Saturday, 4 September 2010

Caught Live: Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project @ Highley 03/09/10

#131: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As previously blogged earlier today, Yours Truly KJS ventured over to The Severn Centre, Highley in Shropshire, England last night [Friday 3rd September] to witness the second date of the Autumn 2010 Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project [BBBV] tour with my ELO gig buddy Chris '10538' Evans.

After an impressive opening set by Groucutt & Haynes, we were treated to a wonderful musical journey of interpretations of Beatles and ELO songs as well as other classic Blues tracks. I must admit that having seen BBBV at The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield back on Thursday 18th March, I was wondering how different the set list would be and - if so - what new songs we would hear in light of the impending release of the new BBBV album.

And we were not to be disappointed either! We were treated to the eclectic rendition of Lennon and McCartney compositions in the BBBV style as one would expect. In addition, one of the many highlights [as ever] was "Old Love", that Clapton/Cray classic.

We expected to hear one or two almost token ELO tracks in the set list. But we were pleasantly surprised not only to hear the BBBV take on "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Evil Woman" but also "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" and a superb version of that excellent Kelly Groucutt crowd pleaser "Midnight Blue". It was that wonderful vocal performance by Tina McBain of a song that she never thought she would never attempt and a real highlight of the evening.

The gig encore was a real surprise too folks! Besides "Daytripper" and [of course] "Beatles Forever", the only other true musical link between The Beatles and ELO is the classic song "I Am The Walrus". This is THE Beatles song that inspired Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne to later found the Electric Light Orchestra in 1971. So to hear it live for the first time in the BBBV flavour was the icing on the cake. The whole evening was superb and I heartily recommend that you check out the tour dates and experience BBBV for yourselves.

By the way, the new BBBV album is really good and includes a new Phil Bates composition entitled "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" which also includes a passing Beatles reference in its lyrics and would not be out of place on any ELO or Orchestra album. In short - an absolutely marvellous gig [and CD] folks!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Sep-2010


  1. I saw them in Bath and it was a superb evening.

  2. I was in Highley (introduced Mik and Phil on stage) and loved the gig. I recorded most of it and played some on my Radio Show.
    If you'd like to hear it, you can access podcasts via
    Pete Dicks

  3. Hi Pete ... I think I saw you down on the right ... sorry we didn't meet. BBBV has real potential. Keith JS