Saturday, 16 February 2019

Another Chart Breaks: ELO & Move Midweek Musing

Ever since the Official Albums Chart Update (or Midweek Album Chart as it's sometimes called) was launched back in March 2010, it's been easy for avid fans and casual enquirers to check on the progress of both new and current charting releases. Followers of ELO and related artistes have seen a plethora of releases in those nine (9) years and have seen albums such as "Long Wave", "Get Up" and "Alone In The Universe" enter the Top 10 during midweek and hold that position (more or less) until the full chart was revealed four days or so later.  With preorders, streams and downloads now also a component in the chart statistics alongside traditional physical purchases, the charts these days are a lot different than those back in the day with some releases charting one week and fading away dramatically the next.

Recent releases by both The Move and ELO have been examples of this modern chart trait. The excellent compilation "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" was released via Cherry Red/Esoteric in January 2017 and landed in the Midweek Chart at #54 (their first charting album since "Move" in April 1968) before falling away and not even appearing in the full album chart that week. Likewise, the long awaited 2LP edition of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages" (albeit without "Beatles Forever" or a parallel CD issue) was revealed in early August 2018 and hit the halfway chart running at a healthy #49 before also slipping away out of the full Top 100 album roster within a few days (although it did enter the Official Vinyl Chart at a very respectable #7).

Although neither "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" or the "Secret Messages" double album won't be found in the Official Chart Archive in and of themselves, Yours Truly KJS wants this elobeatlesforever (elobf) article to mark their brief unofficial charting success in the ever changing music buying climate of the 21st Century. See also ...

Review: Magnetic Waves Of Sound [The Move]
Review: Secret Messages 2LP (ELO)   Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2019

Sunday, 10 February 2019

ELO: The JETLX Files

When Don Arden ditched United Artists and signed Jet Records' marketing and distribution rights up with CBS in early 1978, it initially led to the Electric Light Orchestra back catalogue of albums from "On The Third Day" through to "Out Of The Blue" being reissued and reassigned new JETLP prefixed catalogue numbers, as had been the case during the brief Jet/Polydor years.

Thereafter most Jet/CBS albums were JETLP save for a few exceptions including the quartet of JETLX prefixed LP's released featuring ELO which were "Discovery" (JETLX500), "ELO's Greatest Hits" (JETLX525), "Xanadu" (JETLX526) and "Secret Messages" (JETLX527).
Quite why all four records were prefixed JETLX with two released in gatefold sleeves and two in single LP sleeves (as many fans will recall) is unknown but it is interesting that they all breached the Official UK Album Chart Top 10. It's also of note that ELO's other UK #1 album "Time" (JETLP236) - released between "Xanadu" and "Secret Messages" in 1981 - did not receive the JETLX prefix whereas a "Secret Messages" including "Beatles Forever" in its originally intended 2LP format would have been JETDP402.

If nothing else, ELO's JETLX releases reflect the phenomenal popularity of ELO during the years 1979 to 1983 as Birmingham's best reached their commercial peak at a "Time" when vinyl ruled.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Feb-2019

Friday, 8 February 2019

Review: Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery (Imaginary Creatures)

When lyricist and songwriter David Scott contacted Yours Truly KJS recently regarding the release of "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery", the latest and fourth studio album from his virtual band Imaginary Creatures, informing me that it's a release heavily influenced by early ELO and recorded with "real strings - principally cellos", this particular writer was instantly intrigued and very much looking forward to listening to it in readiness for this latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) review.

.Imaginary Creatures is a collaboration with producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna with "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" also featuring the late, great Ted McKenna (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Band of Friends, Michael Schenker Fest and many more) on drums alongside cellists Wendy Weatherby and Ron Shaw not forgetting violinist Seonaid Aitken. This is very definitely a progressive rock album with a supernatural theme throughout underpinned by some wonderful, earthy string arrangements and a sound that draws on those first three ELO long players: "Electric Light Orchestra" (or "No Answer" in the States), "ELO2" and "On The Third Day".
 Indeed, there are moments here where you get an idea of what ELO might have become if Roy Wood had not have left to form Wizzard ("At Winter's End" being an example). "Dreams Of California" has a late Move feel to it and there is plenty here to please those who love the early ELO outpourings of Jeff Lynne too. Have a listen to "Mr. Teddy Bear", a track with a deferential nod to both "Mr. Radio" or "The Messenger", a real ELOesque rocker in all but name and reminiscent of "Ma Ma Ma Belle". You can even hear Roy Wood and ELO quoted in the lyrics for "The Night" if you listen carefully!

"Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" (Birnam CD #IMAGC004CD) is twelve songs to be listened to in its entirety - as is the case with all prog rock records. This is an album that will delight those who found ELO in their early days, fans of both Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, and the followers who came thereafter. ★★

Trax: [1] "Electric Warrior" (4:23); [2] "Extase" (4:54); [3] "At Winter's End" (4:43); [4] "Dreams Of California" (4:48); [5] "Shades In The Rain" (4:01); [6] "Mr. Teddy Bear" (4:24); [7] "Wait For Me Judy" (5:51); [8] "The Messenger" (5:38); [9] "The Night" (6:25); [10] "Dread The Dark Season" (3:55); [11] "Ground Zero" (6:00); [12] "The Wrap Party Of The Damned" (5:16)

You can find out more about "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" by Imaginary Creatures via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" by Imaginary Creatures to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, WizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Feb-2019

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Ten Light Years: A Decade of elobeatlesforever

This is elobf article #1,481 and today is Saturday 2nd February 2019. It's also Groundhog Day and a whole decade since elobeatlesforever (elobf) was born in 2009 with our first article (oddly enough) entitled Beatles Forever! So much has happened in the elobf universe in the 3,652 days and 120 months since. Gig reviews, album reviews, interviews, loads of vinyl issues and not a few exclusives (thanx to some amazing pals and reliable sources in the biz). Amazingly, the number of visitors to elobf went over the three (3) million mark on Tuesday 23rd October last year and we are now (hopefully) on the journey to four (4) million views. It's all thanx to you!
A lot has happened in those ten years. Yours Truly KJS has been asked on a number of occasions recently as to what happenings stick out. It's impossible to detail it all but obviously the 2LP release of "Secret Messages" would have been the icing on the cake if it had included "Beatles Forever".

Highlights undoubtedly were being backstage with Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman at Rockmas 2014, seeing Paul McCartney live at Birmingham in May 2015, watching ELO maestro Jeff Lynne perform on stage for the first time at Liverpool in April 2016 and experiencing Tom Petty at Hyde Park in July 2017 amongst many more. Losing Kelly Groucutt in those early elobf days also comes to mind as does the tragic passing away of Mike Edwards, Pete HaycockWilf Gibson, Mike Burney and Hugh McDowell in the ensuing years.

It's been a pleasure introducing regular elobf readers to not a few local, national and international ELO/Beatles influenced indie artistes whilst supporting not only former members of ELO & ELO Part II in their endeavours and covering the ever increasing number of ELO (and related) tribute bands as the music of Jeff Lynne is discovered and/or rediscovered by the masses "All Over The World". I'm also very grateful for the support and courtesy extended to me by ELO co-founders Roy WoodBev Bevan and a whole host of musicians, artistes and their management. It's been a blast despite some negatives from people and organisations who should know much better and those infernal internet trolls.
And it doesn't end there. Thanx to The Robin 2 in Bilston and the Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO), you are cordially invited to elobf's 10th belated birthday bash on Saturday 25th May 2019. What better way to celebrate than to join up with fellow ELO fans whilst enjoying two hours of ELO's greatest hits (and more)? You can find out more via these links thus:

Yours Truly KJS hopes that you enjoy the content and variety within elobf and would like to thank each and every visitor, reader, follower and participant of elobeatlesforever (elobf) for journeying here. Every click really is appreciated!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2019

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Singled Out: Xanadu

Nestled nicely between the Electric Light Orchestra's chart topping albums "Discovery" (1979) and "Time" (1981) is their five song contribution to "Xanadu" OST in 1980. It's an album that some ELO fans shudder at and others embrace as much as their other studio efforts. Whilst the film has taken on a cult following in latter years and "Xanadu" has been successful adapted to the stage on Broadway and elsewhere, the songs written by Jeff Lynne (all ELO trax) and John Farrar (all Olivia Newton-John trax) for the movie have been far more enduring.

"Xanadu" peaked at #2 (UK) and #4 (US) in August 1980 and amazingly provided no less than six Top 40 UK singles including, of course, a #1 for ELO/ONJ as well as three hit records for ELO in their own right: "I'm Alive" (#20); "All Over The World" (#11) and "Don't Walk Away" (#21) plus two for Olivia Newton-John: "Magic" (#32) and "Suddenly" (#15). "Magic" also topped the chart in the States. It's noteworthy that "The Fall" was the only ELO track not to be released as a single! The irony for both avid and casual fans alike is that recent Jeff Lynne's ELO crowd favourite "All Over The World" is indeed a "Xanadu" track and the ELO maestro includes two songs from JETLX526 in his set lists not forgetting that it is also the name of a certain #1 greatest hits compilation with over one million sales since 2005!
As far as Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are concerned, "Xanadu" counts as a bona fide ELO album on account of its content, initial success and continuing appeal. It is therefore surprising if not a little disappointing that the "Xanadu" OST has not been given the same expanded treatment as other ELO albums. There is certainly enough material out there to append to the original tracks.
"Drum Dreams" (the flip side to "I'm Alive" and "All Over The World in the US) comes to mind as does the extended "Xanadu Overture" as featured in the finale as well as the rather wonderful lengthened synth intro to "I'm Alive" accompanying the arrival of the muses in the opening sequences of the film. Add to that ONJ's "Fool Country" and an expanded, remastered "Xanadu" reissue is not so difficult to imagine which would doubtless will appeal to both ELO and Olivia Newton-John fans! The only issue might be sorting out the publishing rights between Jet (Sony) and MCA (Universal). An outing in 180g vinyl would also be nice. Music On Vinyl take note!

You may enjoy reading and/or perusing these "Xanadu" themed elobf articles too ...

Magic: The Other Xanadu Picture Disc
Xanadu Side A: ELO or ONJ?
Xanadu: Fifth Promo Picture Disc Relisted on eBay
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Tops Record Collector Guide
Drum Dreams Double Delight   Drum Dreaming: ELO Trax Only in Vinyl
Recommended: Xanadu [Sharleen Spiteri]   Texanadu
Recommended: Xanadu [Sarah Blasko]
Vinyl Story: ELO's 10" Singles

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Jan-2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Recommended: King's Heath Walk of Fame Beatles Fest 2019

It's always a pleasure to oblige when my good friends Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker over at King's Heath Walk of Fame contact Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) to highlight their now annual Beatles All You Need Is Love Fest which is being held this year on Sunday 10th February, especially remembering that Beatles legend John Lennon once stated that ELO were the "son of [The] Beatles". It was the ultimate of compliments and another huge nod to the influence of The Fab Four on Birmingham's finest whose hometown hosted The Beatles' when they played their maiden live performance on Friday 15th February 1963 - the first of three appearances at King's Heath Ritz Ballroom in the very home of 'Brum Beat'.

The Beatles All You Need Is Love Session is up first featuring an eclectic array of musicians and runs from 3PM until 6PM at Fletcher's Bar, York Road, King's Heath. Tickets are priced at £4 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased in person from Kitchen Garden Cafe and/or wegottickets with tickets on the door priced at £5 each (if available). Acclaimed Beatles tribute Made In Liverpool will then strike up the band from 7PM onwards down the road at the Hare & Hounds. Tickets are priced at £12 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased in advance via Skiddle or on the door (if available).

For further information, you can email info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk and/or contact Bob on (0121) 689 2360 and/or Ken on (0121) 443 5237 and/or visit these sites thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends King's Heath Walk Of Fame Beatles Fest 2019 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 ... 23-Jan-2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Magic: The Other Xanadu Picture Disc

JETP196: "Magic"
Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the last decade will (hopefully) recall that the withdrawn US promo 10" picture disc of ELO/Olivia Newton-John's 1980 hit "Xanadu" (MC10384) has been featured by elobf on a number of occasions due to its rarity and value, having been sold on eBay at least five times for the best part of $10,000 and it being ranked by Record Collector Magazine as their #1 scarcest, rarest and most valuable picture disc back in April 2015.

Yours Truly KJS is also a record collector as well as being an avid ELO (and related artistes) fan so when I came across another "Xanadu" related picture disc  taken from the ONJ side of the "Xanadu" original soundtrack album (JETLX526), I took the plunge and bought it. "Magic" b/w "Whenever You're Away From Me" (JETP196) by Olivia Newton-John peaked at #32 in the UK Official Singles Chart more or less at the same time that ELO's "All Over The World" (JET195) was just falling short of the Top Ten at #11 during August 1980.
The ultra-rare "Xanadu" 10" US promo picture disc ...
It's a nice item with both sides of the disc sporting a rather glamorous image of ONJ but it does beg one question. If the story is true that the reason that the aforementioned "Xanadu" picture disc was pulled (with just a handful of copies escaping the cull) because Olivia was unhappy with the image on it, then should one presume that she was consulted over and/or happy with those used for the "Magic" picture disc? I guess we'll never know but it's still an interesting line of thought for both ELO and Olivia Newton-John admirers.

Here are some related elobf articles that you may find worth a peruse or three:

Xanadu: Fifth Promo Picture Disc Relisted on eBay (2016)
Fourth Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2015)
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Tops Record Collector Guide (2015)
Third Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2014)
Second Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2013)
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2012)

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Jan-2019

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Album of the Year 2018: Lucky Day (David Myhr)

If you missed the elobeatlesforever (elobf) review of 2018, you will have missed the news that David Myhr's highly rated second solo album "Lucky Day" was chosen as the elobf Album of the Year. So without further ado, you can buy said CD and/or read my May 2018 album review and/or check out the aforementioned Album of the Year announcement via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Lucky Day" by David Myhr 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 ... 10-Jan-2019

Monday, 31 December 2018

Yours Truly 2018: A Year In Review

Another trip around the sun is almost complete and 2018 has proved to be another interesting year for elobeatlesforever (elobf) as the milestone of 3 million views was reached on the very day that Yours Truly KJS was in Liverpool to see Jeff Lynne's ELO on back on October 23rd. It was also the year that an incomplete 2LP edition "Secret Messages" was released albeit without "Beatles Forever" (much to the disappointment of this writer), being one of several elobf scoops amongst those for a new Roy Orbison/RPO album, the Jeff Lynne/ELO Original Album Classics 5CD set and the first volume of ELO's UK 7" Singles boxed set.

The past twelve months also saw the tragic passing of ELO cellist Hugh McDowell in November whilst a recovering Richard Tandy joined Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan in the 70's club during March. On a personal note, it has been somewhat difficult dealing with internet trolling and a peculiar persecution by a certain social media platform against a site that only offers positive coverage to all in the ELO, Beatles and related artistes world. On the positive side, 2018 saw me finally obtain a rare solid centre copy of "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) and launch several new series of articles covering ELO's very many compilations and residences on certain record labels. Expect more of the same, some surprises and perhaps something else in 2019 ...
elobf Gig of the Year
2018 was a busy year in terms of gigs with many attended both inside and outside of the elobf universe. Jeff Lynne's ELO were busy again on both sides of the Atlantic and many were thrilled to see the ELO maestro plough through his greatest hits backed by Musical Director Mike Stevens and their now familiar touring band. I was fortunate to see EJLO in Liverpool again this year and without a doubt such a polished show was hugely memorable. It was strange not seeing Roy Wood and his Rock 'n' Roll Band perform at The Robin 2 this year for the first time in a decade but his fabulous Rockmas 2018 event more than made up for it! Yours Truly KJS also caught four ELO tribute bands live during the year and managed to go see a holographic Roy Orbison alongside a full orchestra whilst ELO co-founding drumming legend Bev Bevan was in action with both Quill and old pal Jasper Carrott. All in all a wonderful twelve months capped perfectly by the good Dr. Wood.
elobf Album of the Year
Fifteen albums were reviewed during 2018 from the familiar such as The Beach Boys and Roy Orbison to Paul McCartney's "Egypt Station" to Quill's "Grey Goose Call EP" to P.Hux's "This Is The One" to BGO's "Zentopia" and a fair few local, national and international indie artistes too. Undoubtedly, the 2LP issue of "Secret Messages" was significant but the exclusion of "Beatles Forever" (and a 2CD issue) was a major commercial gaffe by both Sony Legacy and Jeff Lynne almost certainly preventing a decent placing in the UK Top 100 Album Chart. With that in mind, after some reflection and many plays, my choice for elobf Album of the Year 2018 is the wonderful "Lucky Day" by Swedish Power Pop perfectionist David Myhr.
Review: Lucky Day (David Myhr)
Yours Truly KJS would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every visitor and contributor to elobeatlesforever (elobf) during 2018 and to also wish you a Happy, Peaceful, Prosperous if not ELOtastic New Year. There is much to look forward to in 2019 with our 10th birthday in February (and ensuing celebration in May) not too far away. See you on the other side folks!

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

Friday, 28 December 2018

elobeatlesforever (elobf) Gig Guide #34: Q1 2019

Winter into Spring (Q1) 2019 means that once again it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published! This is our 34th and hopefully you'll find the roster of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Tuesday 1st January and Sunday 31st March 2019 (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Saturday 5th January
The ELO Encounter @ Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fees)
www.ents24.com/stoke-on-trent-events/eleven/elo-encounter/1073910780

Friday 11th January

ELO Again @ Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fees)
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/tribute/elo-again/2353

Sunday 13th January
ELO Beatles Beyond @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £5 each (*plus booking fees)
thediamonduk.com/gigs

Saturday 19th January
ELO Again @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Tickets: £27.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/elo-again

Sunday 20th January
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Brasshouse on Broad Street, Birmingham
Free entry
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

ELO Again @ Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath
Tickets: from £20.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/246043

Friday 25th January
The 286 @ The Morden Arms, London
Free entry
www.facebook.com/events/670786939989685

ELO Again @ Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight
Tickets: £23 each (*plus booking fees)
www.medinatheatre.co.uk/article/elo-again

Saturday 26th January
The ELO Show @ O2 Academy, Liverpool
Tickets: £17.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.seetickets.com/event/the-elo-show/o2-academy-liverpool/1085178

Friday 1st February
ELO Again @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: from £22.50 each (*plus booking fees)
crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/tickets-elo-again-crewe-2019

Saturday 2nd February
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Nest, Cannock
Free entry
www.facebook.com/groups/891712430855406

ELO Again @ The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Tickets: from £20 each (*plus booking fees)
stur-exchange.co.uk/programme/elo-again

Friday 8th February

ELO Again @ St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Tickets: £25.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/rock-pop/elo-again

Saturday 9th February
The ELO Experience @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £24.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/the-elo-experience.aspx#.XCTmidL7Rkg

The 286 @ Luna, London
Free entry
www.facebook.com/events/2014980698587450

Sunday 10th February
King's Heath Walk of Fame Beatles Fest 2019 @ Birmingham
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fees)
www.elobeatlesforever.com/2019/01/recommended-kings-heath-walk-of-fame.html

Friday 15th February
The ELO Show @ The Picturedrome, Holmfirth
Tickets: £17.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.picturedrome.net/tickets/The%20ELO%20Show/20190215.htm

Saturday 16th February

The ELO Encounter @ The Musician, Leicester
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fees)
www.ticketweb.uk/event/the-elo-encounter-the-musician-tickets/8126295

ELO Again @ The Plaza, Stockport
Tickets: £24.20 each (*plus booking fees)
stockportplaza.co.uk/whats-on/elo-again

The 286 @ The Morden Arms, London
Free entry
www.facebook.com/events/348691639255680

Sunday 17th February
Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 per person
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5413

The ELO Encounter @ The Melton Theatre, Melton Mowbray
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fees)
www.meltontheatre.co.uk/event/elo-encounter

Wednesday 20th February
Pete Kent @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £7 each (advance) or £9 each (door)(*plus booking fees)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5280

Friday 22nd February
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show @ The Civic Hall, Brierley Hill
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fees)
www.bhillcivic.co.uk/whats-on/event/181/big-o-and-the-travelling-wilburys-22nd-february

Saturday 23rd February
ELO Beatles Beyond @ The Piano Room, Lutterworth
Tickets: £12.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/575702

Sunday 24th February
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Prince of Wales, Stafford
Free entry
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

Friday 1st March
The ELO Experience @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets: £25.25 each (*plus transaction fees)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience/alexandra-theatre-birmingham

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

Saturday 2nd March
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20 each (advance) or £22.50 each (door)(*plus booking fees)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5425

Thursday 7th March
Quill @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £23 each (*plus booking fees)
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/music/quill/2367

Friday 8th March
Climax Blues Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £17.50 each (door)(*plus booking fees)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5510

ELO Again @ The Cresset, Peterborough
Tickets: £22.50 each (*plus booking fees)
cresset.ticketsolve.com/shows/873592194

Saturday 9th March
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7 each (advance) or £8.50 each (door)
thediamonduk.com/gigs

Thursday 14th March
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £13.50 each (advance) or £15 each (door)(*plus booking fees)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5293

Friday 15th March
ELO Again @ Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tickets: £22 each (*plus booking fees)
www.floralpavilion.com/en-GB/shows/elo%20again/events/2

Saturday 16th March
ELO Beatles Beyond @ King's Heath Cricket Club, Birmingham
Tickets: £8 each (advance) or £10 each (door)(*plus booking fees)
www.wegottickets.com/event/463372

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock! @ The Regal, Evesham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fees)
www.theregal.ac/event/1466

Sunday 17th March
Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock! @ The Regal, Evesham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fees)
www.theregal.ac/event/1466

Monday 18th March
Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock! @ The Regal, Evesham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fees)
www.theregal.ac/event/1466

Tuesday 19th March
Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock! @ The Regal, Evesham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fees)
www.theregal.ac/event/1466

Thursday 21st March
ELO Again @ Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
Tickets: £24.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Queens-Theatre/show/elo-again

Friday 22nd March
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
www.feathersinn.co.uk/event/sight-n-sound-2-3

Big O & The Wilburys Tribute Show @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: £23 each (*including booking fees)
www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/roy-orbison-the-traveling-wilburys-experience/events

The ELO Show @ Trading Boundaries LIVE, Sheffield Green, East Sussex
Tickets: from £25 each (*plus booking fees)
www.tradingboundariesmusic.com/collections/tickets/products/the-elo-show

Saturday 23rd March
The ELO Show @ De Boerderij Cultuurpodium, Zoetermeer, Holland
Tickets: from €25 each (*plus booking fees)
www.ticketmaster.nl/event/232909

Thursday 28th March
The ELO Experience @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £24.50 each (*plus booking fees)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/elo-experience

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 more here: www.jefflynneselo.com

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 2019! 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: www.roywood.co.uk

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: www.theorchestra.net

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 Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and Joanna Bates in their ranks. Find out more here: www.quilluk.com

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: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

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 more here: www.elotribute.com

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 more here: www.eloagain.co.uk

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 more here: www.elotributeband.com

The ELO Encounter Another 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 Dacre Peck. Find out more here: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The ELO Show Brian Cummins and Raymond Pitt from acclaimed Genesis tribute The Carpet Crawlers will be taking a new project The ELO Show on the road to selected UK and European venues in 2019. Find out more here: www.facebook.com/TheEloShow

ELO Beatles Beyond A new tribute led by Richard Gibson and Matt Gaffiney featuring the careers of Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney featuring the music of  ELO, The Beatles, Wings, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move and Tom Petty. Find out more here: www.elobeatlesbeyond.com

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 more here: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

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. Find out more here: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

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 ... 28-Dec-2018