Tuesday, 28 September 2021

ELOBF Gig Guide #37: October 2021

#1,620: As promised last month, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) are pleased to present you our latest Monthly ELOBF Gig Guide listing selected UK (mainly Midlands) dates during October 2021. Expect another event listing soon covering the month of November, subject to expected Winter plandemic restrictions. Please consider getting out there and supporting these artistes and venues!

Friday 1st October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tickets: from £26.50 each

Saturday 2nd October
ELO Beatles Beyond @ Walmley Club, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: Sold Out

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £10 each

Sunday 3rd October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £30 each

Monday 4th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £30 each

Friday 8th October
The Cavern Beatles @ Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: from £24.50 each

Saturday 9th October
The ELO Encounter @ Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: from £12 each

Sunday 10th October
The ELO Encounter @ The Rhode House, Sutton Coldfield
Entry: £5 each (after 5PM)

Tuesday 12th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each

Wednesday 13th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each

Thursday 14th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each

Saturday 23rd October
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Molly's Bar & Kitchen, Birkenhead
Tickets: from £13 each

Sunday 24th October
ELO Again @ Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: from £25 each

Wednesday 27th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Palace Theatre, Newark
Tickets: from £31 each

Thursday 28th October
Steve Gibbons Band @ The Rhode House, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: from £10 each

Friday 29th October
The Roy Orbison Story ft. Barry Steele @ Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: from £25.50 each

ELO Again @ Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
Tickets: from £26.75 each

Sunday 31st October
Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 per person

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). Please contact KJS/ELOBF should you wish events to be considered for the above listing &/or future gig guides. It'll be nice to perhaps see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 28-Sep-2021

Saturday, 25 September 2021

#ELO50: Whatever Happened to ELO's 50th Anniversary?

#1,619: Allowing for the fact that ELO technically began in the studio circa July 1970 with the core founding trio of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan plus the fact that their first single wasn't issued until 1972, the year 2021 has been widely acknowledged as being the 50th anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra with multiple social media posts citing #ELO50 and Yours Truly KJS publishing two ELOBF articles (see below) in anticipation of big things during the first quarter of this year. Yet, as we approach the fourth quarter of 2021, what has transpired is that very little has been forthcoming from Team Jeff and Sony's NYC marketing operation to mark such a significant birthday for one of the worlds most celebrated bands save the odd fan recollection, some new merchandise and an octet of Japanese BSCD2 reissues.

Many other bands/brands make a big deal of celebrating such a significant achievement yet all seems very quiet on the ELO front. Whereas it may be that these words are perchance a little premature when considering that The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO's debut LP) was released by Harvest (SHVL797) in the UK on Friday 3rd December 1971 and its 50th birthday is still a couple of months away but the general chatter amongst fans and in certain social media groups indicates a growing level of disappointment at the missing of such a golden opportunity if not the scoring of a massive own goal.

This is particuarly pertinent when considering that ELO's 30th anniversary saw many expanded and remastered releases back in 2001 and specific album reissues have been released or planned to be released, examples being a withdrawn Secret Messages in 2013 (replete with Beatles Forever) marking its 30th birthday and, of course, Out Of The Blue in 2017 marking its 40th anniversary. The list goes on.
The full set of Japanese BSCD2 reissues including 2019's Secret Messages (Photo courtesy of Mark Manley)
It may well be that ELO maestro Jeff Lynne is now enjoying retirement and is quite settled in his new Brentwood home or that Bungalow Palace is still being transferred or perhaps a new album and ensuing 2022 tour is planned which will belatedly celebrate ELO's five decades but for the sake of the loyal fans who have stuck around and the new generation of admirers who came on board post Hyde Park, surely the least that Sony (be it Legacy, Columbia or RCA)Craig Fruin and Jeff Lynne's ELO can do is put some effort in before year end. KJS@ELOBF

Related KJS/ELOBF articles

Monday, 20 September 2021

Caught Live (10): ELO Again @ Telford 17/09/21

#1,618: The one thing you are guaranteed when ELO Again take to the stage is a good time and that was certainly the case on the evening of Friday 17th September as longtime leader Colin Smith led a buoyant audience on another journey through ELO's greatest hits at The Place (Oakengates Theatre) just twenty miles up the proverbial road from ELOBF HQ in nearby Telford. It had been over two years since Yours Truly KJS attended an ELO Again gig and the band have certainly advanced in that time, as their cohesive and tight performance proved on the night.

In a show where every member of the septet impressed and the Electric Light Orchestra songbook was more than ably showcased from "10538 Overture" all the way through to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", it was indeed good to see an energetic ELO Again enjoying their craft. The precise drum work of 'The Powys Powerhouse' who is Aled Lloyd was particularly enjoyable as was the vocal range and quality of violinist Ruth Potts during "Rockaria!" and "Xanadu" - the latter doing much justice to the original UK chart topper featuring, of course, Olivia Newton-John.

In summary, this writer really enjoyed seeing ELO Again ... again! My overall impression is that they are on an upward path which will ensure that they remain a premier ELO tribute band in this rather competitive niche market driven by the resurgence of public interest in Jeff Lynne's ELO hence I look forward with much anticipation to their forthcoming date at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Thursday 21st October.
ELO Again performed: Tightrope ~ Evil Woman ~ Livin' Thing ~ Can't Get It Out Of My Head ~ Confusion ~ Hold On Tight ~ 10538 Overture ~ Wild West Hero ~ Showdown ~ Sweet Talkin' Woman ~ The Diary of Horace Wimp ~ Last Train To London ~ All Over The World ~ Standin' In The Rain ~ Do Ya ~ Strange Magic ~ Shine A Little Love ~ Rock 'n' Roll Is King ~ Telephone Line ~ Turn To Stone ~ Rockaria! ~ Mr. Blue Sky ~ Don't Bring Me Down ~ Xanadu ~ Roll Over Beethoven

ELO Again are currently: Colin Smith (Lead vox/guitar) ~ Andy Smith (String synths/bvox) ~ Aled Lloyd (Drums) ~ Steve Lovett (Bass/bvox) ~ Pete Burrows (Piano/vocoder) ~  Ruth Potts (Violin/vox) ~ Izzy Dembinska (Cello)

Find out more about ELO Again at: facebook.com/eloagain and twitter.com/ELO_AGAIN

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to endorse ELO Again to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of the Electric Light Orchestra/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 20-Sep-2021 ***

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Recommended: Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song (Barry Delve)

#1,617: Fans of the Electric Light Orchestra & Jeff Lynne can now look forward to new 160 page paperback set to be published on Friday 3rd December (originally Thursday 25th November) entitled "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song". As the title suggests, the book is a detailed overview of the albums and songs recorded and released by ELO. Penned by author Barry Delve and published by Tewkesbury based Sonicbond Publishing as part of their On Track series, this is a book that Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF is very much looking forward to reading and reviewing as it will nicely compliment Sonicbond's excellent 2020 publication "Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard" by James R. Turner. You can order and find out more about both books via the links listed below thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song" by Barry Delve to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 18-Sep-2021

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Dreaming of 4000000: Another ELOBF Milestone

#1,616: Here Is The News: ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) nudged over the 4 million (4,000,000) visitor threshold this afternoon (Tuesday 14th September) but rather than list our many exclusives, interviews, reviews et al, Yours Truly KJS would simply like to thank each and every visitor and/or contributor to ELOBF since we started out back on (Groundhog Day) Monday 2nd February 2009.

Our first million took 2,694 days and 1,131 articles to achieve. Our second million was attained in 505 days and 207 articles. Our third million took just 351 days and 120 articles. Our fourth million has taken a little longer over 1,057 days and 158 articles. This truly amazing journey has now been going for 4,607 days (658 weeks or 151 months) and 1,616 articles since KJS/ELOBF was launched.

"Looking back after 12+ years, almost 4 million views and even though Beatles Forever isn't there, I think we did good with 17/18ths of Secret Messages being released in 2018!" ~ Keith James Sinclair, 13.09.2021

We're really hoping that you're continuing to enjoy reading my articles and that you've found ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) to be an accurate and helpful source of information. We always aim to provide fair and unbiased coverage of all artistes in the ELO universe (and beyond). Many thanx for your continuing support. It's now onwards and upwards up to 5 million!

#ThankYou #elobf #elobeatlesforever

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 14-Sep-2021

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Recommended: Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands

#1,615: The good people at Cherry Red Records have just confirmed that "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands: The Bostin' Sounds of Brum Rock 1966-1974" will be released on Friday 26th November. Priced at £20.99, the 3CD boxed set (including a heavily illustrated and annotated 48- page booklet) should be of immense interest to fans of Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood featuring - as it does - the progenitors of the many renowned Birmingham bands who went on to worldwide superstardom in the 70's and beyond as they deservedly earned the tag of music legends. Besides the more familiar songs by The Move, ELO, The Idle Race, Roy Wood and Wizzard, the 69 trax on offer include notable cuts by Ace Kefford, Dave Morgan, Sheridan & Price, The Uglys, Steve Gibbons, Denny Laine, Slade and The Moody Blues. Click on the link below for more information &/or to pre-order "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands" thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands: The Bostin' Sounds of Brum Rock 1966-1974" (Cherry Red Records #CRSEGBOX105) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of Jeff Lynne/Electric Light OrchestraRoy Wood/Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 12-Sep-2021 ***

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Caught Live (16): Quill ft. Bev Bevan @ Shrewsbury 09/09/21

#1,614: For both artistes and patrons, it's been an awful long time since regular gigging and you might expect a certain amount of rustiness in returning to both stage and seats but judging by the performance of Quill at The Walker Theatre in Shrewsbury on Thursday night (9th September) the time has been redeemed wisely by Joy Strachan-Brain and her merry band as they edge closer to a 50th anniversary, the release of their much anticipated new studio album "Riding Rainbows" and a busier touring schedule.

Judging by the twenty (20) song set, the septet who are Quill in 2021 have truly upped their game as they broaden their musical bandwidth to reach a wider audience with the aforementioned "Riding Rainbows" complementing an energetic and thrilling live show which not only showcases ten of the new album trax but also references their unique legacy and present membership. There's a nice balance in the songs presented wherein Bev Bevan's stellar career with The Move, ELO and Black Sabbath is perfectly nestled in with Quill's own original material thanx not only the the immense vocal talents of Joy Strachan-Brain (surely one of our best singers), Abby Brant (impeccable keyboards as usual), Lee Evans (top notch guitarist replete with amazing solos) and John Jowitt (sublime bass playing) but also the familiar high class violin antics of Kate McWilliam and world class percussion skills of Andy Edwards in rotation (literally) with Bev.

Quill are truly a unit who ply their trade sometimes in Americana, sometimes in folk and now in temptestuous rock. They really should be playing on a much larger stage as this polished, professional display highlighted. If they don't get your pulse racing and fingers tapping with original songs such as "Scratchin' At My Door" and "Riding Rainbows" then their all action interpretation of "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and "California Man" let alone a mindblowing version of "Heaven & Hell" surely will. The pensive "Winter Rain" (with a nice dedication to Bev's lifelong friend Phil Ackrill) also stood out during this hugely enjoyable concert. With a new album, new shows and a new raw cutting edge, you should consider Quill - whether it be on disc and/or on stage.

Quill performed: Grey Goose Call ~ Chinese Whispers ~ Telephone Line (ELO) ~ Winter Rain ~ Scratchin' At My Door ~ Coat Of Colours ~ Dead Man Walking ~ I Can Hear The Grass Grow (The Move) ~ Riding Rainbows ~ Black Dog Day ~ Say It Ain't So ~ Can't Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood) ~ Begin Again ~ Kate's Jig ~ Bullet Proof ~ California Man (The Move) ~ Love On The Run ~ Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath) ~ Blackberry Way (The Move) ~ Don't Bring Me Down (ELO)
Quill @ Lichfield Garrick 04/09/21 (Photo courtesy Bev Bevan)
Quill are: Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead vox) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/drums) ~ Kate McWilliam (Violin/vox) ~ Abby Brant (Keys/vox) ~ Lee T. Evans (Guitars/vox) ~ John Jowitt (Bass/vox) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion/guitar)
Go to quilluk.com to pre-order "Riding Rainbows", view tour dates and much more!

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to endorse Quill ft. Bev Bevan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of the Electric Light Orchestra/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles, Black Sabbath and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 11-Sep-2021 ***

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Andy Bennett Adds Ocean Colour to Stand Up & Rock Scene

#1,613: Not only will Jasper Carrott and The Bev Bevan Band featuring Phil Tree, Lee Evans and Abby Brant will be back on the road soon with a string of new Stand Up & Rock! this Autumn, they'll be joined by former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist/vocalist Andy Bennett for their forthcoming UK theatre dates. Having seen Andy perform solo, Yours Truly KJS is certain that this is another exciting addition to the cast of SUAR! Details of all forthcoming shows can be found via the official Jasper Carrott website and KJS/ELOBF Gig Guide(s) thus:

Get an idea of what to expect by reading these KJS/ELOBF 'Caught Live' gig reviews:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Stand Up & Rock! ft. Bev Bevan & Jasper Carrott to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesQuillBlack Sabbath and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 08-Sep-2021 ***