ELO call back with a new album and tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO are back: The Birmingham band’s sound defines the 70’s like no other; sweaty masculine, testosterone-fuelled, oddly futuristic but somehow curiously handsome like a Clint Eastwood movie character.
“Grroosss” or “Bruce”?
But before we dive any further. If you’re reading this article you are likely an ELO fan. Please help solve the eternal mystery surrounding the chorus in Don’t Bring Me Down: Is it “Grroosss” or “Bruce”?
Watch ELO’s video to Don’t Bring Me Down
It’s been a bumpy road for the prog-rock legends Electric Light Orchestra. Since forming in 1970, the band have undergone success, break ups, reformations, member changes, and all things in between. Now, three decades after the band were last on tour, ELO are back.
ELO’s sound defines the 70’s like no other; sweaty masculine, testosterone-fuelled, oddly futuristic but somehow curiously handsome like a Clint Eastwood movie character.
Strange Magic: The many attempts to reform ELO
Under the name Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra have announced their first new album and tour in almost 30 years. This upcoming tour is officially the band’s first since they disbanded back in 1986.
In 2001 Jeff Lynne attempted to reformed ELO for promoting the album Zoom, but unfortunately the tour got cancelled.
Another attempt to get the legendary Brummie rocker back together was more successful when the group performed a one-off show for the BBC at Hyde Park in September 2014.
The event was magical and it was the spark that got the boys back together.
Jeff Lynne, ELO’s band leader and driving force, explains the crucial step for the reunion happened when he got together with keyboardist Richard Tandy.
Richard (Tandy) is my lifetime man in the group. He is a great musician, a great piano player and I really enjoy his company – Jeff Lynne .
The return of the Electric Light Orchestra to the UK live scene is a momentous occasion. With a new album and full arena tour, ELO reclaim their position in the rock pantheon.
ELO tickets for the Alone in the Universe Tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO tickets are now available. Tickets went on sale on Friday, 13 November and within minutes tour promoter Live Nation was forced to add extra dates due to hugely popular demand.
ELO will kick off their live reunion on April 5 in Liverpool before playing huge arenas across the UK and Ireland. Several dates have been announced for the capital where ELO will be performing at The O2 and, of course, will also play Birmingham – their hometown and birthplace of the Electric Light Orchestra. File under: #NotToBeMissed
Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone In The Universe UK and Ireland tour
- Echo Arena, Liverpool (5)
- Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (7)
- First Direct Arena, Leeds (9)
- Manchester Arena, Manchester (10)
- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (12)
- Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (14)
- Genting Arena, Birmingham (16, 17)
- The O2, London (20, 22, 23)
- 3Arena, Dublin (29)
Alone in the Universe – the new studio album
Alone In The Universe marks ELO’s 14th studio album, and contains the first original material recorded by the band since the release of 2001’s Zoom.
Having taken a year and a half to record, early material released by Jeff Lynne hints at a very contemplative record, looking back at a career spanning no less than five decades
Check out the video for When I Was A Boy off Alone In The Universe
There is no band quite like Electric Light Orchestra. It has been said by some that no band sounds like ELO, but ELO sound like everyone. They essentially mastered the styles of all your favourite pop tunes in the 70’s, but with their own (some would say superior) twist.
The band basically defined progressive rock in the 70’s, combining modern blues, rock and pop sounds with classical and futuristic themes.
The end result is something truly special. Quintessentially 70’s but timeless.
ELO saw the most success in the States, but over time their talents were recognised in their homeland of the UK. Before they disbanded in 1986, Electric Light Orchestra had 27 Top 40 singles to their name.
The Traveling Wilburys
Jeff Lynne’s unique vocal style and songwriting talent has been praised by fans, media and his peers. This resulted in the formation of one of the very few super-groups worth the title “super-group”: The Travelling Wilburys.
The Traveling Wilburys were rock royality: Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and ex-Beatle George Harrison.
The band was short lived but between 1988 and 1990 they left us with some remarkable songs, such as Last Night, Inside Out, the Del Shannon cover of Runaway and their glorious 1988 hit single Handle with Care which reached Number 2 on the US Billboard Charts.
Watch Jeff Lynne with The Traveling Wilburys video to Handle With Care