Monday, 29 October 2018

Caught Live (16): The ELO Experience @ Cannock 27/10/18

#1,461: Just four days after Yours Truly KJS caught Jeff Lynne's ELO live in Liverpool, the opportunity to go see The ELO Experience perform at The Prince of Wales Theatre just up the road in Cannock for the first "Time" in 16 months on Saturday night (27th October) was just too good to miss.

The Hull based octet have now been treading the boards for over a dozen years and, in all honesty, every ELO Experience concert has given me something new to smile and enthuse about as they deliver professional performances that perfectly balance the familiar Jeff Lynne (mostly) penned ELO hit singles with their welcome if not wonderful renditions of not so familiar album trax. This was the case again as Andy Louis and Musical Director Steve Hemsley led the packed house on a journey from ELO's Top 10 debut with "10538 Overture" all the way through to "When I Was A Boy" whilst treating those assembled to sublime versions of "Latitude 88 North", "Believe Me Now", "Steppin' Out", "Four Little Diamonds" and "Across The Border" - not forgetting "Prologue"!

Caught Live (5): Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Liverpool 23/10/18

Sixteen songs from EJLO's Liverpool set list were played plus another twelve tunes ensuring adequate coverage of ELO's "Time" and "Secret Messages" albums alongside their 70's material underpinned, of course, by "Out Of The Blue". Undoubtedly, The ELO Experience are at the top of the game, as evidenced both here and by their being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Tribute Music Awards earlier this year. Fave moments on the night had to be those album rarities being given another airing.

Earlier this year, I wrote an article (click here to read) for elobeatlesforever (elobf) that drew not a little criticism that advocated the important role of ELO Part II, The Orchestra and the ELO tribute bands in keeping the music of the Electric Light Orchestra out there in the live arena, particularly in the years when Jeff was otherwise occupied. The ELO Experience continue to prove my point, perfectly. Go see 'em!

The ELO Experience performed 28 songs: "All Over The World" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Latitude 88 North" ~ "Believe Me Now" ~ "Steppin' Out" ~ "Showdown" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Prologue" ~ "Twilight" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Four Little Diamonds" ~ "Across The Border" ~ "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 were: Andy Louis (Lead vocals/guitar) ~ Steve Hemsley (Keyboards/vocals) ~ Pete Smith (Bass/vocals) ~ Jan Christiansen (Lead guitar/vocals) ~ Tony Lawson (Drums) ~ Liz Stacey (Violin) ~ Francesca McDonald (Cello) ~ Rachel Hoffman (Cello)

The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively and you can view all their Tour Dates, sign their Guest Book and find out what they are currently up to via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 29-Oct-2018

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