Sunday, 9 December 2018

Caught Live (9): ELO Again @ The Robin 07/12/18

A ninth opportunity for Yours Truly KJS to go see South Wales septet ELO Again perform the music of the Electric Light Orchestra - again - at The Robin 2 was not be missed on Friday night (7th December) as a healthy audience were taken on another musical journey through classic ELO all the way through from debut hit "10538 Overture" to 1986's "Calling America" and sampling every studio album from "The Electric Light Orchestra" (or "No Answer" in the US) to "Balance Of Power" in the process.

A lot has changed since elobeatlesforever (elobf) first reviewed an ELO Again gig back in November 2013 with only cellist Sion Dafydd Dawson an ever present (they're in good company as this is also the case with Jeff Lynne and ELO these days). Yet, on the basis of this performance and the reaction of those assembled, ELO Again have developed an entertaining tribute to Birmingham's best. In the 51 weeks since their last visit to Bilston, the obvious difference in the band to seasoned followers was new singer/guitarist Joel Jordan, who seemed to enjoy his West Midlands bow combining his vocals with some nice guitar work whilst working an enthusiastic crowd into several bouts of Black Country banter. The only tweak in the set from last time was the inclusion of "Strange Magic" in lieu of "When I Was A Boy" and this made for an impressive foray through those hit (UK) singles we all know and love plus "Do Ya" and "Tightrope". Fave moments for me were their renditions of the aforementioned "Calling America" and "Tightrope".

Given the growing pool of ELO tribute acts in the UK these days, I think any ensuing competition will only benefit the paying public and fans. On the other hand, I also strongly believe that each tribute has its own identity and uniqueness. Would I go see ELO Again - again? I think so.

ELO Again performed: "Tightrope" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Calling America" ~ "All Over The World" +++ "Twilight" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
ELO Again were: Joel Jordan (Guitar/Lead Vocals) + Mike McGibney (Bass Guitar/Vox) + Andy Smith (Musical Director/Synths/Keys/Vox) + Pete Burrows (Piano/Keys/Vocoder) + Matt Weston (Drums) + Ruth Alice Potts (Violin/Vox) + Sion Dafydd Dawson (Cello/Guitar/Vox)

Midlands based ELO based fans will have another opportunity to see ELO Again soon when they land at Lichfield's Garrick Theatre on Friday 11th January 2019. Limited tickets can be purchased via this link thus: www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/tribute/elo-again/2353

Find out more about ELO Again and their show via their official web site thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends ELO Again 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 ... 09-Dec-2018

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Caught Live (14): Roy Wood's Rockmas 2018

Roy Wood, his band and his many guests literally rock and rolled back the years on Sunday night (2nd December) to orchestrate another top class evening of festive entertainment in front over 2,000 appreciative fans at Birmingham's prestigious Symphony Hall. With local swing supremos King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, returning comedian Mick Miller, Mark King, Alfie Boe, The Enigma Strings on the bill, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) had an feeling that this would be a memorable night with such a varied if not inspired cast - and so it proved to be.

The first act on stage were King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys and they used their forty five minutes to great effect as the six piece swing and boogie outfit - including saxophonist Big John 'Boysey' Battrum on double duty - kept everyones feet tapping with a polished performance, the highlight of which being their interpretations of "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and a very smooth "Tequila". The on and off stage wanderings of double bassist Shark Van Schtoop and Mr. King Pleasure himself also brought a smile to the face as we headed towards the entrance of the good Dr. Wood!
Mick Miller then opened Act II with his amusing, deadpan comedy before The Move, ELO creator and Wizzard founder Roy Wood arrived on stage alongside his superb Rock 'n' Roll Band to rapturous applause before taking us on a journey through seven Woody penned Top 10 hits (and two chart toppers!) and reminding those assembled of his truly amazing career and his place in music folklore. This writer never tires of seeing Roy disappear off stage during "R U Red E 2 Rock" and reappear with bagpipes and the fantastic backing of the Birmingham Irish Pipes & Drums Band ... it's pure magic!
Level 42 founder and world renowned bassist Mark King bounded onto stage to join the festivities next replete with his LED enlightened guitar and led the band through two of their biggest hit singles: "Lessons In Love" and "Running In The Family". It was nice to see Roy tackle some unfamiliar verses, a sign that he was enjoying the night and working anew with Mark. Undoubtedly, this cameo lifted the atmosphere a notch or two. The Enigma Strings then graced the stage before a wonderful stringed version "Flowers In The Rain" fulfilled Roy's twin visions of a rock band with an orchestra and/or a jazz influenced brass element.
The arrival of acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe riding high on the success of his latest album "As Time Goes By" to more excited applause heralded another step change in what was becoming an inspired night as he enchanted all with "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables" before receiving a standing ovation thereafter. If that wasn't a delight, then his sharing the vocals for "Blackberry Way" very definitely was! Jumping up and down, pumped up with excitement, Alfie grabbed mike and stand in true Rod Stewart style and then rocked the proverbial joint with Roy. His energy energized the whole crowd and meant that the finale of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" with a full stage was even more joyful and fun than usual.
Undoubtedly, this was one of the best Rockmas gigs that I've attended over the years and bodes well for the recently announced Rockmas 2019Roy's vocals and guitar sounded ace - as did the band - and the choice of special guests provided more than enough variety to cover all the bases. I've already bought my tickets for next year and recommend that you do too! Check out the links below for further details for Rockmas 2019, remaining 2018 dates and a new Roy Wood book thus:


The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band are: Roy Wood, Danny McCormack, Shell Naylor, Neil Simpson, Roy Adams, Paul Corry, Jim Corry, James Russell and John 'Boysey' Battrum

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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Dec-2018

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Recommended: Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard (James R Turner)

Fans of Roy Wood basking in the afterglow of another successful Rock 'n' Roll Winter theatre tour can now look forward to new 160 page paperback set to be published on Thursday 28th February 2019 entitled Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard. Subtitled every album, every song, the book at will take a look at the albums and songs written, recorded and produced by the man who gave us The Move, ELO and Wizzard.

Penned by author James R Turner and published by Tewkesbury based Sonicbond Publishing as part of their On Track series, Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard (ISBN 978-1789520088) is a book that Yours Truly KJS is very much looking forward to reading and reviewing for elobeatlesforever (elobf) next year. Find out more in the meantime via these links thus:

www.sonicbondpublishing.co.uk
www.sonicbondpublishing.co.uk/2019-titles1
burningshed.com/sonicbond
www.facebook.com/Sonicbond-Publishing
www.amazon.co.uk/Roy-Wood-Wizzard-Track-Every/dp/1789520088

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard by James R Turner to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, Wizzard, The Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Dec-2018

Friday, 30 November 2018

Roy Wood: Rockmas 2019 Revealed + Tickets

The date for Roy Wood's Rockmas 2019 has been set for Saturday 14th December with tickets already on sale for Dr. Wood's annual festive spectacular which will again be held in Birmingham's iconic Symphony Hall. A weekend slot in mid-December makes Rockmas 2019 all the more attractive and likely to follow Rockmas 2018 in packing out the 2,262 capacity venue. Woody's special guests will undoubtedly be announced soon.

Tickets are priced at £32.50 each (*plus ticket commission) with a 10% discount offered for bookings before 31st December 2018 and can be bought via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood's Rockmas 2019 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-Nov-2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Review: The Patchwork Green (Julie Gunn)

One of the great pleasures of running elobeatlesforever (elobf) is to occasionally be able to feature indie artistes - be they local, national or international - because Yours Truly KJS can! Julie Gunn is one such musician who shares my love for all things ELO and Roy Wood and lives just down the proverbial Birmingham New Road. I finally got to meet Julie at the recent Morganisation gig in Hockley Heath and during our chat she kindly handed me a copy of her debut solo album "The Patchwork Green", released originally in late 2014.

And what a remarkable album "The Patchwork Green" is! Hugely influenced by her love of all things Pink Floyd, this is a set of songs that you instantly warm to with excursions into rock ("When Can I Play?"), prog rock ("Spread Our Wings""Deja Vu") and quirky power pop ("How Long?"; "Rocked My World") with a nod to Woody thrown in for good measure thanx to "Spirit Your Way (Saudade)", a track undoubtedly influenced by Roy's early ELO classic "Whisper In the Night"Julie's vocals at times are reminiscent of the late, great Kirsty MacColl yet the overriding theme of this album is her amazing guitar prowess and all round musicianship, examples being (but not limited to) the instrumental "Jeanne D'Arc", the epic "So Far Away" (with a phenomenal guitar solo) and the magnificent "Temple Of The Gods". The aforementioned "Spirit Your Way (Saudade)" remains a fave alongside the elevating, iconic "Can You Feel?". My only regret is that it's taken me four years to hear and subsequently review this gem. ★★

Trax: [1] "Spread Our Wings"; [2] "Deja Vu"; [3] "How Long?"; [4] "Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)"; [5] "Time Is The Great Healer"; [6] "So Far Away"; [7] "Jeanne D'Arc"; [8] "Can You Feel?"; [9] "When Can I Play?"; [10] "Temple Of The Gods"; [11] "Your Girl"; [12] "Spirit Your Way (Saudade)"; [13] "Rocked My World"; (14) "Cymbaline"

"The Patchwork Green" by Julie Gunn can be obtained directly in CD format from Julie here  and/or in download format via these links thus:

juliegunn.bandcamp.com   www.facebook.com/j.gunnsinger
www.amazon.co.uk/Julie-Gunn-The-Patchwork-Green/dp/B00SYNM11G

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "The Patchwork Green" by Julie Gunn to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2018

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Review: Unchained Melodies (Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

When Yours Truly KJS broke the news in October via elobeatlesforever (elobf) that a second Roy Orbison album with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was on the cards, the only question in this writers mind was what songs would be stripped down and reassembled this time around following on from the impressive commercial success of "A Love So Beautiful" last year.

"Unchained Melodies" was finally unveiled on Friday 23rd November replete with a significant promotional fanfare across most media platforms whilst I looked forward to receiving a copy of the CD to review. A cursory glance at the fifteen tracks on offer revealed an interesting mix of covers and original Big O classics including a quartet of songs from 1989's "Mystery Girl" and Roy's unique take on the likes of "Unchained Melody", "The Great Pretender" and (surprisingly) "Danny Boy". The result is a much more sedate affair overall than its predecessor but one which manages to highlight that amazing voice all the more. The new arrangements for the familiar "She's A Mystery To Me", "Careless Heart" and Elvis Costello's "The Comedians" work well, as does the whole package. The Jeff Lynne connection is here again with the wonderful Orbison/Lynne/Petty penned "California Blue" sounding majestic with its new stringed backdrop. My fave moment has to be "Heartbreak Radio", a rockabilly rocker originally reconstructed by Jeff for the "King Of Hearts" album but revelling in its new orchestral surroundings and given a new lease of life with a real ELO feel to it. The alternate version featuring a duet with Cam also rocks!

In summary, "Unchained Melodies" is the perfect sequel to "A Love So Beautiful" in that it manages to avoid being a collection of other Orbisongs with added strings hiding in the shadow of its predecessor. Much kudos to Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and the Orbison clan for another enjoyable production. If you love Roy Orbison and/or you bought "A Love So Beautiful", you will love this! ★★

Trax: "Unchained Melody" ~ "Blue Bayou" ~ "She's A Mystery To Me" ~ "Heartbreak Radio" ~ "Falling" ~ "Walk On" ~ "The Great Pretender" ~ "The Crowd" ~ "The Comedians" ~ "Crawling Back" ~ "Danny Boy" ~ "Too Soon To Know" ~ "Careless Heart" ~ "California Blue" ~ "Heartbreak Radio" (Duet with Cam)

Find out more about Roy Orbison and "Unchained Melodies" via these links thus:

royorbison.com
www.facebook.com/royorbison   www.instagram.com/officialroyorbison
www.pinterest.com/royorbison   twitter.com/royorbison   www.youtube.com/RoyOrbison

Roy Orbison: New Album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soon
Review: A Love So Beautiful (Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Unchained Melodies" by Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Review: Sky Blue (Apology None)

Both The Beatles and The Move delved into the psychedelic during their Sixties journey, as did not a few other bands trying to find their feet as the decade came to an end. It should therefore come as no surprise that, of all things, there should be artistes in the here and now who are still exploring that territory. Apology None, who are no strangers to long time readers of elobeatlesforever (elobf), are a group with a difference in that they also double up as a cartoon! As if to underline that fact, the inner inlay of the CD tray states: "Hear our tunes and watch our toons!" ... and so you should.

Their latest album "Sky Blue", the third offering from Apology None maestro Tim Ross, has just been released and carries on where 2014's "Satur-delia" left off to an extent. Aided and abetted on this occasion by the drums of Sean Mack Page (Fragile X, Imaginos), this album does need a couple of plays to get into the groove. Having said that, there is lot going on here as this sometimes manic, multi-instrumental work unwinds and starts to dip its proverbial toes into progressive rock territory at its conclusion. Certainly, Yours Truly KJS found the second half of this record from "River Dragon" onward more expansive and likely to appeal to intrigued listeners with tracks such as "Journey Jeannie", "Calling Cathy Hollingsworth", "Here We Are" and title track "Sky Blue" of note. If you are still seeking an new audio trip in the digital age, this might just be it. ★★

Trax: [1] "Trust Me"; [2] "Lost In Your Sunshine"; [3] "La La Remember It"; [4] "Real"; [5] "Higher High"; [6] "River Dragon"; [7] "Anchor Me"; [8] "Journey Jeannie"; [9] "Jesus Fly Me Like A Kite"; [10] "Calling Cathy Hollingsworth"; [11] "Here We Are"; [12] "Sky Blue"

Review: Satur-delia [Apology None]
Review: High Society [Apology None]

You can read up on all things Apology None via their official web sites thus:

www.apologynone.com
www.facebook.com/ApologyNone   twitter.com/apologynone
www.youtube.com/apologynone   www.reverbnation.com/apologynone

"Sky Blue" by Apology None is available in CD and/or download formats via these links thus:

www.apologynone.com/anproducts.html
www.amazon.com/Sky-Blue-Apology-None/dp/B07HGBVPHY
www.amazon.co.uk/Sky-Blue-Apology-None/dp/B07HQMWLZR

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sky Blue" by Apology None to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Nov-2018

Monday, 19 November 2018

Review: Legs & Luggage (Vegas With Randolph)

Five years have passed since Yours Truly KJS reviewed Washington DC outfit Vegas With Randolph's third studio album "Rings Around The Sun" for elobeatlesforever (elobf) so it was rather nice to discover that a new album "Legs & Luggage" was due out in Autumn 2018.

A lot has happened in that time - including the passing of founding member and bassist Dan Aylestock - yet Vegas With Randolph have managed to produce and construct another set of attention grabbing Power Pop songs oozing with their trademark zip, commentary and effervescence during their half a decade hiatus. The nett result is a record packed with catchy guitar riffs, anthemic lyrics and electrified energy as evidenced by opener "You Could Say Yes", continued by "Jacob" and underlined by "The Girl Holding Out For Me". Punctuated by the classy keys led "I Could Be The One" and one of my fave tracks, the observational "Women In Airports", this album never lets up until you reach closing track "I Have You", a string laden ballad with a nod to both ELO and The Beatles in their prime and another fave of mine! Make no mistake about it, "Legs & Luggage" rocks. And so do Vegas With Randolph. Best you partake of your allowance soon. ★★

Trax: [1] "You Could Say Yes"; [2] "Jacob"; [3] "The Girl Holding Out For Me"; [4] "I Could Be The One"; [5] "Free Your Soul"; [6] "She's An Intellectual"; [7] "Women In Airports"; [8] "Chick Fighter"; [9] "Three Red Hooks"; [10] "The Weekend's Coming"; [11] "The Comeback Kid"; [12] "Ain't So Complicated"; [13] "I Have You"

Review: Rings Around The Sun [Vegas With Randolph]
Review: Above The Blue [Vegas With Randolph]

Vegas With Randolph are: Dan Aylestock [Bass]; Brock Harris [Lead/Rhythm Guitars]; Eric Kern [Vox/Keys/Guitar]; Andy Hamburger [Drums/Percussion]; John Ratts [Vox/Guitars]. You can read up on all things Vegas With Randolph via their official web sites thus:

www.facebook.com/VegasWithRandolph   twitter.com/vegaswrandolph
www.youtube.com/vegaswithrandolph

"Legs & Luggage" by Vegas With Randolph is available in CD and/or download formats via these links thus:

vegaswithrandolph.bandcamp.com/album/legs-luggage
www.amazon.com/Legs-Luggage-Vegas-Randolph/dp/B07JJ6HKSG
www.amazon.co.uk/Legs-Luggage-Vegas-Randolph/dp/B07JJ6HKSG

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Legs & Luggage" by Vegas With Randolph to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Chart Tragedy: What Went Wrong with Zoom?

When Jeff Lynne abruptly purchased Bev Bevan's share of the ELO brand, name and rights in November 1999, it opened the door for the ELO maestro to embark on another electric light fantastic journey with a band not only underpinned by his acclaimed songs, production and musicianship but now his 100% ownership. It also put fans on notice of the potential recommencement of new Electric Light Orchestra material whilst also signalling the eventual transition of ELO Part II into The Orchestra. Within a year "Flashback" - a 3CD career anthology - had been released to rave reviews with hints of a new album circulating in fanzines and a world largely devoid of Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Thinking that Jeff's ELO career was over, many fans had been expecting a second solo album to follow up the modest chart success of "Armchair Theatre" in 1990 but his various production projects during the nineties with the likes of Tom Petty, Julianna Raye, the late Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney and (of course) The Beatles likely meant that it remained incomplete and shelved. So when news of a new ELO album - the first since "Balance Of Power" in 1986 - surfaced in the early part of 2001, the ELO fan base got excited. Who would it feature? What would it sound like?

Yours Truly KJS still remembers when Sir Terry Wogan aired "Alright" as announced it as "the new ELO single" on his then BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show in May 2001. New album "Zoom" followed in June. My initial reaction upon first play was that "Zoom" sounded more like a Jeff Lynne solo effort that an ELO record. In fact, I still recall renaming it "Armchair Theatre Part II". "Zoom" sported the familiar ELO logo and the artwork was appealing and impressive. The familiarity of Lynne compositions and arrangements gave it an ELO feel in places but one could not escape the fact that this was Jeff plus a few famous friends, even though Richard Tandy appeared on one track. Essentially, that is what most reviewers said at the time too. It had the name of ELO but the sound of Jeff Lynne - an observation, not a criticism.

Perhaps the strangest thing about the release of "Zoom" was the lack of promotion by both artist, management and record company - almost as if it had been presumed that it would pick up commercially where "Balance Of Power" left off. The casual record buying public in 2001 were very much different than that in 1986 and some ELO fans had long since moved on. I remember struggling to find a copy in my local HMV store. There was no attention grabbing display, like those that were found for the debut Electric Light Orchestra Part Two album in 1991 or the frequent TV adverts that elevated the "Very Best of ELO" compilation put out by Dino in 1994 to #4 on the Official UK Album Chart, their highest chart placing of the nineties. The tide was out at that time for ELO with a number of greatest hits packages permeated by the aforementioned "Armchair Theatre" (#24) and "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" (#34). It was therefore ironic that "Zoom" peaked at the same chart position as ELO Part II's debut LP ten years earlier.
Fast forwarding to a rainy night in November 2018 and writing this article for elobeatlesforever (elobf), my view and opinion of "Zoom" has softened somewhat over the years, especially with the 2013 reissue via Frontiers, its arrival on 2LP vinyl via Let Them Eat Vinyl in the same year and a new lease of life this year via Sony Legacy. In fact, I am now of the opinion that "Zoom" resembles more of an ELO album as a whole than 2015's "Alone In The Universe", released under the different moniker of Jeff Lynne's ELO but essentially the same formula. So what went wrong with "Zoom"? The answer is that it was perhaps the right album at the wrong time or a mixture of both.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Nov-2018

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Roy Wood: The Cheap Trick Connection

Being as both Roy Wood and Cheap Trick will be touring the UK this December, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) reckoned that it's an opportune time to look and the connections between Woody and the legendary rockers with a nod, of course, to ELO.

As far as this writer is aware, Cheap Trick have covered four Roy Wood penned songs to date. The Move's "California Man" in 1978, "Rock 'n' Roll Tonight" in 1990 (a version of "We're Gonna Rock 'n' Roll Tonight" from "Introducing Eddy and the Falcons" found on the album "Busted"), "Brontosaurus" in 1997 (the flip side to their "Baby Talk" single) and their 2017 cover of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (as found on their "Christmas Christmas" album - see elobf review below). Roy also sang on "Money Is the Route Of All Fun", a demo found on the fourth disc of the 1996 box set "Sex, America, Cheap Trick" but recorded in sessions for "The Doctor" (1986).

Guest Review: Christmas Christmas (Cheap Trick)

And those links between Cheap Trick and ELO? The obvious one is Rick Nielsen's tongue-in-cheek "ELO Kiddies", the 'B' side of the 1978 single "Ain't That A Shame". The not-so-obvious mutuality is that the aforementioned album "The Doctor" also included a cover of the Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly song "Kiss Me Red", which was also to be found on the debut Electric Light Orchestra Part Two album in 1991.

In terms of performing together, Cheap Trick and Roy Wood have gigged together on a number of occasions, the first being at Barbarella's in Birmingham on Friday 16th February 1979 with another occurring during a 1995 charity concert in New York. They were also pictured together backstage at Holmdel, NJ in September 2016. Their respect is mutual with Roy often lauded as a major musical hero and inspiration for the band.

Tickets are still available to see the Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band and/or Cheap Trick supporting Def Leppard via these links thus:

Roy Wood: On The Road Again in 2018
www.livenation.co.uk/artist/cheap-trick-tickets

Left: Cheap Trick press release portrait
Above right: Cheap Trick at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 (Source: ~It's_me! @ Flickr)
Bottom right: Cheap Trick with Roy at Holmdel, NJ (Source: Cheap Trick @ Facebook)
Find out more about Cheap Trick via these official links thus:
www.cheaptrick.com
www.facebook.com/cheaptrick   twitter.com/cheaptrick   www.youtube.com/user/cheaptrick

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Cheap Trick to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

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