E.L.O.: Return to Stage
Jeff Lynne performed with his version of the band in front of a paid audience for the first time in 28 years in London over the weekend.
Jeff Lynne returned to the stage with E.L.O. for the first time in years at London’s Hyde Park Sunday.
Not counting a pair of invitation-only 2001 TV show tapings in L.A., this was the first time Lynne has performed a full E.L.O. show in 28 years. As with the 2001 shows, the only other musician from the group’s heyday was keyboardist Richard Tandy. They were backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a rock rhythm section.
E.L.O.’s 17-song performance was chock full of hits from the band’s ’70s catalog, including “”Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Turn to Stone,” “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Telephone Line.” They also performed a song from another group Lynne belonged to — The Traveling Wilbury‘s “Handle With Care,” which he dedicated to that group’s late members, George Harrison and Roy Orbison. One song, “Steppin’ Out, from E.L.O’s Out of the Blue album, reportedly was performed live for the first time ever.
After the wildly received show, Lynne told the crowd that an E.L.O. world tour is a possibility. That was the idea back in 2001, but it ended up being cancelled due to weak ticket sales. The 50,000 tickets for this show — which was was part of a BBC Radio 2 Live “festival in a day” concert that also included Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, Billy Ocean and Paloma Faith — sold out in 90 minutes.