Friday, 20 April 2018

RSD2018 Release Reminder: The Move & Trevor Burton

Please be reminded that Saturday 21st April is Record Store Day 2018 (RSD2018) and that there will be two (2) releases of special interest to fans and followers in the UK and Europe of all things The Move and Trevor Burton. Be on the look out for The Move's "In Europe '66-'67" (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) in magnificent mono and Trevor's debut solo album "Long Play" (Gray Sky Records #20) in blood red vinyl and/or cassette.

Don't forget that Trevor will also be performing a solo acoustic set at The Diskery in Birmingham from 1:00PM too. Click on these elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles for further information on both releases thus:

Long Play: RSD2018 Launch for Trevor Burton Solo Debut
The Move: European RSD2018 Release
RSD2018 Revealed: In Europe '66-'67 (The Move)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Long Play" by Trevor Burton and "In Europe '66-'67" by The Move 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 ... 20-Apr-2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Caught Live (6): Stand Up & Rock! @ Chesterfield 17/04/18

Encore: Jasper Carrott shining electric light bright (literally!) with the Stand Up & Rock! gang ...
A visit to Chesterfield was on the proverbial elobeatlesforever (elobf) radar for Yours Truly KJS on Tuesday night (17th April) for the twice postponed Stand Up & Rock! date at The Winding Wheel to see a fully recovered Jasper Carrott back on stage with lifelong pal Bev Bevan and friends following his heart bypass operation and the effects of the Beast from the East in March.

The full house was rockin' and rollin' (and with laughter too) thanx to another polished performance from the legendary comedian and an inspired set of songs performed by this most excellent of musical troupes, interpreting Sixties and Seventies classics by the likes of The Move, Black Sabbath, ELO, The Beatles and other iconic artistes. Having seen not few SUAR shows, the 2018 version of Stand Up & Rock! continues to be immensely entertaining due to Jasper being on top form again and also because SUAR has evidently matured into a slick production. On this occasion, amongst the stellar musical talents of Bev, Phil, Abby and Tony, I noticed how much Suzi has grown into a consummate and confident singer. The fantastic vocal range of Geoff Turton was all the more evident too as he sang songs made famous by James Brown and Joe Cocker with ease before hitting the highs of "He's In Town". Stand Up & Rock! does indeed rock! These final SUAR shows beckon thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) usually include a set list within our gig reviews but we've again decided to keep you in suspense so as to not spoil it for those attending the final shows. Stand Up & Rock! features Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Geoff Turton and Suzi Woo. Read more about Stand Up & Rock! via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! 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.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Apr-2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Secret Messages 2LP & ELO Singles Box Soon?

The intriguing prospect of ELO's 1983 album "Secret Messages" being reissued on vinyl is on the agenda as at least two European online vendors have begun listing it with a release date of Friday 29th June 2018.

CDON.COM in Sweden cite "Secret Messages" as an imported vinyl LP whereas in Switzerland have it as a 2LP issue raising hopes of the release being the long awaited originally intended (JETDP402) eighteen (18) track edition hinted at as far back as 2013. Both sites are also quoting the release of a package entitled: 7-Singles Box, Vol. 1 (Vinyl 12") too to further grab the attention of ELO collectors and fans this coming Summer. There is no official mention yet of either release by Sony Legacy but Yours Truly KJS has some thoughts on the prospect of a "Secret Messages" LP (and/or CD) reissue later this year.

If a 2LP set is forthcoming, it begs the question as to whether it will contain "Beatles Forever". If so, it will fully celebrate the 35th Anniversary of "Secret Messages" and bring to an end the nine (9) year campaign by elobeatlesforever (elobf) for its release. If not, it will likely resemble the 2001 remastered expanded CD, being quite a departure by Sony Legacy whereas all previous ELO vinyl reissues have copied the original release. This writer would be surprised if an eleven (11) track "Secret Messages" was spread over two discs. It's also not clear, at the time of writing, as to whether another coloured vinyl set is on the way.

Doubtless we will find out soon what exactly is being released but elobf is crossing its proverbial fingers that "Beatles Forever" might see the light of day soon alongside the six (6) tracks including the epic "Hello My Old Friend" that didn't make the 1LP (JETLX527) that we have all grown up with. A 2LP "Secret Messages" without "Beatles Forever" would be the strangest of compromises but a boxed set of ELO singles (7" or 12"), now that's something else to wonder about ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Apr-2018

Friday, 13 April 2018

RSD2018 Revealed: In Europe '66-'67 (The Move)

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to bring you a little more detail pertaining to the thirteen (13) tracks that will make up the forthcoming RSD2018 European 1LP mono release "In Europe '66-'67" (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) by The Move (as featured in this elobf article last month) thus:

Side A: (1) "Tired Of Being Lonely"; (2) "Cherry Cherry"; (3) "Our Love"; (4) "Walk Upon The Water"; (5) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; (6) "Night Of Fear"; (7) "Eight Miles High"
Side B: (1) "Flowers In The Rain"; (2) "Why"; (3) "Hey Grandma"; (4) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; (5) "Something Else"; (6) "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star"

The mono album will be on sale in selected European independent record shops participating in RSD2018 on Saturday 21st April with any remaining copies made available to order from Saturday 28th April via various EU outlets including those listed below:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-Apr-2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Caught Live: In Dreams: Roy Orbison @ Birmingham 09/04/18

#1,400: I still remember vividly finding out that Roy Orbison - a.k.a. The Big O and co-founder of the greatest of supergroups: The Traveling Wilburys - had passed away back on Tuesday 6th December 1988. It was one of those moments that sticks in your memory forever. So when it was announced that the first ever touring hologram show starring a reimagined 3D Roy backed by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was on the way, Yours Truly KJS was not going to miss the opportunity to witness such a unique event when it called into Birmingham's Genting Arena last night (Monday 9th April).

It was surreal and quite astonishing to see and hear Roy Orbison in person (so to speak) perform the sixteen tracks from his best selling album "A Love So Beautiful" with my own eyes and ears, particularly when my personal fave "Blue Angel" came along. I had to pinch myself as fellow concertgoers gasped at the intricacy of his hologram and the magnificent sound of the forty member orchestra backing his iconic vocals.

Starting out with "Only The Lonely" and ending with, not unsurprisingly, "Pretty Woman", the whole show was truly wondrous - a testimony to the technology developed by BASE Hologram and the legendary songbook of the man also known as Lefty Wilbury. The quality and definition of the hologram was astounding, replete with swaying tassels, swinging guitar lead and the odd "Thank you!" whilst acknowledging glance at his band as the later career trio of "A Love So Beautiful", "You Got It" and "I Drove All Night" blended effortlessly with classics "Running Scared", "It's Over" and "Crying".

It was great to see clips of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and the late, great Tom Petty paying their tributes to Roy on the big screens (the latter quite moving as he fondly recalled Roy leaning over and saying to him "I've got some cherry cokes for later - as if it were contraband or something!") together with some wonderful montages and video footage of his concerts and records down the years. This gig was truly an experience and something very special, combining the timelessness of Roy's music with the very latest visual effects.
Finally, a special mention for The Haley Sisters (a threesome from Bingley in West Yorkshire) who impressed in their support slot with their self-penned songs and some inspired covers.

Roy Orbison and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performed: "Only The Lonely"; "In Dreams"; "Crying"; "I'm Hurtin'"; "It's Over"; "Dream Baby"; "Blue Angel"; "Love Hurts"; "Uptown"; "Mean Woman Blues"; "Running Scared"; "A Love So Beautiful"; "Pretty Paper"; "You Got It"; "I Drove All Night"; "Pretty Woman"

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends In Dreams: Roy Orbison In Concert to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, The Traveling Wilburys, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Apr-2018

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Rare ELO Vinyl Auction in aid of J4T21

Some interesting ELO and Jeff Lynne items are now listed on eBay which will be of great interest to fans and collectors of Birmingham's finest in aid of much needed funding for the Justice 4 The 21 campaign, courtesy of my good friend Luis Miguel Alcalá Ortiz.

Up for auction are a factory sample copy of "ELO 2" (SHVL806) signed by Jeff Lynne, a green vinyl copy of "Face The Music" (JETLP201) signed by Bev Bevan and a promo copy of Jeff Lynne's 1977 debut solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (UP36281) complete with an original Jet Records Press Release. All three auctions will finish on Sunday 15th April. Find out more via these links thus:

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) continue to endorse the Justice 4 The 21 campaign. Please visit the J4T21 official web site for further information.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Apr-2018

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Shining A Light: Destination Unknown

The first in a series of elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles discussing selected ELO songs. Many fans of the Electric Light Orchestra hold the 1990 US boxed set compilation "Afterglow" (Epic Associated Z3K46090) in high regard, not least because it included several of the unreleased tracks from the originally intended "Secret Messages" 2LP including "Hello My Old Friend", "Mandalay" and "No Way Out" alongside UK 'B' sides such as "Buildings Have Eyes", "The Bouncer" and "Buildings Have Eyes", trax previously unavailable in the States at that time.

Interestingly, it was "Destination Unknown" - a song also included in "Afterglow" - which was an unlikely if not surprising choice of title track for a ten track limited edition CD (ZSK2109) put out by CBS to promote the 3CD anthology. "Destination Unknown" first appeared on the UK 12" single for "Calling America" (QTA6844) in 1986, sharing the flip side with "Caught In A Trap". It also appeared on the Dutch 12" single for "So Serious" (EPCA 12.7090) with "Matter Of Fact" before being included in the excellent remastered and expanded "Balance Of Power" CD in 2007.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Apr-2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Livin' Thing: A Blue World Record

My previous elobeatlesforever (elobf) article looked at the stateside success of ELO's 1976 compilation "Olé ELO" (UA-LA630G) and the multi-coloured quartet of DJ only promos (SP-123) in gold, red, white and blue vinyl. It reminded Yours Truly KJS of another US promo issued just a few months later promoting the lead single from the next Electric Light Orchestra studio album "A New World Record".

The 12" one-sided 33 1⁄3 RPM blue vinyl "Livin' Thing" (SP-137) also became (and continues to be) a collectors item for many ELO fans too as "Livin' Thing" became a worldwide smash, peaking at #4 in the UK (Jet/UA UP36184) and #13 respectively (backed by "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle") in the US (UA-XW888-Y). In becoming the first ELO 12" coloured vinyl single (as far as this writer is aware), "Livin' Thing" b/w "Fire On High" also saw official release in 7" blue vinyl here in the UK too, another first for the band as they began their rise to the summit of charts worldwide.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Apr-2018

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Olé ELO: Saluting ELO's First Successful Compilation

Many fans of old will know that ELO are a band who have released their fair share of compilations down the years, of which a fair few have been commercially successful. EMI imprint Harvest were first out of the blocks in late 1974 when they put out the first of many early ELO collections in the UK with "Showdown" (SHSP4037) but the first charting ELO compilation would be another 18+ months later on the other side of the Atlantic.

Initially a rather attractive gold vinyl limited DJ only edition (Jet/UA SP-123) and also a red, white and blue vinyl set (to commemorate the American Bicentennial that year) intended for US radio stations, "Olé ELO" (UA-LA630G) was officially released in June 1976 to capitalize on ELO's growing success and status thanks to hit singles such as "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Evil Woman" as well as their gold certified albums "Eldorado" and "Face The Music".  It turned out to be an inspired decision as "Olé ELO" - with tracks ranging from "10538 Overture" to "Strange Magic" - was also certified gold after peaking at #24, preparing the ground for "A New World Record" and the ensuing stellar success of the Electric Light Orchestra.
Easy as SP-123: Photo courtesy of Patrik Guttenbacher/FTM Germany Newsletter #236, January 2012 ...
Ironically, whilst ELO were soaring in popularity in the United States, they were yet to be embraced in their home country (read this elobf article to find out more) as both "Eldorado" and "Face The Music" failed to chart (as did "On The Third Day") and only "Evil Woman" made the UK Top 10 Singles Chart. It was therefore no surprise that the Jet/Polydor issue of "Olé ELO" (JETLP19) in the UK was quickly withdrawn - making it an instant collectors item alongside the aforementioned US gold vinyl pressing to this very day. This was perhaps the precursor to Jet Records moving from their manufacturing, distribution and marketing from Polydor to United Artists thereafter.

Yours Truly KJS also recalls seeing US imports of "Olé ELO" turning up regularly in local record shop shelves at that time and often wondering why there was no UK equivalent especially when Dutch reissues of "Olé ELO" were pressed by Jet/CBS in 1978 with the catalogue number JETLP903. With its contrasting fortunes in the UK and US, "Olé ELO" is the first proper ELO compilation. A greatest hits collection that sometimes slips under the proverbial radar yet continues to have an enigmatic appeal to fans and collectors "All Over The World".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-March-2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

Richard Tandy: Happy 70th Birthday!

ELO keyboard maestro Richard Tandy joined fellow ELO Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bev Bevan (b. 25th November 1944), Roy Wood (b. 8th November 1947) and Jeff Lynne (b. 30th December 1947) as he too entered The 70 Club today (Monday 26th March 2018).

RT is a former member of The Uglys having also performed briefly with The Move before beginning his long association with both the Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne, featuring on every ELO studio album between "ELO II" (1973) and "Zoom" (2001) as well as playing live with ELO from their very first gigs up until the present day, not forgetting his musical partnerships with Dave Scott-Morgan and Trevor Burton.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) would therefore like to take the opportunity to both wish Richard a Very Happy 70th Birthday and also a speedy recovery from his illness as we look forward to seeing him return to the stage with Jeff Lynne's ELO for their forthcoming 2018 World Tour!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-March-2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

elobeatlesforever (elobf) Gig Guide #31: Q2 2018

Spring into Summer (Q2) 2018 means that it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published once again! This is our 31st and (hopefully) you will find my compilation of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st April and Saturday 30th June (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Wednesday 4th April
Quill @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets (each): £18 (*plus booking fee)

The ELO Experience @ The Town Hall, Cheltenham
Tickets (each): £25 (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 5th April

The ELO Experience @ The Swan Theatre, Worcester
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 6th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 7th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tickets (each): £26 (*plus booking fee)

Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets (each): £7.50 (advance) or £9 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Sunday 8th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Tickets (each): £29.50 (*plus booking fee)

Monday 9th April

Roy Orbison: The Hologram UK Tour @ The Genting Arena, Birmingham
Tickets (each): from £45.40 (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 11th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 12th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 13th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fee)

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queens Head, Wolverley

Free entry

Saturday 14th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fee)

Monday 16th April

Roy Orbison: The Hologram UK Tour @ The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets (each): from £45.40 (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 17th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 19th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Central Theatre, Chatham
Tickets (each): from £26 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 20th April
The 286 @ The Woolwich Equitable, London
Free entry

Saturday 21st April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The G Live Theatre, Guildford
Tickets (each): £29.50 (*plus booking fee)

Trevor Burton RSD18 Live Acoustic Set @ The Diskery, Birmingham
Free entry

Tuesday 24th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Alban Arena, St. Albans
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 27th April
The Roy Orbison Story (Barry Steele) @ New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £26.75 (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 28th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Peterborough Arena, Peterborough
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 29th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tickets (each): from £23.50 (*plus booking fee)

The 286 @ The Prince of Greenwich, London
Free entry

Monday 7th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tickets (each): from £28.90 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 11th May
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 12th May
Tickets (each): £20 (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 13th May
The Trembling Wilburys @ The Half Moon, Putney
Tickets (each): £10 (advance) or £12 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 (door)

Friday 18th May
Rebecca Downes @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Tickets (each): £12 (*plus booking fee)

Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience @ The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Tickets (each): from £21.50 (*plus booking fee)

The 286 @ The Trafalgar Freehouse, South Wimbledon, London
Free entry

Saturday 19th May
Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £15 (advance) or £16 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets (each): from £20 (*plus booking fee)

The 286 @ TRUNK XL Fundraising Extravaganza, South Norwood, London
Tickets: from £10 each (*plus booking fee)

Monday 21st May
The Rutles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £19.50 (advance) or £22.50 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Thursday 24th May
The Upbeat Beatles The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 26th May
The 286 @ Luna, Leytonstone, London
Free entry

Friday 1st June
The ELO Experience @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fee)

Pugwash (supporting Nick Heyward) @ The O2 Academy, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £22.50 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 8th June
Quill @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets (each): £18 (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 10th June
Raymond Froggatt @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £14 (advance) or £16 each(door)(*plus booking fee)

Friday 15th June
The Trembling Wilburys @ The Dublin Castle, London
Tickets (each): £TBA (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 16th June
The ELO Encounter @ The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £20 (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 21st June
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £13.50 (advance) or £15 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Saturday 23rd June
The Roy Orbison Story (Barry Steele) @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £27 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 29th June
Quill @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £12.50 (advance) or £15 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus:

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2018! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus:

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The Traveling Wilburys Experience One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-March-2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Exclusive: New Video & Single: Time Immemorial (The 286)

With 286 days left in 2018, it's more than apt to post this article today! The ultra talented Spencer Hannabuss and his elobf endorsed stringed combo The 286 have just released their new single "Time Immemorial" and this wonderful intimate, acoustic love song with echoes of "She" (Jeff Lynne), "Beautiful Daughter" (The Move) and "Yesterday" (The Beatles) is sure to appeal to their own growing band of followers as well as fans of ELO and The Fab Four. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are thrilled to bring you the brand new official music video for "Time Immemorial". Enjoy!

Recorded and produced at The Mix Room in London and released on Monday 19th March via Bandcamp, this is both a departure from their usual sound and yet another highly impressive outing from The 286. You can listen to "Time Immemorial" and/or buy the single for just 99p (a bargain!) via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Time Immemorial" by The 286 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 ... 20-March-2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

Recommended: Brum Rocks Live 2018

It very much looks as if The Move and ELO co-founding legend Bev Bevan will be back with Brum Rocks Live 2018 this Autumn. Yours Truly KJS discovered several dates are already being listed by certain Midlands venues whilst researching the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Q2 Gig Guide, with more sure to follow when the tour is officially revealed in the near future.

The show will feature Bev and Geoff Turton with the returning Trevor Burton, Joy Strachan-Brain and Danny King alongside Phil Tree, Abby Brant and Tony Kelsey. Five gigs are confirmed at the time of writing with additional shows likely. In the meantime, here are those dates for you to peruse and/or buy tickets thus:

Sunday 9th September
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £19.50 to £34.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 20th September
Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 4th October
Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 12th October
The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 13th October
Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Brum Rocks Live 2018 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-March-2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Success!

After almost eighteen months of searching and not a few false alarms, Yours Truly KJS finally got my hands on a solid centre copy of ELO's iconic 1977 single "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA UP36313) earlier this week. Having been alerted to its existence by ELO super collector Matt McGough of ELO UK Albums back in September 2016, I've had a frustrating "Time" trying to find a copy of the rarity for my collection and, thanx to Discogs seller Cliffs in Margate, that search is now over. One or three of my friends will doubtless be relieved that this particular vinyl quest is complete. The only downside is that I've accumulated several copies of TTS with the familiar four pronged push-out centre due to them being advertised incorrectly by various internet sellers and not being worth the hassle of sending 'em back!

"Turn To Stone" was, of course, the lead single from "Out Of The Blue" (peaking at #18 in the UK) and has always been a special song for me. The Jeff Lynne penned classic was the first record I ever bought and also the first ELO song that I heard performed live. TTS has also been the subject of several elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles down the years thus:


My sights are now set on obtaining the equally rare solid centre issue of "Telephone Line" (Jet/UA UP36254) and the black vinyl solid centre edition of "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/UA UP36342) ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Recommended: Wembley Or Bust by Jeff Lynne (Genesis Publications)

Genesis Publications have duly published details of the Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition book "Wembley Or Bust" (ISBN 9781905662524) after teasing fans with hints of its content in December last year. Just 1,500 copies are being published in two waves with the first 350 copies termed as the Deluxe Edition and the remaining 1,150 copies marketed as the Collectors Edition, the difference essentially being a blue (Deluxe) versus red (Collector) leather quarter binding with gilt foiling and page edging, an ELO spaceship cutout (Deluxe) and a cloth-bound Solander box (Deluxe) versus a cloth-bound slipcase (Collector).

The 184 page book will be individually signed by ELO maestro Jeff Lynne himself and also includes a 7" picture disc with "Xanadu" backed by "Don't Bring Me Down" taken from the album/film "Wembley Or Bust". Page size is 300mm x 210mm (slightly taller than A4). "Wembley Or Bust" will be published during the Jeff Lynne's ELO 2018 World Tour in September 2018. The Deluxe Edition is priced at £495 (plus P+P) with the Collectors Edition priced at £245 (plus P+P). Find out more via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne via Genesis Publications 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 ... 14-March-2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Caught Live (14): Quill @ Lichfield 10/03/18

A little over a week after originally planned, new look Quill returned home (figuratively speaking) to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday night (10th March) dazzling their audience with a sparkling fourteen song set comprising something old, something borrowed and something very much new. The amazing thing about Quill is that every time their members come and go, Joy Strachan-Brain's Celtic Rock cum Americana outfit still manage to be quintessentially Quill.

But first a mention for their support on the night. Thanks to Bev Bevan's recent appointment as Patron of Music Courses at Kidderminster College and Quill drummer Andy Edwards' lecturing there too, the opportunity arose for a trio of their talented students to demonstrate their talents on stage. Cue songwriter/singer Rob Challis on keys, vocalist Sophie Ritanne and guitarist Ethan Webster who between them delivered an entertaining ten song cameo of original compositions including the poignant "Enjoy Your Joy" (written by Rob after he was mugged) and the impressive "White Flowers" (written by and sung beautifully by Sophie) alongside distinctive covers of Fleetwood Mac and Doobie Brothers classics.

Back to a septet with the returning Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and his wife JoQuill have managed to reinvent themselves again. Now with an altogether rockier edge, the band delivered a storming if not balanced array of songs with tempting glimpses of their forthcoming new studio album slotted perfectly next to their interpretations of iconic ELO ("Telephone Line") and Move ("California Man") hits with reference also to Bev's time with Black Sabbath ("Changes").

Add to the mix Quill's very own classic "Say It Ain't So" plus inspired covers of "The Whole Of The Moon" and "You're The Voice" and one cannot help but applaud and smile. This was the first time since 1997 that Yours Truly KJS had seen both Bev and Phil on stage together so seeing them in an ELO Part II photo (fittingly with the late, great Kelly Groucutt) as the backdrop during a certain Jeff Lynne penned classic kind of squared the circle.

As ever, Joy Strachan-Brain owned the stage from the first note with her wonderful vocals and Quillesque demeanour in perfect unison with the sublime strings of violinist Kate McWilliam and Jo Bates also making her mark. The heartbeat and pulse of any band is bass and drums so with bassist Matt Worley flanked by world class percussionists in Bev Bevan and Andy Edwards, 2018 sees Quill in good hands. This was another memorable Quill gig making their future dates at Solihull (Wednesday 4th April), Bromsgrove (Friday 8th June) and Bilston (Friday 29th June) all the more a 'must see'.

Quill performed: "The Bells Of Rhymney" ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Elephant In The Room" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "Telephone Line"  ~ "Changes" ~ "Forever Young" ~ "Grey Goose Call" ~ "Jig-A-Jig" (Instrumental) ~ "The Whole Of The Moon" ~ "Say Goodbye" ~ "California Man" ~ "You're The Voice"
Quill are (L-R): Matt Worley (Bass/Vocals) ~ Katherine McWilliam (Violin/Vocals) ~ Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead Vocals/Tambourine) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/Drums) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion) ~ Phil Bates (Guitars/Vocals) ~ Joanna Bates (Keyboards/Flute/Vocals)
Find out more about Quill via their official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-March-2018