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Jeff Lynne Working On New ELO Music, Will Play US Dates
By Steve Baltin | November 05, 2014 1:40 PM EST

At Tuesday night's (Nov. 4) Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne was feted with the very deserving Outstanding Contribution to Music award. “I think it’s because I’ve done a lot of stuff,” Lynne joked to Billboard after the ceremony.

Lynne, who revived the ELO name and revisited such classic '70s and '80s hits as “Telephone Line,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Showdown” and so many more at London’s Hyde Park, confirmed to Billboard he will be bringing ELO to the States.

“I had so much in Hyde Park with 50,000 people, where I just played in September, first time I’ve played in 28 years it was fantastic and I loved every minute, so I’m definitely gonna come here and play.”

As for when he says, “Not too long.” His manager then added it will be in 2015.

It won’t just be a greatest hits celebration, as Lynne said he is working on new music under the ELO banner. “I’m working on a new album and that’ll be involved in the new times when we play.”

Of course even the old stuff is somewhat new to Lynne, as the songs have evolved and he has different appreciations for those seminal ELO hits nearly three decades after he last played them as ELO.

“They always take on new meanings and some of them I wrote 40 years ago, some of them I wrote 35 years ago and some of them 30 years ago, they all become something slightly different as the years go by,” he said. “Some that I thought are very straight forward aren’t at all. I sing them now and I realize what they’re about and it’s usually about grim stuff like relationships and crap relationships,” he added.

So are there any now that he really understands better than he did during the first ELO run? “Yeah, I wrote it before I met my second wife, but ‘Evil Woman’ turned out to be a prophecy in me own lunch time.”

For those unfamiliar with Jeff Lynne, he may be one of the most underrated individuals in the music industry. His work spans producing for The Beatles to having an incredible run of success with his band Electric Light Orchestra in the 1970s and early 1980s to co-writing and producing such acclaimed albums as George Harrison's Cloud Nine, Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl, and Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever. He was a driving force behind those albums, giving them a very recognizable "Jeff Lynne" sound. A few years ago, the Washington Times named him the fourth greatest record producer in music history, and those familiar with not only the singles he has written but also the many cuts featured on his albums will understand why many believe him to be a very talented songwriter as well.

Having been heavily influenced by The Beatles in his youth, Jeff considered his band ELO to be their spiritual successor, picking up where the Fab Four left off. John Lennon called them "Son of Beatles."

Their early records were more experimental, and certainly in their eponymous debut album (known by many as No Answer), On The Third Day, and Eldorado, we hear something a little edgier and more raw-sounding than their later material.

The band's most successful era spanned the latter half of the 1970s, from '75 to '79. In 1977, they performed at Wembley Stadium. This is the period most casual listeners will be familiar with, as many of the band's hits were generated during this era.

The late era, from 1980 to 1986, was a bit more tumultuous, as although the band reinvented their sound successfully with their 1981 album Time, their contract situation was unfavorable and a lack of support from their label had a major impact on the band. Some members left, meanwhile, as the focal point of the band became Lynne himself.


Since then, ELO has simply been forgotten in North America and other places. Unfortunately, while Lynne has influenced many in the music industry and in spite of all of his work, his reputation and influence have not really permeated mainstream popular culture outside of the United Kingdom.

The UK, however, has not forgotten.

Lynne recently performed a full concert set for the first time in over a decade. On September 14, 2014, he performed in front of a live audience of 50,000 at Hyde Park in London; over 800,000 people tuned in on BBC television.



After 30 years, ELO frontman Jeff Lynne’s spaceship has come in again
An outstanding concert for Proms in the Park has got Jeff Lynne thinking of a comeback
By Neil McCormick
7:20AM BST 20 Sep 2014

Mr Blue Sky is back. Last Sunday, in Hyde Park, a 66-year-old Jeff Lynne emerged from a hermit-like existence as a studio-bound producer to lead the Electric Light Orchestra back on stage for the first time in nearly 30 years. The reception was extraordinary. As lights flashed and a digital recreation of ELO’s neon jukebox flying saucer hovered above the sawing strings, driving rock, luscious chords and choral harmonies of a 60‑piece band, fans were practically levitating with joy. Fifty thousand grown men and women sang along in joyous rapture to some of the greatest pop music ever heard.

Reviews were unanimous, five stars all round. I honestly can’t remember when I have last had so many conversations about a concert, with friends and colleagues raving about the uplifting spirit of warmth and universal delight, urging one and all to tune in via the BBC red button (it turns out 800,000 did). A parent at my son’s school confessed she has already watched it three times, and added: “I might have to give it another go when I get home.”

In our house, when I switched on mid-song, there was a clatter of footsteps on the staircase as my son came down, charged into the room and threw himself on to the sofa. Although only 10 years old, he regularly raids my record collection and has become devoted to ELO. Every night the Seventies’ Birmingham space rockers blast from his bedroom. I like to crack open a door to watch him lying there, singing “Ee‑ee-evil woman!” in a squeaky high voice.

“It’s quite amazing to have all this recognition,” Lynne told me recently. For a multimillion-selling rock star, he genuinely appears humbled by how he has been welcomed back as a conquering hero.



From what I've found, everyone familiar with ELO has a different favorite album. There is something for everyone in that band's catalog, and for those unfamiliar with the band it might be worthwhile to have a listen in case there's something you may quite enjoy. Every album has its own unique qualities.

A terrific music man.

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Don't bring me dooooowwwwn... BRUCE!

Fun Fact

The word in the lyrics at that spot was originally DRRRUUUCE!

A nonsense word they invented to fill the space in the lyric and create a smoother transition.

Fans singing along would shout out BRUCE!

Eventually they gave in and it became Bruce.

There was no Bruce.

And no one was let down in the singing of this song.

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