Friday, 31 December 2010

YOURS TRULY 2010: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for visiting my blog ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] this year and to wish you a magnificent, musical and ELOtastic New Year!

2010 has quite simply been a marvellous year for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] thanx to you! There have been many highs and no significant lows to mention. Joining Facebook has also opened up a new avenue of contacts both in 2010 and going forward into 2011. But let us briefly review the gigs that I can remember at the time of writing: two [2] Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] gigs, two [2] Wheels Of Fire gigs, two [2] ELO Experience gigs, one [1] Roy Wood gig, two [2] Animals with The Move gigs and one [1] BeatBack Brothers gig.

Highlights have also included taking James and Rebekah to their first ever live gig by The ELO Experience, introducing you to Sean Mack Page and his bands Fragile X and Imaginos, introducing you to Pete Dicks and his Beatles and Beyond Radio Show; introducing you to Hamilton Radio and interviewing Julianna Raye. Youts truly KJS have a number of projects in hand for 2011 including not a few interviews, [hopefully] some ELO based radio shows and some assistance with the 2011 ELO Fan Convention in August.

We lost Mike Edwards and Tony Curtis in 2010 and we remembered their ELO legacies ... we saw the long awaited DVD release of the 1976 Fusion gig with other material but we sadly did not see any new ELO & Jeff Lynne album release.

We do however look forward to said Jeff Lynne release in 2011 and more The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II], Phil Bates, BBBV, The ELO Experience, BeatBack Brothers, The Move, Roy Wood gigs et al in the coming year. 2011 is set yo be an exciting year not only for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] but for all ELO [and related artistes] fans!

"Just on the border of your waking mind, there lies another Time ..." in 2011 so you'd better "Hold On Tight to your dreams" ... See you there folks!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2010

Friday, 24 December 2010

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM ELOBF

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for visiting ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] this year and to wish you [and your families] not only a Merry Christmas but also a magnificent, musical and ELOtastic New Year!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Dec-2010

Saturday, 18 December 2010

CAUGHT LIVE: THE BEATBACK BROTHERS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! We had the great pleasure last night of [at long last] witnessing a gig by The BeatBack Brothers at the Goodrich Club here in Winterful Wolverhampton for my last musical musing of 2010. Last night's set was varied and the guys produced a great show that paid tribute to the original artists but at the same time displayed their own skills and personality. In particular, I was impressed not only with their covers of those Beatles classics but also of Wings and Paul McCartney songs amongst many others. It was a fantastic Christmassy evening and it was my great pleasure to re-meet Craig and also meet his BeatBack Bro Adam.

The BeatBack Brothers are Craig Whale [Guitar/Vocals] and Adam Willetts [Keyboards/Vocals]. With great skill, they cover classic songs by the likes of ELO, The Beatles, Wings and T.Rex et al:


I look forward to hearing their take on ELO classics "Do Ya" and "Evil Woman". Me thinx also that they are well suited to covering those seminal Jeff Lynne songs: "Hold On Tight", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" and "Calling America". I am also looking forward to seeing TBBB again  - maybe even their cover of "Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644]" - only joking folks!

Hence whether you be a pub, club or other entertainment venue here in the [West] Midlands of England or if you are planning an event, then take it as read that Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] reckon that you give these talented individuals an opportunity to rock your house and - naturally - your customers too!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Dec-2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

CAUGHT LIVE: ROY WOOD ROCK & ROLL BAND

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When you have the opportunity to attend and witness a Roy Wood concert at this time of year, you have to grab it! Yours Truly KJS joined the throng at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton last night [Wednesday 15th December] alongside my ELO gig buddy Chris 'Mustard' Evans and we found a nice spot to view and hear the proceedings behind the sound and lighting desk.

There is no doubting the song writing legacy and instrumental prowess of this former leading light in The Move, co-founder of the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO], Wizzard and other notable projects. The full house were treated to a great performance last night that included the seminal classics "Blackberry Way", "Flowers In The Rain", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", "See My Baby Jive", "California Man""Ball Park Incident", "Angel Fingers" and - naturally - "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day".

This writer was most pleased to hear two [2] new songs entitled "Big Girl Blues" and "New York City" as well as the excellent "Kiss Me Goodnight, Boadicea". This was an excellent concert. I loved the four piece brass section, the ripping bass guitar solo and even a failed bagpipe blasting! It was also great to bump into Craig Whale from The BeatBack Brothers [whom I plan to be checking out tomorrow night for the first time] plus Facebook pals Paul Richardson and Geoff Cook. All in all - despite a comical taxi journey home - it was well worth the effort!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Dec-2010

Sunday, 12 December 2010

TICKET TO A MAGICAL MYSTERY RIDE!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today I would like to highlight a marvellous amateur dramatic production that we witnessed today over in Llanymynech on the Welsh/English border. The Role Play Theatre Workshop presented a fantastic Beatles based pantomime entitled TICKET to RIDE: the Magical Mystery Tour to The Snow Queen by Helen Chapman. This production was in aid of Hope House Children's Hospices with the goal of raising a cool £1,000.

This was a wonderful theatrical creation weaving together those classic Beatles tracks into an entertaining seasonal special, acted and sung well by a bunch of talented kids with one or two adults in tow! I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure to hear songs like "Yesterday", "Eleanor Rigby", "All You Need Is Love" and "Help!" performed so heartily by this company. A special mention for the musical quartet of our friends Dickon and Trish Faux-Nightingale plus Helen Chapman [the writer] and Janet Browne is most assuredly deserved. It's a good thing to see the grandchildren of the Beatles generation belting out their songs in this kind of setting. Well done guys! Now for that ELO themed musical of mine ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-Dec-2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

CAUGHT LIVE [3]: WHEELS OF FIRE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was my great pleasure to be among the audience last night [Saturday 4th December 2010] with friends at the Whitmore Reans Conservative Club in Wolverhampton, England to witness the latest of those rare events which is a Wheels Of Fire gig.

On a night when most of the nations attention was focused on The X Factor and most of the attention in Wolverhampton was seemingly on whether yet another manufactured boy band will play a 'gig' in one of their members home town, the real and true business of talented and professional musicians coming together like hand and glove to produce a memorable and entertaining performance was happening right under their noses.
Quite simply, for those seeking an introduction into classic R 'n' B and for those of us who appreciate the great sound and construction of songs by The Beatles [THE inspiration for ELO], Cream, Free, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix et al, last nights Wheels Of Fire concert was like honey melting in the mouth.

The quartet of Brian Badhams on bass guitar, Clive Bunker on drums/percussion, Mark Stanway and our very own Phil Bates on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals were - to this writer - stunning. I absolutely love their funked up version of "Daytripper"! It is hard to pick out highlights when the standard was so very high. Folks ... you missed out hearing the sublime "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Oh Well", "Wishing Well" and "Layla" and the rest of the set. There are connections here for the fans of The Beatles and ELO to enjoy in particular. My friends and fellow attendees Andy and Jonathan were mightily impressed with what they saw and heard last night.
It was nice to touch base with Mark Stanway - whom I shall be interviewing for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the near future. It was also great to chat with Phil after the gig on many and various subject matter. All in all, Yours Truly KJS thinks that this was one of the best gigs I have attended in respect of the musicianship and tightness of a given band. Don't  miss out on the opportunity to support Wheels Of Fire lest you will miss out on the heartbeat of True Blues.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Wheels Of Fire 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-Dec-2010

Saturday, 4 December 2010

ROY WOOD: FRONT PAGE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS thought it apt that ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] should highlight the front page report in tonight's edition of the Wolverhampton based "Express & Star" newspaper [Saturday 4th December 2010] on the subject of the Roy Wood gig at Birmingham Town Hall last night:
Isn't it great to see this Midlands music legend, the man who gave us The Move, ELO, Wizzard and some of the greatest pop songs ever written receiving the correct amount of media attention?
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveWizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Dec-2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

LAST CALL: WHEELS OF FIRE @ 04/12/10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please be reminded that Yours Truly KJS shall be in attendance at Whitmore Reans Cons Club in Wolverhampton tomorrow [Saturday 4th December] at 9:00PM to [once again] see and hear Phil Bates' perform with Wheels Of Fire - who also feature Mark Stanway [Magnum], Clive Bunker [Jethro Tull] and Brian Badhams [The Elkie Brooks Band]. Further information can be found via these links thus:

www.phil-bates.co.uk
RECOMMENDED: WHEELS OF FIRE @ 04/12/10
www.wherecanwego.com/search/ViewEvent=393882

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Wheels Of Fire 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 ... 03-Dec-2010