As a youngster, ELO were one group I regularly listened to, along with The Beatles. Apparently, in the 90’s, ELO part II were formed, although this seemed to pass me by! Now, however, we have “The Orchestra”, which is made up by members of both these groups. They were playing last night at our local theatre, so my Mum and I went along to see them.
And I have to say, it made for a great evening!
The show opened with Twilight, taken from my very favourite ELO album, Time. Following that, they played many of the classic ELO songs.. but a lot more ‘rocky’ than before, with heavy bass and drums.
After the break, they came out to explain that the last time they toured, they had a support band, but this time they decided to do it themselves. Various members then played various songs.. some I had not heard of, but were great.. and my favourite was a beautiful version of Midnight Blue.
They then launched into the second half, which proved to be even rockier.. including their very own version of Twist of Shout. I couldn’t imagine this Beatles classic combined with a strong voice, and classic 70’s rock guitar sounds… but you know what, it worked!
Mr Blue Sky went down an absolute storm, and they finished to a full standing ovation, cheering and foot stamping. They kept us on our feet for their encore of Don’t Bring Me Down.. and as far as I’m concerned, that’s how we should have been for the whole second half!
If you expect groups to stay the same, and you want to listen to faithful reproductions, this may not be for you. But if you want to enjoy a great night out, whislt losing your hearing, pay out your cash, and go along! ;0) I will be booking next time they come our way!