A lot has changed since elobeatlesforever (elobf) first reviewed an ELO Again gig back in November 2013 with only cellist Sion Dafydd Dawson an ever present (they're in good company as this is also the case with Jeff Lynne and ELO these days). Yet, on the basis of this performance and the reaction of those assembled, ELO Again have developed an entertaining tribute to Birmingham's best. In the 51 weeks since their last visit to Bilston, the obvious difference in the band to seasoned followers was new singer/guitarist Joel Jordan, who seemed to enjoy his West Midlands bow combining his vocals with some nice guitar work whilst working an enthusiastic crowd into several bouts of Black Country banter. The only tweak in the set from last time was the inclusion of "Strange Magic" in lieu of "When I Was A Boy" and this made for an impressive foray through those hit (UK) singles we all know and love plus "Do Ya" and "Tightrope". Fave moments for me were their renditions of the aforementioned "Calling America" and "Tightrope".
Given the growing pool of ELO tribute acts in the UK these days, I think any ensuing competition will only benefit the paying public and fans. On the other hand, I also strongly believe that each tribute has its own identity and uniqueness. Would I go see ELO Again - again? I think so.