And yet there was an ELO connection on the night "After All" as the ultra-talented Rob Fusari included a sample from "Concerto For A Rainy Day" during his entertaining and energetic preamble to the arrival on stage of Sheffield's finest! Everywhere I go, there is always something ELO!
Then came Martin Fry and ABC. Basking in the Top 5 success of "The Lexicon Of Love II" (see the elobf album review here) and relishing the buoyant full house, their first set involved a slick selection of songs from the new album sandwiched between opener "When Smokey Sings" and "The Night You Murdered Love". New tracks including lead single "Viva Love", "The Flames Of Desire", "Ten Below Zero", "The Love Inside The Love", "Singer Not The Song" and my fave "Confessions Of A Fool" were completely at home - and thoroughly ABC - within their lavish orchestral surroundings.
Trevor Horn. I've been to many gigs at this venue and, in all honesty, I've never seen an audience react, dance and sing the way this one did as - from "Show Me" to "The Look Of Love (Part Four)" via "Poison Arrow", "Date Stamp", "All Of My Heart" and two performances of "The Look Of Love" - Martin Fry, ABC, Anne Dudley and The Southbank Sinfonia recreated this memorable note perfect live spectacle celebrating the timelessness and class of "The Lexicon Of Love". It was dream come true for this particular fan of the stringed excellence of both ABC and ELO, alphabetically speaking, of course!
REVIEW: THE LEXICON OF LOVE II [ABC]
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend ABC, The Southbank Sinfonia and Rob Fusari to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Oct-2016