Sunday, 3 August 2014

Caught Live (3): Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Roadhouse 02/08/14

The Explosive Light Orchestra live at The Roadhouse last night
#747: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! What do you get when you combine a buzzing Birmingham venue with an ever improving ELO tribute band? The answer is a rip-roaring, pulsating night with The Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) at The Roadhouse as evidenced in downtown Stirchley last night (Saturday 2nd August).

The South Wales based quartet overcame a power cut and a blown guitar amp to deliver the greatest hits of the Electric Light Orchestra from "10538 Overture" to "Calling America" with a twenty five (25) song set plus an impromptu instrumental whilst the technical difficulties were sorted out. ExpLO sported a dual change in personnel from their last Midlands gig at The Tackeroo but the new look band were inspired as they accurately reproduced those ELO hits we all know and love.

New guitarist Jason Ball provided some great guitar work - "Strange Magic" being a prime example - and his shared vocal harmonies with Aidan Thorne transformed their sound. Lead vocalist and founder Robin Myles clearly relished the positive reaction of the audience also gave a great performance despite his guitar woes. New percussionist Dave Purkiss was absolutely superb throughout in only his second gig, the established percussionist being a worthy Bev Bevan for the night, especially during his drum solo and finale "Roll Over Beethoven".

The measure of their success on the night was the many Brummies (and one Wulfrunian) present singing and dancing in almost perfect unison as the band played on! The band nailed the "Discovery" singles yet also managed nice versions of, in particular, "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Calling America", "Ma Ma Ma Belle", "Mr. Blue Sky" and my favourite of the evening: "Strange Magic". All in all, it was a fantastic return to ELO's backyard by ExpLO with the icing on the cake being the announcement that they are to return to The Roadhouse for a very special concert on Boxing Day ~ Friday 26th December. See you there?
ExpLO + 1 [l-r]: Dave Purkiss, Aidan Thorne, KJS, Robin Myles [plus wig], Jason Ball
Set list: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Yellow Polka Dot Moon" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Prologue/Twilight" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle"/Drum Solo ~ "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 (Lead vox/Guitar)Aidan Thorne (Bass/backing vox)Jason Ball (Guitars/backing vox) and Dave Purkiss (Drums). Find out more about ExpLO via their official web site thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Explosive Light Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-Aug-2014

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