Sunday, 24 July 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [3]: WINGS OVER ABBEY ROAD

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The last time that Yours Truly KJS attended a gig in Wombourne was over twenty years ago to see the late, great Kelly Groucutt in action. Therefore, a return trip to South Staffordshire on the night of Saturday 23rd July to see Wings Over Abbey Road for the first time in over a year was both poignant and well timed as this Beatles and Paul McCartney themed sextet delivered another polished and entertaining set in the homely and welcoming surroundings of Wombourne CT&B Club.

Be it their note perfect rendition of most of the Abbey Road Medley, their inspired selection of tracks from The Beatles' songbook and their quite amazing live reproduction of Wings classics - Wings Over Abbey Road continue to amaze their audiences, particularly with the vocal clarity of Chris Brighton and Mike Tinsley, the astounding guitar craft of Nick Mellor and the accurate keys of Colin Noon, not forgetting the wonderful vocal harmonies of Debbie Lee-Richardson and the impressive percussion of 'new boy' Steve James. As ever, hearing the likes of "Golden Slumbers" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" performed live with the emotion they deserve is always a highlight but, yet again, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was simply sublime as were their renditions of "Band On The Run""Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In" - to name a few. It was an privilege to be in attendance and it is equally an pleasure to briefly review another fantastic WOAR show. Go see 'em folks!

Wings Over Abbey Road performed: "I Saw Her Standing There" ~ "All My Loving" ~ "Things We Said Today" ~ "Eight Days A Week" ~ "Another Girl" ~ "Drive My Car" ~ "Taxman" ~ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" ~ "Got To Get You Into My Life" ~ "Back In The USSR" ~ "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ~ "Something" ~ "Come Together" ~ "Here Comes The Sun" ~ "You Never Give Me Your Money" ~ "Sun King" ~ "Mean Mr. Mustard" ~ "Polythene Pam" ~ "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" ~ "Golden Slumbers" ~ "Carry That Weight" ~ "The End" ~ "Band On The Run" ~ "Silly Love Songs" ~ "Get Back" ~ "Maybe I'm Amazed" ~ "Paperback Writer" ~ "Let 'Em In" ~ "Another Day" ~ "Lady Madonna" ~ "Jet" ~ "Live And Let Die" ~ "Hey Jude" ~ "I've Just Seen Face"
Wings Over Abbey Road were: Chris Brighton [Vocals/Guitar] ~ Mike Tinsley [Vocals/Bass] ~ Colin Noon [Keyboards/vocals] ~ Nick Mellor [Guitars/vocals] ~ Debbie Lee-Richardson [Vocals] ~ Steve James [Drums]

Their next date is scheduled for Friday 3rd September at The Academy Theatre in Barnsley. Find out what Wings Over Abbey Road are up to via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Wings Over Abbey Road 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 ... 24-July-2016

Saturday, 23 July 2016

THE MOVE: LOOKING ON TO COMPLETE 2016 VINYL ISSUES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As well as being a truly bumper year for collectors of ELO vinyl re-issues, 2016 is also set to be the year when we see all four [4] studio albums released by The Move seeing new life on 180g vinyl too.

"Message From The Country" saw LP release via Parlophone on Friday 24th June with "Move" following yesterday [22nd July], "Shazam" due out on 19th August  and "Looking On" now set for its unveiling on 16th September thus via the excellent folks over at Music On Vinyl. All four [4] albums can be ordered and/or pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk via these links thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Message-Country-VINYL-Move/dp/B01E4WLJ9U
www.amazon.co.uk/Move-mono-version-180-vinyl/dp/B01GCFN22E
www.amazon.co.uk/Shazam-180-gm-vinyl-Move/dp/B01I1T862U
www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-180-gm-vinyl-Move/dp/B01HO47MNC

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Move", "Shazam", "Looking On" and "Message From The Country" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 23-July-2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: PETE KENT @ THE ROBIN 19/07/16

Pete Kent thrilled a healthy Tuesday night audience at The Robin 2 [Photos: John Collins/Forever] ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The opportunity to once again see Wolverhampton's very own world renowned finger style guitarist Pete Kent headlining his own gig at The Robin 2 on Tuesday 19th July was simply too good to pass on an extremely warm evening in Bilston earlier this week. Pete was preceded by an impressive eight [8] song support set by Jade & Sunny who included stunning versions of "Come Together", "Spooky" and "Cupid" during their opening slot. The local duo - a relatively new pairing - looked and sounded assured on the famed stage and hold much future promise.
Super support: Jade Duncombe [r] & Sunny Mohindra [l] ...
Pete Kent - lauded by Mark King of Level 42 fame and featured worldwide in numerous performance videos on YouTube worldwide including this performance of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" - never fails to amaze audiences with his plethora of stringed skills as he uses practically every inch of of his guitar to deliver quite stunning interpretations of classic songs intertwined with his own compositions. And so it was again as we were treated to another array of top musicianship as we were treated to sublime arrangements of songs including ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down", The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Eleanor Rigby" as well as tracks from his latest album "The Hidden Hand", including the lovely "Every Time I See Your Face". Sometimes a review can fail to capture the atmosphere and unique vibe of a concert. This was one such event.
Yours Truly KJS very much looks forward both to the next Pete Kent concert and also reviewing new album "The Hidden Hand", which can purchased via these links thus:


Pete Kent performed: "The Tall Fiddler" ~ "Icon" ~ Disco Medley ~ "Ain't Nobody" ~ "Every Time I See Your Face" ~ "The Headless Horseman" ~ 80’s Medley ~ 70’s Medley (including "Don't Bring Me Down" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") ~ "The Way It Is" ~ "Postman’s Knock" ~ 90’s Dance Music Medley ~ "Hot Water" ~ "It's Too Late" ~ "Message In A Bottle" ~ "The Spiral" ~ "Eleanor Rigby" ~ "Thunderstruck" ~ "The Hidden Hand"

Find out more about Pete Kent via his official web site thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends 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 ... 22-July-2016

Monday, 18 July 2016

MOVING ON: BEV BEVAN'S BRAND NEW ZING

With many thanx to Dawn Grainger for providing photo [above left] ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Move [featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton] announced Thursday 14th July that their previously announced Autumn tour has now been cancelled with four Midlands dates in Solihull, Cannock, Sutton Coldfield and Redditch rebranded as shows by Bev Bevan's Zing Band, with support by Ricky Cool and The In Crowd. Unfortunately, the gigs in Tewkesbury, Billingham, Shanklin and Cheltenham will not now go ahead.

According to a letter sent to ticket holders for the Cannock date on Sunday 18th September, Trevor Burton has departed the band and the new Zing Band quintet will feature superlative Rockin' Berries frontman Geoff Turton as guest vocalist alongside Bev and his regular cohorts Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant. Expect to hear the hits of The Move, ELO and a whole host of others! Tickets for all four [4] shows can be purchased via the links detailed below thus:

Saturday 17th September
The Core Theatre @ Solihull ~ [0121] 704 6962
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 18th September
Prince Of Wales Theatre @ Cannock ~ [01543] 578762
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 22nd September
6th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show @ Hall Green Stadium, Birmingham
Tickets: £22.00 each [advance][*plus booking fee] or £25.00 each [door]
www.wegottickets.com/event/360401

Friday 23rd September
Aston Wood Golf Club @ Sutton Coldfield ~ [0121] 580 7803
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 29th October
Palace Theatre @ Redditch ~ [01527] 65203
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Bev Bevan's Zing Band to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes. See ya there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-July-2016

Sunday, 17 July 2016

CAUGHT LIVE: RAYMOND FROGGATT & QUILL

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The chance for Yours Truly KJS to go see Brummie legend Raymond Froggatt share the bill with new look Quill at The Grand Theatre here in Wolverhampton last night [Friday 15th July] was an opportunity not to be missed as both artistes delivered top class, entertaining sets in front of a healthy audience. On paper, it was an odd pairing but in very many ways, both bands complimented each other wonderfully.

Raymond Froggatt [and his superb band] hardly needs any introduction. A prolific songwriter and performing artist for now over fifty [50] years with a loyal following, the man they call Froggy was absolutely outstanding and completely endearing as he revealed himself as a master raconteur too between such beautiful compositions as "Rhianna", "Move Over Sleep" and "Somewhere Under The Sun". Tales of his early days in Aston with Ozzy Osbourne's mum making him a [handled] cup of tea and his recollections working with the likes of  Val Doonican, Tammy Wynette and Dave Clark whilst also showing off his French and German language skills were a joy to hear. Raymond Froggatt has a certain honesty and style of delivery on stage that is sure to win you over and his band, with the finesse of long time friend, cohort and guitarist Hartley Cain, were the perfect vehicle to compliment such a thoroughly nice guy.

After a short interval, oft elobeatlesforever featured sextet Quill emerged effortlessly with the effervescent Joy Strachan-Brain bounding on stage to deliver their own brand of Americana tinged Celtic rock in front of many folks who quite possibly had not experienced their craft. Quill have been around for a few years themselves too and, despite a few changes in personnel, they still manage to be quintessential Quill. This was more than evidenced again as they put together a collection of songs combining their own - three of which are from their forthcoming new album, including the brand new  "Elephant In The Room" - with their unique take on classics such as "Can't Find My Way Home" [sung beautifully by Abby Brant], classic ELO ballad "Telephone Line" and "The Whole Of The Moon", not forgetting their awesome Abbey Road Medley encore. A polished performance and a real case of ELO Beatles together!
A Grand night out with Quill [Photo courtesy of John Collins/Forever] ...
Raymond Froggatt performed such songs as: “Everybody Falls In Love” ~ “Somewhere Under The Sun” ~ “Give Me A Call” ~ “Red Balloon” ~ “Rhianna” ~ “I Did It All With You” ~ “Roly” ~ "For The Ladies" ~ “Always Goodbye

Quill performed such songs as: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “A Showman’s Life” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Life Is Life” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ “Elephant In The Room” ~ "Jiggly Jig" ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”

Find out what Quill and Raymond Froggatt via their official web sites thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Quill and Raymond Froggatt 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 ... 17-July-2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

RECOMMENDED: 6th ANNUAL TREVOR BURTON CHARITY SHOW


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased to confirm that the The 6th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show will again be held at Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 22nd September 2016 in aid of Trevor's two [2] chosen charities, which are Daybreaks Kennels and Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust.


Tickets are priced at £22.00 each in advance [plus booking fee if bought on line] or £25.00 on the door [if available] and can be purchased via these three [3] sources thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The 6th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show 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. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 11-July-2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016

BRYAN ADAMS: NEW SINGLE: DON'T EVEN TRY + VIDEO

Bryan Adams' "Get Up" album had yielded three singles before "Don't Even Try" was announced ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Canadian rocker Bryan Adams announced earlier this week that the fourth 'single' from his latest long player "Get Up" will be "Don't Even Try". The track from the aforementioned Jeff Lynne produced album, is in support of his Summer dates and is quite remarkable in that it is one of only nine [9] original songs on the record, which also includes four [4] acoustic versions. Having said that, remember that five [5] out of nine [9] tracks on ELO's #1 LP "Discovery" were lifted as singles back in 1979! The official music video for "Don't Even Try" has also been released featuring cameos by comedian David Walliams and Bryan's longtime co-writer and collaborator Jim Vallance thus:

"Get Up" has been a major success for Bryan Adams, peaking at #2 and spending 17 weeks on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart at the time of writing. Yours Truly KJS previously reviewed "Get Up", both the album and the tour, for elobeatlesforever (elobf) via these links thus:

REVIEW: GET UP [Bryan Adams]
CAUGHT LIVE: BRYAN ADAMS @ BIRMINGHAM 30/04/16


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Get Up" by Bryan Adams 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 ... 07-July-2016