Monday, 27 June 2016

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO: JUNE 2017 WEMBLEY DATE + TICKET DETAILS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Jeff Lynne's ELO announced earlier this morning [Monday 27th June] that their recent hugely successful UK and European tour in support of latest album "Alone In The Universe" will be followed up next year with a prestigious date at Wembley Stadium in London "for one night only" on Saturday 24th June 2017.
The press release is timed perfectly following their amazing Glastonbury debut yesterday. Jeff Lynne's ELO have now played in front of upwards of 300,000 people in 2016 so a huge ELO stadium gig next Summer is sure to be sold out in record "Time" as Jeff celebrates the record breaking 2005 compilation "All Over The World" selling over one million copies. Tickets are priced between £35.00 each and £110.00 each [*plus booking fees] thus:

[1] The first pre-sale ticket batch goes on sale at 9:00AM on Wednesday 29th June to ELO fan club members [Showdown mailing list] and O2 customers through Ticketmaster via this link here

[2] A special link and password for a dedicated allocation of tickets for ELO/Jeff Lynne fans will be posted to the Jeff Lynne Official Facebook Page just before 9:00AM on Thursday 30th June.

[3] Another pre-sale will then take place on Thursday 30th June from 9:30AM for those registered with LiveNation via this link here

[4] Remaining tickets will go on general sale at 9:00AM on Friday 1st July via www.livenation.co.uk

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend 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 ... 27-June-2016

Sunday, 26 June 2016

REVIEW: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ GLASTONBURY 2016

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Jeff Lynne's ELO duly made their much anticipated bow on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2016 and proceeded to literally wow the near 150,000 festival goers in attendance with an inspired performance of their greatest hits to truly steal the show both in person at Worthy Farm and online "All Over the World".
The ELO maestro conducted a fifteen [15] song cameo that encompassed the ELO singles career from 1971-80 with a number of songs omitted from their recent "Alone In The Universe" arena tour with "When I Was A Boy" pleasingly retained for the 75 minute show. Conditions were damp but that did not deter those "Standin' In The Rain" from responding - and dancing - in response to the likes of "All Over The World", "Shine A Little Love", "Turn To Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Roll Over Beethoven".
This was very much an up tempo set with just the one slower number included and it was - rather aptly - capped by the nations #1 feel good song "Mr. Blue Sky" in such atypical British Summer conditions. It will now be interesting to see if this enjoyable parade of ELO classics will propel best-selling compilation "All Over The World" back up the UK Top 10, maybe even to #1.
Jeff Lynne's ELO performed these songs at Glastonbury 2016: "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
Jeff Lynne's ELO were: Jeff [Lead vocals/guitars] ~ Richard Tandy [Piano/keyboards/piano] ~ Mike Stevens [Musical Director/guitars/vocals] ~ Milton McDonald [Guitars/vocals] ~ Lee Pomeroy [Bass/vocals] ~ Donavan Hepburn [Drums] ~ Bernie Smith [Keyboards] ~ Marcus Byrne [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:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who love 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 ... 26-June-2016

2017 UK ELO FAN CONVENTION?

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Now that Jeff Lynne and ELO are firmly back in the embrace of the wider music loving public, elobeatlesforever (elobf) would be most interested to know whether there is an appetite in the ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and related artistes fan community for an UK ELO Fan Convention during 2017. This is not something that I could possibly organize without others but I do have some ideas as to what would be involved if there were solid and consistent support for such an event:
  • sponsored by elobeatlesforever (elobf) and [a] suitable commercial partner[s]
  • non-profit
  • to be held in the West Midlands
  • to be held on or over a weekend
  • an acceptable ticket price or entry charge?
  • live on stage Q&A's by KJS with ELO and related artistes/celebrities
  • an ELO and related memorabilia display/exhibition
  • an ELO and related swap shop
  • meet 'n' greet
  • loads of ELO music piped through the PA!
  • [a] live performance[s] by [an] ELO tribute band[s]
  • live performances by ELO influenced artistes
  • food and, of course, a bar
  • absolutely no KJS jokes!
Yours Truly KJS would greatly appreciate your ideas, thoughts and feedback regarding the above soundbites via elobeatlesforever (elobf) itself, direct email or our social media outlets. Thanx!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 26-June-2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [3]: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ BIRMINGHAM 24/06/16

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I had to pinch myself a couple of times last night [Friday 24th June] as I settled down to see my third Jeff Lynne's ELO concert of 2016 at The Barclaycard Arena [formerly the NIA] in "Down Home Town" Birmingham. Yours Truly KJS has been blessed to see [and review] the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams and Brian Wilson perform live in the last twelve [12] months but the gigs featuring Jeff's latest ELO incarnation - two in Brum and one in Liverpool - have been, literally, out of this world. I was determined to make sure that I absorbed and fully experienced this jaw-dropping, amazing spectacle in the very centre of the ELO heartland - and so it was. JEFF LYNNE has not only assembled a tight and cohesive band, his team have also re-invented the term astounding with an audio visual light fantastic presentation that not only amplifies the ELO experience "Above The Clouds", it also elevates the audience to a "Destination Unknown".
After a thoroughly impressive and completely enjoyable support set by Dublin quintet THE SHOOS, the capacity crowd was literally "Blown Away" by a nineteen [19] song set that took us right through the ELO songbook all the way from "10538 Overture" to "Secret Messages" and beyond to "Alone In The Universe". The 'new' songs unveiled on this tour - particularly "When I Was A Boy" - sit perfectly amongst the classics we all know and love. The spine tingling intro of "Tightrope" is a masterstroke, the projected imagery of "Wild West Hero" and "Turn To Stone" is superb and the presentation of "Secret Messages", "Evil Woman" and "All Over the World" [and everything else!] continues to send the fans into orbit. The stompers "Rockaria!", "Showdown" and  "Roll Over Beethoven", naturally, brought nearly all to their feet and the familiar, joyful, ultimate feel good anthem "Mr. Blue Sky" once again provided the ultimate fanfare for band and attendee alike. Make no mistake about it, this was a world class, Premier League gig of the highest order to send avid and casual ELO fan alike into raptures. We now look forward to Glastonbury and, after that, those US dates ...
Jeff Lynne's ELO performed: "Tightrope" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Secret Messages" ~ "When The Night Comes" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
Jeff Lynne's ELO were: Jeff [Lead vocals/guitars] ~ Richard Tandy [Piano/keyboards/piano] ~ Mike Stevens [Musical Director/guitars/vocals] ~ Milton McDonald [Guitars/vocals] ~ Lee Pomeroy [Bass/vocals] ~ Donavan Hepburn [Drums] ~ Bernie Smith [Keyboards] ~ Marcus Byrne [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:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO and The Shoos to those enlightened folks who love 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 ... 25-June-2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

GLASTONBURY GUIDE: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Fans of Jeff Lynne and ELO will have plenty to watch, record and enjoy when Jeff Lynne's ELO appear on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury between 4:00PM and 5:15PM on Sunday 26th June 2016.

First up, BBC Radio 6 Music will broadcast an hour long interview with Jeff Lynne by Matt Everitt from 1:00PM until 2:00PM before Jeff Lynne's ELO are featured live on BBC Radio 2 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM - with Jo Whiley and Dermot O'Leary holding the reigns. You will also be able to see Jeff Lynne's ELO perform live online via the BBC Glastonbury website.

Their performance will then see TV broadcast on BBC Two between 6:30PM and 8:00PM. Don't forget that the famed BBC red button will of course be in play throughout with BBC iPlayer sure to feature ELO's much anticipated Legends slot thereafter, up until Tuesday 26th July.


Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (ELOBF) hope that the above panel will assist you in organising your listening and/or viewing on Glasto Sunday and beyond.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-June-2016

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

SILVER CLEF: ANOTHER AWARD FOR JEFF LYNNE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The much respected Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity announced earlier today that The London Evening Standard Icon Award - also known as an O2 Silver Clef - will be awarded to ELO maestro Jeff Lynne on Friday 1st July 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. In the press release, Jeff stated:

"I am thrilled to be receiving the Icon Award. There are so many people who benefit from the charity’s work and I am honoured to have been made part of it."

He was joined by Jon O’Donnell [MD of ESI Media] who added: "ESI Media, home of the The London Evening Standard, is extremely proud of its continued association with Nordoff Robbins and all the fantastic work they do. This year we're delighted to be presenting the Icon Award to a giant of the Music Industry on behalf of a giant hearted charity."
Produced by Jeff Lynne in aid of Nordoff-Robbins: The "Wonderful Land" single [1993] ...
Jeff Lynne has been involved with Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy for some time. You may remember that he produced a single in aid of the charity back in 1993 entitled: "Wonderful Land" b/w "Nivram" by Hank Marvin featuring Mark Knopfler and recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. Music therapy is the specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional well-being, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. Donations can be made to the charity via this link thus: www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/donate

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (ELOBF) wish to congratulate Jeff Lynne for this latest recognition in a long line of achievements.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-June-2016

Sunday, 19 June 2016

ONE MILLION THANX

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS would like to confirm that elobeatlesforever (ELOBF) nudged over the one million [1,000,000] views threshold earlier today - Sunday 19th June 2016. Rather than list the many exclusives, interviews, reviews and other articles, I'd like to simply thank each and every visitor and/or contributor to ELOBF since we started out on Monday 2nd February 2009. 

It's taken us 2,694 days, almost 385 weeks, 88.5 months, 7.375 years and 1,129 articles to get here. I'm really hoping that you've enjoyed the journey and that you've found ELOBF to be an accurate and helpful source of information. We have tried to give fair and unbiased coverage of all artistes in the ELO universe [and beyond] whilst still holding on tight to the hope that the originally intended eighteen [18] track, 2LP "Secret Messages" - including, of course, "Beatles Forever" - will still see formal release one day yet future. I'm truly humbled by your support and literally lost for words. #thankyou #ELOBF

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 19-June-2016