Thursday, 16 April 2015

Croydon Confusion: The Live Debut of ELO

Yours Truly KJS was just four and a bit years old at the time
#891: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Did you know that The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) made their live debut in Croydon some forty three years ago today on Sunday 16th April 1972? However, there does seem to be some "Confusion" in some quarters as to whether the host for ELO's first ever live outing was either The Greyhound or The (Old) Fox & Hounds or even The Fox at The Greyhound - according to one gentleman who was actually in the audience that night!
'Team Jeff' stated that ELO gig #1 was at The Fox & Hounds
"ELO IN PUB" ... but which one?
The Official Jeff Lynne Facebook page stated today that the gig was at The Fox & Hounds in West Croydon whereas several other sources including Wikipedia, press tour adverts of the time (see below) and personal recollections etc. state that The Greyhound is the widely accepted actual venue. There have always been contrasting reports of that very first ELO gig out there in the ELO fan base but the above press clip entitled "ELO IN PUB" still brings a smile to my face as I imagine Roy Wood jumping from guitar to oboe whilst trying to avoid the many trip hazards on stage!
This press advert states that the Croydon gig on 16th April 1972 was at The Greyhound
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) wishes to extend a big "THANK YOU!" to Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and the entire ensemble of ELO musicians then and now for birthing and/or contributing to such a magnificent band - wherever that first gig actually took place!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Apr-2015


  1. It was definitely the Fox at the Greyhound - I was there. To clarify, the Greyhound was the venue and they had the Fox Club on Sunday nights. I saw many other bands there including Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come...

  2. Captain Sensible claims he went up on stage, grabbed the cello, mocked it by pretending it was a guitar, got punched in the head...and, tossed out the back door. (EXTRAS - The Damned: Don'tYou Wish That We Were Dead)

  3. I am "Frank G" as in the comment from 2017. I am still completely definite that it was the "Fox at the Greyhound" as I explained. It wasn't strictly in a pub, but in a massive ex-ballroom that belonged to the pub.

  4. It was the Fox at the Greyhound. I was there too.

  5. I was there. The greyhound in wasn't a pub bit like a big Hall