Saturday, 2 February 2019

Ten Light Years: A Decade of elobeatlesforever

#1,482: This is our 1,482nd elobf article and today is Saturday 2nd February 2019. It's also Groundhog Day and a whole decade since elobeatlesforever (elobf) was born in 2009 with our first article (oddly enough) entitled Beatles Forever! So much has happened in the elobf universe in the 3,652 days and 120 months since. Gig reviews, album reviews, interviews, loads of vinyl issues and not a few exclusives (thanx to some amazing pals and reliable sources in the biz). Amazingly, the number of visitors to elobf went over the 3 million mark on Tuesday 23rd October last year and we are now (hopefully) on the journey to four (4) million views. It's all thanx to you!
A lot has happened in those ten years. Yours Truly KJS has been asked on a number of occasions recently as to what happenings stick out. It's impossible to detail it all but obviously the 2LP release of "Secret Messages" would have been the icing on the cake if it had included "Beatles Forever".

Highlights undoubtedly were being backstage with Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman at Rockmas 2014, seeing Paul McCartney live at Birmingham in May 2015, watching ELO maestro Jeff Lynne perform on stage for the first time at Liverpool in April 2016 and experiencing Tom Petty at Hyde Park in July 2017 amongst many more. Losing Kelly Groucutt in those early elobf days also comes to mind as does the tragic passing away of Mike Edwards, Pete HaycockWilf Gibson, Mike Burney and Hugh McDowell in the ensuing years.

It's been a pleasure introducing regular elobf readers to not a few local, national and international ELO/Beatles influenced indie artistes whilst supporting not only former members of ELO & ELO Part II in their endeavours and covering the ever increasing number of ELO (and related) tribute bands as the music of Jeff Lynne is discovered and/or rediscovered by the masses "All Over The World". I'm also very grateful for the support and courtesy extended to me by ELO co-founders Roy WoodBev Bevan and a whole host of musicians, artistes and their management. It's been a blast despite some negatives from people/organisations who should know better and those infernal internet trolls.
And it doesn't end there. Thanx to The Robin 2 in Bilston and the Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO), you are cordially invited to elobf's 10th belated birthday bash on Saturday 25th May. What better way to celebrate than to join up with fellow ELO fans whilst enjoying two hours of ELO's greatest hits (and more)? You can find out more via these links thus:

Recommended: ELOBF 10th Birthday Bash with Explosive Light Orchestra

Yours Truly KJS hopes that you enjoy the content and variety within elobf and would like to thank each and every visitor, reader, follower and participant of elobeatlesforever (elobf) for journeying here. Every click really is appreciated!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2019


  1. Happy 10th Anniversary, Keith and elobf!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey since my ‘Discovery’ of this blog in 2017. Keep up the great work! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  2. Congratulations Keith , You bring great joy and much info in your posts that we all love , Long may you continue and let's get going for the next milestone , Happy 10th Anniversary !!

  3. Well done Keith - heres to the next 10