Friday, 24 February 2012

Recommended: Bates McBain

#314: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I think it may well be correct to presume that after their gigs in April of this year; the acclaimed trio who are Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project (BBBV) will alas be no more. But, on the other hand, when one door closes, another one presents itself to open. I'm pleased to confirm that Tina McBain and Phil Bates will continue to gig together - starting in October 2012 - as Bates McBain:
Tina informed ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) that the dates will be in the last week of October and the first week of November 2012. There are also some special Christmas shows planned. The show is subtitled The Eclectic Collection. Speaking about the new project earlier today, Tina said:

"The idea behind "The Eclectic Collection" is that it is just songs that me and Phil love to sing. That might be Blues, Folk, Jazz, covers and originals - just stuff we like!"

Call (07572) 452680 if you would like to see Bates McBain coming to play at a venue near you! Six dates have been announced so far ... with more to be announced. Here are details of the confirmed dates for your perusal thus:

Thursday 25th October
Warwick Cavern @ Warwick
Tickets: from £10 each

Friday 26th October
Korks Wine Bar @ Otley, West Yorkshire
Tickets: from £10 each

Thursday 1st November
The Crows Nest @ Barton Marina, Staffordshire
Tickets: from £8 each

Friday 2nd November
Farncombe Cavern @ Godalming, Surrey
Tickets: from £10 each

Saturday 2nd November
The Crypt @ St. Editha's Church, Tamworth
Tickets: from £10 each

Tuesday 6th November
The Garrick Theatre @ Lichfield
Tickets: from £12 each

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommend Bates McBain to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 24-Feb-2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Recommended: Brewood Music Festival

#313: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Quite by accident - whilst researching the ELOBF 2012 Q2 Gig Guide - I've discovered a local music festival that is just five miles away from ELOBF HQ over in Brewood, South Staffordshire. The Brewood Music Festival runs from Friday 13th July through to Sunday 15th July and this year stars The Move ft. Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton as the headline act together with The Manfreds (who include four original members of Manfred Mann in Paul Jones, Mike Hugg, Tom McGuinness and Mike D'Abo) amongst not a few other acts thus:

Yours Truly KJS is hoping to talk to the organizers and promoters soon in order to provide more details about this promising event that will - doubtless - be attended and covered by ELOBF due to its extreme locality and the participating artistes!

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Brewood Music Festival to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 23-Feb-2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Recommended: The Flashcubes

#312: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Exciting news has reached ELOBF Towers of a forthcoming release by an established New Wave/Pop Punk/Power Pop band (formed back in 1977) out of Syracuse, New York, USA who are The Flashcubes. The band are releasing their new album in Japan during April (with a US release to follow thereafter) paying tribute to and playing the songs of very our own Roy Wood. The album is to be entitled "Sportin' Wood" and you can get a tester of how good this band are at covering classic Roy Wood and Move songs by viewing and/or listening to this great YouTube clip of "Hello Suzie" and their two amazing covers of "Hello Suzie" and "Blackberry Way" (from their MySpace page) thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Sportin' Wood" by The Flashcubes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood, WizzardThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 21-Feb-2012

Saturday, 18 February 2012

New Developments in Mike Edwards Case #4

#311: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this week. it was reported in The Independent as well as several other national and local newspapers that there have been yet further developments in the criminal prosecution relating to the tragic death of former ELO cellist Mike Edwards back in September 2010. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) have been keeping a close eye on proceedings thus:

The "Big Wheels" of Justice are indeed slow. Here is the text of that report in The Independent from Tuesday 14th February as well as a link for you to peruse it directly thus:

"Two men are to stand trial after a founder member of the 1970's rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed by a giant rolling hay bale. Michael Edwards, 62, the band's former cellist, was killed by a 400kg bale of silage which rolled on to his moving van from a field as he drove along a rural road in Devon. Edwards, who played with the Birmingham band between 1972 and 1975, died instantly from massive head injuries in the accident near Totnes, in September 2010, despite the efforts of a local GP. Brian Burden, 47, a farmer, and Russell Williams, 23, a contractor, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday. The men, who are both from south Devon, denied two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act, of failing to ensure the safety of people at the scene and of failing to carry out a risk assessment. Mr. Burden owned the field from which the bale rolled and Mr. Williams was the contractor doing the baling work. Judge Francis Gilbert released them both on unconditional bail ahead of a trial on a date yet to be set." 

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 18-Feb-2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Interview: Roy Wood (Birmingham Post)

#310: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please be reminded that the fantastic exhibition of Roy Wood portraits by Debra Dee at St. Pauls Gallery in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter up until Thursday 23rd February - as previously published here via ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) thus:

To further publicize this marvellous event The Birmingham Post has just published a fantastic interview with Roy Wood - initially about the exhibition but also about his musical past, present and future where Roy mentions his aborted song writing project for Elvis Presley, his close encounter with John Lennon and other subject matter. You can read the full interview here:

"Art student turned rock star Roy Wood is now the subject of a new art exhibition. Graham Young reports: It’s known as ‘the circle of life’ in The Lion King and, today, Birmingham-born rocker Roy Wood is experiencing a similar sort of phenomenon. The former Moseley School of Art pupil who became a pop culture icon is the new main attraction at a pioneering gallery in his own city. Portraits of Roy’s many rock star incarnations have been painted by an Australian artist who only ‘met’ him via Skype on the exhibition’s opening night.

“You normally only get to see yourself in the mirror,” says Roy, studying each of Debra Dee’s pictures for the first time. Sometimes I look at these and think some of them don’t quite ‘get there’, but then you take a second look... and I think she’s done a really good job. She really knows her stuff. I’m flattered because I know how much work was involved, you can’t do it in five minutes.”

The paintings revive memories of Roy’s own school days. “I remember the headmaster at Moseley School of Art saying: ‘Don’t paint what you think you can see. Make sure you are looking at it properly and paint what you really see’,” recalls Roy. “Things closer to you are often darker, rather than lighter, which is strange. Modern art is popular now, but I prefer it when someone has bothered to look at something to paint a likeness. I’d like to do more painting but the only time I get round to doing it is if I’m designing an album cover. I use computer art as well and mix it in. I usually paint something, download it and add something to that. But I’ve done a couple of portraits with pencil and aspects of watercolour to define certain things. One is of a former girlfriend (he chuckles) and the other is of my daughter, Holly (Wood).

His only daughter has designed Roy’s colourful Rock & Roll Band business card, which now identifies him as Dr. Roy Wood Hon D Mus following his honorary doctorate award from the University of Derby in January, 2008. “I was over the moon, that was absolutely fantastic,” he says. Hits and honours aside, these are challenging times for the now 64-year-old from Kitts Green. After marrying in three months’ time, Holly will set up home in New York. Roy admits that if she stays permanently then he, too, would love to move to the Big Apple himself. But first he has to tackle two slipped discs and stenosis, a spinal condition which forces him to keep sitting down to stop ‘electric shocks’ in his legs. Naturally, he is apprehensive about treatment but says cheerfully: I’ve just got to find the best route of getting it fixed!”

Bending over his studio controls and the hours of getting ‘carried away’ on his computer are to blame, he reasons, but the eternally youthful pop star within still dreams of more hits. Having not troubled the charts for more than a quarter of a century, though, what are the odds. Why do pop stars run out of hits when authors seem to keep going? As we sit in the St Paul’s Gallery office in the Jewellery Quarter, the man who has belted out out I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday for 38 years ponders for a moment.“It could be a mixture of a lot of things,” he says.

“From my point of view, the management didn’t care any more. Suddenly, you are struggling. Music has also become more part of fashion and, once you have become unfashionable, you don’t get hits any more. In my day, if it was a good song, people liked it and it was popular for years. But I think there is a terrific lack of good songwriters. A lot of bands tend to rely on computer programmes and not enough on trying to create something from scratch. The only reason I would like to have a recognised album or single now is so that we could get some more live work.” Roy enjoyed No.1 hits with both The Move and Wizzard; in between he was with early ELO who became chart-toppers after he’d left. His place in musical history was further sealed on September 30, 1967, when Tony Blackburn opened Radio 1 by playing The Move’s Flowers in the Rain. After Wizzard’s saxophone-flavoured hits such as Ball Park Incident and See My Baby Jive dried up, he went solo. Releases include last year’s ‘old and new’ album on EMI called The Music Book. 

“I don’t watch The X Factor, but I would not imagine that people are encouraged to to sing their own material,” he says. “And if they win, their first hit is an old hit from somebody else! Over the years, people have asked ‘Why don’t you write another Christmas song’ and I’ve thought about it. During the late ‘80s I wrote a song called 'Sing Out the Old, Bring In The New' and thought a New Year record would have another couple of weeks to gain momentum sales wise. But the radio stations chose to play the old one – Steve Wright and Terry Wogan were the only ones who played it. Yet Roy might have ended up writing for Elvis thanks to his mid-70's songwriting publisher being “headed by a German bloke called Freddie Bienstock. "He knew Elvis and they used to publish quite a lot of Elvis' material and he said to me: ‘Why don’t you write something for Elvis? I said I would love to see him live to see what he was doing, because the only things I was influenced by was the early stuff and I didn’t much like the Vegas years."

This marvellous collection of Roy Wood centred art - which has just a week left to run - features eight paintings that are a credit to the talent and confidence of Debra Dee and her spotlight on a true UK musical icon. Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF is indeed proud to promote, support and endorse the artistry of Debra Dee. Please make the effort to visit the exhibition and support Roy, Debra and St. Pauls Gallery.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2012

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Review: One Tree Less (Judie Tzuke)

#309: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Folks who know me also know (apart from my obvious love of all things ELO et al!) that Yours Truly KJS is also a huge fan of the marvellous songstress and musician Judie Tzuke. Not so long ago, I posted an article here on ELOBF regarding Judie's upcoming "One Tree Less" tour during March and April thus:

Whilst I hope to catch Judie at her gig at Worcester in early April for a chat, I did manage a mini-interview pertaining to her ELO/Beatles fave tracks in the above article. One thing that I did want to also do is to take at look at her latest album, the ten songs that are "One Tree Less".

Trax: "One Tree Less" ~ "Just You And I" ~ "Joy" ~ "Humankind"  ~ "The Other Side" ~ "I Can Wait" ~ "A Moving Target"  ~ "The Truth" ~ "Save Myself" ~ "'Till It's Over"
There are a few things that strike me about this album. If you listen to it a couple of times, you are not only appreciative of the maturity of Judie's legendary voice, you discover that this collection of songs is a bearing of angst, testimony and of the personal machinations of Judie's very own soul. The desperate, soul-searching regret of "Joy", the frailty and confession of "Humankind" and the vulnerability of "Moving Target" speak volumes for an album born of the experiences of the valleys and mountainsides of life. Couple this with a set of musicians who convey the ten songs (all co-written by Judie) with the surest of cohesion, particularly the percussion of Matthew Racher and backing vocals of Judie's talented daughters Bailey and Tallula, where employed, and you have a truly class recording to treasure. "One Tree Less" is available either directly now from the Judie Tzuke web site and from (from Monday 5th March) via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "One Tree Less" by Judie Tzuke to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 15-Feb-2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Review: Live At The Fillmore 1969 (The Move)

#308: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You could call it good timing that "The Move: Live At The Fillmore 1969" (#RIGHT116) as just released by duly arrived in the post today ... on Valentines Day! This 2CD/14 track collection of the long lost recordings by The Move restored, remastered and released in memory of Carl Wayne under the auspices of Sue Wayne, gives the listener a real glimpse of what raw power The Move (before their Jeff Lynne phase) were as a live act as we are here "Looking On" from Yours Truly 2012.

As well as a ten minute audio recollection by Bev Bevan of that first - and last - US tour by The Move, there are surprisingly varied song writing credits included within this release. You will find the class Roy Wood compositions "Hello Susie""I Can Hear the Grass Grow" and two performances of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" (each over 7 minutes long!) here as well as covers of songs by Todd Rundgren (specifically the 'Nazz' era), Tom Paxton, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil amongst others (the latter duo would share the "Joyride" OST in 1977 with ELO).

CD1 trax"Open My Eyes" ~ "Don't Make My Baby Blue" ~ "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" ~ "The Last Thing On My Mind" ~ "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" ~ CD2 trax: "Fields Of People" ~ "Goin' Back" ~ "Hello Susie" ~ "Under The Ice" ~ "Introduction" ~ "Don't Make My Baby Blue" ~ "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" ~ "The Last Thing On My Mind" ~ "The Move's 1969 USA tour recalled by Bev Bevan"

The whole album oozes the rich vocal texture of Carl Wayne, the sublime guitar work and multi-instrumental talent of Roy Wood, the power drumming of Bev Bevan and driving bass of Rick Price. The twelve CD booklet is attractive, informative and well researched. My personal highlights have to be "Hello Susie", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and both cuts of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited".  The whole album is truly an experience. It really is difficult to write more about this impressive glimpse into pre-ELO history without heartily recommending that you buy it and listen to it your good selves!

You can still order this excellent release directly from &/or you can place pre-orders against the official release date of Monday 5th March from thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Live At The Fillmore 1969" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 14-Feb-2012

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Recommended: River City Portrait

#307: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Did you know that the duo formerly known as Groucutt & Haynes are now a 'new' group named River City Portrait? Yes, the dazzling duo have been joined by Robin's brother Steve Groucutt on bass guitar. This seems to me to be most apt as we see the Groucutt clan following on in the steps of the late, great and much-missed Kelly Groucutt, especially as we approach the third anniversary of his passing. Whilst we await the unveiling the groups new percussionist, the band have been busy working on a new album, web site and single entitled "Living On The Inside" which can be viewed below thus:
An acoustic version of another new RCP song "Made It Through The Last Time" has also been made available on their web site for you to listen to as well as the aforementioned new single "Living On The Inside" - which will be available to download from Monday 13th February - from either River City Portrait &/or SoundCloud. This does indeed look like another exciting project for Yours Truly KJS and ELOBF to support and monitor the progress of thereof.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends River City Portrait to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 12-Feb-2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Review: The Duckworth Lewis Method

#306: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Ever meant to buy an album but didn't at the time and when you finally did you asked yourself that immortal question: "Why did I wait so long?" Well folks, that is how it is with this very belated ELOBF article regarding this great cricket themed album from 2009, the eponymously entitled The Duckworth Lewis Method (DLM) who are Thomas Walsh (of Pugwash fame) and Neil Hannon (from The Divine Comedy).

I still recall DLM doing an interview on BBC Breakfast News back in 2009 promoting the album and must admit that they caught my attention back then. Hence, Yours Truly KJS decided, after my recent review of "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash and the soon-to-be-published interview with Thomas for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF), to buy this fascinating album plus a couple of tickets for the Pugwash gig at The Borderline in London on Saturday 31st March.

This twelve track homage to the game of cricket by two great musicians wholly influenced by the music of Jeff Lynne and ELO was literally pipped to the Ivor Novello Award in 2010 by Paolo Nutini and is more than worthy of any music industry recognition.

Trax: "The Coin Toss" ~ "The Age Of Revolution" ~ "Gentlemen And Players" ~ "The Sweet Spot" ~ "Jiggery Pokery" ~ "Mason On The Boundary" ~ "Rain Stops Play" ~ "Meeting Mr. Miandad" ~ "The Nightwatchman" ~ "Flatten The Hay" ~ "Test Match Special" ~ "The End of the Over"

With the ELO influence apparent throughout, most notably with "Mason On The Boundary", "Meeting Mr. Miandad" and "The Nightwatchman", one can hear sweet music within this record reminiscent of The Beatles and The Byrds amongst not a few others. The whole CD could be termed a concept album - replete with a DLM flavoured Epilogue and Prologue - but it is more than that on many levels. The love of the game of the cricket espoused by Thomas and Neil is intermingled with catchy, foot-tapping musical constructions that are an aural delight. The good news is that you can still purchase "The Duckworth Lewis Method" from thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Duckworth Lewis Method to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveBrum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 11-Feb-2012

Friday, 10 February 2012

Recommended: The Olympus Sound (Pugwash)

#305: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in November 2011, Yours Truly KJS reviewed the new release by a certain Dublin based band - who are heavily influenced by ELO/Jeff Lynne - namely "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash:

At that time, I reviewed the original Irish CD release on 1969 Records but now LoJinx Records will be releasing the UK edition on Monday 16th April (a month later than the originally advised date) both in vinyl (with the original tracklisting) and in expanded CD format including three additional bonus tracks in "Heal Me""Happy Again" and "Waltz With Me". Pre-orders can be placed with via these links thus:

The Olympus Sound (Vinyl)  The Olympus Sound (CD)

Pugwash will be playing at The Borderline in London on Saturday 31st March to celebrate the UK release of "The Olympus Sound". Tickets are priced at just £10 each.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "The Olympus Sound" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. My entertaining interview with Thomas Walsh for ELOBF will hopefully be published soon in time for this exciting release!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 10-Feb-2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Here Is The News #9

#304: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There seems to be a lot of activity going on out there in the ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) (and related artistes) universe:

How The Brits Rocked America ft. Jeff Lynne & Bev Bevan
Here in the UK, the BBC are currently broadcasting an excellent three part documentary series entitled "How The Brits Rocked America: Go West" with these episodes: "How The West Was Won"; "Stairway To Heaven" and "We're The Kids In America". The second of those programmes was broadcast last Friday (3rd February) and featured short interviews with Bev Bevan recalling trans-American touring with The Move and the ELO spaceship as well as Jeff Lynne recalling his initial experiences of LA (and that spaceship!) thus:
Debra Dee's Roy Wood Exhibition
Regular visitors to ELOBF will be aware of Debra Dee's Exhibition Of Roy Wood Portraits which runs at St. Pauls Gallery in Birmingham up until 23rd February. Fellow attendee Martin Kinch - who is Chief Medical Officer over at Cherry Blossom Clinic - has just just published this montage of footage from this wonderful event thus:
ELO Again!
News has reached Yours Truly KJS regarding another ELO tribute act who are called ELO Again and appear to be based in South Wales. ELOBF continues to support ELO tribute bands whose ethos is to perform, interpret and keep the ELO sound alive and live! So, whilst we await details of gigs at the time of writing, here's what the band are saying about themselves on their official website thus:

 "This group of talented musicians have performed on many TV spectaculars including "Top of the Pops" and have toured extensively around the globe in productions that have seen them perform to sell-out audiences in New York, Nashville, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Egypt, Morocco, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia, Latvia and Russia. They have performed over 1,200 shows to date including theatre venues in the UK plus TV and radio appearances."

2012 promises to be an interesting and fruitful year here at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). There are an array of exciting gigs to look forward including Hooked On Classics - Live plus the belated 2CD release of "The Move - Live at The Fillmore - 1969", the forthcoming 180g vinyl re-releases of "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue" by Music On Vinyl, EMI's 40th anniversary LP/2CD edition of ELO's debut album "The Electric Light Orchestra" ... and not a few others!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 08-Feb-2012

Sunday, 5 February 2012

ELOBF Gig Guide #8

#303: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Winter into Spring 2012 continues to shape up as another great gig fest for ELO/Beatles related gigs here in the Midlands of England. Here are some selected dates for you to peruse and consider your attendance at:

Thursday 23rd February
The ELO Experience @ The Assembly Rooms, Derby
Tickets: £16.50 each

Saturday 25th February
The ELO Experience @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: £18 each

Thursday 1st March
The ELO Experience @ The Swan Theatre,Worcester
Tickets: £16.50 each

Friday 9th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: £12 each

The ELO Experience @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £18 each

Friday 23rd March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry

Saturday 24th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Horse and Jockey, Walsall Wood
Free entry

Sunday 25th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £5 each

Monday 2nd April
Judie Tzuke @ Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Tickets: £22.50 each

Friday 13th April
Band On The Runn @ The Kingfisher, Kingswinford
Tickets: £5 each

Saturday 21st April
The ELO Experience @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £18.50 each

Friday 27th April
Band On The Runn @ Goodrich Sports and Social Club, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £5 each

Sunday 27th May
Hooked On Classics - Live @ The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets: from £23.50 to £56 each

Trevor Burton
Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with The Trevor Burton Band. Find out where on his website thus:

The BeatBack Brothers
Those BeatBack Brothers who feature Craig Whale and Adam Willetts from Band On The Runn will be performing regularly at various venues in the West Midlands and Black Country thus:

The Lemuns
The Lemuns who feature Ian Hammond and (from time to time) Dave Cottle from Band On The Runn will also be performing regularly at various venues in the West Midlands and beyond thus:

Paul Parker & All the Right Friends
Paul Parker & All The Right Friends will also be performing regularly at various venues in Shropshire and beyond thus:

All of the above artistes and shows are endorsed and recommended by ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). Undoubtedly, Yours Truly KJS will be updating this article over the next few months up until the end of May as new events come up. I'm also hoping to interview some of the above artistes in the coming months for ELOBF. It would be great to make your acquaintance at one or three of the above gigs. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 05-Feb-2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Recommended: Symphonic Beatles - Live

#302: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Louis Clark is already busy as an active member of The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) and also because he's bringing his world renowned "Hooked On Classics" genre back to life this Spring, as covered in this ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article from Christmas Day 2011:

But the ELO string arranger and orchestral composer now has another musical project that he is bringing back to the live stage this year too. "Louis Clark's 25th Anniversary Symphonic Beatles - Live" will soon be gracing the stage at a theatre near you soon too. This looks like another fantastic opportunity to hear the natural fusion of Beatles song craft (intertwined with those lush orchestral arrangements) that were the original inspiration for ELO.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Louis Clark to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 04-Feb-2012

Friday, 3 February 2012

Review: Debra Dee's Exhibition of Roy Wood Art

Rebekah, Roy Wood & KJS (Photo taken by Jim Onslow)
#301: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The last time that Yours Truly KJS bumped into music legend Roy Wood - co-founder of The Move and ELO as well as founder of Wizzard - was at the 50th birthday bash in Wolverhampton for the much missed Kelly Groucutt back in September 1995. Hence I was delighted receive an invitation from Australian artiste Debra Dee to the private viewing and opening of her much anticipated exhibition of Roy Wood portraits at St. Paul's Gallery in Birmingham last night thus:

It was also great to touch base with Jim Onslow (former band mate of Bev Bevan in Denny Laine & The Diplomats - amongst other notable 'Brumbeat' bands including Gerry Levene & The Avengers - and a fine solo artiste in his own right) who took the above photograph of this writer with Roy and my daughter Rebekah, Martin Kinch of Cherry Blossom Clinic (who also displayed a selection of his fantastic Roy Wood, The Move, ELO and related memorabilia) and the ever helpful Jeff Cooper too. I would like also extend my thanks to Gemma Wilson (Events Manageress) and Symon Bland (MD) at the gallery for their time and the tremendous courtesy extended to us during our visit. Look out for further news pertaining to ELOBF and St. Paul's Gallery in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few photographs taken during what was a marvellous event for you to peruse thus:

Photo taken by Jim Onslow
This wonderful collection of Roy Wood centric art - which runs for just three weeks up until Thursday 23rd February - features eight paintings that are a credit to the artistry and talent of Debra Dee and her spotlight on one of THE most colourful and successful musical icons to ever come out of the Midlands and the UK - if not the world. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) is proud to recommend Debra DeePlease make the effort to visit the exhibition and, in doing so, support Roy WoodDebra Dee and St. Pauls Gallery. See you there?
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-Feb-2012

Thursday, 2 February 2012

ELOBF: 3rd Anniversary Today!

#300: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today - Thursday 2nd February 2012 - is the third anniversary of the birth of my blog ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF).

Every visit is personally appreciated and as we hurtle towards 100,000 visitors, may I take this opportunity to thank each and every visitor and reader and follower of this blog for taking the time to visit ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) and long may you continue to do so!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2012