Once again, this professional and accurate band had the masses literally rockin' and reelin' as they delivered the ELO songbook of Jeff Lynne [and, in one case, Chuck Berry!]. The atmosphere seemed all the more charged with excitement following Jeff's recent visit to Birmingham in March and a much anticipated appearance at London's Hyde Park in September just around the corner.
All the hits were there again with my all-time ELO fave "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and other classics including "Strange Magic", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Showdown", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Wild West Hero", Hold On Tight", "All Over The World", "Evil Woman", "Rockaria", "Telephone Line", "Turn To Stone", "Shine A Little Love", "Confusion", "Last Train To London", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Xanadu" and, of course, "Mr. Blue Sky".
Sadly there was no room this time around for "Latitude 88 North" or "Summer And Lightning" but it is always a pleasure to see and hear most of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" performed live. Yours Truly KJS remains awestruck by their rendition of "Big Wheels".
ELO & Jeff Lynne faithfully reproduced in a live setting? Their next major appearance in the Midlands will be a rather attractive gig on Saturday 30th August at The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham - complete with their very own spaceship. Meanwhile, the band go from strength to strength with a 2015 US tour on the horizon!
The ELO Experience are: Andy Louis [Lead vocals/guitar]; Steve Hemsley [Keyboards/vocals];
Pete Smith [Bass guitar/vocals]; Jan Christiansen [Lead guitar/vocals]; Tony Lawson [Drums];
Viv Blackledge [Cello]; Clare Little [Cello] & Emily Blackledge [Violin]
The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively and you can view all their Tour Dates, sign their Guest Book and find out what they are currently up to via their official web site thus: