Saturday, 31 December 2011

Yours Truly 2011: A Year in Review

 #288: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This is the third time in which I have attempted to write up my exploits with ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) in 2011. I simply didn't realise the amount of output this year. This is the 115th ELOBF blog of the year and first of all I would like to thank each and every visitor for taking the time to check out my writings and musings. 2011 was a year of many varied activities including interviews, reviews, introductions, recommendations and (of course) gigs! Hence I've decided that the best way to cover the year is to simply list some of the highlights.

Mark Stanway (Magnum) ~ The BeatBack Brothers ~ Rick Price (The Move/Wizzard) ~ Bob Lawton (The Rockin' Berries) ~ Andy Louis (The ELO Experience) ~ Mel Gale (ELO) ~ The Electric Live Orchestra ~ Sean Mack Page (Imaginos/Fragile X) ~ Michael Laine Hildebrandt (Bubble Gum Orchestra) ~ WelshMansHill (Phil Hatton/Steve Turner/Phil Ridden)

"Live In London 1976" (ELO) ~ "The View From Here" (Fay & Latta) ~ "Another Good Reason" (Groucutt & Haynes) ~ "EarthRise" (Morgan Tandy) ~ "Out Of This World" (Bubble Gum Orchestra) ~ "Tape Recorders Changed Everything" (Cult of Wedge) ~ "The Olympus Sound" (Pugwash) ~ "The Classic Albums Collection" (ELO) ~ "Music Book" (Roy Wood) ~ "Welcome To Soonville"/"The Neglected Gambit" (Maxi Dunn)

"LovePower and Peace" ~ Band On The Runn ~ "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" ~ Debra Dee's Exhibition of Roy Wood Art ~ David & Mandy Scott-Morgan ~ "The Move: Live At The Fillmore 1969" ~ "Hooked On Classics - Live" (Louis Clark) ~ WelshMansHill ~ Bubble Gum Orchestra ~ Band On The Runn

Caught Live
Electric Live Orchestra ~ Beatles Blues and Blue Violin ~ Bev Bevan's "Walk of Stars" ~ The ELO Experience ~ Band On The Runn ~ The Trevor Burton Band ~ Paul Parker & All The Right Friends ~ "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" ~ Roy Wood ~ Phil Bates & Tina McBain ~ The Lemuns

Many thanx go to my concert cohort Chris 'Joyride' Evans. I've so enjoyed meeting up with such great folks as Andy Wood, Paul Richardson, Geoff Cook, Martin Kinch, Jeff Cooper, Ken Latta, Phil Hatton, Steve Turner, Phil Ridden, Graham Struggles and Bernie Toner!

So as you can see; it has been a great year and 2012 looks like being busy too. More interviews; more Reviews; more Introductions and even more gigs! Once again I truly thank you for your support and wish you a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous if not ELOtastic New Year!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2011


  1. Michael Laine Hildebrandt and everyone at Bubble Gum Orchestra headquarters(USA)would like to thank Keith and ELO Beatles Forever for all their support in 2011. BGO has aquired many new friends and fans thanks to Keith's ongoing generosity. May you and all your readers prosper in 2012!

  2. Thank you so much Keith for your support for my music in 2011. Wishing you all the best for the coming year.

  3. Mack F. Page of Fragile X EnterprisesTuesday, 3 January 2012 at 06:42:00 GMT

    Sean Page and the artists' involved with the USA Bands; Fragile X, Imaginos, Cat Bleu & Navigator thank you beyound words for your dedicated & wonderful support throughout 2011, and we at Fragile X Enterprises look forward to working with you in 2012 and beyond. You are a true friend Keith, and we sincerely appreciate your efforts in helping promote our music! Always, Mack F. Page, Manager.

  4. It is my great pleasure to assist such talented and appreciative musicians and friends! KJS