From Out Of Nowhere Tour

 

Jeff Lynne's ELO -- From Out Of Nowhere Tour

An in-depth look at the 2020 tour


Comments and Observations

This tour was first announced on January 24, 2020. It was only a tour of Europe from September 19 to October 21, 2020 and hitting 14 cities. Sadly, on May 15, 2020 on Jeff Lynne's official Facebook page, it was announced that the tour was cancelled. More dates in the North America were probably planned as well for late 2020 or early 2021, but the tour was cancelled before they could even be announced.

Tour cancellation announcementThe cause of the cancellation was reported to be due to the "ongoing coronavirus pandemic". Although the start of the tour was about four months away, it was likely decided that the closing of venues may still occur at that time and it was a waste to hire crew and staff, as well as design and produce tour specific products when chances were good they would not be needed. There was a double sided tour t-shirt and a tour poster produced and sold on the Jeff Lynne's ELO UK shop at about the time the tour was announced, so these are products for a tour that would never happen.

It was announced that Dhani Harrison was expected to open all shows on the tour, much as he had done for the Live 2019 tour shows. And, of course, this gives a good indication that he would likely have come on stage to sing the Traveling Wilburys' Handle With Care with the band again as he did for the Live 2019 shows.

BBC In ConcertAlthough the actual tour didn't happen, there was a promotional appearance on the BBC's In Concert program, broadcast on both BBC Radio and TV, on November 7, 2019 and recorded at BBC Radio Theatre. This concert was a shortened version of the expected concert and including three songs from the new From Out Of Nowhere album, including From Out Of Nowhere, All My Love and Time Of Our Life. This is the only surviving performance of what might have been for the cancelled 2020 tour.

Band and crew members

The band and crew on this tour might have been as shown below as all appeared at the November 2019 BBC performance.

The Band
Jeff Lynne: vocals, guitar
Mike Stevens: musical director, guitar, backing vocals, harmonica
Lee Pomeroy: bass, backing vocals
Milton McDonald: guitar, backing vocals
Marcus Byrne: piano, keyboards, vocoder
Jo Webb: keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Steve Turner: keyboards
Donavan Hepburn: drums
Melanie Lewis-McDonald: backing vocals
Iain Hornal: backing vocals, co-lead vocals, guitar, fire extinguisher
Jessie Murphy: violin
Amy Langley: cello
Jess Cox: cello

Tour Dates

Performance Date City, Country Venue Opening Act(s) Images Comments
Promotional Appearances
November 7, 2019 London, UK BBC Radio Theatre N/A
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BBC announcement for the November 7, 2019
BBC announcement for the November 7, 2019
ATV Today announcement for the November 7, 2019
ATV Today announcement for the November 7, 2019
MusicWeek announcement for the November 7, 2019
MusicWeek announcement for the November 7, 2019

Stereophonics, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Craig David, Robbie Williams and Dido confirmed for BBC Radio 2 In Concert 2019 series
ATV Today announcement for the November 7, 2019
ATV Today announcement for the November 7, 2019

ELO concert to air on BBC Four
Announcements
European Tour
September 19, 2020 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena Dhani Harrison
September 21, 2020 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Arena Dhani Harrison
September 23, 2020 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen Dhani Harrison
September 26, 2020 Hamburg, Germany Barclaycard Arena Dhani Harrison
September 27, 2020 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena Dhani Harrison
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Ticket for the September 27, 2020 show
Ticket for the September 27, 2020 show
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September 29, 2020 Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena Dhani Harrison
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Ticket for the September 29, 2020 show
Ticket for the September 29, 2020 show
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September 30, 2020 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle Dhani Harrison
Ticket for the September 30, 2020 show
Ticket for the September 30, 2020 show
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Poster for the September 30, 2020 show
Poster for the September 30, 2020 show
Tickets Announcements
October 2, 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome Dhani Harrison
October 5, 2020 London, UK O2 Arena Dhani Harrison
October 6, 2020 London, UK O2 Arena Dhani Harrison
October 11, 2020 Birmingham, UK Arena Birmingham Dhani Harrison
October 13, 2020 Birmingham, UK Arena Birmingham Dhani Harrison
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Shropshire Star announcement for the October 13, 2020 show
Shropshire Star announcement for the October 13, 2020 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO adds second Birmingham date to tour
Stereoboard announcement for the October 13, 2020 show
Stereoboard announcement for the October 13, 2020 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO Add Extra Birmingham Date To From Out Of Nowhere Tour
Announcements
October 16, 2020 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena Dhani Harrison
October 18, 2020 Belfast, UK SSE Arena Dhani Harrison
October 19, 2020 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena Dhani Harrison
October 21, 2020 Glasgow, UK SSE Hydro Arena Dhani Harrison
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SSE Hydro announcement for the October 21, 2020 show
SSE Hydro announcement for the October 21, 2020 show

CANCELLED - JEFF LYNNE'S ELO
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Setlist

As the tour was cancelled, there is no real setlist. However, one could probably glean an idea of the setlist late 2019 In Concert BBC performance. For this show, three new From Out Of Nowhere songs were performed. For the remaining songs, although in a slightly different order compared to the previous years of Jeff Lynne's ELO shows, all arrangements matched those versions. Surely Roll Over Beethoven would have once again closed the show as an encore, but this was not performed for the shortened In Concert show.

Song Title Arrangement Song comments
Evil Woman This is the same as the Face The Music album arrangement, but without the orchestral intro and a non-fading ending.
All Over The World This is the same as the Xanadu album arrangement.
Do Ya This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement.
Handle With Care 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.
Livin' Thing This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending.
From Out Of Nowhere This is the same as the From Out Of Nowhere album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending.
Don't Bring Me Down This is the same as the Discovery album arrangement, but with a slightly bigger drum ending.
All My Love This is the same as the From Out Of Nowhere album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending.
Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out Of My Head This is the same as the Eldorado album arrangement, but the Eldorado Overture is slightly shortened and Can't Get It Out Of My Head has a non-fading end.
Time Of Our Life This is the same as the From Out Of Nowhere album arrangement.
Rockaria! 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.
Turn To Stone This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, but with a non-fading ending.
Mr. Blue Sky 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.

Releases

None. There were no releases from this tour as it generally did not happen.

Opening Acts

Dhani Harrison was reported to be the opener, as he was for the Live 2019 shows.

Promotions

Several online and TV ads were produced to promote the initial sale of tickets in late 2017. These are:

Video Running Time Source Date Description
Jeff Lynne's ELO at Ericsson Globe Arena
Jeff Lynne's ELO at Ericsson Globe Arena
0:25 YouTube - Live Nation Sweden February 6, 2020
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The ELO spaceship is shown flying through space, while "JEFF LYNNE'S ELO" is displayed on the screen. After the spaceship flies off various shots from Wembley Or Bust are shown, while various text advertising the Stockholm show are flashed across the screen. A final scene returns to the ELO spaceship flying off again is shown. Heard throughout is a short edit of Don't Bring Me Down from Wembley Or Bust.

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Tickets, Promo Items and Others
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Initial announcement at Facebook
Initial announcement at Facebook
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Email announcement of tour
Email announcement of tour
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jefflynneselo.com announcement of tour
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jefflynneselo.com after cancellation of tour
jefflynneselo.com after cancellation of tour
Grit Daily - Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra Announces 2020 Dates
Grit Daily - Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra Announces 2020 Dates
Louder - Jeff Lynne's ELO announce 2020 tour dates
Louder - Jeff Lynne's ELO announce 2020 tour dates
Uncut - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce European tour
Uncut - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce European tour
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mxdwn - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announces Fall 2020 Tour Dates
mxdwn - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announces Fall 2020 Tour Dates
Genesis Publications - Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce 2020 'From Out of Nowhere' Tour
Genesis Publications - Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce 2020 'From Out of Nowhere' Tour
Facebook cancellation announcement of tour
Facebook cancellation announcement of tour
Best Classic Bands - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Cancels 2020 Tour
Best Classic Bands - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Cancels 2020 Tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announces Fall 2020 Tour Dates Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce 2020 'From Out of Nowhere' Tour Facebook cancellation announcement of tour Jeff Lynne’s ELO Cancels 2020 Tour
Music Week - Covid-19 music industry update
Music Week - Covid-19 music industry update
TotalRock - Jeff Lynne's ELO cancel 2020 'From Out Of Nowhere' Tour
TotalRock - Jeff Lynne's ELO cancel 2020 'From Out Of Nowhere' Tour
New Musical Express - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 2020 tour dates
New Musical Express - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 2020 tour dates
Birmingham Mail - Jeff Lynne's ELO announces a 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour - and it's coming to Birmingham
Birmingham Mail - Jeff Lynne's ELO announces a 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour - and it's coming to Birmingham
Covid-19 music industry update Jeff Lynne's ELO cancel 2020 'From Out Of Nowhere' Tour Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 2020 tour dates Jeff Lynne's ELO announces a 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour - and it's coming to Birmingham
Birmingham Mail - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce extra Arena Birmingham date on their 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour – get tickets here
Birmingham Mail - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce extra Arena Birmingham date on their 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour – get tickets here
pressparty - JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2020 ‘FROM OUT OF NOWHERE’ U.K. TOUR
pressparty - JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2020 ‘FROM OUT OF NOWHERE’ U.K. TOUR
Smooth Radio - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 'From Out of Nowhere' UK and European 2020 tour
Smooth Radio - Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 'From Out of Nowhere' UK and European 2020 tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce extra Arena Birmingham date on their 2020 From Out of Nowhere tour – get tickets here JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2020 ‘FROM OUT OF NOWHERE’ U.K. TOUR Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 'From Out of Nowhere' UK and European 2020 tour
Tour Merchandise
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Tour T-shirt (front and back)
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Tour T-shirt (front and back)
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Fan Comments

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Tour Song Comments

Evil Woman (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

All Over The World (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Do Ya (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Handle With Care (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Livin' Thing (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

From Out Of Nowhere (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Don't Bring Me Down (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

All My Love (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)
"And actually so did All My Love, went down really well [at the November 7, 2019 BBC show]. "
Jeff Lynne (December 1, 2019 - Forbes)

Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out Of My Head (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Time Of Our Life (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)
"I'll tell you, one about Wembley, Time Of Our Life, that went down really, really well for their first time hearing it live [at the November 7, 2019 BBC show]."
Jeff Lynne (December 1, 2019 - Forbes)

Rockaria! (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Turn To Stone (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)

Mr. Blue Sky (BBC Radio Theatre - November 7, 2019)


This page is intended to be a complete record of information on the Jeff Lynne's ELO's From Out Of Nowhere 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
January 2023