Wednesday, 23 February 2022

ELOBF Gig Guide #41: March 2022

#1,656: Yours Truly KJS & ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) present our latest Monthly ELOBF Gig Guide listing selected UK (mainly Midlands) dates during March 2022. There are plenty of choices to peruse headed up by Morganisation with former ELO bassist Martin Smith, legendary rockers Magnum and many of your fave ELO, Wilburys, Beatles and Roy Orbison tribute acts back on the road. Expect another event listing soon covering the month of April. Please get out there and support these artistes, concerts and venues!

Friday 4th March
Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience @ Brierley Hill Civic Hall
Tickets: from £21 each

The Roy Orbison Story ft. Barry Steele @ Loughborough Town Hall
Tickets: from £25 each

The Bob Dylan Story @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: from £24.50 each

Friday 11th March
The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: from £10 each

Sunday 13th March
ELO Beatles Beyond @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: from £8 each

Friday 18th March
The Mersey Beatles @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: from £24 each

Saturday 26th March
Morganisation ft. Martin Smith @ Allens Cross Community Centre, Birmingham
Tickets: from £10 each

Thursday 31st March
The ELO Experience @ The Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £26 each

Magnum @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets: from £27.50 each

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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 ... 23-Feb-2022

Friday, 18 February 2022

Del Shannon: RSD22 Red Vinyl Rock On!

#1,655: Record Store Day is fifteen years old this year hence #RSD22 is fast approaching. Fans of Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench will therefore be pleased if not excited to see that Del Shannon's much loved final album "Rock On!" is on the list to be reissued in 180g red vinyl via Demon Records for the first time in 31 years on Saturday 23rd April.

Originally issued posthumously via Silvertone Records (UK: #ORELP514) in 1991 following his death in February 1990, "Rock On!" produced three UK/EU singles: "Walk Away", "Are You Lovin' Me Too" and "Callin' Out My Name". UK collectors may also recall that Del's 1983 single "Cheap Love" (#D1017) was also released on the Demon label and backed by the Jeff Lynne co-produced "Distant Ghost". Find out more about this most attractive of releases via these official RSD22 and Demon Records website links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Rock On!" by Del Shannon to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 18-Feb-2022

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Recommended: Pugwash Album #8 Campaign

#1,654: ELO Beatles Forever would like to draw your attention to the ongoing Indiegogo funding campaign by Thomas Walsh towards the production of the hoped for eighth Pugwash studio album. Regular visitors to ELOBF will know that Yours Truly KJS has supported Pugwash for what seems like eons having reviewed several albums and caught them live not a few times. 67% of the £12,553 goal has been raised at the time of writing meaning that another £4,156 is still needed before the fundraiser finishes on Saturday 26th February. Please consider clicking on the link below for further info about the campaign/project and, if you are so minded, to pledge your support thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends the Pugwash Album #8 Indigogo Campaign to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, The Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

~ With thanx to Mark Burrows for a rather timely nudge! ~

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2022

Monday, 14 February 2022

Shine A Little ELOve!

Photo: Bekah Sinclair/ELOBF
#1,653: The most romantic day (allegedly) of the year is here again and Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF thought it would be apt to look at the number of ELO/Jeff Lynne (and related) songs that include the word 'Love' in their title. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of that search is that of the hundreds of songs in the ELO songbook, there are surprisingly few even if one includes covers and ELO Part II in scope. You'll find below a list of ten ELOve themed songs headed up by the two most obvious songs from "Discovery" and including two trax from "Long Wave".
Fans of Roy Wood will doubtless also be aware of Wizzard's "This Is The Story Of My Love (Baby)" and Roy's duet with Annie Haslam"I Never Believed In Love". We mustn't forget Bev Bevan's involvement in Quill's "Love On The Run" either.

Please drop ELOBF a line if you think KJS has missed any further examples. Happy Valentine's Day!

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 14-Feb-2022 ***

Friday, 11 February 2022

Fight For My Country: A Brief History of Balls

#1,652: Perhaps one of the strangest episodes in the story of 'Brum Beat' must be the short-lived Midlands combi-pop project Balls circa 1969. Produced by Jimmy Miller and managed by the infamous Tony Secunda (manager for The Move until the Harold Wilson postcard scandal and soon to oversee the career of a certain Marc Bolan), the band existed either alongside or instead of existing groups The Uglys and The Idle Race whilst serving as a vehicle for familiar local legends including Steve Gibbons, Trevor Burton, Mike Kellie and Denny Laine not forgetting stints by Richard Tandy, Dave Morgan, Keith Smart and Alan White. The sessions were apparently somewhat racous if not great fun at times yielding just the one single: "Fight For My Country" (penned by Burton) b/w "Janie Slow Down" (penned by Laine/White) in the UK and "Hound Dog Howling" (another Burton song) in Europe, albeit in three different forms (see below).

Check out for more info on the history of Balls
Considering the talents of its various members, it is indeed amazing that the only official release to date is the aforementioned "Fight For My Country" (there may, of course, still be recordings locked away somewhere in the vaults) but even its story is convoluted. Released originally via Wizard Records (#WIZ 101) in September 1971 as a Balls single, it was later reissued in May 1973 as a Trevor Burton single on the same label (#WIZ 103) before a third outing with an alternative title "Live In The Mountains" by B. L. & G. (Burton, Laine & Gibbons) via Birds Nest Records (#BN-3) in July 1975. All very confusing and perhaps an apt testament to the brief history of Balls!

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 11-Feb-2022 ***

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Blue Angel, Kelly Groucutt & Roy Orbison

#1,651: I've always liked Roy Orbison. Before The Traveling Wilburys and before his musical liaison with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne. There is just something unique and ethereal about the voice of the man affectionally dubbed The Big O and his amazing roster of hits that commenced with his legendary songwriting partnership with Joe Melson including "Only The Lonely" and "Running Scared".

As with all fave artists, there is always one song that occupies our personal #1 spot. When it comes to Roy Orbison, that song is "Blue Angel" (London #45-HLU9207; UK #11; December 1960) and it's all thanx to none other than ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt on a rather emotional night some thirty years ago. Back then, Kelly used to take his one man show around various West Midlands pubs and perform mostly 50's, 60's and 70's classics (including, of course, the odd ELO tune). I still fondly recall his sublime renditions of songs such as "Vincent" and being introduced to "The Fox". It was at that time my son Adam passed away at just seven months of age and my good friend Christian Evans informed Kelly of the matter. I still remember KG picking up his microphone and launching into "Blue Angel" at The Dudley Arms in Himley.
It was an unbelievable moment that cemented this beautiful Orbisong at the top of my personal chart whilst opening up a deep if not rich interest in the music and lyrics of Roy Orbison which remains to this day here in Yours Truly 2022.

~ With continuing thanx to Mick 'Kelly' Groucutt and Christian Evans ~

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 09-Feb-2022 ***

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Celebrating 13 Light Years

#1,650: Today is Wednesday 2nd February 2022 (a.k.a. Groundhog Day) and it's now thirteen (13) years since ELO Beatles Foever (ELOBF) started out in 2009 when our first article entitled Beatles Forever was published (click here to read). A lot has happened in the ELOBF universe in the 4,748 days or 156 months since we started out. KJS/ELOBF tries to be a reputable source of original, accurate content and enjoys a proven record of introducing readers to local, national and international ELO/Beatles influenced indie artistes. We aim to keep folks informed regarding the ongoing endeavours of ELO & ELO Part II current/former members not forgetting a whole host of related artistes whilst also highlighting the many ELO & related tribute bands out there "All Over The World". On a personal note, Yours Truly KJS is grateful for the support and courtesy extended by you dear reader and a whole host of talented artists, musicians, authors and fellow fans. Finally, I'd like to thank each and every visitor to ELOBF for their continuing loyalty and interest as we enter our teenage years!