|ExpLO (l-r) are: Luc Befu, Robin Myles, Julian Hutchings, Aidan Thorne|
The Roadhouse is a smart, compact and friendly venue located in Kings Norton and last night, with its 250 capacity nearly attained, it provided the perfect stage for classy support band The Zoe Green Band to deliver a powerful set of blues tinted songs including a sublime "Purple Rain". The Explosive Light Orchestra duly arrived to an enthusiastic Brummie welcome before proceeding to deliver an incendiary set of ELO classics that included a superb guitar-laden version of "Strange Magic", a storming "10538 Overture" and "Calling America" (duly covering the full ELO singles chronology) as well as - in particular - some rather clever rocked-up interpretations of those heady 1979-80 ELO disco-themed classics from:"Discovery" and "Xanadu". The vocoder was in use all night and not least when the band brought the house down with "Mr. Blue Sky". The band oozed confidence in their adopted musical home as they performed their final encore "Roll Over Beethoven" to a round of full applause.
|When ExpLO met KJS/ELOBF|
Explosive Light Orchestra performed: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Twilight" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Calling America" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
The Explosive Light Orchestra are: Robin Myles (Guitar/Lead vox) ~ Julian Hutchings (Drums/Programming/Vox) ~ Aidan Thorne (Bass/vox) ~ Luc Befu (Lead Guitars/vox). Check out the band via their official web site thus: