Sunday, 15 May 2016

Caught Live (2): Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show @ The Artrix 14/05/16

#1,115: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Presenting a Traveling Wilburys tribute show is unique and with it comes the problem of not only choosing which Wilburys classics to play but also what songs to select from each member of the Fab Five in a theatrical setting. A second trip to the compact and homely Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove to see Paul Hopkins and The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show last night (Saturday 14th May) was therefore another must for Yours Truly KJS to see how the show had developed since their previous gig there last year in front of another full house.

And, on the evidence of this performance, these accomplished musicians have moulded themselves into a thoroughly entertaining - if not educational - act who give their audience a real taste of The Traveling Wilburys - with a twist! The 28 song set list featured most of the first album had a little more of an ELO flavour with "Sweet Talkin' Woman" joining "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Roll Over Beethoven" yet it was perfectly balanced with plenty of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison contributions also included, particularly those latter collaborations with Jeff Lynne on "Mystery Girl" and "Full Moon Fever". It was nice to see that "Runaway" was included and the bands association with Del Shannon mentioned again too.

So what were my fave songs on the night? I loved the Dylan numbers and the delivery of "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" was ace. The Big O's "I Drove All Night" and "A Love So Beautiful" were fantastic. As ever, the feel good "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Here Comes The Sun" warmed the soul and all three TP solo tunes caught the eye too, especially an awesome "Runnin' Down A Dream". From the Wilburys perspective, the ageless "Handle With Care" was once again sublime and the nice touch of an empty rocking chair cradling a certain guitar during "End Of The Line" was a fitting way to cap another successful show. Go see 'em folks!

The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show performed: "Pretty Woman" ~ "Last Night" ~ "Runaway" ~ "Heading For The Light" ~ "Only The Lonely" ~ "Blowin' In The Wind" ~ "Knockin' On Heavens Door" ~ "In Dreams" ~ "I Won't Back Down" ~ "Here Comes The Sun" ~ "A Love So Beautiful" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven" ~ "You Got It" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Free Fallin'" ~ "I Drove All Night" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "Tweeter & The Monkey Man" ~ "The Mighty Quinn" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Penny Arcade" ~ "Rattled" ~ "Wilbury Twist" ~ "Got My Mind Set On You" ~ "Running Down A Dream" ~ "Not Alone Any More" ~ "The End Of The Line" ~ "Johnny B. Goode"
The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are: Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison (Vox/Bass) ~ Richard Gibson as Jeff Lynne (Vox/Guitars/Vocoder) ~ Owen James as Tom Petty (Vox/Guitar) ~ Aubrey Robinson as Bob Dylan (Vox/Keyboards/Guitar) ~ Matt Gaffiney as George Harrison (Vox/Guitar/Keyboards) ~ Andrew Whittaker as Jim Keltner (Drums/Vox)

Find out what The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are currently up to and where they are performing next via their official website thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy WoodThe MoveThe Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 15-May-2016

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