|"Roll Over Beethoven" ~ The ELO Experience [Photo: John Hemming]|
#1,177: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! In the eighteen months since Yours Truly KJS last experienced a concert by The ELO Experience, a lot has happened: a new Jeff Lynne's ELO studio album, an extensive tour promoting "Alone In The Universe", a #1 album and so much more! Hence, the short trip to the welcoming Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock to see the Hull based ELO tribute act on the night of Friday 7th October was somewhat overdue.
The ELO Experience never fail to deliver a stunning light and sound show and, if nothing else, this show oozed professionalism and class as they took the packed house on an entertaining and enjoyable journey through the ELO songbook from first single "10538 Overture" all the way through to the sentimental and autobiographical "When I Was A Boy". Apart from the Jeff Lynne penned classics that we all know and love, the audience were also treated to the inclusion of quite beautiful (and accurate) renditions of "Midnight Blue", "Tightrope" and "Across The Border" to make an expansive set list - somewhat complimentary to the million selling, chart topping compilation "All Over The World" - of the highest order. After fourteen ELO Experience gigs, one could run out of adjectives and praise for this group of musicians but, for me, a single word suffices on this occasion: "Bravo!" And, if The ELO Experience are playing near you: Go see 'em folks!
The ELO Experience performed: "All Over The World", "Evil Woman", "Telephone Line", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp", "Midnight Blue", "Xanadu", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Showdown", "When I Was A Boy", "Wild West Hero", "Across The Border", "Confusion", "Livin' Thing", "Prologue", "Twilight", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Tightrope", "Shine A Little Love", "10538 Overture", "Turn To Stone", "Last Train To London", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Rockaria!", "Hold On Tight", "Roll Over Beethoven", ""Don't Bring Me Down", "Mr. Blue Sky"
The ELO Experience are: Andy Louis [Lead vox/guitar], Steve Hemsley [Keyboards/vox], Pete Smith [Bass guitar/vox], Jan Christiansen [Lead guitar/vox], Tony Lawson [Drums], Clare Little [Cello], Liz Stacey [Violin], Zofia Lodygowska [Cello], Svetlana Mochalova [Cello]
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, The Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and all related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Oct-2016