Thursday, 27 July 2017


Sony's NYC based Legacy Recordings imprint announced earlier today (Thursday 27th July) in an official press release that the long awaited debut of the Electric Light Orchestra classic Jeff Lynne penned double album opus "Out Of The Blue" as a picture disc set - replete with the iconic "Concerto For A Rainy Day" - goes on sale on Friday 29th September in celebration and commemoration of its 40th anniversary, just four days shy of its original release date back on Monday 3rd October 1977. Having peaked at #4 in the Official UK Album Chart in a 108 week chart run, "Out Of The Blue" (Jet/UA #UAR100; Jet/CBS #JETDP400) is perhaps the most recognisable of ELO's studio recordings, having also been issued in CD format on multiple occasions including the 30th anniversary expanded and remastered edition in 2007 (managing a creditable #18) and several vinyl reissues in black, clear and (of course) blue vinyl since.

"Out Of The Blue" featured prominently in the recent Jeff Lynne's ELO UK dates with The ELO Experience also including eleven of its seventeen songs within their current tour. The 2017 2LP picture disc incarnation of OOTB has been remastered from the original master tapes, includes a digital download and is set to be a prized possession for fans and collectors (including Yours Truly KJS) alike. Pre-orders can be placed via these links thus:

 elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Out Of The Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-July-2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


The Blu-Ray debut of the 1984 movie "Electric Dreams" is now just around the corner, some eight years after its release in DVD format back in April 2009. The film soundtrack, of course, featured two (2) solo Jeff Lynne tracks in "Video!" - the lead single (Virgin #VS695/VSY695) from the OST album (Virgin #V2318) reaching #87 in the Official UK Singles Chart during July of that year - and "Let It Run" - thought also at the time to be a strong candidate for a single but for the relatively modest success of the former - a song constructed in part from "Beatles Forever" - the only remaining unreleased track from the originally intended 2LP "Secret Messages" (#JETDP402) and of particular significance to Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf).

The expanded Blu-Ray edition -  released in the UK on Monday 7th August - comes in 1080p High Definition and includes interviews with Director Steve Barron, writer/co-producer Rusty Lemorande as well as stars Lenny von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen. The first 2,000 copies come in a limited edition premium spot gloss varnish slipcase with pre-orders now being taken by via this link thus:

"Electric Dreams" follows the debut of "Xanadu" on Blu-Ray in July 2016 meaning that 1977's "Joyride" movie and its soundtrack featuring the Jeff Lynne penned ELO classics "Rockaria!", "Telephone Line", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Tightrope", "Boy Blue" and "So Fine" as the only outstanding film of its time replete with ELO music to still await Blu-Ray issue.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-July-2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017


As an eager new (and young) ELO fan back in 1977, once Yours Truly KJS had snapped up "A New World Record" (#UAG30017) and "Out Of The Blue" (#UAR100), it was quite natural to start trying to negotiate their back catalogue, as pocket and odd job money would permit. First up was the 1977 Harvest compilation "The Light Shines On" (#SHSM2015) with its quirks and nuances, Roy Wood and more which was followed by a second hand copy of the first reissue of ELO's "On The Third Day" album (Jet/UA #UAG30091) sporting that somewhat amusing Richard Avedon photograph of the band revealing their belly buttons. Back then, sightings of the original gatefold sleeved pressing for OTTD on Warner Bros. Burbank label (#K56021) were rare and far too expensive for me. But I do remember wondering what the reason was for the repackaging. I eventually came to the conclusion that it was to visually identify ELO as under the sole guidance of Jeff Lynne following their departure from Harvest/EMI. Then came the change from Jet/UA to Jet/CBS with "On The Third Day" now sporting a new catalogue number (#JETLP202) as well as its inclusion in the 3LP boxed set "Three Light Years" (#JETBX1) alongside, of course, "Eldorado" and "Face The Music".

And that essentially was it until the purchase of Bev Bevan's share of the Electric Light Orchestra name and rights by Jeff Lynne in 1999 for an undisclosed sum. Following in the wake of 2001's "Zoom", a remastered and expanded "On The Third Day" - now including "Showdown" - hit the shelves in September 2006 replete with the original album artwork. And so it has been since. One cannot but wonder if the reason for the reverting of the OTTD sleeve back to the original was symbolic of the desire of the ELO maestro to underline his full ownership of the ELO brand (as opposed to band) in much the same way as it made a statement about the identity and direction of a Jeff Lynne led ELO back in 1973. One thing is for sure, "On The Third Day" remains highly regarded by both Jeff and elobeatlesforever (elobf) here in Yours Truly 2017.

Which "On The Third Day" album cover do you prefer?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-July-2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Whilst it could be said that the recording sessions for what was The Move's final studio album "Message From The Country" and ELO's first two outings's "The Electric Light Orchestra" and "ELO2" were somewhat interchangeable, there is one Jeff Lynne penned song - recorded by both The Move and ELO - that has led a double - even triple life in more ways than one. Originally released in the UK as part of a twin 'B' side with "Ella James" on the flip side of The Move's final hit single "California Man" (Harvest #HAR5050) and as the sole 'B' side for the same song in the US (United Artists #50928), the trademark guitar riff of "Do Ya" helped The Move breach the Billboard 100 at #93. Back in their home country, "Do Ya" eventually saw a limited release in September 1974 as an 'A' side backed by "No Time" (Harvest #HAR5086). A bizarre issue in many ways as ELO had departed Harvest Records for Warner Bros. Burbank label a year earlier.
Two years later, "Do Ya" was given the ELO treatment by Jeff, Richard Tandy and Louis Clark as part of their iconic worldwide breakthrough album "A New World Record" in 1976. A live fave already, the inclusion of "Do Ya" on ANWR cemented it in ELO folklore. It's popularity also attracted cover versions by Elmer Goodbody Jnr. (who was none other than Mike Sheridan) and Forest in the same year. Whilst it was not a single here in the UK, over in the US, "Do Ya" b/w "Nightrider" (Jet/UA #UAXW-939-Y) managed a creditable #24. "Do Ya" was, of course, again re-recorded by Jeff Lynne in 2012, forming part of "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra". It also made a welcome return to the Jeff Lynne's ELO set list during their recent UK dates at Sheffield and Wembley Stadium.
Aside from the aforementioned 1976 covers, "Do Ya" continues to be recorded and performed by not a few artistes down the years including Matthew Sweet, Parthenon Huxley (The Orchestra), Todd Rungdren, Jason Falkner (a major contributor to the forthcoming new Pugwash album) and Ace Frehley. It was also the subject of a clear vinyl EP back in 2002 (see above) via Tallboy Records featuring four versions of the song by Kenny Howes and The Yeah!, Einstein's Sister, Linus Of Hollywood and Parallax Project.

 So whether it be The MoveELO or a solo Jeff Lynne"Do Ya" remains the one song that ensures a common thread for fans all the way from its conception within The Move through to the present day and beyond to the many admiring artistes who still love this great song.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-July-2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017


Having been very much looking forward to another installment of the excellent Stand Up & Rock! in Chesterfield on Friday 29th September in the company of my good friend Mick Anyon, Yours Truly KJS was surprised and concerned to receive this open message from Brummie comedy legend Jasper Carrott earlier this week thus:

"Sadly, I have been told very recently that I need a heart bypass operation. Whilst it’s not desperate it is obviously something which I need to get done as soon as possible. All being well, the operation will take place in August and there will then follow a three month recovery period after which I anticipate being able to return to work as normal. Unfortunately this affects a number of shows which unavoidably must be postponed until at least early Spring next year. My sincere apologies to all the theatre-goers who have bought tickets to my shows but I know you will understand that my health comes before anything and I will do my level best to get back in action as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and again my apologies for the disruption and inconvenience to everyone concerned. Kindest regards ... Jasper Carrott"

The postponement applies to all previously announced dates in July and September until the tour recommences in Buxton on Thursday 8th November.

Birmingham Mail report yesterday (click here to view) stated that tickets for the original shows are valid for the rearranged dates with refunds also available. elobeatlesforever (elobf) has compiled this updated Stand Up & Rock! gig roster incorporating the postponed dates thus:

Buxton Opera House (Wednesday 8th November)
Llandudno Theatre Cymru (Thursday 9th November)
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Tuesday 14th November)
Guildford G Live Theatre (Friday 17th November)
Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre (Wednesday 22nd November)
Clacton Princess Theatre (Tuesday 28th November)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (Wednesday 29th November)
St. Albans Arena (Friday 1st December)
Southampton Mayflower Theatre (Sunday 3rd December)
Stratford Arts House (Wednesday 6th to 8th December)
Chesterfield Winding Wheel (*now Saturday 3rd March 2018*)
Shanklin Theatre (*now Wednesday 7th March 2018*)
Weymouth Pavilion Theatre (*now Thursday 8th March 2018*)
Poole Lighthouse Theatre (*now Friday 9th March 2018*)
King's Lynn Corn Exchange (*now Thursday 15th March 2018*)
Torquay Princess Theatre (*now Wednesday 28th March 2018*)
Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier Theatre (*now Saturday 31st March 2018*)
Basingstoke Anvil Theatre (*now Friday 6th April 2018*)
High Wycombe Swan Theatre (*now Sunday 8th April 2018*)
Lichfield Garrick Theatre (*now Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th April 2018*)
Chatham Brook & Central Theatre (*now Thursday 19th April 2018*)
Peterborough East of England Arena (*now Saturday 28th April 2018*)

It goes without saying that Yours Truly KJS wishes Jasper Carrott a speedy recovery from his procedure and looks forward seeing him on stage again later in 2017. 

Find out more about the tour, the venues and dates via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Please note that elobeatlesforever (elobf) waited until this news was revealed via 'official' news outlets before publishing this article in order to prevent any perceived invasion of privacy. ***

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-July-2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


The tinder dry turf of London's iconic Hyde Park was the the place to be on Sunday 9th July as Yours Truly KJS completed my trio of Wilbury gigs as "A Face In the Crowd" at the final Barclaycard  British Summer Time date this Summer in complete awe of a quite magnificent Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performance and a most sublime Stevie Nicks set.
Preceded by music media darlings The Shelters and The Lumineers, the prospect of seeing the Fleetwood Mac songstress again - this time in her own right - as well as the legend who is another of my long time musical heroes Tom Petty in the flesh after so many years of waiting meant that this long, hot day was much looked forward to, especially having also reviewed gigs by both Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne too for elobeatlesforever (elobf) in the last two months.

Before TP came Stevie Nicks and her stellar fifteen song roster covering her career from Buckingham Nick's "Crying In The Night" through "Bella Donna" and "The Wild Heart" solo classics to 2011's "Moonlight (A Vampire Dream)", sprinkled too with Fleetwood Mac gems including "Rhiannon", "Landslide" and "Dreams". I loved hearing the likes of "Edge Of Seventeen" and "Stand Back" live but the surreal "Gypsy" stole the show for me.
And what of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers? Celebrating their 40th anniversary and dropping into Hyde Park for their only European date, the band surpassed their renowned live reputation  in front of the 65,000 adoring onlookers by delivering what can only be described as a world class nineteen song snapshot of their four decades of success, bookending the concert with "Rockin' Around (With You)" and (of course) "American Girl" from their 1976 self-titled debut long player. In between, we were thrilled to hear a set dominated by the albums "Wildflowers" and the Jeff Lynne aided "Full Moon Fever" yet with subtle dips into eight other releases including an inspired acoustic "Learning To Fly", a splendid trip with "Don't Come Around Here No More" and anthemic rockers "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Refugee" also memorable moments. It was the quartet of songs from "Full Moon Fever"  - "I Won't Back Down", "Yer So Bad", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down A Dream" - that thrilled this writer alongside a surprise, rare duet with the returning Stevie Nicks of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". I had to pinch myself again that I was actually there hearing these tunes performed by TP and his Heartbreakers, such was my delight. Having written so many reviews for elobf down the years, this one truly deserves the adjectives fantastic and amazing as well as a place amongst my most fave gigs ever!
Photo courtesy of Sir Neil Keighery ...
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed: "Rockin' Around (With You)" ~ "Mary Jane's Last Dance" ~ "You Don't Know How It Feels" ~ "Forgotten Man" ~ "I Won't Back Down" ~ "Free Fallin'" ~ "Walls" ~ "Don't Come Around Here No More" ~ "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks) ~ "It's Good To Be King" ~ "Crawling Back To You" ~ "Wildflowers" ~ "Learning To Fly" ~ "Yer So Bad" ~ "I Should Have Known It" ~ "Refugee" ~ "Runnin' Down A Dream" ~ "You Wreck Me" ~ "American Girl"
Find out more about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood, The Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-July-2017

Friday, 7 July 2017


Hull based ELO super fan Mark Dodsworth - alias Ted Blight @ YouTube - has just released his twelve track album of ELO/Jeff Lynne covers entitled "Dead End Street" (the originally intended title, of course, for "Sweet Talkin' Woman") in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Support charity.

elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to endorse and support the recording which has an interesting emphasis upon ELO album gems as opposed to the hit singles we all all know and love. Yours Truly KJS contacted Mark last weekend and asked him for an overview of "Dead End Street" thus:

"Hi Keith! First and foremost, I am not much of a musician, I can't read music, I have only been playing keyboard about a year. It's just a part time hobby, but I do enjoy it. Some tracks are better than others but I'm proud of what I have achieved. Jeff has been a massive influence. The first time I mixed my version of 'Shangri-La' and played it back, loud. I was overwhelmed. At that moment in time, I understood why Jeff does it. It was like a drug, to record, produce and mix something you had created from scratch.

I started home recording about 18 months ago, the first proper track was "Secret Messages", hidden with lots of hidden messages, for example down the lane and far away is spoken backwards and the morse code in the song is spells just to name a few. The vocals are by Caz Burton who I met on which is a great, free, site for meeting amateur musicians. She did a great job considering she's never heard the song before. "Ordinary Dream" was the first song Andy Elton recorded with me, He's a massive ELO fan from the same town as me, we lost touch for about 20 years, and bumped into each other at Sheffield concert last year, since then we have recorded regularly. He's a great friend and the nicest guy you could wish to meet. This song had a seal of approval from someone close to Jeff, which made our day. "Mercy Mercy" is a simple song to record. The rear sleeve note says all song written by Jeff. This was a deliberate error, I felt the rear cover artwork was getting to over crowded with text. Speaking of which, I tried to keep the text layout etc the same as "Out Of The Blue" to try and give it ... a familiar feel. The bar code is the OOTB CD bar code for example!

"Kuiama" is one of my faves on the CD. It was a epic challenge to record, Andy and myself did record this 20 years ago on VHS so it was nice to revisit it. I knew I had to do is justice as it is a fan favourite. The vocal echos where a challenge but turned out great. I sing the vocals on the second part. Or at least, try to. "Mission (A New World Record)" is the first song that I did by replacing the vocals with guitar. Simply because at the time, I had no one to sing on my song and I can't sing. So playing the guitar was the only option. I think the song really lifts off at the key change and the choir kicks in. Fans seem to like this track and cry out for me to do "Shangri-La" too. "Twilight" was a challenge. I has just got a new keyboard, a Native Instruments S49, and I wanted to do something from "Time". "Prologue" gave me the opportunity to use the vocoder. So I spoke it on this track, the first few versions, I sounded rather camp but eventually, after playing around with the notes, I managed to get a version that seemed to work. Andy sung it and the piano solo which I thought would take forever actually only took one take!

"Ticket To The Moon" was again, a collaboration on with Javier. What I really like about this version is how well the astronauts FX fit into the song and the Jeff Lynne sound bite fits in perfectly, I guess I got lucky. "Getting To The Point" has a fantastic vocal performance by Andy. Lots of layers on it but you can't tell. We worked really hard at this and I think it turned out really good. "Baby I Apologise" was difficult to record and I couldn't understand why because the original is only a demo. So why was it so hard for me to get it sounding good - especially since my tech is so futuristic compared to what Jeff had back then? I'm not sure, but anyway, I speak the middle section and Andy sings. He loves this track and he's done a couple of versions over the years.

"Another Heart Breaks" is one of my faves for several reasons. It has a lot of thumbs ups on YouTube so fans seem to like it. I got the keyboards and drums sounding just like the original. The guitar took a lot of practice but I think I did a good job considering that I was playing it by ear. "Shangri-La" is probably my favourite on the CD. It's a perfect storm. Everything just came together, the mix is great, I'm delighted with the guitar solo, the Andy's vocals are amazing and the outro synth is good. Love this song and I feel like we did it justice. Which is a bold statement as the fans are very protective of this song. And rightly so! "One Summer Dream" closes the CD. I love the original and I love Richard's outro piano on "Zoom Tour Live" DVD. I've always wanted to make a version that incorporates both versions. I'm very proud of how it turned out!

"Dead End Street" as you know, is the original version of "Sweet Talkin' Woman", I always wanted to do a ELO covers CD ever since I heard Paul McNulty's OOTB covers album "Into The Red". I thought it was amazing. As you can see, I prefer to do album tracks and avoid the mainstream singles, I think fans appreciate them more. The money raised from the CD will go towards MacMillan Cancer Support. Sadly, like most people, I have lost family and friends to cancer.

The CD is available for a minimum donation of £8.50 each (UK) or £12.50 each (worldwide) and the price includes post and packing. You can buy "Dead End Street" via (remember to included your address) or visit for more details. I'm really pleased that day one sales raised £49!"

Trax: [1] "Secret Messages" (4:23) + [2] "Ordinary Dream" (3:19) + [3] "Mercy Mercy (2:54) + [4] "Kuiama" (7:55) + [5] "Mission (A New World Record)" (4:27) + [6] "Twilight" (4:43) + [7] "Ticket To The Moon" (4:15) + [8] "Getting To The Point" (4:49) + [9] "Baby I Apologise" (3:46) + [10] "Another Heart Breaks" (3:58) + [11] "Shangri-La" (5:45) + [12] "One Summer Dream" (5:16) + Running Time: 55:30

Find out more about and/or buy "Dead End Street" in CD format via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Dead End Street" by Mark Dodsworth 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 ... 07-July-2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


You may recall that elobeatlesforever (elobf) featured the play: "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour" last August whilst it ran at at The National Theatre in London before heading off to Australia. You may also recall that the show featured the Jeff Lynne penned ELO songs "Mr. Blue Sky", "Long Black Road", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Shine A Little Love" and "Wild West Hero" as well as Judie Tzuke's iconic "For You".

The show has now returned to London at the Duke Of York's Theatre and is running until Saturday 2nd September. A long time reader of elobf  dropped Yours Truly KJS a line the other day after having been to see "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour" last Friday with overview:

"I was taken to see ‘Our Ladies’ last night at the theatre in London. Maybe not usual fare - a story about a group of girls from Scotland. However, the eclectic music mix features a lot of ELO, everything from Don’t Bring Me Down to Long Black Road ... Songs all sung very well (and I was at Wembley the week before) with some great arrangements with a live band. I’d recommend it to any Jeff Lynne fan (although I should warn that the dialogue is very fruity)." (H)

Tickets to see "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour" can be purchased via this link thus:

Lee Hall apparently needed a year to persuade Jeff Lynne to grant permission for his songs to be used in this production. "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour" is based on the book "The Sopranos" by Alan Warner and is adapted by Lee Hall, with adult themes. If you do happen to go see this play, please let elobf know your thoughts on the musical element therein!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-July-2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Unbelievably, it's been thirty months since I've had the pleasure of attending a gig by 'Brum Beat' legend Jim Onslow so when he announced a last minute date at the relatively nearby Cleveland Arms on Saturday evening (1st July), Yours Truly KJS made sure of being there to see Jim - a former member of Gerry Levene & The Avengers and, of course, Denny Laine & The Diplomats - perform over forty songs covering four decades of music in his own amiable style.

As well as being a man who shared the stage with The Beatles at The Cavern, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Graeme Edge (later of The Moody Blues), Jim has also enjoyed an extensive career based in and around the West Midlands and Shropshire and is still going strong. Backed by own recorded tracks, the Brummie musician sang and played the guitar in a manner reminiscent of those much loved solo gigs by the late, great Kelly Groucutt back in the early nineties. Highlights again were many but nice covers of "You Got It" (Roy Orbison/Jeff Lynne), "('Til) I Kissed You" (The Everly Brothers), "Out Of Time" (Chris Farlowe), "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) and "I Saw Her Standing There" (The Beatles) truly hit the spot. It was a real pleasure to also spend not a few minutes chatting with Jim about his career right up until the present day, from a time when residencies were the norm to 2017 when pubs, clubs and venues are struggling to survive. If Jim Onslow is gigging near you, Go see him! Find out what Jim Onslow is up to and/or listen to his music via these links thus:

Jim Onslow @ Facebook   Jim Onslow @ YouTube   Jim Onslow @ Reverbnation
Jim Onslow @ CD Baby   Jim Onslow @ iTunes   Jim Onslow @

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Jim Onslow 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 ... 04-July-2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

28th ELOBF GIG GUIDE: Q3 2017

Summer into Autumn 2017 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide #28 to be published! Please find a list of selected gigs below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Saturday 1st July and Saturday 30th September during Q3 2017 (plus individual artist links) for you to peruse thus:

Saturday 1st July
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ The KCOM Stadium, Hull
Tickets from £35.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Quill @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £18.00 each (*plus booking fee)

The ELO Experience @ Conkers Ampitheatre, Derbyshire
Tickets: £24.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Jim Onslow @ The Cleveland Arms, Wolverhampton
Free entry

Friday 7th July
The ELO Experience @ Forum Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire
Tickets: £23.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 8th July
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7.50 each (advance) or £9.00 each (door)

Sunday 9th July
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Hyde Park, London
Tickets from £65.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 14th July
Bryan Adams @ Sixfields Stadium, Worcester
Tickets: from £49.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 15th July

The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Blue Piano Bar, Birmingham
Tickets: £10.00 each (advance) or £12.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Saturday 22nd July
Quill @ Warton Music Festival, Tamworth
Tickets: £10.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 26th July
Pete Kent @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £7.00 each (advance) or £9.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Saturday 29th July
Rebecca Downes supporting Magnum @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £22.50 each (advance) or £24.50 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Sunday 30th July
Stand Up & Rock! @ Holt Festival, Norwich
Tickets: from £25.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 4th August
The Naked Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10.00 each (advance) or £12.00 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

The Red Sun Band ft. John Kerton @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry

Saturday 5th August
Regina Spektor @  The Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: from £30.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 6th August
The Orchestra @ Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire
Tickets: £59.50 each (*plus booking fee)

The Jim Ramsey Band & ELO Light Years @ The Kings Arms Hotel, Abergavenny
Tickets: £10.00 each

Friday 25th August
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry

Friday 1st September
The ELO Encounter @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £7.00 each (advance) or £8.00 each (door)

Sunday 3rd September
The Trembling Wilburys @ One Kew Road, London
Tickets: £12.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 7th September
The ELO Experience @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £22.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 8th September
The ELO Experience @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £22.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Explosive Light Orchestra @ Walmley Club, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: £14.00 each (*plus 10% booking fee)

Saturday 9th September
Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story @ The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Tickets: from £21.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 16th September
ELO Again @ The Civic Theatre Hall, Stourport-on-Severn
Tickets: from £24.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 17th September
Dave Collison's Black & White Night Revisited @ The Half Moon, Putney
Tickets: £12.00 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 22nd September
ELO Again @ The Plaza Cinema & Variety Theatre, Stockport
Tickets: £24.20 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 23rd September
The ELO Encounter @ The Marr's Bar, Worcester
Tickets: £TBA each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 24th September
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry

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:

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:

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:

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 Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

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:

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:

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:

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:

ELO Light Years A new ELO tribute band and another from South Wales, ELO Light Years are headed up by Jim Ramsey alongside Mike 'Chas' Holcombe, Gaelle Favre, Sarah Waycott, Richard Watson, Robin Davey and Claire Brewster with Angharad and Rhiannon Griffiths. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

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 Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

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:

The 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:

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 ... 30-June-2017

Monday, 26 June 2017


Just under a year ago, whilst basking in the afterglow of a phenomenal performance at Glastonbury, fans of ELO were thrilled to hear the news that Jeff Lynne's ELO were to land at London's iconic Wembley Stadium for one glorious June night. Since then, elobeatlesforever (elobf) has been counting down the days to Saturday 24th June as the anticipation and excitement for the concert mounted in the wake of their April induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Ably supported by The Shires and Keane's Tom Chaplin on impressive solo duty, Jeff Lynne's ELO took their places on stage to the familiar sight and sound of rain and thunder to herald the first notes of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" and 'new' opener "Standin' In The Rain" (replacing last years "Tightrope"). The absence of the much missed Richard Tandy meant that Marcus Byrne again stepped up on piano and vocoder duties with Jeff promising the return of his right hand man on "the next leg of the tour".
There's now an air of familiarity about Jeff's touring troupe of thirteen in 2017 and that on stage bond - much marshalled by ace Musical Director Mike Stevens - meant that they had as much fun on stage as the 70,000+ folks watching them, under a what could only be described as a marvellous re-imagination of the spaceship insert that graced the inside sleeve of many thousands of copies of the classic "Out Of The Blue" 2LP some forty (40) years earlier upon a stage design that was literally out of this world.
A radical set list change was also confirmed following on from their Sheffield date three days earlier with four songs from the 2015 song roster including "Secret Messages" moved aside to accommodate a healthy influx of 'new' numbers including "Handle With Care", "Xanadu", "Ma Ma Ma Belle", "Last Train To London", "Do Ya" and "Twilight". All those song changes meant that those assembled got to see and hear an extended set of twenty three ELO classics in 110 minutes of sonic and visual excellence in perhaps the most atmospheric if not stratospheric of gigs thanks to the pre-show announcement that the show was being filmed for a future Blu-Ray and DVD release, most likely in time to be included at the top of many a Christmas present list.
The beaming smiles and frequent breaking out into song of the throngs ensured that this electric light fantastic concert, lauded as one of the gigs of the year, more than lived up to its billing. Many a review has doubtless already been written and published about ELO's latest Wembley spectacular but, for me, this was a truly sublime experience - and sure to propel their #1 multi-platinum selling "All Over The World" compilation back up the album charts!
It was truly momentous for this writer to hear Jeff deliver the vocals for "Twilight", "Handle With Care", "Do Ya", "Last Train To London" and "Ma Ma Ma Belle" for the first time, having listened to them as records for years! On such a night as this was, it's difficult to choose a fave but if you pushed me, I'd have to say that "Standin' In The Rain", "Ma Ma Ma Belle", "Do Ya" and "Twilight" were special. Yours Truly KJS did miss "Secret Messages" though, for obvious reasons. May the next ELO tour also be as dramatic, entertaining and wonderful as this one with perhaps a song too from (of course) "Secret Messages" and "Balance Of Power" to top it off ...
Jeff Lynne's ELO performed: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Prologue/Twilight" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
Jeff Lynne's ELO were: Jeff Lynne (Lead vocals/guitars) ~ Mike Stevens (Musical Director)(Guitars/vocals) ~ Milton McDonald (Guitars/vocals) ~ Lee Pomeroy (Bass/vocals) ~ Donavan Hepburn (Drums) ~ Marcus Byrne (Piano/keyboards/vocoder) ~ Bernie Smith (Keyboards) ~ Jo Webb (Keyboards) ~ Iain Hornal (Backing vocals/guitars) ~ Melanie Lewis McDonald (Backing vocals) ~ Rosie Langley (Violin) ~ Amy Langley (Cello) ~ Jess Cox (Cello)

Find out what Jeff Lynne's ELO are up to by visiting their official web site via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who love ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-June-2017

Friday, 23 June 2017


Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Sheffield (Photograph courtesy of Kevin Wells)
The Jeff Lynne's ELO spaceship will be landing at the world famous Wembley Stadium in less than 48 hours and elobeatlesforever (elobf) will, of course, be there. By now, most folks will be aware that the 23 song set list from their Sheffield gig on Wednesday 21st June radically changed from that performed in Birmingham last June with four (4) songs dropped and no less than eight (8) songs added.

Yours Truly KJS has decided not to publish the song roster from Sheffield or the above noted changes so as to not spoil the surprise for those going to the show at Wembley on Saturday 24th June and/or Glasgow on Wednesday 28th June and/or Hull on Saturday 1st July. What elobf can say is that the London concert may include more songs and that a familiar ELO icon will make a return.

Yours Truly KJS will be nestled amongst the rows in Block B4 and it would be nice to meet some of the lovely people who perchance occasionally to visit (or even) read elobeatlesforever (elobf)Please say "Hi!" if you bump into me! An elobf review of the events at Wembley will be published by Monday (26th) latest.



elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO live at Sheffield, London, Glasgow and Hull to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-June-2017