Wednesday, 23 February 2011

RECOMMENDED: BEATLES BLUES & BLUE VIOLIN @ 10/04/11

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I'm pleased to confirm that Yours Truly KJS will be attending the Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] gig featuring Phil Bates, Mik Kaminski and Tina McBain at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Sunday 10th April with one or three friends. Tickets are priced at just £10 each [advance] or £12 each [door] via this link thus:

www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2345

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends the Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Feb-2011

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

FRAGILE X: TURN TO STONE [2]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If you tuned in to Pete Dicks' fantastic Beatles and Beyond radio show a few weeks ago, you would have heard the world premiere of a great version of ELO's classic Jeff Lynne penned song "Turn To Stone" as recorded by Sean Mack Page's erstwhile band Fragile X. A couple of promo copies of this track arrived in the mail from Sean [one is for Pete Dicks] and I have to say that this is a nice rocked up interpretation of a great song. It grows on you every time you listen to it!

Your Truly KJS hopes to interview Sean in the near future for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] about the recording and to also encourage him to set it up on YouTube for easier access for all! It really is a great privilege to encourage new and established acts with links to the ELO, The Beatles and related artistes in their musical progression and journeying. You can read more about this newly available recording, reported here previously by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] back on 16th January, via this link thus: FRAGILE X: TURN TO STONE [1]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Turn To Stone" by Fragile X 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 ... 16-Feb-2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

INTERVIEW: RICK PRICE [The Move/Wizzard]

The Rockin' Berries with Rick Price [second left] and his "Top Ten Record" ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is pleased to have secured an interview with Rick Price - former member of Sight & Sound, The Move, Mongrel, Wizzard and The Wizzo Band et al. Rick is currently a part of legendary 'Brum Beat' band The Rockin' Berries, who are currently touring the UK celebrating their 50th anniversary. Yours Truly KJS asked Rick these questions:

KJS: Greetings Rick! And thank you for taking part in this interview. It's nice to see that you are touring again with The Rockin' Berries. How did joining the Berries come about?
RP: Mike Sheridan didn't fancy the job and suggested me to Geoff Turton.
KJS: Tell me about the current tour. You are now celebrating the bands 50th anniversary. What has the crowd reaction been like in 2011?
RP: The first gig was 20 short of a sell-out. The second gig has been sold out for a few weeks. There are tickets available at the other venues but the punters need to be quick - we can only do ONE fiftieth anniversary tour!
KJS: We all fondly remember you as the bass player with The Move and Wizzard. But your musical journey has taken you further. Some of us recall your 1970 solo single “Top 10 Record”. But what other projects have you worked on and enjoyed?
RP: I had a great time with Peters & Lee and Jim Davidson - there have been many high points. Alongside the Rockin' Berries work, I still do duo gigs with my wife.
KJS: Can you recall the most memorable moments of your time with The Move?
RP: The US tour. We should have capitalized on it but the band was already starting to fall apart.
KJS: As The Move morphed into The Electric Light Orchestra; how did you adapt to that very new and different musical environment?
RP: I didn't adapt. I was not aware of the "morphing". A lot of the first ELO album started out as what I assumed were Move tracks. There is a lot more detail on this at rickprice.co.uk
KJS: What is your favourite song from your time with The Move?
RP: I'm a sucker for Roy's stuff but if you force me - "Cherry Blossom Clinic".
KJS: You also enjoyed major chart success with Roy Wood in Wizzard. Can you recall the most memorable moments of your time with Wizzard?
RP: Definitely the very first gig - Wembley Stadium.
KJS: What is your favourite song from your time with Wizzard?
RP: Rock & Roll Winter.
KJS: Returning to the present, you're coming to the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on Saturday 12th March. How can folks find out more about the current UK tour and buy tickets?
RP: www.therockinberries.com - click through to the "All Music Show". All the dates are listed.
KJS: Finally - a question I always ask - your absolute favourite Jeff Lynne/ELO songs are?
RP: "Turn To Stone" and "Telephone Line" - but my very favourite is the pre-ELO song "No More Sad Songs" by The Idle Race.

My thanx are extended to Rick for sparing his time and agreeing to participate in this interview. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Rick Price and The Rockin' Berries 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 ... 14-Feb-2011

Friday, 11 February 2011

RECOMMENDED: BBBV SPRING TOUR APRIL 2011

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS would like to take the opportunity to publish the full list of dates and venues for the forthcoming Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] Spring Tour taking place in April 2011 here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for you to peruse and [hopefully] choose. See you there?

Tour Dates
Friday 1st April: Folk House; Bristol; Avon - [0117] 908 5035
Saturday 2nd April: The Musician; Leicester - [0116] 251 0080
Sunday 3rd April: The Keys; Huddersfield; Yorkshire - [01484] 516677
Friday 8th April: Guildhall; Lichfield; Staffordshire - [01543] 262223
Saturday 9th April: Library Theatre; Solihull; West Midlands - [0121] 704 6962
Sunday 10th Apri: Robin 2; Bilston; West Midlands - [01902] 401211
Thursday 28th April: The Courtyard; Hereford - [01432] 340555
Friday 29th April: Korks; Otley; West Yorkshire - [01943] 462020
Saturday 30th April: Rosehill Theatre; Whitehaven; Cumbria - [01946] 692422

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-Feb-2011

INTRODUCING: KJS SUGGESTS [Hamilton Radio]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend over at Hamilton Radio in Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - Gino DiPierro - has asked me to compile the play lists for the basis of a weekly two [2] hour internet radio show that is surprisingly [not!] entitled Keith James Sinclair Suggests thus:


The vision of the show is to broadcast a selection of good and great songs including, of course, those by ELOThe Beatles and related artistes as chosen by Yours Truly KJS. Today; the first show was aired at 12:00PM EST or 5:00PM GMT. There is now a banner for the show on the Hamilton Radio web site with a link to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. I thought that it would be nice to list the first ever playlist for the sake of completeness thus:

"Georgy Porgy" - Toto; "Yesterday" - The Beatles; "Nobody Knows" - Nik Kershaw; "No One Is To Blame" - Howard Jones; "Stay With Me Tonight" - Judie Tzuke; "First We Take Manhattan" - Jennifer Warnes; "Why Can't I Have You?" - The Cars; "Dinner With Gershwin" - Donna Summer; "I Can Only Imagine" - Mercy Me; "Room In Your Heart" - Living In A Box; "Ride A White Swan" - T.Rex; "Still Got The Blues" - Gary Moore; "Night Owl" - Gerry Rafferty; "Young Girl" - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; "Oh People!" - Patti La Belle; "I Am The Walrus" - The Beatles; "Maria" - Blondie; "Through The Barricades" - Spandau Ballet; "Life In A Northern Town" - Dream Academy; "Valotte" - Julian Lennon; "Beautiful Daughter" - The Move; "Love Or Money" - ELO Part II; "Can't Stand The Morning" - Kelly Groucutt; "Let There Be Drums" - Bev Bevan; "Jewel & Johnny" - The Orchestra.

Please consider visiting Hamilton Radio and tune in not only to the above show but also to Hamilton Radio in general to listen to the great music that is broadcast daily around the clock!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Hamilton Radio 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 ... 11-Feb-2011

Thursday, 10 February 2011

INTERVIEW: THE BEATBACK BROTHERS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the great pleasures of running ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is that not only do I get the opportunity to interview and comment upon my musical heroes and their musical cousins; Yours Truly KJS also gets to highlight and spotlight great local [and beyond] acts who operate within The Beatles and ELO genres. Last night I wandered over to Coseley - the home town of our beloved Kelly Groucutt - to interview Craig Whale and Adam Willetts a.k.a. The BeatBack Brothers thus:

KJS: Craig Whale and Adam Willetts are The BeatBack Brothers. How did you come up with this inspiring band name?
TBB: Craig came up with a list of names. We narrowed it down to two names and then made the final choice. We obviously wanted to have a reference to The Beatles and we liked the idea of being hypothetical brothers! Also; the first ever gig we attended together was a 'Blues Brothers' [Jake and Elwood] tribute show. And we had a great night! So it's a bit of everything really!
KJS: I have to thank one Frances Pope for introducing me to you via Facebook. It appears that you have a growing collection of followers both on-line and locally. How important are those fans to you? 
TBB: A friend of ours [James Fisher] started a group on Facebook and we now have about 130 fans. Now this may not seem to be a lot; but they are all valuable to us and we really appreciate every comment and every person who attends our gigs. If people didn't watch us; it wouldn't be worthwhile playing. Nothing means more to us than entertaining people and if somebody enjoys one of our gigs; then it makes it worthwhile for us and it's the best feeling! It's why we do it! Also; we must make a special mention of Geoff Cook - who is very supportive of us and so very helpful too!
KJS: Your parents are indeed "instrumental" in encouraging and supporting the band. Please tell us about them and what they do for The BeatBack Brothers? 
TBB: Malcolm and Jackee are the third and fourth 'brothers' in the group! Without them it wouldn't be possible. Malcolm plays a massive part in setting up the gear at our gigs ... leads ... lighting et al. He is our 'musical ear' for help with sound checks and he transports us everywhere. Jackee is Craig's costume director! She is always getting clothes ready and helping with our appearance and 'look'. They both help with the promotion of the band and we genuinely appreciate everything that they do for us. We couldn't ask for a better 'Road Crew'!
KJS: How did you two meet and join up forces musically? 
TBB: I met Adam when I went to his secondary school in Kingswinford after moving there in Year #8. We didn't have a lot to do with each other until Year #10 when we took GCSE Music together. We then started to play in class together. After that we participated in school productions and came second in the school 'Battle of the Bands'  competition. We performed Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" with Adam playing piano and myself on drums - which is where I started. I only stopped playing drums and moved onto the guitar because we were 'neighbour friendly'! As a result of that 'Battle of the Bands' contest; we were asked to play at the school leavers prom in which we performed six songs. Post-school; we met up to jam every few months. Then, about three years ago, Craig's Auntie Gill [Jackee's sister] died. In memory of her; we decided to run a benefit night to raise funds for the Linda McCartney charity. This was as a four piece. After that the four-piece called it a day due to 'differences'. Later; Adam and I were asked to help out a charity gig at the Goodrich Social Club. We did a dozen songs to support a band on the night and didn't think it went well at all! We came off stage and felt ready to pack it in ... until the manager approached us and asked if we could do our own show instead of being a support act! We booked two more gigs that very night and the rest is history!
KJS: Who are your musical influences?
Craig: As a kid growing up; I loved Kelly Groucutt. He was my hero. He was a friend of my mothers along his brother John. He used to get us tickets for ELO Part II shows and take us backstage. And as I grew up; I listened to The Beatles' "Number 1's" album. It was that compilation that got me into The Beatles! To cut a long story short; I then moved onto Wings and Paul McCartney's solo material. He is my hero alongside Kelly. I also love Marc Bolan; Roy Wood and many more!
Adam: I have very similar musical tastes to Craig; mainly due to the exposure that he has given me in the various artists he loves. More than anyone else however, and by far my biggest influence is Billy Joel. I grew up listening to his music and respect him immensely as a singer; songwriter and, above all else, as a rock pianist.
KJS: And how did those musical influences shape The BeatBack Brothers? 
TBB: Obviously; The Beatles and ELO influence our set list. We have a repertoire of around fifty [50] songs that we perform. And of that about 35-40% must be Beatles stuff! And it costs us a fortune getting a hold of Paul McCartney's guitars! We would love to do more ELO songs but it is difficult to reproduce their arrangements with just two guys!
KJS: Your set list includes The Beatles, Marc Bolan, Paul McCartney and Wings and [of course] ELO. This is a wide ranging sampling of British musical heritage. What other artistes and songs do you interpret live on stage - and would like to - in future?
TBB: We cover many other artists including David Bowie. I am quite a fan of some of his work especially the 'Ziggy Stardust' album which I think is great. We do a bit of Little Richard; Roxy Music; The Searchers et al. We try to have a wide range of songs to please a varied audience.
KJS: What ELO songs have you performed live and which tracks are you planning to attempt in the future?
TBB: We have performed in our time: "Evil Woman"; "Do Ya"; "Confusion" and "Turn To Stone". We regularly perform "Evil Woman" and occasionally "Do Ya". We are looking to introduce new songs to replace the older ones such as: "All Over The World"; "Hold On Tight" and maybe "Calling America". They are all great tracks!
KJS: There is an unmistakable link and common thread between ELOBF and The BeatBack Brothers. What are your fave Beatles and ELO tracks?
Craig: A difficult question! I love so many Beatles songs! I love "All My Loving" as McCartney's bass is exceptional ... also: "In My Life"; "Got To Get You Into My Life"; "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Tell Me Why"; "The Long And Winding Road" and "Blackbird" ... horrible question ... must move on ... too many to list!
Adam: My favourites are "The Long And Winding Road"; "Back In The U.S.S.R."; "She Loves You" and "Revolution"!
KJS: How can folks find out where The BeatBack Brothers are playing live or contact them to enquire and/or book their services?
TBB: You can contact us on [07538] 102177 for enquiries and/or bookings. Also; please feel free to visit our web site on MySpace or our Facebook page so that you can catch up on what we're up to; where we are playing and even listen to a couple of clips:


My thanx are extended to Craig and Adam for their time and participation in this interview. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The BeatBack Brothers 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 ... 10-Feb-2011

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

RECOMMENDED: BEATLES BLUES & BLUE VIOLIN @ 07/04/11

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I'm most pleased to confirm that Yours Truly KJS will be attending the Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] gig at the intimate Walker Theatre located within The Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Thursday 7th April.

Tickets are priced at £16 each and are selling well by all accounts well. This is a great venue where I saw The ELO Experience perform last July. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV] 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 ... 09-Feb-2011

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

ELOBF: 2nd ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today is Monday 2nd February 2011 and it is also the second anniversary of the birth of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF], besides it also being Groundhog Day! Every visit is personally appreciated.

As we nudge and nurdle towards the milestone of 50,000 visitors, Yours Truly KJS would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every visitor, reader and follower for taking the time to visit ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. And may you long continue to do so!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2011