Thursday, 30 July 2009

Caught Live: Electric Live Orchestra @ The River Rooms 25/07/09

#53: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Last Saturday night (25th July), Yours Truly KJS ventured down to The River Rooms in sunny Stourbridge to check out The Electric Live Orchestra alongside ELO gig buddy Christian Evans and his brother Dwyer. And what a gig it was as this excellent four piece delivered an impressive set from "10538 Overture" thru' to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King". The highlight of the night for me personally was their performance of "Nightrider" from, of course, ELO's classic 1975 album "Face The Music". It was a loud event and my ears are still ringing as I write this brief review!

The Electric Live Orchestra performed: "Standin' In The Rain" - "Tightrope" - "Mr. Blue Sky" - "Strange Magic" - "Sweet Talkin' Woman" - "Twilight" - "Shine A Little Love" - "Wild West Hero" - "Telephone Line" - "10538 Overture" - "Showdown" - "Ma Ma Ma Belle" - "Can’t Get It Out Of My Head" - "Last Train To London" - "Evil Woman" - "Confusion" - "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" - "All Over The World" - "Nightrider" - "Turn To Stone" - "Livin' Thing" - "Xanadu" - "Don’t Bring Me Down" - "Rockaria!" - "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" - "Roll Over Beethoven"

ELO tribute bands are a good thing, in my opinion. They fill in the gaps between tours by The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) and often do justice to the ELO sound and back catalogue. They keep the ELO sound live in many varied and widespread venues. Here are three links to the web sites of The Electric Live Orchestra, the other top-notch ELO tribute act The ELO Experience (both of whom I have seen and heard at least twice) and one that I know of but have not seen yet - The Explosive Light Orchestra:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Electric Live Orchestra 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 ... 30-July-2009

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