensive yet with a nice spread of dates in England, Scotland and Wales between Friday 5th September and Friday 12th December 2014 thus:

Friday 5th September 2014
Oake Manor Golf Club, Taunton, Somerset
Tickets: £10.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.oakemanorevents.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 6th September 2014
The Guildhall, St. Ives, Cornwall
Tickets: £15.00 [advance] or £17.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.crbo.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 13th September 2014 ~ Extra Date
The Birdwell Venue, Barnsley
Tickets: £10.00 [advance] or £12.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.birdwellvenue.com/eloagain.html

Thursday 18th September 2014
The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, Kent
Tickets: £10.00 [advance] or £12.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.feenstra.co.uk/chislehurst/event/elo-again

Friday 19th September 2014
The Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey
Tickets: £10.00 [advance] or £12.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.feenstra.co.uk/bomboomclub/event/elo-again

Saturday 20th September 2014
St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Tickets: £15.50; £18.00; £19.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 27th September 2014

Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, Somerset
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.tivertontheatre.com/events/elo-again

Friday 3rd October 2014

The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
Tickets: £12.00 [advance] or £15.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3674

Saturday 4th October 2014

Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Shropshire
Tickets: £TBA each [* plus booking fee]
www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event/elo-again

Friday 10th October 2014

Tropic at Ruislip, Middlesex
Tickets: £12.00 [advance] or £14.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 11th October 2014

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Tickets: £18.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/event/elo-again

Friday 17th October 2014
The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Scotland
Tickets: £18.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.buccleuchcentre.com/event/elo-again

Saturday 18th October 2014

The Gaiety Theatre and Arts Centre, Ayr, Scotland
Tickets: £19.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ayrgaiety.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 1st November 2014

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/event/elo-again

Friday 7th November 2014

Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, Wales
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.congresstheatrecwmbran.ticketsolve.com/event/elo-again

Saturday 8th November 2014

Exmouth Pavilion, Devon
Tickets: £15.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ledtickets.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/events/elo-again

Friday 21st November 2014

The Flower Pot, Derby
Tickets: £12.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ticketline.co.uk/derby/the-flowerpot/event/elo-again

Saturday 6th December 2014

OPEN, Norwich
Tickets: £18.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/open-norwich/event/elo-again

Friday 12th December 2014

Devon Hall, Bideford, Devon
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.wegottickets.com/event/291695

ELO Again will also be headlining a three [3] night ELO themed weekend mini-cruise departing from Southampton on Saturday 20th June 2015 upon the Fred Olsen liner "Balmoral". The cruise will call in at Zeebrugge in Belgium [for a trip to the beautiful city of Bruges] and also the French port of Le Havre before returning home on Tuesday 24th June 2015.

Special prices are on offer for ELO Again fans ranging from £219 to £549 per person. Performances by ELO Again and all meals/tours are included in the cost. The special rate can be obtained by calling Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on ++ 44 [0] 1473 742424 quoting: GRP0097-L1507. See the poster below and/or visit the official ELO Again web site for further details.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends ELO Again 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 ... 29-Jul-2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

REVIEW: CLOSE TO THE CLOUDS [Under A Banner]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I first came across local band Under A Banner when they were in support of Quill at The Robin 2 back in July 2013. Since then, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has been impressed by their superb self-promotion whilst touching base from time to time with main man Adam Broadhurst. Subsequently, ELOBF recently featured their recent successful Pledge Music campaign to fund the follow-up to their debut album "The Ragged Rhythm Of Rain".

Without a doubt, Under A Banner are a band with the gift of having their own sound. Their second album "Close To the Clouds" is an album of contrasts in musical styles which fit nicely under their own label of alternative rock. In places a manic feistiness reigns supreme as the band demonstrate their rock credentials with "Bullet Rain", "I Hate This Place" and "Me And Machine" being prime examples. Yet, elsewhere, their Celtic rock facets are on show with opener "Out Like A Light", "Impossible Day", "Numbers" and "English Soul" grabbing the attention. The third element of this album is the anthems. Title track "Close To The Clouds", the stirring "How Martyrs Are Made" and final track "Festival Of Light" ooze class with music passages reminiscent of Sting's solo heights in "The Soul Cages" and the almost progressive feel of the album finale. You could classify this recording as musical poetry with the cutting, challenging lyrics riding of the wave of some nice chord progression. There is the feel here of protest songs salted with reason. A nice album indeed. [8/10]

Track listing: [1] "Out Like A Light" [4:31]; [2] "Impossible Day" [3:32]; [3] "Close To The Clouds" [3:54]; [4] "Numbers" [3:57]; [5] "How Martyrs Are Made" [4:23]; [6] "English Soul" [3:27]; [7] "Don't Give A" [2:56]; [8] "City Alone" [3:16]; [9] "Bullet Rain" [3:42]; [10] "I Hate This Place" [3:09]; [11] "Leviathan" [3:45]; [12] "Me And Machine" [2:45]; [13] "Festival Of Light" [5:21]

Under A Banner are: Adam Broadhurst [Guitars/vocals]; Tim Wilson [Drums/percussion; Si Hill [Bass] and Jonathan Price [Guitars]

"Close To The Clouds" can currently be purchased in CD and download format from Pledge Music via this link thus. Why not check out Under A Banner via their excellent official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "Close To The Clouds" by Under A Banner to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-July-2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

RECOMMENDED: THE REVOLUTION [WelshMansHill]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With an impressive album already under their belt and several other projects including their recent collaboration with Apology None, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] featured artiste WelshMansHill have just released a beautiful new track entitled "The Revolution" in advance of their forthcoming EP.
This anthemic song is replete with the influence of The Beatles, Jeff Lynne and again demonstrates the class of the Birmingham based trio, the subject of not a few articles here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF], whilst also relaying their own unique sound and song creation credentials. Click the player above or the link below to hear a song that should whet your appetite for the next WelshMansHill release or three thus:

www.reverbnation.com/welshmanshill/song/20969698-the-revolution

WelshMansHill are Steve Turner, Phil Ridden and Phil Hatton
WelshMansHill were interviewed for ELOBF back in good 'ol 2011 ...
Phil Hatton recorded and sung backing vocals with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and many others whilst working with Jeff  for over twenty [20] years. Steve played guitar for Brian Connolly's BC Sweet on many world tours. He has also produced and written for albums with The Luckees and Blackfoot Sue and has had several releases worldwide. Phil Ridden played drums with Steve in BC Sweet for many years, touring extensively. He has played with many bands including Ghost and Jean Genie and has CD releases worldwide including Japan and the USA.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends WelshMansHill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-July-2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

REVIEW: SATUR-DELIA [Apology None]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] were pleased to introduce you to Apology None and their debut album "High Society" back in June 2012. The sixties cartoon festooned psychedelic quintet have just returned with their follow-up release "Satur-delia: The Original Soundtrack" - with a little help from their friends.

This time around, lead Apologist Tim Ross has also enlisted good buddies Joe "Pops" Bredow, Dennis Holseybrook and Owen Hodgson as well as ELO Beatles Forever featured regulars Vinnie Zummo and WelshMansHill to help him deliver another impressive album full of sweet tunes, all with a nod to those musical heroes of the decade that bought us The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Move, The Idle Race, The Moody Blues and a plethora of songs that still fill the airwaves fifty [50] years later here in 2014.
Without a doubt, this is a great collection of tracks reflective of the many musical trends that emanated from the 'Flower Power' generation - and I should know, being a child of late '67! Tim's love of Jeff Lynne and ELO is also evident throughout his compositions and collaborations. Of particular note amongst the sixteen [16] tracks on offer are the Moody Blues influenced opener "For You" plus "Forever For No Reason", the very classy "Go Play In The Sky"Beatlesque rocker "Rip Whirl And Shake" [featuring Birmingham based trio WelshMansHill], 60's instrumental movie throwback "Tony Dickson Theme" [co-written with Dennis Holseybrook] and the magnificent Vinnie Zummo penned "Lend Me A Handle" - resplendent with strings, slide guitar and oozing with The Beatles, ELO, George Harrison and the production values of Jeff Lynne. All in all, this is an extremely groovy LP! [8/10]

Track listing: [1] "For You" [2:16]; [2] "I'm Nowhere" [2:30]; [3] "Sunblade" [3:19]; [4] "Love Academy" [1:57]; [5] "Go Play In The Sky" [3:42]; [6] "Double Double" [3:31]; [7] "Chain Me To Your Soul" [2:38]; [8] "Some Sunday Sunny Day" [3:23]; [9] "Tony Dickson Theme" [2:14]; [10] "Forever For No Reason" [3:59]; [11] "Love Song" [0:37]; [12] "Lend Me A Handle" [5:40]; [13] "Rip Whirl And Shake" [2:45]; [14] "Double Double 2" [1:08]; [15] "Entwined In The Twisted" [2:39]; [16] "Script" [0:30]

"Satur-delia: The Original Soundtrack" can currently be purchased in CD format from amazon.com. Check out Apology None via their excellent official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Satur-delia: The Original Soundtrack" by Apology None to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-July-2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

REVIEW: SANDS OF TIME [Pete Kent]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will know that it is a great pleasure of mine to also occasionally introduce and recommend talented local artistes to you too. One of the plus points of last weeks Brewood Music Festival was to witness an astounding exhibition of fingerstyle guitar craft by Wolverhampton's very own Pete Kent in support of The Trevor Burton Band. His performance was so good that I got hold of a copy of Pete's debut album "Sands Of Time" [Revolver Music #REVXD2016] for a listen.

If you are also a fan of Mike Oldfield, Gordon Giltrap and/or Lindsey Buckingham, then this eleven [11] track release may well appeal to you. With two [2] unique covers of Level 42's "Something About You" and The Police's "Roxanne" nestled in amongst nine [9] of Pete's own compositions, this is an excellent showcase with the title track, "Postman's Knock", "Soul Mates", "Slipstream" and "The Spiral" particularly impressing. "Believe Me Now" ... It's a great record to listen to with the headphones on and it's a great record to have as a companion in your car too! [8/10]

Trax: [1] "Postman's Knock" [2:57]; [2] "Sands Of Time" [4:41]; [3] "Soul Mates" [3:38];
[4] "Something About You" [4:15]; [5] "14th Of May" [4:22]; [6] "Slipstream" [3:34];
[7] "Roxanne" [3:13]; [8] "Sea Of Stones" [2:42]; [9] "Sunshower" [3:41];
[10] "With These Hands" [2:07]; [11] "The Spiral" [2:54]

"Sands Of Time" by Pete Kent can be purchased via these links thus:

www.itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-sands-of-time/id769213108
www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FXRX24Q
www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sands-Time-Pete-Kent/dp/B00H1Q0UYM

Pete Kent will appearing at The Robin 2 on Wednesday 27th August and could well roll out his take on ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" on the night. Yours Truly KJS has challenged Pete to attempt his interpretation of "Mr. Blue Sky" at some point in the future too! Find out more about the amazing Pete Kent via his official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sands Of Time" by Pete Kent to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-July-2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

B-SIDE BRUM: MR. BLUE SKY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back at the end of May, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] - alias @KJS_ELOBF - voted for "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] via Twitter as their choice for #BsideBrum, the campaign to collate a Spotify playlist/album to represent the diversity of Birmingham's musical heritage. The voting has finished and a panel has now published their selection of 22 tracks [including one hidden song], chosen from 150 submissions by a panel of local musical personalities. There are some notable inclusions and exclusions, as is always the case with such projects, but the good news is that "Mr. Blue Sky" has indeed been chosen for the virtual album!
Have a read of this Birmingham Mail article to find out more about the campaign, the chosen tracks and artistes and where to view and/or listen to them thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-July-2014

Sunday, 13 July 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: BREWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

The new look four piece Trevor Burton Band with new 'Burtonette' Abby Brant
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Who would have guessed that a pub car park in leafy South Staffordshire on a balmy Summer evening would be the host of such a truly epic performance of Rhythm and Blues by one of the most unsung of homegrown musical talents? This time around, my visit to the Brewood Music Festival in 2014 was not for the main Saturday event, it was for the impressive roster of events organised for the evening of Friday 11th July that featured four slightly chronologically staggered, attractive gigs headlined by, of course, The Trevor Burton Band.
Redkix and Pete Kent provided excellent support earlier in the evening ...
But before that, an early evening arrival meant a chance to see some of the acts on show including a very accomplished set by acoustic duo Redkix [who are Emma Jay and Tony Williams-Ruth] including outstanding versions of "Lovely Day" and "Rolling In The Deep" in support of the highly rated Rebecca Downes Band.

Also on show was Wolverhampton's very own acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Pete Kent, who delivered an amazing demonstration of his talent in support of The Trevor Burton Band including an astonishing interpretation of Level 42's "Something About You". Pete later told me that he also plays a version of ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" from time to time and that it may well feature during his forthcoming date at The Robin 2 on Wednesday 27th August.
And what of The Trevor Burton Band? This was the first opportunity for Yours Truly KJS to have a look at [and a listen to] this new look four piece TBB unit with 'Movette' and new 'Burtonette' Abby Brant joining Trevor, bassist Pez Connor and drummer Bill Jefferson for an entertaining and ultimately astounding performance at The Swan in front of several hundred onlookers. Abby melded with the TBB with consummate ease. And make no mistake about it, this was a stunning debut for the expanded band with the added keyboards and vocals adding a new dimension and energy to their sound in a way that totally captured the attention - and applause - of the audience. The fact that this was a free concert as part of the 2014 Brewood Music Festival made it even more amazing.

With storming renditions of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy", John Hiatt's "Master Of Disaster", Trev's very own "Down Down Down", the obligatory "Hey Joe" masterclass, a thumping version of Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender" [amongst not a few others] and a superb encore performance of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" to round off the night, the band fully deserved the prolonged appreciation that followed. And with Tony Kelsey due to regularly join the ranks next year too, who knows where The Trevor Burton Band will go? The answer is, of course, from strength to strength. Don't miss out ... Go see 'em folks!

Set highlights: "Down Down Down"; "Master Of Disaster"; "Little Rachel"; "Dear Mr. Fantasy"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "No Surrender"; "Hey Joe"; "I Saw Her Standing There"


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Trevor Burton Band and Pete Kent to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-July-2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

REVIEW: INTO THIS SPACE/EVERYTHING IS FINE [Sundae Club]

Sundae Club: Wishing that they were back in 1974 ... or 1982 ... or whenever?
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is pleased to both introduce you to Sundae Club and review their new single "Into This Space" b/w "Everything Is Fine"Sundae Club are the inventive and "technostalgic" duo Hamstall Ridware and Dr. C D Mille and their great new single, produced by George Shilling, is about to be fondly released in the lovingly retrospective editions of 8-track stereo cartridge [complete with free 8-track player], 10" x 78RPM vinyl and 7" x 45RPM ivory vinyl as well as the more usual [and modern] download format. Two [2] bonus tracks entitled "110 Volts of Joy" and "Almeria" are supplied with the 8-track and download editions of the single.

"Into This Space" [4:17] on Side 1 is a song co-written with Diana Yukawa and features the award winning solo violinist and songwriter with a pensive, stirring violin solo intro dramatically morphing into a fast paced instrumental stringed anthem harking back to the heady days of 1982 complete with Fairlight synclavier and echoes of The Art Of Noise in their prime, all backed by the soaring vocals of Samantha Hudson.
Sundae Club have not a few links with artistes from the ELOBF universe and this is ably demonstrated with Side 2 track "Everything Is Fine" [5:20], which features former ELO and Wizzard member Bill Hunt on French Horn and erstwhile Pugwash touring buddy Matt Berry on "voiceover and announcements". With the altogether more sedate feel of a Valotti-tuned harpsichord in tandem with that French Horn and a certain church organ, this tune has the same feel as The Duckworth Lewis Method's lovable "Nudging & Nurdling". It's a single of musical contrasts that works and is therefore most certainly worthy of the endorsement of ELOBF! [9/10]

"Into This Space" b/w "Everything Is Fine" by Sundae Club will released on Wednesday 30th July. This charming single will be available to pre-order and/or buy in the above noted formats and limited editions from the Sundae Club Bandcamp site via this link thus:

sundaeclub.bandcamp.com/8-track-stereo-record

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Into This Space" b/w "Everything Is Fine" by Sundae Club to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The MoveRoy WoodThe Idle RaceThe Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-July-2014

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: THE TRAVELING PILBURYS @ SHARDFEST 2014

The Traveling Pilburys [L-R]: Steph Griffin, Graham Savage, John Kerton, John Wilson, Conrad Carpenter 
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was perhaps written in the "Starlight" that my next opportunity to see The Traveling Pilburys would be down the lane and not so far away from the birthplace of Jeff Lynne during ShardFest 2014 [an event born from the demise of the Shard End Carnival], held on Sunday 6th July at the Norman Chamberlain Playing Field.
The ELO connections were plentiful during this well organised, enjoyable and successful festival [attended by an estimated 6,000 folks] with former Jeff Lynne bandmate and Andicaps frontman John Kerton leading the Pilburys [who were assembled by Jake Commander back in 2008] and a fantastic music history exhibition that was present celebrating the likes of Carl Wayne, Bev Bevan, Roy Wood, Ace Kefford, Trevor BurtonJeff and many of the other Brum Beat icons who we all know and love - all just a stones throw from the famed Shard End Crescent.
The event was blessed with great weather up until after the impressive set by Bonnylou when an immense downpour coupled with "Summer and Lightning" brought proceedings to a premature close. Before that, the main stage featured an entertaining roster of local talent including Super Cloud, Tru.Fam.Live, R3action, Leo Golden Child, The Samuel Rogers Band and LOSTatHOME.

The Traveling Pilburys took to the stage at around 4:00PM to deliver another superb set of ten covers with the quintet attracting a sizable audience as they performed a diverse set of songs by the likes of Stealers Wheel, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Steve Winwood, The Traveling Wilburys [naturally!], Rod Stewart, The Killers and Steppenwolf. The quality of the band was more than evident highlighted by the classy vocals, throbbing bass and nifty guitar craft of Messrs. Kerton, Savage and Carpenter, not forgetting [of course] the keys contribution of Steph Griffin and percussion prowess of John Wilson.

The Traveling Pilburys performed these songs at ShardFest 2014 "Stuck In The Middle With You"; "The Letter"; "Hold Back The Night"; "Brown Eyed Girl"; "Gimme Some Lovin'"; "Handle With Care"; "Handbags & Gladrags"; "Human"; "It's A Heartache"; "Born To Be Wild"
The Traveling Pilburys were: John Kerton [Lead vocals], Graham Savage [Bass/vocals], Steph Griffin [Keyboards], Conrad Carpenter [Guitar/vocals], John Wilson [Drums]. Find out where the band are playing and what they are up to via their excellent official web site thus:

www.travelingpilburys.co.uk

ELO Beatles Forever recommends: The Traveling Pilburys to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-July-2014

Saturday, 5 July 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [11]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Hall was packed to the rafters last night as Hull based ELO tribute band The ELO Experience returned to the 600 capacity venue last night [Friday 4th July] for the latest leg of their 2014 tour.

Once again, this professional and accurate band had the masses literally rockin' and reelin' as they delivered the ELO songbook of Jeff Lynne [and, in one case, Chuck Berry!]. The atmosphere seemed all the more charged with excitement following Jeff's recent visit to Birmingham in March and a much anticipated appearance at London's Hyde Park in September just around the corner.
This was, again, a fantastic show that truly entertained the audience, as their many waving glow sticks evidenced! The ELO Experience never cease to amaze me with their attention to detail and their on stage comfort with each other. That the band do not take themselves too seriously is also a good thing. Andy Louis' new wig cemented another solid vocal performance and it was nice to see bassist Pete Smith take a share of of the lead vocals during "Roll Over Beethoven" too. The keyboard and vocoder antics of Steve Hemsley are always superb as is the percussion prowess of Tony Lawson and guitar work of Jan Christiansen. The violin and cello trio also came into their own last night, adding another string to the bow of the band.

All the hits were there again with my all-time ELO fave "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and other classics including "Strange Magic", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Showdown", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Wild West Hero", Hold On Tight", "All Over The World", "Evil Woman", "Rockaria", "Telephone Line", "Turn To Stone", "Shine A Little Love", "Confusion", "Last Train To London", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Xanadu" and, of course, "Mr. Blue Sky".

Sadly there was no room this time around for "Latitude 88 North" or "Summer And Lightning" but it is always a pleasure to see and hear most of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" performed live. Yours Truly KJS is still awestruck by their rendition of "Big Wheels" ... and always will be.
Where else can you hear the studio recordings of ELO & Jeff Lynne faithfully reproduced in a live setting? Their next major appearance in the Midlands will be a rather attractive gig on Saturday 30th August at The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham - complete with their very own spaceship. Meanwhile, the band go from strength to strength with a 2015 US tour on the horizon!

The ELO Experience are: Andy Louis [Lead vocals/guitar]; Steve Hemsley [Keyboards/vocals];
Pete Smith [Bass guitar/vocals]; Jan Christiansen [Lead guitar/vocals]; Tony Lawson [Drums];
Viv Blackledge [Cello]; Clare Little [Cello] and: Emily Blackledge [Violin]
The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively and you can view all their Tour Dates, sign their Guest Book and find out what they are currently up to via their official web site thus:

www.elotribute.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-July-2014

Thursday, 3 July 2014

FRAGILE X LAUNCH OFFICIAL WEB SITE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO influenced and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended US rockers Fragile X - who also supported ELO Part II during their 1996 US tour and also covered ELO's "Turn To Stone" back in 2011 - have just launched an impressive new official web site in advance of their much anticipated forthcoming debut UK tour in Autumn 2014.
Fragile X albums to date: "Time" [1996]; "Return To Paradise" [2012] ...
The site includes details of their You Tube, Facebook and Twitter pages, videos, an arcade and even links to the odd ELOBF article! Their excellent first two [2] studio albums, "In Time" [1996] and "Return To Paradise" [2012] are also available to purchase.
The official Fragile X web site will be listing those UK gig dates soon ... so why not check out what [else] the Colorado quintet are up to via this link below:

Official Fragile X web site

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend Fragile X to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-July-2014

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

ERIC IDLE & JEFF LYNNE TEAM UP FOR NEW RADIO SHOW THEME

Eric Idle in recording sessions for the show [Photo: BBC © 2014]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The new series of The Infinite Monkey Cage returns to BBC Radio 4 next Monday 7th July replete with a new theme song voiced by none other than Eric Idle, with all instrumentation [including ukulele] and production by Eric's long time pal Jeff Lynne. The collaboration, hinted at by Eric earlier this year on Twitter, is very much in the tradition of George Formby and an amusing video featuring a puppet incarnation of Eric is available to view either via the BBC Radio 4 web site or You Tube channel thus:

Many thanx to my good friend Tony Callaghan over in Dublin for alerting ELOBF to this!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-July-2014

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

OUT NOW: BEYOND TIME [Bubble Gum Orchestra]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The long awaited new album from Michael Laine Hildebrandt's fantastic Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO] "Beyond Time" is finally released today [Tuesday 1st July] and can now be purchased via this link thus:


Click on the link below to access my glowing album review for ELOBF via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Beyond Time" by Bubble Gum Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, The Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and all related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-July-2014