Thursday, 17 December 2015

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Missed ELOpportunity?

#1,027: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Whilst Yours Truly KJS is absolutely delighted to see that Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and The Steve Miller Band are to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF) in April 2016, many fans of ELO and Jeff Lynne continue to wonder why the former Idle Race and Move man, ELO maestro, solo artiste, Traveling Wilbury and producer extraordinaire - with over 50 million sales to his name - is continually overlooked by the RRHoF when many seemingly less deserving (and less successful, if not less prolific) groups and individuals are awarded the accolade.

Cheap Trick are most definitely deserving of their RRHoF nomination as they have strong connections with ELO co-founder Roy Wood and The Move having often shared the stage with Woody and also having covered both "California Man" and "Brontosaurus". The band are also famed for "ELO Kiddies" - a song often thought to also be a tribute to Roy and (by extension) his ELO brainchild.
(l): Roy Wood, Dave Edmunds & Cheap Trick in '79 (source: It's_me) ~ (r): "ELO Kiddies"
What ELOBF has great difficulty in understanding is why a band with so much a legacy and track record as ELO are continually ignored by the RRHoF. Granted, there have been controversies with the misunderstanding over use of the backing tracks used during their 1978 "Out Of The Blue" world tour but the Electric Light Orchestra are surely the most obvious choice for such an award particularly when one takes into account of the resurgence of Jeff Lynne's ELO with their acclaimed 2014 Hyde Park concert a DVD & Blu-ray best seller, their new album "Alone In The Universe" a worldwide success in 2015 and an extensive set of European live dates sold out for next year. This is truly a missed opportunity by the trustees of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to give due acknowledgement to ELO for their immense achievements in a stellar career. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) truly hopes that the RRHoF learns its lesson and gets it right next year, if not before.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 17-Dec-2015


  1. ELO opened for Deep Purple! Ha!

  2. I wouldn't be bothered by not getting into the RRHOF. The mighty Yes are not in it! It's a more exclusive club not to be nominated or in it! It's all down to personal (corporate) taste!