Thursday, 1 April 2010

That Was The Month That Was

#94: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may have been wondering: "Where on earth has Yours Truly KJS been here on ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) this last month or so?" The answer: Yours Truly KJS been amazingly busy on many fronts! Since my last article back on 23rd February, Sharleen Spiteri's "Xanadu" single has spent two weeks in the Official UK Chart peaking at #71 before "Slipping Away" (pardon the pun!) back to #90. Her album "The Movie Songbook" (featuring "Xanadu") charted at #13 and is now at #67 after four weeks. I've also attended two great ELO related gigs here in the Midlands during March. On Thursday 4th March at The Robin 2 in Bilston it was The Animals on a double bill with Bev Bevan's incarnation of The Move alongside Trevor Burton. And on Thursday 18th March it was The Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project (BBBV) with Phil Bates, Mik Kaminski & Tina McBain at The Garrick in Lichfield.

The Animals are simply a fantastic act live and worthy stage mates with Bev Bevan's Move. The vocals, guitar work and interplay with keyboards was a lesson in top class musicianship with frontman and bassist Pete Barton impressing in particular. The thing that really surprised me about The Move was not that we heard live material not heard since the days of The Marquee or a medley of Move hits, it was the multi-talented Neil Lockwood. For sure, Bev Bevan is still one of the world's top percussionists but Neil's vocals and keyboard attributes were exceptional (you may recall that Neil Lockwood was a founding member of ELO Part II with Bev BevanEric Troyer and Pete Haycock). And by the way, Trevor Burton still rocks!

It was also great to chat with Mik Kaminski in the bar prior to the BBBV gig at The Garrick and to sit not three foot from the virtuoso ELO, Violinski, OrKestra, ELO Part II and The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) blue violinist. Now that was a real treat!

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) really is an apt blog name for me not only because most fans want that rare track for the "Secret Messages" sessions "Beatles Forever" finally and officially released but also because the music of The Beatles and ELO are such a good fit, not forgetting that "I Am The Walrus" was a major inspiration for The Electric Light Orchestra in the first place.

I have a significant amount of accumulated material to publish after my March break so please be patient with me as we head towards another gig by The ELO Experience at The Robin 2, Bilston on Friday 30th April.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 01-Apr-2010


  1. hi

    re lichfield

    you must have been the one filming with the camera phone ? not the two who left at half time.


  2. Hi Euan ... Nope ... I was seated with Chris 'Not So Serious' Evans right next to Mik. The gig was great ... see you at the Robin2 on Friday 30th to see the ELO Experience??? The two who left at half-time must've been WBA fans or had ear-ache!! KJS