Entertainment

Posted: November 13, 2017

Jeff Lynne’s ELO


By Tatar Bill

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Toyota Center August 10th. 

On Sale Friday 11/17 10am

On the heels of a once-in-a-lifetime Wembley Stadium show and a European tour in 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO announces its first North American tour in 30 plus years produced by Live Nation. Jeff Lynne’s last extensive U.S. tour with ELO was in 1981. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold out run of UK and European shows, as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The tour announcement comes just ahead of this Friday’s release of the live concert CD/DVD, ‘Wembley or Bust,’ which will give fans a glimpse into the extraordinary ELO live experience that critics in the UK raving; a video sneak peek is here and here. Of the tour, Jeff Lynne says, “Our Audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.” The tour will hit 10 cities, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena before wrapping in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center.

See below for full tour routing. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 15th at 10AM local time through Thursday, November 16th at 10PM local time. The Live Nation presale begins Thursday, November, 16th and public on-sale begins Friday, November 17th starting at 10AM local time with tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. ‘Wembley or Bust’ will be available Friday, November 17th, preorder here.

In the late 60's, the guitarist and vocalist of The Move Roy Wood had the idea to form a new band that would use violins, cellos, string basses, horns and woodwinds to give their music a classical sound. This may seem like a given nowadays with every contemporary rock band using a variety of instruments to create their sound, yet at the beginning of the 1970s, The Electric Light Orchestra were considered revolutionaries of the genre. They have more combined US & UK top 40 chart hits than any other band in the world.

They enjoyed moderate successes with their first few releases in the early 70's, yet it was their fourth album 'Eldorado' which managed to crack the top 20 of the US Billboard chart and incorporated a live string section and orchestra, it also included their first US top ten hit 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. They continued to have mammoth successes stateside when releasing their album 'Face The Music', the band played 68 shows in 76 days yet they were still snubbed in their native UK until their next release, the platinum selling 'A New World Record' and featured the hit singles 'Do Ya' and 'Livin' Thing'. 

 

The band's touring and recording momentum seemed to show no sign of slowing as their next release 'Out Of The Blue' went double platinum and featured another string of singles that charted on both sides of the Atlantic including their now cult classic 'Mr. Blue Sky'. They later collaborated with vocalist Olivia Newton-John on the soundtrack for musical film 'Xanadu' where the title track became a huge hit all over the world. The band eventually disbanded in 1988 after a string of disappointing single releases after they replaced actual strings with synthesisers, they reformed in 2000 but the following album 'Zoom' also failed commercially. Their 2014 reformation was a larger success when performing a benefit gig for Children In Need with Jeff Lynne hinting at a 2015 UK tour.

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