Wednesday, 29 May 2013

SCOREBOARD: DLM GIG GUIDE 2013

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended The Duckworth Lewis Method] - alias Neil Hannon, Thomas Walsh and friends - have now announced their third gig of the [alleged] Summer at the home of cricket on Monday 8th July. Yours Truly KJS thinks it only right that a scoreboard should be populated with details of the declared innings for their 2013 county tour following the release of their second delivery "Sticky Wickets" on Monday 1st July thus:

Monday 8th July
The Thomas Lord Suite at Lord's, London
Tickets: £18.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.wordinyourearduckworth.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 9th July
Nottingham Playhouse
Tickets: £16.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/duckworth-lewis-method

Friday 20th September

St. George's Church, Brighton
Tickets: £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/duckworth-lewis-method/st-georges-church/718319

Saturday 21st September
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Tickets: £20.00 to £27.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/the-duckworth-lewis-method

Sunday 22nd September
Norwich Arts Centre
Tickets: £20.00 to £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/the-duckworth-lewis-method/

Tuesday 24th September
Oran Mor, Glasgow
Tickets: £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsinscotland.com/gig-info.aspx?gig=4631

Wednesday 25th September
The Sage, Gateshead
Tickets: £19.50 to £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.sagegateshead.com/event/duckworth-lewis-method/

Thursday 26th September
Manchester Academy 2
Tickets: £22.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsandtours.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/academy-2/718340

Friday 27th September
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tickets: £20.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/duckworth-lewis-method/brudenell-social-club/718315

Saturday 28th September
St George's Church, Bristol
Tickets: £23.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsandtours.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/st-georges/718383

Sunday 29th September
The Glee Club, Birmingham
Tickets: £24.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsandtours.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/glee-club/718381

In the meantime, here are my previous ELOBF articles regarding DLM II:

NEXT DELIVERY: STICKY WICKETS [The Duckworth Lewis Method]
DLM IN PRE-ASHES NOTTINGHAM OPENER
SLEEVE ART & TRACKS UNVEILED FOR DLM II

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method to all 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 ... 29-May-2013

Sunday, 26 May 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: MADE IN BRUM

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Despite the announcement that Geoff Turton would be absent from the show that night, the arrival of the supremely successful Made In Brum show - featuring Jasper CarrottBev BevanTrevor BurtonJoy Strachan-BrainDanny KingTony Kelsey, Phil Tree and Abby Brant on Saturday 25th May at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre was indeed well worth the anticipation.
From the opening notes of the opening Midlands music medley through to the encore of "Blackberry Way", this wonderful new production turned out to not only be a select few of Brummie superstars gracing the stage with their interpretations of the musical output of the Second City, it was also their tribute to those Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and Soul icons we all know and love from the Fifties onwards.

The music was ably supported by the genial comedy of the legendary Jasper Carrott, who had the audience eating out of his hand on not a few occasions as well as taking lead vocals on "All Around My Hat". The effortless percussion of Bev Bevan was again the heartbeat of the gig. It was great to see and hear Bev playing an ELO song - "Don't Bring Me Down" - live for the first time since 1999. Bev's Move mate Trevor Burton provided his rasping vocals for "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" which was contrasted later in the set by a superb rendition of "Drift Away". But for me, the highlight was his absolutely outstanding performance of "Hey Joe" - with a huge nod to his pal Jimi Hendrix.

Joy Strachan-Brain [from the superb Quill] provided classy vocals in the contrasting styles of Tina Turner [with "Nut Bush City Limits"and Dusty Springfield [with "Going Back"] and was a revelation. And what can we say of the enigmatic Danny King? Only to say that he added his inspired vocals to "Save The Last Dance For Me" and was to provide one of the most moving moments of the night when he sang "My Prayer", while the projected faces of Midlands musical heroes now departed graced the screen at the rear of the stage. At least two lumps in the throat occurred when the photographs of Carl Wayne and Kelly Groucutt were displayed in the montage.

The Bev Bevan Band were superb with the vocals and sublime bass playing of Phil Tree perfect in combination with the bright and multi-talented Abby Brant on keyboards and vocals. A special mention must be reserved for Musical Director Tony Kelsey, who like any top notch arranger, not only pulled all the strands together in the many pre-tour rehearsals but also provided some absolutely sublime guitar work in support of all the artistes on show.

At the time of writing, there are just a few tickets remaining for the final Made In Brum show on Thursday 30th May at the Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Made In Brum to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] also understands that a second Made In Brum tour will follow in the not too distant future!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-May-2013

Friday, 24 May 2013

ELO & JEFF LYNNE 2LP VINYL FURTHER DELAYED

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It appears that the folks over at Let Them Eat Vinyl and Plastic Head are now stating that their trio of ELO & Jeff Lynne 140 gram double album [2LP] coloured vinyl releases, originally scheduled for release on Monday 27th May, have now been delayed by a further three weeks to Monday 17th June according to this release schedule thus:
"Armchair Theatre""Zoom" and "Live" are still available to pre-order via Plastic Head priced at just £20.00 each [plus P+P] and can be viewed and/or pre-ordered via these links thus:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-May-2013

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: OFF THE GROUND

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Having only previously having the chance to hear the first half of their set back in April, it was an unmissable opportunity when I found out that Off The Ground were due to play a gig within reasonable walking distance of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]'s Wolverhampton HQ at The Claregate. "I can feel a blog coming on!" was uttered one or three times during the gig by a certain band member - and they were right!
With a set list of over thirty songs, this talented local threesome who comprise: Ian Hammond [Guitars/Vocals], Craig Whale [Drums/Vocals] and Adam Willetts [Keyboards/Vocals] produced an excellent night of live music on the night of Friday 17th May.

Their song roster was dominated by their interpretations of songs by the likes of T.Rex with "Ride A White Swan", ELO with "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", The Beatles with "Got To Get You Into My Life", David Bowie with "Starman", Wings with "Live And Let Die", Paul McCartney with "Coming Up" plus the likes of Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, The Sweet and not a few others.

The band again did great justice to one of my favourite Beatles songs "The Long And Winding Road" before serving up, for me, the absolute highlight of the night [besides a certain 1983 ELO classic] when they performed  the superb Abbey Road Medley comprising "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight" and "The End". This band has settled down quickly after the demise of Band On The Runn and they continue to impress with their showmanship and professionalism.

Off The Ground are currently taking bookings for gigs via Craig on [07538] 102177. You can have a read of my previous ELOBF articles featuring Off The Ground and/or check out their Facebook page via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Off The Ground to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-May-2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

CAUGHT LIVE: RED SHOES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Although now departed from the project, it was Tony Kelsey of The Move and Made In Brum fame who first introduced me last year to Birmingham based folk band Red Shoes as they prepared for the release of their second studio album "All The Good Friends" - which also featured appearances by Bev Bevan [The Move/ELO] and Bill Hunt [ELO/Wizzard] amongst other notable guests. Their follow-up to "Ring Around The Land" duly arrived in November 2012 to much critical acclaim. And so it was that whilst the band were headlining a fund raiser for the very worthwhile charity Cancer Support @ The White House in Dudley on a [rare] sunny Sunday in May, that I made the short journey from ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] HQ to both meet up with the quartet and also hear them perform their six song set to close out a very successful event.
Red Shoes in 2013 are: Mark Evans, Carolyn Evans, Bert Priest and Nigel King. The quartet delivered a wonderful exposition of rootsy folk music yesterday comprising the songs "The Well"; "If This Is Life"; "Celtic Moon"; "The Last Dance"; "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" and "Swansong" with the finale being a full stage of participating musicians playing and singing their way through the Fairport Convention classic "Meet On The Ledge". My first impression of their live performance is that they are very comfortable with each other and at home in an acoustic setting with minimal amplification. It was indeed an enjoyable mini-gig and a nice taster of their full live set which I hope to witness in the near future.

Check out my review of "All The Good Friends" for ELOBF and their official web site for further details of the band and their tour schedule thus:

REVIEW: ALL THE GOOD FRIENDS [Red Shoes]
www.redshoes-music.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "All The Good Friends" by Red Shoes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-May-2013

Thursday, 16 May 2013

DAVID MYHR: THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE + LIVE IN LONDON

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's a well known fact that many of the fans and followers of the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] also share a liking for the music of 10cc. In addition, regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will also know that the excellent Swedish power popster David Myhr has been featured a number of times.

David has more recently featured as a contributor to the ELOBF recommended compilation DRINK A TOAST TO INNOCENCE: A TRIBUTE TO LITE ROCK wherein he recorded his version of the 10cc classic "The Things We Do For Love" and the fruit of his labour can now be evidenced in this fantastic newly released music video via YouTube thus:
The video is a timely release in advance of David's acoustic gig on Tuesday 21st May in central London at The Betsy Trotwood [with support by Mick Terry]. Tickets are limited, priced at just £7.50 each and available from www.wegottickets.com/event/20986. Previous ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] articles featuring David Myhr include:
GEORGE @ 70: ALL THOSE YEARS AGO [David Myhr]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends David Myhr 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-May-2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: PUGWASH

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The mark of a loved band is that their fans will go to extraordinary lengths to see them in live mode. One such fan was Makiko Ishikawa who recently travelled non-stop from Japan to see the mighty Pugwash live in Dublin - and then returned home the next day! Hence it was no problem for me to complete the return journey of a mere two hundred miles just to catch Thomas Walsh and the gang live at The Fleece & Firkin in Bristol supporting their pals Matt Berry & The Maypoles on their latest UK tour, promoting Matt's forthcoming album "Kill The Wolf".
And the trip was well worth it as Thomas, Tosh Flood, Shaun McGee and Joe Fitzgerald produced a stunning seven song set which included tracks from latest release "The Olympus Sound", one each from "Almanac", "Eleven Modern Antiquities" and "Jollity" as well as a superlative performance of a certain Duckworth Lewis Method classic.

Set list: [1] "Be My Friend Awhile"; [2] "Apples"; [3] "There You Are"; [4] "It’s Nice To Be Nice"; [5] "Take Me Away"; [6] "Fall Down"; [7] "The Age Of Revolution"

Yours Truly KJS also had the pleasure of meeting the band both before and after their gig before having to return home in advance of the Matt Berry set. I was grateful to hear the sound check of the excellent encore performance by Matt and Thomas of "Live And Let Die" which later, by all accounts, absolutely rocked the venue!
There is one other thing that must needs be said about this band. And that is that if ever you were looking for a worthy musical successor to the legacy of The Idle Race, The Move, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood or ELO - then you need look no further than this band. This was my first Pugwash gig and I absolutely loved it! Whether with or without the programmed keyboards and strings, their live sound is music to the ears - literally! This band are not only a tight unit, they are visibly like family on stage and their vocal harmonies, led by the clear vocals of Thomas Walsh, are a delight. My thanks are again extended to the man who introduced me to this genial Irish quartet - Mark Burrows - who was my roving reporter for the first ELOBF Pugwash live review back in April 2012. There are four [4] more chances to catch the band on their UK tour at the time of writing thus:

Wednesday 15th May: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester - Tickets: £14.00 each
Thursday 16th May: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - Tickets: £12.00 each
Friday 17th May: The Windmill, Brixton - Tickets: £5.00 each
Saturday 18th May: The O2 Academy, Islington - Tickets: £18.00 each

Thomas will return with Neil Hannon and Tosh Flood in July for the release of the second Duckworth Lewis Method album "Sticky Wickets" and, at the time of writing, two DLM gigs at Nottingham Playhouse [July 9th] and the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire [September 21st].

Most of the Pugwash album catalogue can be purchased via amazon.co.uk, 1969 Records [Ireland] or LoJinx [UK/Europe] thus:

Pugwash @ amazon.co.uk
Pugwash @ 1969 Records    Pugwash @ LoJinx

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Pugwash and 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.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-May-2013

Monday, 13 May 2013

SLEEVE ART & TRACKS UNVEILED FOR DLM II

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Our friends over at the superb: A Short Site About The Divine Comedy have published the artwork and track listing for the much anticipated second: Duckworth Lewis Method [DLM] album "Sticky Wickets"The album will be released on both CD and LP format in the Republic of Ireland on Friday 28th June and in the UK on Monday 1st July via Divine Comedy Records.

The twelve [12] tracks are: [1] "Sticky Wickets"; [2] "Boom Boom Afridi"; [3] "It’s Just Not Cricket"; [4] "The Umpire"; [5] "Third Man"; [6] "Chin Music"; [7] "Out In The Middle"; [8] "Line And Length"; [9] "The Laughing Cavaliers"; [10] "Judd’s Paradox"; [11] "Mystery Man"; [12] "Nudging And Nurdling"

Dermot O'Leary played the lead single "It's Just Not Cricket" during his show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 11th May and you can listen to it either on BBC iPlayer [at 2:36:10] or via Soundcloud.

Please find these useful pre-order links for both CD and/or LP formats thus:

NEXT DELIVERY: STICKY WICKETS [The Duckworth Lewis Method]
DLM IN PRE-ASHES NOTTINGHAM OPENER

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method to all 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 ... 13-May-2013

Saturday, 11 May 2013

RECOMMENDED: ANOTHER EVENING WITHOUT KELLY GROUCUTT

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! On the fourth anniversary of the first Evening Without Kelly Groucutt back in 2009, his son Chris Groucutt has today announced that there will be Another Evening Without Kelly Groucutt on Saturday 7th September at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton.

The concert, on the eve of what would have been his 68th birthday, will feature many of Kelly's friends, colleagues, special guests and family performing songs associated and inspired by the much missed [bass] guitarist and [lead] vocalist with Rikki Storm & The Falcons, Sight 'n' Sound, ELO, ELO Part IIOrKestra and The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]. The full roster of those appearing will be published shortly. Tickets are priced at £10 each in advance or £12 each on the night. Tickets can be purchased via this link thus:

www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3429

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Another Evening Without Kelly Groucutt to those enlightened folks who love ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-May-2013

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

RECOMMENDED: PHIL BATES BAND & ELO KLASSIK

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Phil Bates announced in late 2011 that he was leaving: The Orchestra for the second time, our sadness was tempered by his intention to develop his new ELO related projects on the continent. Hence, if you are a resident of Germany, Poland or the eastern European mainland in general, you will be in with a good chance of having the opportunity to go see and hear either of the former ELO Part II and The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] front man's live projects.
The core six member Phil Bates Band, who perform live under the banner "Music of the Electric Light Orchestra performed by Phil Bates & band" also includes Joanna Bates and becomes the ten [10] piece entity "ELO Klassik: Music of the Electric Light Orchestra performed by Phil Bates & The Berlin String Ensemble" when it is augmented by said string quartet. We can only hope that Phil brings either or both acts to the UK in yet future days. But in the meantime, both shows are currently touring actively on the continent. You can find out where the latest gigs are by visiting the Sounds Promotion web site thus: www.sounds-promotion.de

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Music of the Electric Light Orchestra performed by Phil Bates & Band" and "ELO Klassik: Music of the Electric Light Orchestra performed by Phil Bates & The Berlin String Ensemble" 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 ... 08-May-2013

Friday, 3 May 2013

DLM IN PRE-ASHES NOTTINGHAM OPENER

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended The Duckworth Lewis Method - who feature Neil Hannon [The Divine Comedy] and Thomas Walsh [Pugwash] in their first XI - are due to play a live innings at The Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday 9th July, quite aptly on the eve of the First Ashes Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge which runs from Wednesday 10th to Monday 15th July and just a week after the release of their second album entitled "Sticky Wickets" on Monday 1st July. Tickets are priced at £16 each [plus booking fee] and can be purchased via this link thus:


Don't forget that if you can't make the Nottingham gig, DLM are also scheduled to appear at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on Saturday 21st September. Tickets are priced at £27.50 each [plus booking fee] and can be purchased via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method to all 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 ... 03-May-2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

RECOMMENDED: HOOKED ON CLASSICS LIVE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There will only be just the one Hooked On Classics gig in the UK this year with Louis Clark, of course, conducting The English Pops Orchestra [EPO], and that will be at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Saturday 21st December. Tickets will be available to purchase next week.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] fully recommends and endorses Louis Clark and Hooked On Classics 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 ... 02-May-2013