Sunday, 8 June 2014

Generation Next: Carrying the Light

Creators of the ELO legacy: Jeff LynneBev Bevan & Roy Wood
#717: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has been really blessed to have been able to see my musical heroes from The Move and ELO perform regularly, particularly in the last six months, with some great gigs featuring Bev Bevan, Roy Wood and Trevor Burton.

The impending demise of The Move prompted an appeal in my previous article for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) for the band to arrange a final farewell gig in their Birmingham birthplace. I did this for a reason. I've talked many times with my gig buddy Christian Evans about what lies ahead for artistes and fans in the ELOBF universe when these guys put their slippers on, proverbially speaking.

Seasonal tours by Roy Wood and the hectic show schedule of Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton aside, we can only speculate about Jeff Lynne playing a one-off live spectacular for BBC Children in Need in days yet future. The now rare UK appearances by The Orchestra and other former members of ELO & ELO Part II plus the rise of The ELO Experience and other notable ELO tribute bands are currently keeping the gig calendar ticking over.

ELOBF is therefore always keeping one eye on the next generation of musicians who are influenced by ELO, Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood coming through knowing that, sadly, "Time" is marching on. For me. there are three bands who head that list, at the time of writing. They are Thomas Walsh's Pugwash, Michael Laine Hildebrandt's Bubble Gum Orchestra and Spencer Hannabuss' The 286 thus:
Generation Next: PugwashBubble Gum Orchestra (Michael Laine Hildebrandt) & The 286 (Spencer Hannabuss)
Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO)
The 286

Enlightened fans of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The MoveRoy Wood, 'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes should at the very least consider checking out the above bands because, as in life, you never really know what you have (in a musical sense) until it's gone. The only antidote for that sense of loss is having something in the present to keep the proverbial Electric Light shining in the future.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 08-June-2014

1 comment:

  1. Dear Keith, What an honour to be mentioned in this article. BGO will attempt to keep the light shining on!