JEFF LYNNE'S ELO ARE COMING HOME
Earlier this month, Jeff Lynne's ELO kicked off their 2018 tour over in the USA...and the fans absolutely loved it! The gang are making their way back round the world and will return home to Birmingham this October! Here's what you can expect from their latest show!
The reviews have started to pour in following the start of ELO's new tour and they are giving us all the feels ahead of their return.
If you're joining us this October (or if you're umming and ahhring about coming) then just have a little butchers at what people are already saying about the show.
For anyone who remembers the “Out of the Blue” tour in the late ‘70s, there was no on-stage flying saucer for the ensemble to step out of, although the vintage UFO iconography was represented on occasion on rear screens. The grandiosity was pretty much left to what was happening on stage, with Lynne being joined by seven core band members, three string players and two backup singers. But you could almost mistake this for an “Out of the Blue” tour redux, with five of the songs coming from that 1977 double-album and four more from the ’76 disc that preceded it, “A New World Record.” Any illusion that you’re back in that time is furthered by the fact that the 70-year-old Lynne looks and sounds exactly like he always has (or at least since he got his ‘fro under control earlier in the mid-‘70s).
Electric Light Orchestra have so many great songs, songs that even their detractors tend to know the words to — and this includes non-boomers and non–Generation Xers, too. The band’s layered harmonics, spacy effects and straight-up gorgeous melodies lend themselves perfectly to film soundtracks, and it's the kiddies, in fact, who tend to appreciate them maybe more than old-timers who lived through the period when they were considered not cool.
“Mr. Blue Sky,” for example, is on the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, which cleverly ties the music into the story by having its protagonist, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), carry around and listen to a Sony Walkman for the entire movie. His "mixtape" has not only the ELO hit on it but also David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" and The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb."And it happens to be my 11-year-old's favorite Spotify playlist.
In his famous sunglasses, Lynne was mostly still while he played guitar and sang, but he was having fun, giving us all a ride on the old spaceship once again. We didn't want to get off either.
A full house gathered to hear Lynne and company deliver classic rock standards that have gone unheard live in these parts for literal decades. If you grew up listening to Electric Light Orchestra dominating Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 week after week during the band’s heyday, it might have felt like a privilege to witness these songs performed live. Houston is one of just ten North American cities hosting dates on this 2018 tour.
The anticipation came to a crashing head at 9:13 p.m. with Lynne’s appearance onstage. The opening song was “Standing in the Rain.” Storm clouds and lightning visuals filled five skyscraper-tall screens behind the band and the audience’s thunderous applause provided a fitting sound effect to the moment. The second song of the set was “Evil Woman,” one of the band’s biggest hits. Folks couldn’t clap as enthusiastically for that one as they’d already filled their hands with their smartphones, steadied and aimed at the band to capture the moment for posterity.
And here's the setlist from that night...
Standing in the Rain
All Over the World
When I Was a Boy
Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys)
Can’t Get It Out of My Head
Shine a Little Love
Wild West Hero
Sweet Talkin’ Woman
If this lot doesn't get your giddy for their return then noting will! Remember, Jeff Lynne's ELO takeover our arena this October - snap up your tickets now!