Thursday, 23 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: BREWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Quite by accident - whilst researching the ELOBF 2012 Q2 Gig Guide - I've discovered a local music festival that is just five [5] miles away from ELOBF HQ over in Brewood; south Staffordshire.

The Brewood Music Festival runs from Friday 13th July through to Sunday 15th July and this year stars The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton as the headline act together with The Manfreds - who include four [4] original members of Manfred Mann in: Paul JonesMike HuggTom McGuinness and Mike D'Abo - amongst not a few other acts thus:


Yours Truly KJS is hoping to talk to the organizers and promoters soon in order to provide more details about this promising event that will - doubtless - be attended and covered by ELOBF due to its extreme locality and the participating artistes!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Brewood Music Festival 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-2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: THE FLASHCUBES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Exciting news has reached ELOBF Towers of a forthcoming release by an established New Wave/Pop Punk/Power Pop band [formed back in 1977] out of Syracuse, New York, USA who are The Flashcubes. The band are releasing their new album in Japan in April 2012 [with a US release to follow thereafter] paying tribute to and playing the songs of very our own Roy Wood. The album is to be entitled "Sportin' Wood" and you can get a tester of how good this band are at covering classic Roy Wood and Move songs by viewing and/or listening to this great YouTube clip of "Hello Suzie" and their two amazing covers of "Hello Suzie" and "Blackberry Way" [from their My Space page] thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sportin' Wood" by The Flashcubes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood, WizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Feb-2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: BATES McBAIN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I think it may well be correct to presume that after their gigs in April of this year; the acclaimed trio who are Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project [BBBV] will alas be no more. But, on the other hand, when one door closes; another one presents itself to open. I'm pleased to confirm that Tina McBain and Phil Bates will continue to gig together - starting in October 2012 - as Bates McBain:
Tina informed ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] that the dates will be in the last week of October and the first week of November 2012. There are also some special Christmas shows planned. The show is subtitled "The Eclectic Collection". Tina, speaking about the new project earlier today, said:

"The idea behind: "The Eclectic Collection" is that it is just songs that me and Phil love to sing. That might be Blues, Folk, Jazz, covers and originals - just stuff we like!"

If you would like to see Bates McBain coming to play at a venue near you, please call [07572] 452680. Six dates have been announced so far - with more to be announced. Here are details of the confirmed dates for your perusal thus:

Thurs 25/10: Warwick Cavern, Warwick - Tickets: £10 and £12 each
Fri 26/10: Korks Wine Bar, Otley, West Yorkshire - Tickets: £10 each
Thurs 01/11: The Crows Nest, Barton Marina, Staffordshire - Tickets: £8 each
Fri 02/11: Farncombe Cavern, Godalming, Surrey - Tickets: £10 each
Sat 03/11: The Crypt, St. Editha's Church, Tamworth - Tickets: £10 each
Tues 06/11: The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield - Tickets: £12 each

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend Bates McBain 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 ... 19-Feb-2012

Saturday, 18 February 2012

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN MIKE EDWARDS CASE [4]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this week. it was reported in The Independent as well as several other national and local newspapers that there have been yet further developments in the criminal prosecution relating to the tragic death of former ELO cellist Mike Edwards back in September 2010. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have been keeping a close eye on proceedings thus:

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN MIKE EDWARDS CASE [3]

The "Big Wheels" of Justice are indeed slow. Here is the text of that report in The Independent from Tuesday 14th February as well as a link for you to peruse it directly thus:

"Two men are to stand trial after a founder member of the 1970's rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed by a giant rolling hay bale. Michael Edwards, 62, the band's former cellist, was killed by a 400kg bale of silage which rolled on to his moving van from a field as he drove along a rural road in Devon. Edwards, who played with the Birmingham band between 1972 and 1975, died instantly from massive head injuries in the accident near Totnes, in September 2010, despite the efforts of a local GP. Brian Burden, 47, a farmer, and Russell Williams, 23, a contractor, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday. The men, who are both from south Devon, denied two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act, of failing to ensure the safety of people at the scene and of failing to carry out a risk assessment. Mr. Burden owned the field from which the bale rolled and Mr. Williams was the contractor doing the baling work. Judge Francis Gilbert released them both on unconditional bail ahead of a trial on a date yet to be set." 

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Feb-2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

REVIEW: ONE TREE LESS [Judie Tzuke]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again!  Folks who know me also know [apart from my obvious love of all things ELO et al!] that Yours Truly KJS is also a huge fan of the marvellous songstress and musician Judie Tzuke. Not so long ago, I posted an article here on ELOBF regarding Judie's upcoming "One Tree Less" tour in March/April 2012.


Whilst I hope to catch Judie at her gig at Worcester in early April for a chat, I did manage a mini-interview pertaining to her ELO and Beatles fave tracks in the above article. One thing that I did want to also do is to take at look at her latest album, the ten songs that comprise "One Tree Less".

Trax: [1] "One Tree Less" [2] "Just You And I" [3] "Joy" [4] "Humankind" [5] "The Other Side" [6] "I Can Wait" [7] "A Moving Target" [8] "The Truth" [9] "Save Myself" [10] "'Till It's Over"
There are a few things that strike me about this album. If you listen to it a couple of times, you are not only appreciative of the maturity of Judie's legendary voice, you discover that this collection of songs is a bearing of angst, testimony and of the personal machinations of Judie's very own soul. The desperate, soul-searching regret of "Joy", the frailty and confession of "Humankind" and the vulnerability of "Moving Target" speak volumes for an album born of the experiences of the valleys and mountainsides of life. Couple this with a set of musicians who convey the ten songs [all co-written by Judie] with the surest of cohesion, particularly the percussion of Matthew Racher and backing vocals of Judie's talented daughters Bailey and Tallula, where employed, and you have a truly class recording to treasure. "One Tree Less" is available either directly now from the Judie Tzuke web site and from amazon.co.uk [from Monday 5th March] thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "One Tree Less" by Judie Tzuke 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 ... 16-Feb-2012

INTERVIEW: ROY WOOD [Birmingham Post]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please be reminded that the fantastic exhibition of Roy Wood portraits by Debra Dee at St. Pauls Gallery in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter up until Thursday 23rd February - as previously published on ELOBF thus:


To further publicize this marvellous event The Birmingham Post has just published a fantastic interview with Roy Wood - initially about the exhibition but also about his musical past; present and future where Roy mentions his aborted song writing project for Elvis Presley; his close encounter with John Lennon and other subject matter. You can read the full interview here:


This marvellous collection of Roy Wood centred art - which has just a week left to run - features eight [8] paintings that are a credit to the talent and confidence of Debra Dee and her spotlight on one of THE musical icons of the UK - if not the world. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is indeed proud to promote, support and endorse the artistry of Debra Dee. Please make the effort to visit the exhibition and support: Roy Wood, Debra Dee and: St. Pauls Gallery. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

REVIEW: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE 1969 [The Move]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You could call it good timing that "The Move: Live At The Fillmore 1969" as just released by RightRecordings.com [#RIGHT116] duly arrived in the post today ... on Valentines Day! This 2CD/14 track collection of the long lost recordings by The Move restored, remastered and released in memory of Carl Wayne under the auspices of Sue Wayne, gives the listener a real glimpse of what raw power The Move [before their Jeff Lynne phase] were as a live act as we are here "Looking On" from Yours Truly 2012.

As well as a ten [10] minute audio recollection by Bev Bevan of that first - and last - US tour by The Move, there are surprisingly varied song writing credits included within this release. You will find the class Roy Wood compositions "Hello Susie""I Can Hear the Grass Grow" and two performances of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" [each over 7 minutes long!] here as well as covers of songs by Todd Rundgren [specifically the 'Nazz' era], Tom Paxton, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil amongst others [the latter duo would share the "Joyride" OST in 1977 with Jeff Lynne and ELO].

CD1 tracks"Open My Eyes" [6:55]; "Don't Make My Baby Blue" [5:53]; "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" [7:45]; "The Last Thing On My Mind" [8:37]; "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" [10:03]
CD2 tracks: "Fields Of People" [16:59]; "Goin' Back" [5:57]; "Hello Susie" [6:22]; "Under The Ice" [14:15]; "Introduction" [0:16]; "Don't Make My Baby Blue" [5:30]; "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" [7:31]; "The Last Thing On My Mind" [8:08]; "The Move's 1969 USA tour recalled by Bev Bevan" [10:42]

The whole album oozes the rich vocal texture of Carl Wayne, the sublime guitar work and multi-instrumental talent of Roy Wood, the power drumming of Bev Bevan and driving bass of Rick Price. The twelve 12] CD booklet is attractive, informative and well researched. My personal highlights have to be "Hello Susie", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and both cuts of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited".  The whole album is truly an experience. It really is difficult to write more about this impressive glimpse into pre-ELO history without heartily recommending that you buy it and listen to it your good selves!

You can still order this excellent release directly from RightRecordings.com or you can place pre-orders against the official release date of Monday 5th March from amazon.co.uk thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Live At The Fillmore 1969" by The Move 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-2012

Sunday, 12 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: RIVER CITY PORTRAIT

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Did you know that the duo formerly known as Groucutt & Haynes are now a 'new' group named River City Portrait? Yes, the dazzling duo have been joined by Robin's brother Steve Groucutt on bass guitar. This seems to me to be most apt as we see the Groucutt clan following on in the steps of the late, great and much-missed Kelly Groucutt, especially as we approach the third anniversary of his passing. Whilst we await the unveiling the groups new percussionist, the band have been busy working on a new album, web site and single entitled "Living On The Inside" which can be viewed below thus:
An acoustic version of another new RCP song "Made It Through The Last Time" has also been made available on their web site for you to listen to as well as the aforementioned new single "Living On The Inside" - which will be available to download from Monday 13th February - from either River City Portrait and/or SoundCloud. This does indeed look like another exciting project for Yours truly KJS and ELOBF to support and monitor the progress of thereof.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends River City Portrait 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 ... 12-Feb-2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

REVIEW: THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Ever meant to buy an album but didn't at the time and when you finally did you asked yourself that immortal question: "Why did I wait so long?" Well folks, that is how it is with this very belated ELOBF article regarding this great cricket themed album from 2009, the eponymously entitled The Duckworth Lewis Method [DLM] who are Thomas Walsh [of Pugwash fame] and Neil Hannon [from The Divine Comedy].

I still recall DLM doing an interview on BBC Breakfast News back in 2009 promoting the album and must admit that they caught my attention back then. Hence, Yours Truly KJS decided, after my recent review of "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash and the soon-to-be-published interview with Thomas for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF], to buy this fascinating album plus a couple of tickets for the Pugwash gig at The Borderline in London on Saturday 31st March.

This twelve [12] track homage to the game of cricket by two great musicians wholly influenced by the music of Jeff Lynne and ELO was literally pipped to the Ivor Novello Award in 2010 by Paolo Nutini and is more than worthy of any music industry recognition.

Trax: [1] "The Coin Toss" ~ [2] "The Age Of Revolution" ~ [3] "Gentlemen And Players" ~ [4] "The Sweet Spot" ~ [5] "Jiggery Pokery" ~ [6] "Mason On The Boundary" ~ [7] "Rain Stops Play" ~ [8] "Meeting Mr. Miandad" ~ [9] "The Nightwatchman" ~ [10] "Flatten The Hay" ~ [11] "Test Match Special" ~ [12] "The End of the Over"

With the ELO influence apparent throughout, most notably with "Mason On The Boundary", "Meeting Mr. Miandad" and "The Nightwatchman", one can hear sweet music within this record reminiscent of The Beatles and The Byrds amongst not a few others. The whole CD could be termed a concept album - replete with a DLM flavoured Epilogue and Prologue - but it is more than that on many levels. The love of the game of the cricket espoused by Thomas and Neil is intermingled with catchy, foot-tapping musical constructions that are an aural delight. The good news is that you can still purchase "The Duckworth Lewis Method" from amazon.co.uk thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Duckworth Lewis Method to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. My entertaining interview with Thomas Walsh for ELOBF will be published soon in time for this exciting release.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-Feb-2012

Thursday, 9 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: THE OLYMPUS SOUND [Pugwash]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in November 2011, Yours Truly KJS reviewed the new release by a certain Dublin based band - who are heavily influenced by Jeff Lynne and ELO - namely "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash:


At that time, I reviewed the original Irish CD release on 1969 Records but now LoJinx Records will be releasing the UK edition on Monday 16th April [a month later than the originally advised date] both in vinyl [with the original track listing] and in expanded CD format including three [3] additional bonus tracks in "Heal Me""Happy Again" and "Waltz With Me". Pre-orders can be placed with amazon.co.uk via these links thus:

The Olympus Sound [Vinyl]  The Olympus Sound [CD]

Pugwash will be playing at The Borderline in London on Saturday 31st March to celebrate the UK release of: "The Olympus Sound". Tickets are priced at just £10 each.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who also like ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes. My entertaining interview with Thomas Walsh for ELOBF will hopefully be published soon in time for this exciting release!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Feb-2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

HERE IS THE NEWS [9]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There seems to be a lot of activity going on out there in the ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] [and related artistes] universe:

How The Brits Rocked America ft. Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan
Here in the UK, the BBC are currently broadcasting an excellent three [3] part documentary series titled "How The Brits Rocked America: Go West" with these episodes: "How The West Was Won"; "Stairway To Heaven" and "We're The Kids In America". The second of those programmes was broadcast last Friday [3rd February] and featured short interviews with Bev Bevan recalling trans-American touring with The Move and the ELO spaceship as well as Jeff Lynne recalling his initial experiences of LA [and that spaceship!] thus:
Debra Dee's Roy Wood Exhibition
Regular visitors to ELOBF will be aware of Debra Dee's Exhibition Of Roy Wood Portraits which runs at St. Pauls Gallery in Birmingham up until 23rd February. Fellow attendee Martin Kinch - who is Chief Medical Officer over at Cherry Blossom Clinic - has just just published this montage of footage from this wonderful event thus:
[3] ELO Again!
News has reached Yours Truly KJS regarding another ELO tribute act who are called ELO Again and appear to be based in South Wales. ELOBF continues to support ELO tribute bands whose ethos is to perform, interpret and keep the ELO sound alive and live! So, whilst we await details of gigs at the time of writing, here's what the band are saying about themselves on their official web site thus:

 "This group of talented musicians have performed on many TV spectaculars including: "Top of the Pops" and have toured extensively around the globe in productions that have seen them perform to sell-out audiences in New York; Nashville; South Africa; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; Thailand; Dubai; Egypt; Morocco; France; Spain; Portugal; Malta; Switzerland; Germany; Scandinavia; Latvia and Russia. They have performed over 1,200 shows to date including theatre venues in the UK plus TV and radio appearances."

2012 promises to be an interesting and fruitful year here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. There are an array of exciting gigs to look forward including Hooked On Classics - Live plus the belated 2CD release of "The Move - Live at The Fillmore - 1969", the forthcoming 180g vinyl re-releases of "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue" by Music On Vinyl, EMI's 40th anniversary LP/2CD edition of ELO's debut album "The Electric Light Orchestra" - and not a few others!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Feb-2012

Sunday, 5 February 2012

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [8]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Winter into Spring 2012 continues to shape up as another great gig fest for ELO and Beatles related gigs here in the Midlands of England. Here are some selected dates for you to peruse and consider your attendance at:

Thursday 23rd February
The ELO Experience @ The Assembly Rooms, Derby
Tickets: £16.50 each
www.derbylive.co.uk/Public_Event.aspx?ID=1312

Saturday 25th February
The ELO Experience @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: £18.00 each
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/shows+on/25-02-2012/the-elo-experience

Thursday 1st March
The ELO Experience @ The Swan Theatre,Worcester
Tickets: £16.50 each
www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453056702

Friday 9th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: £12.00 each
www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/Abbey-Road-Experience

The ELO Experience @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £18.00 each
www.theatresevern.co.uk/WhatsOn_focus.asp?ShowId=874

Friday 23rd March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
www.feathersinn.co.uk

Saturday 24th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Horse and Jockey, Walsall Wood
Free entry
www.marstonstaverns.co.uk/Walsall/HorseandJockey

Sunday 25th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £5.00 each
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/322

Monday 2nd April
Judie Tzuke @ Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Tickets: £22.50 each
www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453056715

Friday 13th April
Band On The Runn @ The Kingfisher, Kingswinford
Tickets: £5.00 each
www.bandontherunn.co.uk/gigs.html

Saturday 21st April
The ELO Experience @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £18.50 each
www.wolvescivic.co.uk/whatsonshow&woid=101241

Friday 27th April
Band On The Runn @ Goodrich Sports and Social Club, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £5.00 each
www.bandontherunn.co.uk/gigs.html

Sunday 27th May
Hooked On Classics - Live @ The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets: from £23.50 to £56.00 each
www.atgtickets.com/Louis-Clarks-Hooked-on-Classics-Tickets/242/1955

Trevor Burton
Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with The Trevor Burton Band. Find out where on his website thus:
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The BeatBack Brothers
Those BeatBack Brothers who feature Craig Whale and Adam Willetts from Band On The Runn will be performing regularly at various venues in the West Midlands and Black Country thus:
www.myspace.com/beatbackbrothers

The Lemuns
The Lemuns who feature Ian Hammond and [from time to time] Dave Cottle from Band On The Runn will also be performing regularly at various venues in the West Midlands and beyond thus:
www.myspace.com/thelemuns

Paul Parker and All the Right Friends
Paul Parker And All The Right Friends will also be performing regularly at various venues in Shropshire and beyond thus:
www.paulparkerandfriends.co.uk/Gigs-2012.html

All of the above artistes and shows are endorsed and recommended by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. Undoubtedly, Yours Truly KJS will be updating this article over the next few months up until the end of May as new events come up. I'm also hoping to interview some of the above artistes in the coming months for ELOBF. It would be great to make your acquaintance at one or three of the above gigs. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Feb-2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

RECOMMENDED: SYMPHONIC BEATLES - LIVE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Louis Clark is already busy as an active member of The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] and because he is bringing his world renowned "Hooked On Classics" genre back to life this Spring, as covered in this ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] article from Christmas Day 2011:


But the ELO string arranger and orchestral composer now has another musical project that he is bringing back to the live stage this year too. "Louis Clark's 25th Anniversary Symphonic Beatles - Live" will soon be gracing the stage at a theatre near you soon too. This looks like another fantastic opportunity to hear the natural fusion of Beatles song craft [intertwined with those lush orchestral arrangements] that were the original inspiration for ELO.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Hooked On Classics - Live", "Symphonic Beatles - Live" and Louis Clark 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 ... 04-Feb-2012

Friday, 3 February 2012

REVIEW: DEBRA DEE'S EXHIBITION OF ROY WOOD ART

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #300: The last time that Yours Truly KJS bumped into music legend Roy Wood - co-founder of The Move and ELO as well as founder of Wizzard - was at the 50th birthday bash in Wolverhampton for the much-missed Kelly Groucutt back in September 1995. Hence I was delighted receive an invitation from Australian artiste Debra Dee to the private viewing and opening of her much anticipated exhibition of Roy Wood portraits at St. Pauls Gallery in Birmingham last night thus:


It was also great to touch base with Jim Onslow [former band mate of Bev Bevan in Denny Laine and The Diplomats - amongst other notable 'Brumbeat' bands - and a fine solo artiste in his own right] who took the above photograph of Roy, myself and my daughter Rebekah], Martin Kinch of Cherry Blossom Clinic [who also displayed a selection of his fantastic Roy Wood, The Move, ELO and related memorabilia] and the helpful Jeff Cooper too. I would like also extend my thanks to Gemma Wilson [Events Manageress] and Symon Bland [MD] at the gallery for their time and the tremendous courtesy extended to us during our visit. Look out for further news pertaining to ELOBF and St. Pauls Gallery in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few photographs taken during what was a marvellous event for you to peruse thus:


This wonderful collection of Roy Wood centric art - which runs for just three [3] weeks up until Thursday 23rd February - features eight [8] paintings that are a credit to the artistry and talent of Debra Dee and her spotlight on one of THE most colourful and successful musical icons to ever come out of the Midlands and the UK - if not the world. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is proud to recommend Debra Dee. Please make the effort to visit the exhibition and, in doing so, support Roy WoodDebra Dee and St. Pauls Gallery. See you there?
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Feb-2012

Thursday, 2 February 2012

ELOBF: 3rd ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today - Thursday 2nd February 2012 - is the third anniversary of the birth of my blog ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF].

Every visit is personally appreciated. And, as we hurtle towards 100,000 visitors, may I take this opportunity to thank each and every visitor and reader and follower of this blog 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-2012