Monday, 30 November 2015

Caught Live (3): Stand Up & Rock! @ Kidderminster 28/11/15

The Other Magnificent Seven: Stand Up & Rock!
#1,018: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The relatively short trip to The Glades Arena in Kidderminster on Saturday 28th November to see the final Stand Up & Rock! show of 2015 (and most probably 2016) was well worth the wait as Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and their fantastic company rolled back the years and truly rocked the proverbial joint.

Twenty three songs were performed in a show that lasted well over two hours covering four decades of music as this super septet delivered fantastic live renditions of classic tunes by the likes of Roy Orbison, The Beatles and, of course, ELO - amongst not a few others. The evening was perfectly balanced between the very funny observational comedy of an on form Jasper Carrott and the impressive machinations of this particular magnificent seven under the safe hands of Musical Director Tony Kelsey.

There were many highlights and memorable moments with each Stand Up and Rocker demonstrating their talents and thus making it very difficult to name my favourites but here goes: Bev was inspired all night with his world class drumming; Joy sang the Dusty Springfield classic "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" beautifully; Geoff brought the house down with his amazing rendition of The Rockin' Berries"He's In Town"; Abby nailed "A Big Hunk O'Love"; Phil's solid vocals were more than apparent with his take on The Small Faces' "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" and all night the guitar craft of Tony was simply stunning. A special mention is also deserved for certain individuals in their video exploits for "Addicted To Love"!

If the stand up antics of Jasper weren't enough (including some rather hurtful jokes on the subject of Wolverhampton!), he brought the audience to their feet with the return of his "Funky Moped" before a final twin salvo of ELO classics "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down" closed a wonderful night of entertainment leaving those gathered looking forward to hopefully seeing Stand Up & Rock! again soon.
l-r: Phil Tree, Jasper Carrott, Abby Brant, Bev Bevan, Joy Strachan-Brain, Geoff Turton, Tony Kelsey
Set list: "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" ~ "Hard Days Night" ~ "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" ~ "When You Walk In The Room" ~ "Nut Bush City Limits" ~ "Don't Stop" ~ "Nights In White Satin" ~ "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" ~ "It Takes Two" ~ "Dancing In The Street" ~ "With A Little Help From My Friends" ~ "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" ~ "He's In Town" ~ "Running Scared" ~ "Be My Baby" ~ "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" ~ "A Big Hunk O' Love" ~ "Addicted To Love" ~ : "Caroline" ~ "Funky Moped" ~ "Rockin' All Over The World" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down"

Stand Up & Rock! featured Jasper CarrottBev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Geoff Turton and Joy Strachan-Brain.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood, QuillThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 30-Nov-2015


  1. Totally agree with Keith's review. A wonderful night of entertainment. Thanks especially to the roadie who gave me Bev's very used drumstick. Also big thanks to Tony Kelsey for inviting us backstage after the show.

  2. To get Bev's drumstick should be a great honor!!
    After 6 years (from the 1st time I saw The Orchestra),
    Gordon Townsand through his drumstick towards me;
    I guess he saw my pure joyfulness of that show.
    - Dod Dan

  3. One of the Best shows I've ever seen, pure brilliance each and every one of them on stage timing superb, Geoff is so funny. Hope they
    dont wait to long for next tour, I want to book tickets............Ive told so many people about it, now they all want to see the show too. Well done Jasper and team it was like a night with old Friends thank you so much....xxxxxx Tim