Friday, 12 February 2016

CHARTWATCH: AITU STILL IN TOP 75 AFTER 13 WEEKS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart this week sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO down just four [4] places from #71 to #75 making it now thirteen [13] weeks in the Top 100. ELO's recently platinum certified 2005 compilation "All Over The World" has jumped up another ten [10] places from #56 to #46 whilst The Beatles' career overview "1" has also nudged up four [4] places from #54 to #50.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] continues to recommend "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 12-Feb-2016

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

RECOMMENDED: JOHN LODGE UK TOUR 2016

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If you didn't already know it, Moody Blues guitarist John Lodge will be hosting a series of intimate gigs to showcase his solo career - including his most recent album "10,000 Light Years Ago" - and his fave Moody Blues tunes with former and present members of the legendary band. Sadly, ELO co-founder Bev Bevan will not now be a part of this particular tour, although an exciting - if not 'Move-ing' - announcement regarding his Autumnal plans is due soon! Seven [7] John Lodge dates are planned for September 2016 - at the time of writing - and they are detailed below thus:

Saturday 3rd September
Billingham Forum Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
t: [01642] 552663
Tickets: £tba each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 8th September
Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne, Dorset
t: [01202] 885566
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 9th September
Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
t: [01803] 328385
Tickets: £26.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 15th September
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
t: [01604] 624811
Tickets: £tba each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 18th September
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
t: [01743] 281281
Tickets: £28.50 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 23rd September
Stratford Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon
t: [01789] 207100
Tickets: £tba each [*plus booking fee]

Thursday 29th September
The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
t: [01536] 414141
Tickets: £25.00 each [*plus booking fee]

You can find out more about John Lodge, the tour [and more] via these links thus:

www.johnlodge.com
www.brianyeates.co.uk/Touring-Shows/John-Lodge

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends John Lodge to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles, The Moody Blues and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 09-Feb-2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016

REVIEW: THE LOVE BRIGADE EP

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Towards the end of 2015, Jeff Jewett contacted Yours Truly KJS at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) regarding his new musical project The Love Brigade and their then just released self-titled four (4) track EP.

The Love Brigade EP was recorded in both Los Angeles and New York City by this LA based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and is clearly a recording influenced by Jeff Jewett's love of his [our our] musical hero Jeff Lynne, particularly if you favour the unique production values and that certain sound delivered by the ELO maestro after "Balance Of Power" with artistes such as The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bryan Adams. This quartet of songs have a natural flow and are replete with familiar Lynnesque traits whilst retaining and presenting the composition and performing talents of this particular Jeff. This is an EP that fans of ELO & Jeff Lynne will enjoy discovering and maybe even rename "The ELOve Brigade" for such are the quite excellent harmonies, chords and drum work found herein. Well worth an asking price of around $5 in the States and a bargain at just under £4 in the UK. Buy it! (9/10)

The Love Brigade EP is:
[1] "Where We Started" [3:30] ~ [2] "Honor Among Thieves" [5:39]
[3] "I Can Be Anything" [3:59] ~ [4] "Great Day" [4:35]

You can find out more about The Love Brigade at www.facebook.com/lovebrigademusic and/or www.youtube.com/channel/TheLoveBrigade. The Love Brigade EP was released on Thursday 12th November 2015 and can be purchased in download format via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Love Brigade EP 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 ... 07-Feb-2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

ALL OVER THE WORLD JOINS THE 100 CLUB


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Did you know that the latest Official UK Albums Chart announced earlier today revealed yet another amazing milestone for the Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne?
By rising nine (9) places from #65 to #56 and thus staying in the Top 100 chart, ELO's recently platinum certified 2005 greatest hits compilation "All Over The World" also clocked up its 100th week in the Official UK Albums Chart joining "A New World Record" (also 100 weeks) and "Out Of The Blue" (108 weeks excluding the 2007 OOTB remaster) in what is a truly exclusive best-selling ELO club!

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

Friday, 5 February 2016

CHARTWATCH: 12 WEEKS IN TOP 100 FOR AITU

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart this week sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO down a further seventeen [17] places from #54 to #71 making it now twelve [12] weeks in the Top 100. ELO's recently platinum certified 2005 compilation "All Over The World" has jumped up nine [9] places from #65 to #56 whilst The Beatles' career overview "1" has also nudged up five [5] places from #59 to #54.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] continues to recommend "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 05-Feb-2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO: HOLLYWOOD BOWL SHOW TRIO ANNOUNCED

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association issued a press release earlier today [Thursday 4th February] to announce that Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be performing three [3] LA orchestral shows at the iconic Hollywood Bowl for their Fireworks Finale between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th September 2016.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be ably assisted by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings conducted by Thomas Wilkins. The trio of concerts will be the first large scale ELO dates in Los Angeles for almost thirty [30] years and the first time that the band will have played at the world famous venue. You can read the press release in full here.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2016 Summer Season - including the above Jeff Lynne’s ELO dates - will be available to purchase online at HollywoodBowl.com and/or via telephone at [001] 323 850 2000 as follows:

Tuesday 9th February 2016
New subscriptions and group sales
Tuesday 15th March 2016
"Five or More" packages
Sunday 1st May 2016
Single ticket sales

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 04-Feb-2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

ELOBF: 7th ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This is ELOBF article #1,054 and today is Tuesday 2nd February 2016 - also known as Groundhog Day! It's also seven [7] years since ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]was born back in 2009.

So much has happened in the ELOBF universe during those 2,556 days ... many gigs, reviews, interviews and so much more. A few days ago, the number of visitors to ELOBF went past the 800,000 mark and there's now a reasonable chance that ELOBF will attain one million views by the end of 2016.

I thought that  it would be interesting to see what the most read ELOBF article is and - with 21,763 views [at the time of writing] - it continues to be my review of Jeff Lynne's amazing live return with his new ELO line-up at Hyde Park in September 2014 thus: 

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ BBC2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK 2014

We've lost some great friends and musicians yet we've also gained sight of so many artistes essentially influenced by the genius of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat' and, of course, The BeatlesYours Truly KJS would like to thank each and every visitor, reader, follower and participant of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for journeying here. Every visit really is appreciated. Thank You!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2016