Jeff Lynne played a memorable show with his band featuring ELO’s universally adored hits
After years of radio silence, it’s still a rare joy to see Jeff Lynne play a concert of his universally adored ELO songs.
A full to capacity Wembley Stadium found the band playing under a futuristic shaped canopy – which itself sits beneath a huge lighting rig designed to look like a glowing spaceship.
Almost totally hidden behind his dark shades, and iconic perfectly coiffed mop of curly hair, Lynne appeared out of flashing stage lights strumming the chords to symphonic rocker Standing in the Rain. With his vocal drenched in echo, this epic slab from the Out Of The Blue album kicked off this career-spanning hit machine set in style.
The three hits that followed: Evil Woman, All Over The World and Showdown flew by as sweetly as the summer breeze that was blowing through the stadium. They were one of many transcendental moments – where time seemed to stand still – as he played a wonderwall of solid gold hit songs.
Lynne shares members of his backing band with Take That, but this is where the comparison ends. Each band member showcased their true musical abilities as Lynne opened up his treasure chest of glittering hits.
A virtuoso violin solo, played with beautiful precision by Rosie Langley, brought the string driven rock smash Livin’ Thing to life.
The power pop chopping guitar chords – played by Mike ‘Milton’ McDonald – on Do Ya, pumped up the crowd to a feral frenzy.
From this point, proceedings took a brief dip as recent single When I Was A Boy and the Travelling Wilbury’s Handle With Care plodded along and slowed the pace of the show.
Also, it was noticeable that some of the audience cannily chose to take a toilet break during these songs.
Soon enough, the scintillating run of top tunes was brought back on track with Last Train to London. The audience needed no encouragement to dance as the band belted out the song’s pumping…