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)