Jeff Lynne’s ELO 3/19/19

Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be criss-crossing the continent this summer on a 20-date arena tour. Joining Lynne as the opening act will be Dhani Harrison — son Lynne’s close friend and fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmate, the late-George Harrison. The jaunt kicks off on June 20th at Anaheim’s Honda Center and wraps on August 1st — Dhani’s 41st birthday — at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.

Jeff Lynne broke down exactly what the Electric Light Orchestra means in purely musical terms: [“You’ve got your rock n’ roll, harmony, classical bits, stick ’em all together — and what’ve you got? You’ve got ELO. I knew kinda what I wanted to do, I didn’t know how to go about it. It was only when I started realizing — ‘Hang on. Instead of just using two cellos and one violin, I just wanted to see what it was like to have big stuff instead of just little stuff all the time. (It’s) kinda symphonic. I mean, it’s kinda poppy, as well. It’s ‘classical pop’ they always used to call it. And that’s what sort of, think it is, too.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . it is too)

During his 2017 induction speech for ELO, Dhani Harrison touched upon Jeff Lynne’s golden era in the 1980’s as one of rock’s top record producers: [“Jeff was soon a permanent fixture at our house. He and my dad drove the same car, they flew off to Formula One races, we did family vacations — we were a traveling family — and I got to see Jeff work in his secretive ways, often late at night. This was an incredible blast of creativity from Jeff; he worked with dad on Cloud Nine, he produced Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl (applause), right? He co-wrote and co-produced Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever (applause) — and then there was the Traveling Wilburys (applause).”] SOUNDCUE (:33 OC: . . . Traveling Wilburys (applause))

JUST ANNOUNCED: Jeff Lynne’s ELO with Dhani Harrison tour dates (subject to change):

June 20 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
June 22 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
June 24 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
June 26 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
June 28 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
June 29 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
July 3 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 5 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
July 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
July 9 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
July 11 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 16 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
July 18 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
July 25 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
July 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 30 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
August 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena

SOURCE: Press release

FAST FACTS

  • Between 1975 and 1986 ELO scored 15 Top 20 hits — all written and produced by Jeff Lynne: “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” (#10), “Evil Woman” (#9), “Strange Magic” (#14), “Livin’ Thing” (#13), “Telephone Line” (#7), “Turn To Stone” (#13), “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” (#17), “Shine A Little Love” (#8), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (#4), “I’m Alive” (#16), “All Over The World” (#13), “Xanadu” – with Olivia Newton-John (#8), “Hold On Tight” (#10), “Rock N’ Roll Is King” (#19), and “Calling America” (#18).

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Jeff Lynne co-produced Dave Edmunds Information (1983); George Harrison‘s Cloud Nine (1987); The Traveling Wilburys‘ Volume 1 (1988); Tom Petty‘s Full Moon Fever(1989); Roy Orbison‘s Mystery Girl (1989); The Traveling Wilburys’ Volume 3 (1990); Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Into The Great Wide Open (1991); Ringo Starr’Time Takes Time (1992); The Beatles‘ 1995 reunion tracks “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love”; Paul McCartney‘s Flaming Pie (1997); George Harrison‘s Brainwashed (2002); the soundtrack to The Concert For George (2003); Tom Petty’Highway Companion (2006); Regina Spektor’s Far (2009); Joe Walsh‘s Analog Man (2012), and Bryan Adams‘ Get Up (2015).

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is the latest live collection from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, titled Wembley Or Bust.
  • The 22-song set, captured live at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 24th, 2017 in front of an estimated 80,000 fans, features such classic Electric Light Orchestra songs as “Evil Woman,” “Showdown,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Do Ya,” “Xanadu,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Turn To Stone,” “Don’t Bring Me Down” — and even a take on the Traveling Wilburys‘ signature tune, “Handle With Care.”
  • Wembley Or Bust will be available as a two-CD/Blu-ray set as well as a triple-LP live album.

CHECK IT OUT: Jeff Lynne’s ELO on June 24th, 2017 performing “Turn To Stone” live at London’s Wembley Arena: