|The Explosive Light Orchestra live at The Roadhouse last night|
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|