Alone In The Universe Tour

 

Jeff Lynne's ELO -- Alone In The Universe Tour

An in-depth look at the 2017 tour


Comments and Observations

Wembley Or Bust graphic Inspiration: Following on from the success of the 2016 tour performances, the band did another short tour in early summer 2017. There was no new album to promote, thus it was simply to continue to promote the Alone In The Universe album and the ELO catalog in general. It featured almost the same band (missing Richard Tandy), but was a whole new setlist, whole new stage set up (although reusing some of the graphics), and new merchandising. Thus it was seen by many as not a continuation of the 2016 tour, but the next tour altogether.

Schedule: The tour consisted of only four public shows, with the second being the big Wembley Stadium show. All shows were in the UK only. As the Wembley Stadium show was filmed for release, it is surmised that the tour was only a "tour" for the purposes of this filming. The other non-Wembley shows probably being done to allow the band to work out problems with filming in front of a live audience and additional recording. Should the performance and recording of the Wembley show have an error, the recordings from these other shows could be used to correct it in post-production for the video/audio release. However, the official release of the Wembley Or Bust recording was touted as being unaltered. This is not entirely true as there have been a few notable differences, including the fact that on Wild West Hero, Jeff was late in his "and I wish I was..." lyric after the acapella part as heard on bootleg recordings, but this was corrected on the official release.

Although not technically part of the tour, there were three additional performances by the band in 2017. First, ELO was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on April 7 at the Barclays Center in New York City. There they performed three songs only: Roll Over Beethoven (as a tribute to the recently to Chuck Berry), Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky. No one from the band performed at the all-star jam at the end of the induction ceremony. The second additional performance was a charity concert on June 17, four days prior to the first true tour performance, at London's Dine & Disco. As this was a charity concert, ticket prices were very high with very limited availability; there are very little details available regarding songs performed or stage show settings. And finally, the third additional concert performance was months later, on November 6, 2017 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. This performance, as part of the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) awards, was only a short set of four or five song (sources contradict).

Jeff Lynne and Cliff Richard during rehearsals The Band: The band was the same band as the 2016 shows, with the exception of Richard Tandy. He was not able to attend the shows due to a rumored illness or injury. Instead, Marcus Byrne, who played keyboards for the 2016 shows, took over Richard's role and newcomer Jo Webb took over Marcus Byrne's prior keyboard roles. Persumably, Marcus had been Richard's understudy, which is why he stepped into the role rather than someone new.

Rehearsals for the tour were at Music Bank in south east London in early June. While there, singer Cliff Richard was rehearsing in an adjoining suite for his UK tour and the two met for a quick photo.

Again Mr. Blue Sky closed the show and Roll Over Beethoven was the finale. Thus again, the band is taking advantage of the lull before the encore to take a selfie, showing the audience, and posting it on Jeff Lynne's Facebook page. For all shows, there was a pause between Rockaria! and Can't Get It Out Of My Head for band introductions, with Jeff mentioning that Richard was ill and unable to play, but would be around for the next tour (which at the time, no details were known) and then introducing Mike Stevens. Mike then introduced the rest of the band.

The Songs: The setlist was more of a "greatest hits" of ELO songs, with surprisingly little from the Alone In The Universe album. Only When I Was A Boy from that album was included. Other surprises included the Traveling Wilburys' Handle With Care and the song Xanadu using the Flashback arrangement.

The setlist was similar to the setlist from the 2016 tour, with a few minor changes. The opening song of Tightrope was dropped and instead was the newly added Standin' In The Rain. Also added was Do Ya, Last Train To London, Twilight (with a partially taped intro of Prologue), and Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (only performed at the Wembley Stadium concert). Also dropped from the setlist from the 2016 shows were all the remaining Alone In The Universe songs, Strange Magic and Steppin' Out

Interestingly, and perhaps intentionally, the concert was bookended by "Concerto for a Rainy Day" (not counting the Roll Over Beethoven encore). The show started with the opening "rainy day" song, Standin' In The Rain, complete with the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" opening; and the show closed with the closing "rainy day" song, Mr. Blue Sky, complete with the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" coda. It might have been interesting if the band had chosen to play the songs Big Wheels and Summer And Lightning in the middle of the show, thus completing the full concerto.

Stage setup with seven vertical screens, rain cover, and spaceship lighting rig The Stage: The stage setup used similar (if not the same) graphics as the 2016 shows, but the setup was very different. There were seven vertical screens arranged behind the band with lights in between. For the outside shows only (Wembley Stadium and Hull), a rain-cover lighting rig was placed over the band that particially obscured the screens behind it, although it used see-through material so it was not so obscured. This rain-cover and the accompanying lights were not used for the indoor shows (Sheffield and Glasgow). The vertical screens featured similar, if not the same graphics as were used for the 2016 shows; and they were adjusted for use on a rectangular setting, rather than the circular setting.

The overhead lighting rig, high above the screens, featured a mock-up the ELO spaceship with lights flashing within the ship as well as lights shining down on the band or the audience. It often emitted smoke effects as well. Although this lighting rig was used at all shows, the spaceship part was only used at the outdoor Wembley Stadium and Hull (KCOM Stadium) gigs, with the Sheffield Arena and Glasgow (SSE Hydro) gigs only using the circular lights and no spaceship. It's not clear why the spaceship was only used for two shows, but it might be that it simply could not be used inside the confines of the venues.

In addition, an unidentified lighting technology was used to project images onto the stage itself; these images were projected from below, not from above, as evidenced by the fact that none of the band or equipment cast shadows on it. The animations on the floor were projected in an oval shape; and they, often, although not always, were variations of the images on the back seven screens. These project floor animation was only used for the two indoor shows, perhaps because the technology was not able to withstand the weather elements they could encounter at the outdoor shows.

Reviews and Attendance: All shows were sold out, although it seems that the Hull show may have been slow to eventually sell out, as there were flash sales (discounted tickets) about six weeks before the show. Attendance numbers for the shows are not available except for Wembley Stadium which was reported to be 60,000 people. The exact number has not been reported, although it is thought be a little more than this. Although this was a large show, it was not ELO's biggest show ever. ELO's biggest show was July 15, 1978 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for "The World Series of Rock" which was reported to have 80,000 in attendance.

More on the reviews coming soon.

Band and crew members

The band and crew on this tour were as shown below.

The Band
The Crew
Jeff Lynne: vocals, guitar
Mike Stevens: musical director, guitar, backing vocals, harmonica
Lee Pomeroy: bass, backing vocals
Milton McDonald: guitar, backing vocals
Bernie Smith: keyboards
Marcus Byrne: piano, keyboards, vocoder
Jo Webb: keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Donavan Hepburn: drums
Melanie Lewis-McDonald: backing vocals
Iain Hornal: backing vocals, co-lead vocals, guitar, fire extinguisher
Rosie Langley: violin
Amy Langley: cello
Jess Cox: cello
Linda Betesh: Jeff Lynne tour manager
Allan Tate: band tour manager
Steve Jay: broadcast engineer
Keith Dean: tour accountant
Camelia Kath: stylist
Phil Hatton: assistant to Jeff Lynne
Chris Vaughan: production director
Wez Wearing: production manager
Zoe Buttling: production coordinator
Georgie King: production assistant
Mark Berryman: stage manager
Kevin Fallows: head of security
David 'Maggo' Malhuish: merchandise manager
Martin Gehring: head rigger
Steve Lutley: monitor engineer
Gary Bradshaw: FOH engineer
Davey Williamson: monitor technician
Ohno Ooms: FOH technician
Liam Tucker: crew chief and RF
Joachim Dewulf: array expert
Alvin Russ: wingman
Finbarr Neenan: wingman
Morten Thobro: guitar technician
Howard Barrett: drum technician
Chris Lawson: guitar technician
Steve Gray: keyboard and bass technician
Matt Cox: keyboard technician
Andy Tonks: LED crew chief and engineer
Richard Doran: LED engineer
Gary King: LED engineer
Kevin King: LED engineer
Tony Mackman: LED engineer
Gerry Corry: system engineer
Luke Collins: D3 programmer
Rod Williams: camera operator
Sacha Moore: camera operator
James Crossley: spaceman technician
Michael Rawlins: spaceman technician
Mark Davies: video director
Tim Routledge: lighting designer
Ian Lomas: lighting crew chief
John Shelley: lighting technician
Sara Janebrink: lighting technician
David Wolstenholme: lighting technician
Keith Johnson: lighting technician
Davide Palumbi: lighting technician
Stan Gallon: lighting technician
Richard Allen: spaceman technician
Jason Slaney-Welch: set carpenter
Scott Turnbull: set carpenter
Stuart Simms: set carpenter
Aico Boshoven: set carpenter
Nick Breen: set carpenter
Pete English: spaceman carpenter
Magnus Harding: spaceman carpenter
Angelika Griebl: spaceman carpenter
Stuart Farnell: spaceman carpenter
Stefan Warner: dressing rooms - furniture
Kevin Rowbotham: dressing rooms - furniture
Tamsin Manvell: dressing rooms - wardrobe and catering
Adrian Davies: bus driver
Tim Turbill: bus driver
Mic Mullins: bus driver
John Mulholland: bus driver
Mike Fields: bus driver
Robin Painter: bus driver
Scott Cooper: lead truck driver
David Cuss: truck driver
Peter Cooke: truck driver
Paul Shea: truck driver
James Hain: truck driver
Sharon Cooper: truck driver
Mike Emery: truck driver
Matthew Ireland: truck driver
Ben Howarth: truck driver
Calvin Wade: truck driver
Craig Jones: truck driver
Sam Page: truck driver
Chris Beart: truck driver
Ian Ramm: truck driver
Roy Poulton: truck driver
Dave Clarke: truck driver
Mark Kirk: truck driver
Anton Flatt: truck driver
Ray Bridgeman: truck driver
Tom MacPherson: truck driver

The band was nearly the same as the 2016 tour, but without Richard Tandy (due to a rumored illness). Instead Marcus Byrne was promoted to his position. Added to the lineup was Jo Webb, playing keyboards. The main road crew was very similar to the 2016 crew, with additional crew due to the new spaceship lighting rig set.

Tour Dates

Performance Date City, Country Venue Opening Act(s) Images Comments
Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
April 7, 2017 New York City, USA Barclays Center N/A
Ticket for the April 7, 2017 show
Ticket for the April 7, 2017 show
Tickets
Summer 2017 UK Tour
June 17, 2017 London, UK Dine & Disco Unknown
BBC announcement of June 17, 2017 show
BBC announcement of June 17, 2017 show

Dine & Disco 2017
This Auction raised £1,709,263
Announcements
June 21, 2017 Sheffield, UK Sheffield Arena Tom Chaplin
Band selfie at the June 21, 2017 show
Band selfie at the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
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Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Announcement graphic of June 21, 2017 show
Handbill for the June 21, 2017 show
Handbill for the June 21, 2017 show
The Star announcement of June 21, 2017 show
The Star announcement of June 21, 2017 show

BREAKING: Rock
legends ELO to
land spaceship at
Sheffield Arena
The Star announcement of June 21, 2017 show
The Star announcement of June 21, 2017 show

Sheffield show
for Mr Blue Sky
himself – ELO’s
Jeff Lynne
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Best Classic Bands review of June 21, 2017 show
Best Classic Bands review of June 21, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Returns to the Stage
Concert Selfie Tickets Announcements Reviews
June 24, 2017 London, UK Wembley Stadium Tom Chaplin and The Shires
Band selfie at the June 24, 2017 show
Band selfie at the June 24, 2017 show
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Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
Ticket for the June 24, 2017 show
June 24, 2017 announcement graphic
June 24, 2017 announcement graphic
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June 24, 2017 newspaper ad
June 24, 2017 newspaper ad
Birmingham Mail announcement of June 24, 2017 show
Birmingham Mail announcement of June 24, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO
to play Wembley
in 2017 and here's
how to get tickets
New Musical Express announcement of June 24, 2017 show
New Musical Express announcement of June 24, 2017 show

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The Guardian announcement of June 24, 2017 show
The Guardian announcement of June 24, 2017 show

Summer 2017's
hottest pop: with
Guns N’ Roses,
Nas, Haim, KLF,
Eminem and PJ Harvey
June 24, 2017 announcement graphic
June 24, 2017 announcement graphic
Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 show
Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 show

Review: Jeff
Lynne's ELO headline
Wembley Stadium
'for one night
only'
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show

Gig review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
at Wembley Stadium
The Times review of June 24, 2017 show
The Times review of June 24, 2017 show

Pop review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
at Wembley Stadium
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show

Gig review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
at Wembley Stadium
Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 show
Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 show

Live: Jeff
Lynne’s ELO
@ Wembley Stadium
Daily Express review of June 24, 2017 show
Daily Express review of June 24, 2017 show

ELO are the
Livin' Thing as
they play a blinder
at Wembley Stadium
The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 show
The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne’s ELO
at Wembley Stadium
The Mail review of June 24, 2017 show
The Mail review of June 24, 2017 show

OPINION: Don't
bring me down
from my ELO high
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show
Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 show

Gig review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
at Wembley Stadium
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Concert Selfie Tickets Announcements Reviews Merchandise
It has been reported that the attendance for this sold out show was 65,000 people.
June 28, 2017 Glasgow, UK (Scotland) The SSE Hydro Tom Chaplin
Band selfie at the June 28, 2017 show
Band selfie at the June 28, 2017 show
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June 28, 2017 announcement graphic
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The Herald review of June 28, 2017 show
The Herald review of June 28, 2017 show

Music review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO,
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 show
The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 show

Music review:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
July 1, 2017 Hull, UK KCOM Stadium Tom Chaplin
Band selfie at the July 1, 2017 show
Band selfie at the July 1, 2017 show
July 1, 2017 announcement graphic
July 1, 2017 announcement graphic
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Birmingham Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO
to play KCOM Stadium
show for Hull City
of Culture 2017
KCOM Stadium announcement of July 1, 2017 show
KCOM Stadium announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne’s ELO
are heading to Hull
as part of the
2017 UK City of
Culture celebrations.
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Ticketmaster flash
sale offers free
upgrade for Jeff
Lynne's ELO's Hull
KCOM gig
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

What to expect
when Jeff Lynne's
ELO play at Hull's
KCOM Stadium
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Parking restrictions
are in place ahead
of Jeff Lynne's
ELO gig
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO
in Hull: Park and
ride details for
the big gig
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

How much a pint
costs at Hull's huge
outdoor ELO gig
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail announcement of July 1, 2017 show

Fan taken ill
at Hull ELO gig
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show

RECAP: Jeff
Lynne's ELO gig
at KCOM Stadium
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show
Hull Daily Mail review of July 1, 2017 show

More huge bands
could be heading
for Hull after
phenomenal ELO
gig at KCOM Stadium
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
November 6, 2017 London, UK Grosvenor House Hotel Harry Styles, Camila Cabello, George Ezra This was a private performance as part of the The Music Industry Trusts Award ceremony. The band performed a short set of only five songs.

Setlist

The setlist is as shown below. It was mostly the same as the 2016 shows, but with several songs added, a few dropped, and a slight rearrangement of the order. Notably, the opening from the 2016 shows of Tightrope, Evil Woman, Showdown and All Over The World was changed, changing the opening song from Tightrope to Standin' In The Rain and flipping the order of All Over The World and Showdown. Also of note, Sweet Talkin' Woman which was (mostly) played between Don't Bring Me Down and Mr. Blue Sky at the 2016, was instead moved earlier, before Telephone Line.

Added to the setlist when compared to the 2016 shows were the songs Do Ya, Handle With Care, Last Train To London, Xanadu, Prologue/Twilight and Ma=Ma-Ma Belle. The latter song was only played at the Wembley Stadium concert.

The Tour in 2017
Song Title Sheffield Wembley Glasgow Hull Arrangement Graphics Used Song comments
Standin' In The Rain YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, but with a taped intro (the "Concerto For A Rainy Day" intro) and slightly different ending. Standin' In The Rain graphicsThe back screen graphic shows animation of point-of-view flying through stormy, rainy skies, with many of the lightning effects timed to the music. The projection floor graphics show rain and storm effects that mirror the back screen animation. The intro included some parts from tape and some of the echo-ey vocal sound effects.
Evil Woman YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Face The Music album arrangement, but without the orchestral intro and a non-fading ending. Evil Woman graphicsThis is a fiery series of various images of a woman's eye, sometimes with flames running through the iris. Big billowy flames roll across the side screens most of the time too. The projection floor graphics show roiling fire similar to the back screen animation.
All Over The World YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Xanadu album arrangement. All Over The World graphicsThese graphics are rotating images of the planet Earth, with heavy lights coming from all the cities, including fireworks and streaks of light linking various cities. Strangely, this means that it's night time "all over the world" since no daylight images of the planet are ever seen. The projection floor graphics show fireworks similar to the back screen animation.
Showdown YES YES YES YES This is the same as the original single arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Showdown graphicsThis graphic featured a nighttime landscape showing trees on the sides and a grassy plain in the distance, with a distant ELO spaceship sometimes floating by. Occasionally, the point of view shift to the sky only, with various nebulae and space phenomena floating by. The projection floor displayed no graphics at all.
Livin' Thing YES YES YES YES This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Livin' Thing graphicsThis is a strange graphic showing a rotating garden. It starts with a scene from space and during the violin intro, the point of view zooms in to a planet and through the clouds. As the main part of the song starts, the view comes to a garden in the middle of a jungle. The view rotates around the jungle, staying focused on the garden. During the choruses, it zooms into a closeup of the garden (still rotating), then zooms back out during the non-choruses. The projection floor graphics show slowly rotating stars, different from the back screen animation.
Do Ya YES YES This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement. There were no graphics used at all.
When I Was A Boy YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Alone In The Universe album arrangement. When I Was A Boy graphicsThis graphic is only featured on the center three screens with the outer screens left blank. It includes various point of view images of a large field at night, with several trees, a house and sometimes a single tree (and at one point, the silhouette of a giant bird). The footage ends with a bright light shining out from the night sky and the ELO spaceship flying in. This symbolically shows Jeff's boyhood dreams with the ELO spaceship being the final realization of those dreams. The projection floor graphics show several shimmering dots (to big to be stars), different from the back screen animation.
Handle With Care YES YES YES This is the same as the Volume One album arrangement with a non-fading ending. Jeff sings the George Harrison lead vocal parts and Iain Hornal sings the Roy Orbison lead vocal parts. Also, the string players play as well, which was not on the original song at all. Handle With Care graphicsThis graphic shows a series of rotating yellow and brown circles and morphing, jagged geometric shapes; and about halfway through the song, a half circle comes to the fore and shows select scenes from the Traveling Wilburys home videos and music vidoes. Note, geometric shape graphic used is the same graphic used on the 2016 shows for Ain't It A Drag, although altered for a different type of screen. The projection floor graphics show several moving geometric shapes, similar to the back screen animation. Mike Stevens plays the harmonica near the end of the song and Iain Hornal provides additional guitar.
Last Train To London YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Discovery album arrangement, with a non-fading end. Last Train To London graphicsThis graphic shows a point-of-view of traveling over train tracks. The verses and instrumental break showing the slower movement across a futuristic landscape with strange structures around and odd crafts flying by. At the start of the choruses, there is a warp effect and the faster movement is through an neon-lit series of tunnels. At the "underneath the starry skies" line, the point-of-view momentarily shifts upward, showing the starry sky. The projection floor graphics are unknown at this time.
Xanadu YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Flashback box set arrangement. Xanadu graphicsThis graphic shows the point of view of looking into an alien cloudy sky, then panning down to an alien desert landscape, with strange alien plants in the foreground. This eventually transitions to a nighttine view of a large city, moving through the streets. At one point, the point of view lifts to the nighttime sky, with views of stars and nebulae, before returning to the city street view to end the song. The projection floor graphics show an alien landscape similar to the back screen animation.
Rockaria! YES YES YES YES This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement, but Jeff and backing vocalist Iain Hornal take turns on each verse and they sing alternate lines on the closing lines (starting with "Well we were reelin' and a rockin' all through the night"). Backing vocalist Melanie Lewis-McDonald supplies the opera singer bits. Rockaria! graphicsThis is a frenetic graphic of the ELO spaceship, rotating constantly with various geometric designs moving in the middle. Some of the images in the middle are also the label of the promo UK Rockaria! single (with the large "A" indicating it was the A-side). The projection floor graphics show show a rotating record label, similar to the back screen animation.
Can't Get It Out Of My Head YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Eldorado album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Can't Get It Out Of My Head graphicsThis is a somewhat static graphic, showing a large moon over gently undulating water. The graphic is only in the center three screens as it is the same graphic as the one used in 2016, which was not as wide. The top half of the moon images is also missing, due to these limitations. The projection floor graphics show a moon and water similar to the back screen animation.
10538 Overture YES YES YES YES This is the same as the original album/single arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. 10538 Overture graphicsThis is a series of barbed wire and chains flying toward the viewer. It is the same graphic used for the later 2016 shows.
Prologue/Twilight YES YES YES YES This is the same as the original Time album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Prologue/Twilight graphicsFor the Prologue portion, a computer control is shown, while a circular oscilloscope screen displays and reacts to the synthesizer intro, as if it is the computer speak. For Twilight, during the verses, a static, futuristic city is shown at night with various hovercraft floating by. On the choruses, the view zooms into a building where various white lines against a black background move about. For the final series of choruses, instead of zooming in, the view rotates around the city instead.
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle YES This is the same as the original On The Third Day album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle graphicsThe graphics are of a point-of-view flight through space and various geometric shapes flying towards the user, with occasionally the ELO spaceship also flying out from the center. These are only on the center three screens while the outer screens show a series of moving verticle lines or alternate versions of the center screen lines. The center screens are the same graphics that were used for Tightrope at the 2016 concerts. This song was only played at the June 24th Wembley Stadium show.
Shine A Little Love YES YES YES YES This is a shortened version of the single version (no choral intro), cutting everything from the second bridge ("can you understand...") to the end of the fourth verse, and inserting an acapella chorus in its place where the band claps along in an attempt to get the audience involved. Note that this is the same shortened arrangment as at the 2016 shows. Shine A Little Love graphicsThe graphics of a silvery glitter being tossed about on a black background, giving the effect of a fun, party atmosphere. Heavy green lasers also shine and move about (not on the screen).
Wild West Hero YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement. Wild West Hero graphicsThis graphic depicts a day on an American west landscape. It starts with a static view of an American western desert landscape; in an accelerated day, during daylight, clouds roll by until eventually the sun sets and the stars roll across the sky during night until eventually the sun rises to a new day.
Sweet Talkin' Woman YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Also, Jeff answers the "Where could she be?" line by singing "I don't know." Sweet Talkin' Woman graphicsThis graphic shows the same undulating ribbons that was seen at the 2016 shows, with the addition intercuts of flowing ribbons across the screens, often from right to left on the verses and from top to bottom during the choruses.
Telephone Line YES YES YES YES This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement, but without the muted intro and with a non-fading ending. Telephone Line graphicsThis graphic starts with a series of electronic circuit drawings against a starfield rotating across the screens horizontally. Nearing the chorus, these circuit drawings then turn diagonal, then at the chorus, a collection of ribbons rotate about too. Following this, the patterns of circuit drawings get more complicated, taking on rotating geometric shapes, as if the telephone communications are getting more and more complicated. These graphics are accompanied with bright green lasers shining on the audience, which make the graphics sometimes difficult to see because they are obscured by the lasers and the smoke that was pumped out to illuminate the lasers. Note that this is distinctly different from the 2016 concert rotary phone graphics.
Turn To Stone YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Turn To Stone graphicsThis graphic features several displays of the viewer flying through asteroid fields in space. The scenes change with the music, changing with the lead versus the backing vocals, the choruses, musical fills, etc. This is very similar to the 2016 graphics, but different asteroid graphics are used and they change with the music much more frequently.
Don't Bring Me Down YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Discovery album arrangement, but with a slightly bigger drum ending. Don't Bring Me Down graphicsThis graphic shows a neon football, often rotating in various directions. It is the same graphic used at the 2016 shows, although perhaps not as effective on the vertical screens as it was on the circular screen.
Mr. Blue Sky YES YES YES YES This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, complete with the "Concerto For A Rainy Day" coda, and a big drum finish. Mr. Blue Sky graphicsThis graphic is a blue sky with fast rolling white clouds. After the song finishes, an ELO spaceship flies to the center of the screen while the band gets together for a stage bow.
Roll Over Beethoven YES YES YES YES This is the ELO 2 UK album version, but missing the mellotron intro and Jeff and backing vocalist Iain Hornal take turns on each verse. The guitar jam in the middle is free form, with Jeff simply jamming away and each performance varies. Roll Over Beethoven graphicsThis graphic is very frenetic. It shows the ELO spaceship with a multicolored, rotating outer ring and the center using a rotating UK Harvest Roll Over Beethoven single or rotating and pulsating multicolored graphics. Near the end of the song, ELO spaceships fly in and out of view, sometimes showing the bottom of the ship rather than the logoed top. After the song finishes, an ELO spaceship flies to the center of the screen while the band gets together for a stage bow. This is almost the same graphic as used in the 2016 shows, but the spaceship flying in and out of view near the end is new. For the June 24 Wembley and July 1 Hull concerts only, pyrotechnics were used at the very end of the song.

Although technically not part of the tour, the band did perform a private concert at the Grosvenor House Hotel London on November 6th, as part of the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) awards, benefitting the music related charities of Nordoff Robbins and the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) School. As this was a charity show, with an invited audience only, the band performed a short set of only four or five songs. The reported setlist is shown below, although the performance of Strange Magic may not be accurate.

Grosvenor House Hotel Concert
Song Title Arrangement Song comments
All Over The World Unknown
Strange Magic Unknown This song may not have actually been performed.
Livin' Thing Unknown
Sweet Talkin' Woman Unknown
Mr. Blue Sky Unknown

Releases

Wembley Or Bust media releases The June 24th Wembley Stadium was filmed and officially released on Friday, November 17, 2017. The release was on multiple formats, including CD, DVD, blu-ray, vinyl LP, digital audio and digital video. It is also available on all major streaming systems.

The video releases were of the full concert, although some between song edits were done to remove many of the delays between songs. There were some additional small edits to some of the songs, with one notable edit being to correct Jeff's late "and I wish I was..." line in Wild West Hero following the acapella bit. (On bootleg audience recordings, Jeff clearly started late on the part.) Audience cheering noises were also inserted between songs, being faded in or out as needed; this is not to say that the audience present wasn't cheering, but clearly the live recording avoided the audience noise as much as possible so it could be controlled and reinserted later. The video releases also included five documentary style scenes between some songs, showing some backstage footage while Jeff gives a voiceover about various topics. These include:

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#1 Livin' Thing
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Jeff arriving backstage, going on stage and the band rehearsing Birmingham Blues Jeff on the complexity of putting the show together
#2 Handle With Care
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Jeff backstage and taking a pea\ek at the audience gathering in the stadium; fans arriving at the stadium and talking to the camera about the show; quick backstage rehearsal of the vocals for Twilight and All Over The World Secret Messages Jeff on giving fans what they want and getting it right; fans on wanting to be there
#3 10538 Overture
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Band stage rehearsals Strange Magic Jeff and various band members on the quality of the songs and performance
#4 Wild West Hero
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Audience reactions Believe Me Now Jeff on enjoying the songs and the audience
#5 Mr. Blue Sky
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Audience reactions and Jeff and band backstage waiting for the encore -NONE- Jeff on the fun of the show
The closing credits of the video show the band leaving the stage, the audience leaving the stadium, and several long aerial shots of the stadium at night. Over the closing credits is a slight edit of the song Alone In The Universe, that fades early. The DVD and blu-ray release do not include any bonus material.

The audio only releases, incuding the CD, was a different edit altogether compared to the video. These featured fade-in and fade-out at the beginning and end of each song, cutting some of the song introductions, some of the "thank you" bits, much of the song delay between songs, and the band introduction. This is rather unusual for a concert audio release as it typically would play as one continuous track. However, with the nature of modern formats drastically changed from an album (collection of songs) format to a more loose, random listening, especially in regards to streaming services which are often randomized, this format of fade-in/fade-out makes sense. Listeners on the digital platforms would not want to hear the abrupt start and/or stop of audience cheering if the normal flow of the concert were left in. Thus one audio mix, designed for digital platforms, was prepared. It would have been nice if Sony could have prepared released a more continuous flow version for the physical media (CD and LP) formats, but they obviously didn't want to incur the extra expense. Notable between song bits that were cut on the audio releases are the band introdcution follow Rockaria!, the introduction to Xanadu, the "here's another one for you" introduction to All Over The World, a "you're fabulous" bit following Livin' Thing, a "thank you very much" line following Wild West Hero, a "thank you" and "you're marvelous" following Dont' Bring Me Down, and the entire segment of thanks, selfie and audience cheering between Mr. Blue Sky and Roll Over Beethoven.

To promote the soon-to-be-released Wembley Or Bust multimedia release, several songs and clips were released before the full official release on November 17, 2017. These included both video clips from the concert and audio only clips (showing the album cover on the video) with the concert audio. Before the release, the videos were: (1) an audio only release of Turn To Stone on October 5; (2) a concert video release of Turn To Stone on October 16; (3) an audio only release of Xanadu on October 26; (4) a concert video release of Telephone Line on November 3; and finally (5) a concert video release of Evil Woman on November 10. On the album release day, audio only versions of all songs were release to streaming services. Thus, only the songs Turn To Stone, Telephone Line and Evil Woman had full video clip release. These can be seen at the links below.
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In addition, the premiere of the video was on November 17, 2017 at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles where Jeff participated in a Q&A event, hosted by the museum's Executive Director Scott Goldman, with audience members after the screening. Unfortunately, no recording, bootleg or otherwise, are known of this Q&A.

All regular shows were bootlegged as shown below. The Dine & Disco show, because of the private nature, is not available in any format. The Grosvenor House Hotel concert, which was a very short set only, was recorded, but is incomplete. If readers have show recordings over better audio quality or more complete video as noted below, please contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page.

Date Location Source Quality Comments
June 21, 2017 Sheffield, UK Audience Very Good
June 24, 2017 Wembley, UK Audience/Sound board Very Good/Excellent This concert had official release on the Wembley Or Bust collections.
June 28, 2017 Glasgow, Scotland Audience Very Good
July 1, 2017 Hull, UK Audience Very Good
November 6, 2017 London, UK Audience Good Only partial recordings of four songs exist. There are no complete recordings available.

Opening Acts

Tom Chaplin, (former) lead singer of the British band opened all shows. At the Wembley Stadium show, The Shires, the British country music duo, also opened, playing before Tom Chaplin.

For the Grosvenor House Hotel show, also playing that night were Harry Styles (of One Direction), Camila Cabello, and George Ezra. It's believed that Jeff Lynne's ELO were the headliner for the night, but that remains unconfirmed.

Promotions

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A 30 second ad for TV and online promotion was created to promote sales of the June 21, 2017 concert in Sheffield, UK. On November 24, 2016, Live Nation UK released the ad on YouTube and other outlets promotion the tour. It shows some ELO animations and several clips from the Live In Hyde Park concert, using ELO animations to wipe the screen between scenes, all while featuring audio clips of Mr. Blue Sky, Livin' Thing, Turn To Stone, and Don't Bring Me Down. Of all this, an announcer in touts the show as a one night only event. It can be seen HERE.

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A 30 second ad for TV and online promotion was created to promote sales of the June 24, 2017 concert at Wembley Stadium in London. On May 23, 2017, Live Nation UK released the ad on YouTube and other outlets promotion the tour. Note this is the same video and the same annoucer that was used for the Live Nation UK ad for the June 21, 2017 Sheffield concert, but with a different voiceover and different screen graphics adversiting the show. It shows some ELO animations and several clips from the Live In Hyde Park concert, using ELO animations to wipe the screen between scenes, all while featuring audio clips of Mr. Blue Sky, Livin' Thing, Turn To Stone, and Don't Bring Me Down. Of all this, an announcer in touts the show as a one night only event. It can be seen HERE.

No TV/online ads, at leasty be Live Nation UK, were produced for the Glasgow and Hull concerts.

The Wembley concert was officially released worldwide on the Wembley Or Bust set on November 17, 2017. To promote it before release, much print and electronic promotional material were used. These include several vidoes that were strategically released over time before the official release. These are:

Video Running Time Source Date Description
Wembley Or Bust Early Teaser 0:19 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne October 5, 2017
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This is animation that shows the ELO spaceship floating to Wembley Stadium with a Jeff Lynne's ELO banner from the upper left corner, while audience cheering noises are heard.
Turn To Stone Audio Video 4:01 YouTube - ELOVEVO October 5, 2017
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This shows the album cover only while the audio track of the song is played. Note that the song was for sale as an early release digital download on the following day, October 6.
Wembley Or Bust Full Trailer 1:31 YouTube - ELOVEVO October 5, 2017
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This features various clips from the Wembley Or Bust video, and includes audio clips of Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Mr. Blue Sky as well as various voiceover bits from Jeff Lynne and Lee Pomeroy. Note that not all audio clips match the video clips that are being shown.
Turn To Stone Full Video 3:59 YouTube - ELOVEVO October 16, 2017
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This shows the full performance from the Wembley Or Bust video.
Xanadu Audio Teaser 0:26 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne October 26, 2017
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This a chorus only of the song from the Wembley Or Bust video, followed by an image of the album cover and a statement of "Available Nov. 17" and "Pre-order now". The video is labeled as "Sneak Peak".
Xanadu Audio Video 3:23 YouTube - ELOVEVO October 26, 2017
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This shows the album cover only while the audio track of the song is played. Note that the song was for sale as an early release digital download on the following day, October 27.
Xanadu Video Teaser 0:46 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne October 27, 2017
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This the first 44 second of the song from the Wembley Or Bust video, followed by an image of the album cover and a statement of "Available Nov. 17" and "Pre-order now"
Telephone Line Video Teaser 0:28 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne November 2, 2017
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This the a chorus only of the song from the Wembley Or Bust video, followed by an image of the album cover and a statement of "Available Nov. 17" and "Pre-order now"
Telephone Line Full Video 4:51 YouTube - ELOVEVO November 2, 2017
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This shows the full performance from the Wembley Or Bust video.
Evil Woman Video Teaser #1 0:18 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne November 8, 2017
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This a chorus only of the song from the Wembley Or Bust video, followed by an image of the album cover and a statement of "Available Nov. 17" and "Pre-order now". The description says that the user can get three songs immediately when the album is pre-ordered.
Evil Woman Video Teaser #2 0:58 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne November 9, 2017
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This the first 55 seconds of the song from the Wembley Or Bust video, followed by an image of the album cover and a statement of "Available Nov. 17" and "Pre-order now". The video is labeled as "Sneak Peak".
Evil Woman Full Video 4:26 YouTube - ELOVEVO November 10, 2017
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This shows the full performance from the Wembley Or Bust video.
Remaining Songs Audio Video Variable YouTube - ELOVEVO, Spotify and more November 18, 2017 All remaining songs were relawsed as audio only tracks on all streaming services
Unboxing the Wembley Or Bust LP 0:39 Facebook - Official Jeff Lynne November 27, 2017 This is a video showing the unpacking of the Wembley Or Bust vinyl LP.

Photos

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Roll Over Beethoven (Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame - April 7, 2017)
This performance was done as a tribute to Chuck Berry, who had died just a few weeks before.

!@#add to song page"Chuck Berry, [is] known as the father of rock 'n' roll. And it probably fit that newly minted Hall of Famer Jeff Lynne, whose Electric Light Orchestra is, was and always will be known for the wondrous merger of rock and classical, starting off with a mash of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven."
Chuck Yarborough (April 7, 2017 - The Plain Dealer)

"Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, started the gala with a cover of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven led by strings before going into the band's most recognizable hit, Evil Woman."
Shaun Tandon (April 8, 2017 - Yahoo! News)

"Considering Chuck Berry is the single most important figure in rock history, it makes sense that the first Rock Hall ceremony following his death would open with an homage to the rock n' roll architect. ELO took the charge, delivering their cheeky cover of Roll Over Beethoven. Opening with the strings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, the band quickly kicked their classical leanings to the side for a ripping run-through of the sneering rock classic."
Joe Lynch (April 8, 2017 - Billboard)

"ELO’s Jeff Lynne kicked off an evening of performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday with a roaring tribute to Chuck Berry, who died in March at age 90. Lynne remembered Berry by playing Roll Over Beethoven, which appeared on Electric Light Orchestra’s 1973 album Electric Light Orchestra II. Lynne was accompanied by members of his touring band, Jeff Lynne’s ELO; together, the ensemble careened through one of Berry’s most iconic tracks. Two cellos and a violin added light orchestral flourishes in between the guitar-heavy verses. [...] Bev Bevan, who served as ELO’s drummer for many years, still remembers the band’s Chuck Berry cover fondly. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he proposed the song as a good candidate for the all-star jam that usually occurs at the end of the Rock Hall induction ceremony. 'I can imagine Joan Baez singing Roll Over Beethoven, absolutely, he said. "
Elias Leight (April 8, 2017 - Rolling Stone issue 1317)

"ELO began the evening [at the 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ceremony] with a Chuck Berry medley that incuded a cover of Johnny B. Goode."
Steven Zeitchik (April 8, 2017 - L. A. Times)
Editor's Note: ELO did not perform a medley or a cover of Johnny B. Goode, rather they performed a cover of Roll Over Beethoven.

"Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra have been making hits since 1972, when their 10538 Overture – off their self-titled debut – made it into the Top 10 on the U.K charts."
Unknown (April 8, 2017 - Rolling Stone)

"The British band opened the ceremony with their hit version of Roll Over Beethoven, in tribute to the late Chuck Berry."
Unknown (April 8, 2017 - ABC News Radio)

"Mr. Berry, who died three weeks ago at age 90, was the first inductee to the Rock Hall, in 1986, and in his opening remarks, Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and one of the creators of the hall, said to the assorted stars on the floor of Barclays Center, 'No one in this room would be here tonight if not for this man.' A video montage followed that started the night off with some major rock ’n’ roll gravitas — here was one of rock’s founding gods, just departed, reminiscing about writing his canonical songs of girls and cars, with testimonials from Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards. Moments later, string players onstage played the opening notes to Beethoven’s Fifth — huh? — and Jeff Lynne led Electric Light Orchestra in a version of Roll Over Beethoven. As they played, still images of Mr. Berry, guitar in hand, were displayed on the huge stage backdrop, like a guiding spirit."
Ben Sisario (April 8, 2017 - The New York Times)

"Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, started the gala with a cover of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven led by strings before going into the band's most recognizable hit, Evil Woman."
Ross McDonagh (April 8, 2017 - Daily Mail)

"ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne opened the evening with a performance of Roll Over Beethoven as part of a tribute to Chuck Berry, who passed away at his St. Louis, MO home last month at the age of 90."
Unknown (April 10, 2017 - antimusic.com)

"Jann Wenner, editor of Rolling Stone magazine, delivered the opening remarks, recognizing all the inductees and paying special tribute to the late Chuck Berry, the first person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame. The evening got off to an electric start when Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) took the stage for a crowd-pleasing rendition of Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven. It was the perfect way to begin the night, honoring the founding father and architect of rock ‘n’ roll."
John Alexander (April 10, 2017 - Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

"ELO's Jeff Lynne paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction performance with a cover of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven. Lynne was accompanied by members of his touring band, Jeff Lynne's ELO as well as two cellos and a violin. Later during his performance, Lynne continued with classic ELO tracks Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky. In a surprise, fellow ELO inductee Richard Tandy was not onstage. Instead Bernie Smith was at the keyboard. Berry released Roll Over Beethoven in 1956 and ELO included a cover of the classic tune on their 1973 album Electric Light Orchestra II."
Unknown (April 10, 2017 - RTTNews)

"One of the architects of rock, Chuck Berry was given his due as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony began. The very first inductees, back in 1986, Berry was remembered in opening remarks by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner – his best line: 'no one in this room would be here tonight if not for this man' – then during a video montage and, finally, with Jeff Lynne fronting a rousing performance of Roll Over Beethoven by 2017 inductees Electric Light Orchestra. Berry died less than a month earlier at age 90."
Nick DeRiso (April 10, 2017 - Ultimate Classic Rock online magazine article)

"Jukebox blew a fuse: Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is in the books, and as storylines go, this turned out to be one of the more intriguing installments. The evening got off a roaring start Friday as the Electric Light Orchestra (or Jeff Lynne’s ELO as they are now referred) ripped off a rousing rendition of Roll Over Beethoven in a perfect memorialization of Chuck Berry, who died last month. ELO has been using its version of Roll Over Beethoven as its concert closer for decades — having perfectly married Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the Berry classic early in the band’s career."
Doug Fox (April 15, 2017 - Daily Herald (Utah))

"Electric Light Orchestra kicked off the induction with their song Roll Over Beethoven, in honor of the late Chuck Berry."
Anne Erickson (April 18, 2017 - gibson.com website)

"The maestro [Jeff Lynne] and his excellent current lineup opened the show with Roll Over Beethoven, which the band recorded in 1972 for their second LP. It served as a logical way to acknowledge its composer who died in March. Says Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner: 'Thirty-two years ago, the very first person inducted in the Hall of Fame was Chuck Berry. No one in this room would be here tonight but for this man.'"
Greg Brodsky (April 27, 2017 - Best Classic Bands website)

"But the show's opening salvo of Lynne and his current incarnation of ELO on Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven was exactly the opposite [of Lenny Kravitz mediocre Prince tribute], and promised that this would be a night to remember... and it was."
Chuck Yarborough (April 28, 2017 - The Plain Dealer)

"'No one would be in this room without Chuck Berry,' Jann Wenner said prior to the performance kicking off. 'He laid down the law and he understood teenagers better than themselves.' In a video playback of remembrance to Chuck, fellow legends such as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards all saluted and shared their most fondest memories of Chuck Berry. Once ELO took us into their stratosphere with otherworldly sounds [with Roll Over Beethoven], the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were on the way."
Kevito (April, 2017 - Okayplayer.com)

Evil Woman (Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame - April 7, 2017)
"Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky and Telephone Line left the crowd almost as excited as a slightly nebbish-looking Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatle George Harrison for whom Lynne produced Cloud Nine."
Chuck Yarborough (April 7, 2017 - The Plain Dealer)
Editor's Note: ELO did not perform Telephone Line at the induction ceremony.

"Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, started the gala with a cover of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven led by strings before going into the band's most recognizable hit, Evil Woman."
Shaun Tandon (April 8, 2017 - Yahoo! News)

"Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, started the gala with a cover of Berry's Roll Over Beethoven led by strings before going into the band's most recognizable hit, Evil Woman."
Ross McDonagh (April 8, 2017 - Daily Mail)

"Jeff Lynne led members of his touring band through a joyous performance of Electric Light Orchestra's Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Friday night during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Though former Electric Light Orchestra members Roy Wood, Richard Tandy and Bev Bevan were also inducted into the Rock Hall with Lynne, they did not perform on Friday. Evil Woman was a gleeful romp from start to finish, full of hammering piano and ecstatically accusatory backing vocals. A three-piece string section accompanied Jeff Lynne's ELO, heightening the dramatic swoops and dips of the song's chorus."
Elias Leight (April 8, 2017 - Rolling Stone)

"Lynne then led his touring band through ELO's Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky before longtime associate, George Harrison's son Dhani, had the honor of inducting his friend and the group's Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy into the Rock Hall."
Unknown (April 10, 2017 - antimusic.com)

"Lynne and company return to play two signature songs: Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky."
Greg Brodsky (April 27, 2017 - Best Classic Bands website)

"Aside from two of my favorite songs (Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky) were being played in pristine fashion, the ELO proved that after 50 years they were still different and impossible to recreate."
Kevito (April, 2017 - Okayplayer.com)

Mr. Blue Sky (Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame - April 7, 2017)
"Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky and Telephone Line left the crowd almost as excited as a slightly nebbish-looking Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatle George Harrison for whom Lynne produced Cloud Nine."
Chuck Yarborough (April 7, 2017 - The Plain Dealer)
Editor's Note: ELO did not perform Telephone Line at the induction ceremony.

"Jeff Lynne led members of his touring band through a joyous performance of Electric Light Orchestra's Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Friday night during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Though former Electric Light Orchestra members Roy Wood, Richard Tandy and Bev Bevan were also inducted into the Rock Hall with Lynne, they did not perform on Friday. The strings were even more essential during Mr. Blue Sky, offering a playful, twirling counterpoint to the bullish, no-nonsense keyboard riff that charged through almost the entire track. Lynne and his backup singers rose to meet the string players, coasting into multi-part vocal arrangements, and the song ended in a pleasant cloud of harmony and vocoder."
Elias Leight (April 8, 2017 - Rolling Stone)

"Lynne then led his touring band through ELO's Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky before longtime associate, George Harrison's son Dhani, had the honor of inducting his friend and the group's Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy into the Rock Hall."
Unknown (April 10, 2017 - antimusic.com)

"Lynne and company return to play two signature songs: Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky."
Greg Brodsky (April 27, 2017 - Best Classic Bands website)

"Aside from two of my favorite songs (Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky) were being played in pristine fashion, the ELO proved that after 50 years they were still different and impossible to recreate."
Kevito (April, 2017 - Okayplayer.com)

"And last week, as ELO was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lynne and the band played Mr. Blue Sky as part of their celebratory set — a winning performance marking the song’s return to the zeitgeist’s center spotlight."
Michael Cavna (May 4, 2017 - Washington Post)

Standin' In The Rain (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
There was a taped intro for the 'Concerto For A Rainy Day' intro to Standin' In The Rain with the band taking over a live performance at the drum part.

"Standin' in the Rain kicked off what turned out to be a spectacular two-hour performance, with the songs sounding as fresh as they did 40 years ago."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"But suddenly the heavens opened. Torrents of rain fell down upon the screen as operatic opener Standing in the Rain lit up fans and sparked cheers across the stadium."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Lynne, now 69 but looking essentially unchanged since ELO’s 70s heyday with his curly hair, beard and aviator sunglasses, led his 12-piece band through a gentle opening with Standin’ in the Rain before upping the ante with the clavinet-powered Evil Woman."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"From Out Of The Blue the show opened with Standin’ In The Rain (not played since 1982)..."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Standin' In The Rain (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)
There was a taped intro for the 'Concerto For A Rainy Day' intro to Standin' In The Rain with the band taking over a live performance at the drum part.

Evil Woman (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Evil Woman, my absolute favourite ELO song, was next and sounded every inch as good as I'd hoped it would, the flames on the screen behind making it a visual treat as well as an audio one."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Fires blazed and audiences roared, as artist Jeff Lynne, dressed in all black, was ready to pilot listeners into the furthest corners of space, singing tracks such as Evil Woman and All Over the World as easily as three decades ago."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Lynne, now 69 but looking essentially unchanged since ELO’s 70s heyday with his curly hair, beard and aviator sunglasses, led his 12-piece band through a gentle opening with Standin’ in the Rain before upping the ante with the clavinet-powered Evil Woman."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Charmingly animated sci-fi visuals and arena-rock lasers helped to elevate Evil Woman, Shine a Little Love and the inevitable Mr Blue Sky into the stratosphere."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

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Evil Woman (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

All Over The World (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"All Over the World was another crowd-pleaser, as was the groovy Showdown and the timeless Livin' Thing."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Fires blazed and audiences roared, as artist Jeff Lynne, dressed in all black, was ready to pilot listeners into the furthest corners of space, singing tracks such as Evil Woman and All Over the World as easily as three decades ago."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[ELO's] obvious influence on the likes of Daft Punk was borne out by glittery robot disco stormers such as Last Train to London, Don’t Bring Me Down and All Over the World."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

All Over The World (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Showdown (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"All Over the World was another crowd-pleaser, as was the groovy Showdown and the timeless Livin' Thing."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Showdown (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Livin' Thing (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"All Over the World was another crowd-pleaser, as was the groovy Showdown and the timeless Livin' Thing."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Violinist Rosie Langley and cellists Amy Langley and Jess Cox came into their own in the string-laden Livin’ Thing."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Livin’ Thing was marked out by the stunning violin intro of Rosie Langley..."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing and Sweet Talkin’ Woman were pristine with joy."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

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Livin' Thing (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Do Ya (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
On the video releases, Jeff give a short voiceover, talking over part of the guitar intro.

"From thereon in it was a full two hours of hits plucked from an extensive catalogue that included nods to Lynne’s earliest work with Roy Wood – the propulsive Do Ya (originally written for The Move) and 10538 Overture (from the 1971 album The Electric Light Orchestra)."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Do Ya (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

When I Was A Boy (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"A new song came, in the form of the reflective When I Was a Boy."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"If When I Was a Boy, from the most recent ELO album Alone in the Universe, showed Lynne’s enduring fascination with Beatles-like hooks remains intact to this day, Last Train To London also highlighted his late 70s appetite for the basslines and rhythms of disco."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The only nod to the latest recording was the single When I was A Boy and it came early."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

When I Was A Boy (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Handle With Care (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
For this performance, backing vocalist Ian Hornal comes stage front, plays guitar and sings the Roy Orbison parts.

"[When I Was A Boy] was followed by Handle with Care, the first track on the Traveling Wilburys' debut album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, with vocalist/guitarist Ian Hornal doing an excellent job on the part originally sung by Roy Orbison."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"A few curveballs were thrown as Xanadu gathered a few collective wiggles and the song Handle with Care, taken from Lynne’s Travelling Wilburys supergroup, was met with respectful cheers."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[The band played] a well received Handle With Care, from the singer and guitarist’s time with the Traveling Wilburys, the 80s supergroup that gathered the talents of Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

There were, however, a couple of other excursions off-piste. 'Something from the other band' (Handle With Care by The Travelling Wilburys, Lynne’s late ‘80’s collaboration with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty) and 'This one will be a surprise' (unless you’d printed and memorised the Sheffield Arena set list), Xanadu, from the 1980 film of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"There were charming takes too on [Jeff's] less-celebrated compositions [including] Handle With Care, his hit with the Traveling Wilburys ('one of the other groups'), on which his backing vocalist had an excellent crack at the Roy Orbison part."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Handle With Care (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)
For this performance, backing vocalist Ian Hornal comes stage front, plays guitar and sings the Roy Orbison parts.

Last Train To London (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
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Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"If When I Was a Boy, from the most recent ELO album Alone in the Universe, showed Lynne’s enduring fascination with Beatles-like hooks remains intact to this day, Last Train To London also highlighted his late 70s appetite for the basslines and rhythms of disco."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The 1979 Discovery disco era was represented by Last Train To London (again not played since 1982) and Shine A Little Love – a song accompanied by enough lasers to be a hazard to air navigation."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[ELO's] obvious influence on the likes of Daft Punk was borne out by glittery robot disco stormers such as Last Train to London, Don’t Bring Me Down and All Over the World."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

Last Train To London (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Xanadu (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Last Train to London, Xanadu (introduced by Lynne as 'Here's one you might not expect'), 10538 Overture (reminding us where Paul Weller got the riff to The Changingman from!), + Wild West Hero and Sweet Talkin' Woman especially were all outstanding."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"A few curveballs were thrown as Xanadu gathered a few collective wiggles and the song Handle with Care, taken from Lynne’s Travelling Wilburys supergroup, was met with respectful cheers."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[The band played] 'perhaps one you might not expect', Xanadu, a UK chart-topper first recorded by Olivia Newton-John."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"There were, however, a couple of other excursions off-piste. 'Something from the other band' (Handle With Care by The Travelling Wilburys, Lynne’s late ‘80’s collaboration with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty) and 'This one will be a surprise' (unless you’d printed and memorised the Sheffield Arena set list), Xanadu, from the 1980 film of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"There were charming takes too on [Jeff's] less-celebrated compositions: Xanadu, the song he wrote for Olivia Newton-John"
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Xanadu (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Rockaria! (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Backing vocalist Melanie Lewis-McDonald demonstrated her impressive soprano range during Rockaria!"
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Rockaria! by the stunning vocal intro of Melanie Lewis-McDonald. By the end of Rockaria!, my vocal chords were lying in shreds on the Wembley pitch. Mind you, it is quite a demanding song and Lynne’s only obvious concession to his sixty-nine years is that he shares the vocal in the verses with backing singer Iain Hornal."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Rockaria! (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Band Introduction (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)

Can't Get It Out Of My Head (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"The stadium became illuminated by mobile phone lights during the ballad Can’t Get It Out of My Head."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[The band played] Can’t Get It Out Of My Head – which was stunning and greeted by hundreds of phone torches from the stands"
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Can't Get It Out Of My Head (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

10538 Overture (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Last Train to London, Xanadu (introduced by Lynne as 'Here's one you might not expect'), 10538 Overture (reminding us where Paul Weller got the riff to The Changingman from!), Wild West Hero and Sweet Talkin' Woman especially were all outstanding."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"10538 Overture, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle and Sweet Talkin Woman displayed flourishes of classical arrangements and melodic rock that undoubtedly exhibit Lynne’s intricate songwriting and eclectic melodic scope, which deemed him one of the most sought-after producers in the 1980s."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"From thereon in it was a full two hours of hits plucked from an extensive catalogue that included nods to Lynne’s earliest work with Roy Wood – the propulsive Do Ya (originally written for The Move) and 10538 Overture (from the 1971 album The Electric Light Orchestra)."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"10538 Overture was a burst of grandiose drama."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

10538 Overture (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Prologue (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
This was a tape intro only with Bernie Smith providing some keyboard and Donavan Hepburn providing drums.

"The O2 show I saw last year was bereft of any music from the electronic themed album Time, the first release after the departure from the band of the string players, and the last ELO record I ever bought. That was rectified tonight, signified by a backdrop of an old analogue synth covered in ELO branded knobs on the video screens behind the stage. The first two tracks from Time, Prologue and Twilight were played in sequence and I loved every second of it."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Prologue (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)
This was a tape intro only with Bernie Smith providing some keyboard and Donavan Hepburn providing drums.

Twilight (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"The standout moment visually came during Twilight, with lasers dancing on the stadium roof while footage of spaceships floating through a futuristic cityscape played on giant video screens high above the band and keyboard player Marcus Bryne crooned into a vocoder."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The O2 show I saw last year was bereft of any music from the electronic themed album Time, the first release after the departure from the band of the string players, and the last ELO record I ever bought. That was rectified tonight, signified by a backdrop of an old analogue synth covered in ELO branded knobs on the video screens behind the stage. The first two tracks from Time, Prologue and Twilight were played in sequence and I loved every second of it."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Twilight (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
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Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle revealed Lynne’s rockier side, its guitar licks seemingly inspired by Keith Richards and Marc Bolan."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[The band played] Ma Ma Ma Belle (an extra bonus that wasn’t played in Sheffield)"
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Shine A Little Love (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"We were back in crowd-pleasing disco territory with Shine a Light Love."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The 1979 Discovery disco era was represented by Last Train To London (again not played since 1982) and Shine A Little Love – a song accompanied by enough lasers to be a hazard to air navigation."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Charmingly animated sci-fi visuals and arena-rock lasers helped to elevate Evil Woman, Shine a Little Love and the inevitable Mr Blue Sky into the stratosphere."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

Shine A Little Love (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Wild West Hero (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Last Train to London, Xanadu (introduced by Lynne as 'Here's one you might not expect'), 10538 Overture (reminding us where Paul Weller got the riff to The Changingman from!), Wild West Hero and Sweet Talkin' Woman especially were all outstanding."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Wild West Hero was inevitably accompanied by images of vast open American landscapes..."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"From Out Of The Blue... we heard Wild West Hero (which again had massive crowd singing and thousands of phone torches held aloft)"
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Wild West Hero (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Sweet Talkin' Woman (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Last Train to London, Xanadu (introduced by Lynne as 'Here's one you might not expect'), 10538 Overture (reminding us where Paul Weller got the riff to The Changingman from!), Wild West Hero and Sweet Talkin' Woman especially were all outstanding."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"10538 Overture, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle and Sweet Talkin Woman displayed flourishes of classical arrangements and melodic rock that undoubtedly exhibit Lynne’s intricate songwriting and eclectic melodic scope, which deemed him one of the most sought-after producers in the 1980s."
Jack Lloyd (2017 June 25 - The Upcoming review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The scintillating sequence of Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Turn To Stone and Don’t Bring me Down provided a potent reminder of what a master craftsman Lynne is when it comes to creating memorable hooks and layered harmonies."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing and Sweet Talkin’ Woman were pristine with joy."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Sweet Talkin' Woman (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Telephone Line (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"The scintillating sequence of Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Turn To Stone and Don’t Bring me Down provided a potent reminder of what a master craftsman Lynne is when it comes to creating memorable hooks and layered harmonies."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Telephone Line, also from the 1976 album A New World Record, was just fantastic and met with communal singing that echoed around the stadium. It was truly emotive stuff and must have sounded incredible on the stage."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

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Telephone Line (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Turn To Stone (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"The scintillating sequence of Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Turn To Stone and Don’t Bring me Down provided a potent reminder of what a master craftsman Lynne is when it comes to creating memorable hooks and layered harmonies."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Turn To Stone (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Don't Bring Me Down (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Knowing I might have to leave a little early to catch my last train, I just hoped I'd get to hear Mr Blue Sky. I did. It was the last song of the main set and followed Don't Bring Me Down."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The scintillating sequence of Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Turn To Stone and Don’t Bring me Down provided a potent reminder of what a master craftsman Lynne is when it comes to creating memorable hooks and layered harmonies."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Marvellous,' [Jeff] said after the pertinently named Don’t Bring Me Down, sounding like a man who had just successfully descaled his kettle."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"[ELO's] obvious influence on the likes of Daft Punk was borne out by glittery robot disco stormers such as Last Train to London, Don’t Bring Me Down and All Over the World."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

Don't Bring Me Down (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Mr. Blue Sky (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
"Knowing I might have to leave a little early to catch my last train, I just hoped I'd get to hear Mr Blue Sky. I did. It was the last song of the main set and followed Don't Bring Me Down. The crowd appeared to enjoy every minute of the concert and, as I walked away contentedly from the stadium towards Wembley Park tube station, I had Mr Blue Sky playing continuously in my head. What a song, what an act, what a night!"
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Fittingly the night culminated with a mass singalong to Mr Blue Sky, a superior pop/classical crossover that could brighten any day."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

!@#!@#"From Out Of The Blue... inevitably Mr Blue Sky, which closed the main set."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing and Sweet Talkin’ Woman were pristine with joy."
Ed Potton (2017 June 27 - The Times review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"Charmingly animated sci-fi visuals and arena-rock lasers helped to elevate Evil Woman, Shine a Little Love and the inevitable Mr Blue Sky into the stratosphere."
Paul Whitelaw (2017 July 1 - The Scotsman review of June 28, 2017 Glasgow concert)

Mr. Blue Sky (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)

Roll Over Beethoven (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017)
The end of the Wembley Stadium performance of Roll Over Beethoven included pyrotechnics.

"I later learned that only one song was played in the encore, Lynne's take on Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven."
Adrian Peel (2017 June 25 - Digital Journal review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"If the encore of Roll Over Beethoven allowed Lynne and lead guitarist Milton McDonald to indulge their inner Chuck Berry then they’d undoubtedly earned it."
Duncan Seaman (2017 June 26 - Yorkshire Post review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

"The encore was as expected the Chuck Berry classic, Roll Over Beethoven. Berry didn’t do it with cellos and violins, but then again Lynne didn’t duck walk around the stage either. You can’t have it all."
Simon Reed (2017 June 26 - Rockshot review of June 24, 2017 Wembley Stadium concert)

Roll Over Beethoven (Wembley Stadium - June 24, 2017) (Audio Edit)
The end of the Wembley Stadium performance of Roll Over Beethoven included pyrotechnics.


This page is intended to be a complete record of information on the Jeff Lynne's ELO 2017 Alone In The Universe tour. If you notice any errors or omissions (which there are many), please contact me at jefflynnesongs@gmail.com and let me know. I strive for accuracy.

Robert Porter
October 2018