Live 2019 Tour

 

Jeff Lynne's ELO -- Live 2019 Tour

An in-depth look at the 2019 tour


Comments and Observations

Live 2019 tour graphicThis tour was first announced on October 22, 2018, while the band was still in the UK, finishing up the Live 2018 tour. It was only a tour of North America from June 20 to August 1, 2019 and hitting 20 cities. Other than a few shows, the tour mostly hit major North America cities that were not visited in 2018.

In reality, the tour was mostly a continuation of the Live 2018 tour. It used nearly the same band line-up, the same screen graphics and nearly the same setlist. The merchandise, however, was mostly new, with much of it "Live 2019" branded.

Like the Live 2018 tour, the setlist reflected the 2017 Wembley Or Bust concert album, although it was not branded as such. The setlist changes from Live 2018 to Live 2019 include cutting Can't Get It Out Of My Head which was replaced with two songs, Last Train To London and Xanadu. A little more than halfway into the tour, Xanadu was dropped and Can't Get It Out Of My Head was put back in its place, but this time including the Eldorado Overture as well. Last Train To London remained in the setlist throughout the tour.

Dhani Harrison performing Handle With Care in VancouverChanges from the Live 2018 tour to the Live 2019 tour included a new violin player, with Jessie Murphy replacing Rosie Langley. It was now known why Rosie left the band for the tour. Early rumors were that she was pregnant (having only recently married), but this seemed to not be the case. Although no official word was ever given, she wanted to pursue her own musical projects.

As a very special treat, Dhani Harrison who was the show opener and is the son of Jeff's Traveling Wilburys bandmate, George Harrison, came on stage to perform the Traveling Wilburys' Handle With Care. He sang the lead vocals lines of the verse (which Jeff same at the Live 2018 shows), which were the same vocals that his father sang on the original song. Jeff stated in an interview what a treat it was to have him on stage and singing in the same style as his father. At each performance Jeff gave a special introduction as he came on stage and they often hugged after the song was performed before Dhani left the stage.

A month before the start of the tour, Jeff was an invited guest for the 2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards. For this show, he performed an acoustic set, singing and playing guitar, while Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers played piano. Only three songs were performed, Telephone Line, Evil Woman and All Over The World. In an interview, Benmont stated that he was nervous as he had very little practice time and, while he did a very admirable job, he did flub from time to time. Overall, it's a unique and very nice performance, with two songs being bootlegged and available for review. Sadly, Evil Woman is only partially available.

Attendance and reviews

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
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
Dhani Harrison: vocals, guitar (Handle With Care only)
Richard Fernandez: 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
Kevin Fallows: Jeff Lynne security
Chris Vaughn: tour production manager
Zoe Buttling: production coordinator
Maya Gas: production assistant
Mark Berryman: stage manager
Eddie Mondoza: venue security
Michelle Dean-Barlas: VIP host/PA to A Party
Gary Bradshaw: FOH engineer
Saul Skoutarides: monitor engineer
Ohno Ooms: crew chief/RF
Finlay Watt: audio technician
Dave Hagar: audio technician
Mike Thamann: audio technician
George Hogan: monitor technician
Johannes Soelter: head rigger
Chuck Melton: rigger
Marten Thobro: guitar technician to Jeff Lynne
Stuart Quinnell: guitar technician
Magnus Knudsen: guitar technician
Des Broadbery: keyboard technician
Kyle Rodgers: drum technician
Rick Worsfold: heat set carpenter
Steve Jeffrey: set carpenter
Sacha Moore: video director
Jack Middlebrook: project engineer
Gary King: LED engineer
Kevin King: LED engineer
James Crossley: projection engineer
Richard Doran: LED engineer
Luke Collins: Dj programmer
Andrian Grau: system engineer
Rod Williams: camera operator
Jonathan Sellers: lighting crew chief
Dave Wolstenholme: lighting operator
Peter Horne: dimmers technician
Lewis Willding: lighting technician
Biance Mastroianni: lighting technician
Alan Fotheringhame: lighting technician
Martin Garnish: lighting technician
Oliver Jenni: lasers
Phoebe Baldwin: wardrobe
Rohan Wills: chef for Jeff Lynne
Dave Loudon: dressing room coordination
Terry McGettigan: dressing room assistant
Michael Keeler: catering tour chief
Salim Halabi: chef
Caroline Kolaja: sweet treats
Justin Windeler: dining room
Christin Volpe: dressing room (catering)
Craig fruin: CSM Management
Ryan McElrath: Live Nation (promotion)
Rinat Radvinsky: Live Nation (promotion)
Carrie Paglinco: Live Nation tour marketing
Lilia Zepeda: Live Nation ticketing
Brett Steinberg: CAA
Shannon Fitzgerald: CAA tour marketing
Kristen Foster: PMK BNC
Rich Fish: Live Nation merchandise
Pete Weber: Live Nation merchandise
Becky Windsor: VIP Nation
Carsten Windhorst: photography
Gerard Hynes: photography
Ryan Corey: Smog Design, Inc.

Tour Dates

Performance Date City, Country Venue Opening Act(s) Images Comments
2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
May 16, 2019 Beverly Hills, USA Beverly Hilton Hotel N/A
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Variety review of the May 16, 2019 performance
Variety review of the May 16, 2019 performance

Jeff Lynne and Blondie Get Lifetime Honors, and Billie Eilish Gets Granddaughtered In, at ASCAP Pop Awards
American Songwriter review of the May 16, 2019 performance
American Songwriter review of the May 16, 2019 performance

Inside The 2019 ASCAP Pop Awards With Jeff Lynne, Billie Eilish, Finneas, Blondie, Julia Roberts and more
Reviews
North American Tour
June 20, 2019 Anaheim, California, USA Honda Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 20, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 20, 2019 show
Tickets for the June 20, 2019 show
Tickets for the June 20, 2019
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Forbes review for the June 20, 2019 show
Forbes review for the June 20, 2019 show

Jeff Lynne's ELO Dazzle In Joyous U.S. Tour Opener Last Night
Concert Selfie Tickets Reviewss
June 22, 2019 Sacramento, California, USA Golden 1 Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 22, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 22, 2019 show
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Mercury News announcement for the June 22, 2019
Mercury News announcement for the June 22, 2019

Electric Light Orchestra Coming To Golden 1 Center June 2019
CBS13 Sacramento announcement for the June 22, 2019
CBS13 Sacramento announcement for the June 22, 2019

Jeff Lynne’s ELO heading back to Bay Area? It appears so
The Mercury News announcement for the June 22, 2019
The Mercury News announcement for the June 22, 2019

7 epic SF Bay Area things to do this first summer weekend, June 21-23
Concert Selfie Announcements
June 24, 2019 San Jose, California, USA SAP Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 24, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 24, 2019 show
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Announcement graphic for the June 24, 2019 show
Announcement graphic for the June 24, 2019 show
ABC7News announcement for the June 24, 2019
ABC7News announcement for the June 24, 2019

Discover Jeff Lynne's ELO
Metro Silicon Valley announcement for the June 24, 2019
Metro Silicon Valley announcement for the June 24, 2019

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at SAP Center
Concert Selfie Announcements
June 26, 2019 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Rogers Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 26, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 26, 2019 show
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Calgary Herald announcement for the June 26, 2019
Calgary Herald announcement for the June 26, 2019

What to do in Vancouver this June
Vancouver Sun announcement for the June 26, 2019
Vancouver Sun announcement for the June 26, 2019

Five reasons to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO
straight.com announcement for the June 26, 2019
straight.com announcement for the June 26, 2019

All You Need to Know About: Electric Light Orchestra in Vancouver
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Vancouver Sun review for the June 26, 2019
Vancouver Sun review for the June 26, 2019

Review: Five highlights of Jeff Lynne's ELO at Rogers Arena
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
Roger and Tal Bachman attended this show.
June 28, 2019 Tacoma, Washington, USA Tacoma Dome Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 28, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 28, 2019 show
Tickets for the June 28, 2019 show
Tickets for the June 28, 2019
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EverOut announcement for the June 28, 2019
EverOut announcement for the June 28, 2019

Your Complete Guide to June 2019 Events in Seattle
SoundTransit announcement for the June 28, 2019
SoundTransit announcement for the June 28, 2019

Tacoma Link to run extended hours for Jeff Lynne's ELO concert at Tacoma Dome
Seattle Times announcement for the June 28, 2019
Seattle Times announcement for the June 28, 2019

Listen: From Jeff Lynne’s ELO to Dido, here’s a playlist of songs by musicians playing in Seattle June 28-July 4
Tacoma Dome announcement for the June 28, 2019
Tacoma Dome announcement for the June 28, 2019

Jeff Lynne's ELO
Concert Selfie Tickets Announcements
June 29, 2019 Portland, Oregon, USA Moda Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the June 29, 2019 show
Band selfie at the June 29, 2019 show
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Portland Mercury announcement for the June 29, 2019
Portland Mercury announcement for the June 29, 2019

We Can’t Get ELO Out of Our Heads, and We Don’t Ever Want To
The Oregonian announcement for the June 29, 2019
The Oregonian announcement for the June 29, 2019

ELO’s Jeff Lynne headed to Portland, playing his hits and feeling cool
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Glide Magazine review for the June 29, 2019
Glide Magazine review for the June 29, 2019

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO SOAR WITH TRIUMPHANT, HIT-FILLED PERFORMANCE IN PORTLAND, OR (SHOW REVIEW)
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
July 3, 2019 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Bridgestone Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 3, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 3, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 3, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 3, 2019
Ticket for the July 3, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 3, 2019
Ticket for the July 3, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 3, 2019
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Announcement graphic for the July 3, 2019 show
Announcement graphic for the July 3, 2019 show
ClarksvilleNOW announcement for the July 3, 2019
ClarksvilleNOW announcement for the July 3, 2019

Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce Bridgestone Arena show next summer
Nashville Scene announcement for the July 3, 2019
Nashville Scene announcement for the July 3, 2019

Summer Guide 2019: Summer Events Calendar
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The Tennessean review for the July 3, 2019
The Tennessean review for the July 3, 2019

Jeff Lynne’s ELO plays first Nashville concert in ‘hundreds of years'
Nashville Scene review for the July 3, 2019
Nashville Scene review for the July 3, 2019

Jeff Lynne's ELO Brings the Show We've Waited For to Bridgestone
Concert Selfie Ticket Announcements Reviews
July 5, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia, USA State Farm Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 5, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 5, 2019 show
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review for the July 5, 2019 show
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review for the July 5, 2019 show

Concert review and photos: Jeff Lynne’s ELO brings visual and sonic feast to State Farm Arena
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review (sort of) for the July 5, 2019 show
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review (sort of) for the July 5, 2019 show

Torpy at Large: Can’t get it out of my head, rockin’ with the oldies
Concert Selfie Reviews
July 7, 2019 Tampa, Florida, USA Amalie Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 7, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 7, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 7, 2019 show
Ticket for the July 7, 2019
Setlist for the July 7, 2019 show
Setlist for the July 7, 2019
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TBNWeekly announcement for the July 7, 2019
TBNWeekly announcement for the July 7, 2019

102 Days of Summer
TBNWeekly announcement for the July 7, 2019
TBNWeekly announcement for the July 7, 2019

Amalie to present Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Tampa Bay Times announcement for the July 7, 2019
Tampa Bay Times announcement for the July 7, 2019

Tampa Bay's top concert picks: Jeff Lynne's ELO, Rob Thomas, Train
Tampa Bay Times announcement for the July 7, 2019
Tampa Bay Times announcement for the July 7, 2019

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, July 7
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Tampa By Times review for the July 7, 2019
Tampa By Times review for the July 7, 2019

Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO revives crisp, ambitious arena rock hits at Amalie Arena in Tampa
Concert Selfie Ticket Setlist Announcements Reviews
July 9, 2019 Sunrise, Florida, USA BB&T Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 9, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 9, 2019 show
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Announcement graphic for the July 9, 2019 show
Announcement graphic for the July 9, 2019 show
Concert Selfie Announcements
July 11, 2019 Washington, DC, USA Capitol One Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 11, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 11, 2019 show
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The Washington Post announcement for the July 11, 2019
The Washington Post announcement for the July 11, 2019

4 concerts to catch in the D.C. area over the next several days
The Washington Post announcement for the July 11, 2019
The Washington Post announcement for the July 11, 2019

6 things to do in D.C. from July 11-17
Concert Selfie Announcements
July 13, 2019 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Wells Fargo Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 13, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 13, 2019 show
Tickets for the July 13, 2019 show
Tickets for the July 13, 2019
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The Morning Call announcement of the July 13, 2019 show
The Morning Call announcement of the July 13, 2019 show

Top 3 Concerts of the Coming Week
WHYY announcement of the July 13, 2019 show
WHYY announcement of the July 13, 2019 show

Scary doings in Phoenixville, new market at Cherry Street Pier, and Bastille Day in Ardmore
The Philadelphia Inquirer announcement of the July 13, 2019 show
The Philadelphia Inquirer announcement of the July 13, 2019 show

What to do in Philly, July 12-18: Belle and Sebastian, Robyn, Blobfest
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The Morning Call review of the July 13, 2019 show
The Morning Call review of the July 13, 2019 show

REVIEW: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Philly’s Wells Fargo Center gives fans the return they’ve long waited for
Concert Selfie Tickets Announcements Reviews
July 16, 2019 Newark, New Jersey, USA Prudential Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 16, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 16, 2019 show
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NJArts.net announcement for the July 7, 2019
NJArts.net announcement for the July 16, 2019

Dhani Harrison joins Jeff Lynne’s ELO for Wilburys’ ‘Handle With Care’ on tour (WATCH VIDEO)
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Brooklyn Vagan review for the July 7, 2019
NJArts.net announcement for the July 16, 2019

Jeff Lynne’s ELO played the hits at Prudential Center (review, setlist, videos)
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
July 18, 2019 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Scotiabank Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 18, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 18, 2019 show
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Announcement graphic for the July 18, 2019 show
Announcement graphic for the July 18, 2019 show
Concert Selfie Announcements
July 20, 2019 Detroit, Michigan, USA Little Casears Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 20, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 20, 2019 show
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Press & Guide announcement for the July 20, 2019
Press & Guide announcement for the July 20, 2019

Dhani Harrison with ELO at Little Caesars, 5 Things to Know
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Detroit Free Press review for the July 20, 2019
Detroit Free Press review for the July 20, 2019

Dhani Harrison with ELO at Little Caesars, 5 Things to Know
Concert Selfie Announcements Reviews
July 23, 2019 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Van Andel Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 23, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 23, 2019 show
Setlist for the July 23, 2019 show
Setlist for the July 23, 2019 show
Concert Selfie Setlist
July 25, 2019 St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Xcel Energy Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 25, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 25, 2019 show
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CBSN Minnesota announcement of the July 25, 2019 show
CBSN Minnesota announcement of the July 25, 2019 show

ELO Returns To Minnesota After Nearly 4 Decades
TwinCities Pioneer Press announcement of the July 25, 2019 show
TwinCities Pioneer Press announcement of the July 25, 2019 show

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StarTribune announcement of the July 25, 2019 show
StarTribune announcement of the July 25, 2019 show

Minnesota fans feel a strange magic as ELO finally lands here after 38 years
Concert Selfie Announcements
July 27, 2019 Chicago, Illinois, USA United Center Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 27, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 27, 2019 show
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Omaze contest for the July 27, 2019
Omaze contest for the July 27, 2019

Score VIP Tickets to See Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Meet Jeff at Soundcheck
United Center announcement for the July 27, 2019
United Center announcement for the July 27, 2019

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO WITH SPECIAL GUEST DHANI HARRISON
Concert Selfie Announcements
July 30, 2019 Columbus, Ohio, USA Nationwide Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the July 30, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 30, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 30, 2019 show
Band selfie at the July 30, 2019 show
Concert Selfies
August 1, 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA PPG Paints Arena Dhani Harrison
Band selfie at the August 1, 2019 show
Band selfie at the August 1, 2019 show
Ticket for the August 1, 2019 show
Ticket for the August 1, 2019
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The Times announcement for August 1, 2019 show
The Times announcement for August 1, 2019 show

ELO, Alabama, Mariah Carey among concert announcements
Concert Selfie Tickets Announcements

Setlist

2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Song Title Arrangement Song comments
Telephone Line This is the same basic arrangement as the single/album version, but of course, only features piano, guitar and lead vocals.
Evil Woman This is the same basic arrangement as the single/album version, but of course, only features piano, guitar and lead vocals.
All Over The World This is the same basic arrangement as the single/album version, but of course, only features piano, guitar and lead vocals.
The Tour in 2019
Song Title Arrangement Graphics Used Song comments
Standin' In The Rain 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.
Evil Woman This is the same as the Face The Music album arrangement, but without the orchestral intro and a non-fading ending. Evil Woman graphicsThe back screen graphic shows animation of a woman's eye, sometimes with flames running through the iris, but mostly on the middle three screens only. Big billowy flames roll across two side screens most of the time too. The projection floor graphics show roiling fire similar to the back screen animation.
All Over The World 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 This is the same as the original single arrangement, but with a non-fading ending. Showdown graphicsThese graphics show a nighttime scene, moving through a clearing in a forest, with starts and clouds streaking by. About halfway through, the point of view goes up to the sky only, where the stars rotate and the viewer flies through various space nebula There are no projection floor graphics used. Note, that this appears to be the same graphic used for When The Night Comes at the 2016 Alone In The Universe tour shows, although much more of the graphic is visible due to the different screen configuration.
Do Ya This is the same as the A New World Record album arrangement. There was no back screen or floor graphics used.
When I Was A Boy 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 (too big to be stars), different from the back screen animation.
Livin' Thing 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. There were no projection floor graphics used.
Handle With Care This is the same as the Volume One album arrangement with a non-fading ending. Dhani Harrison is welcomed on stage and 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.The projection floor graphics show several moving geometric shapes, similar to the back screen animation but not matching exactly as the Traveling Wilburys are not shown.
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. Rockaria! graphicsThis is a frenetic graphic of the ELO spaceship, rotating constantly with various geometric designs moving in the middle. Many 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 a rotating record label, similar to the back screen animation.
Last Train To London 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 clever as they show movement over the train tracks, as if the tracks are moving across the stage floor, then over hte back screen.
Xanadu 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. This was only performed early on the tour, and was eventually replaced by Can't Get It Out Of My Head.
Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out Of My Head This is the same as the Eldorado album version, complete with the intro and full song. Eldorado Overture graphicsCan't Get It Out Of My Head graphicsThe graphic for Eldorado Overture shows old black and white footage of a full orchestra performing, as if they are peforming the song. The Can't Get It Out Of My Head graphic is a somewhat static graphic, showing a large moon over gently undulating water. The graphic is almost the same graphic as used in 2018, but the two outer screens include additional star fields to fill out the screens. 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. There is a nice swirl pattern displayed onn the floor during the transition from Eldorado Overture to Can't Get It Out Of My Head. This was only performed later on the tour, replacing Xanadu.
10538 Overture 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. The projection floor graphics show the flying barbed wire and chains, similar to the back screen animation.
Shine A Little Love 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, 2017 and 2018 shows. Shine A Little Love graphicsThe graphics are 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 across the audience (but not on the screen). The projection floor graphics show the same silvery glitter effects, similar to the back screen animation.
Wild West Hero This is the same as the Out Of The Blue album arrangement, with a long pause after the acapella bit starting with the [TBD] show. 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. The projection floor graphics show the American western landscape, similar to the back screen animation.
Sweet Talkin' Woman 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 undulating, multi-colored ribbons flowing across the screens. The projection floor graphics show the flowing ribbons, similar to the back screen animation.
Telephone Line 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. The projection floor graphics show the flowing circuit drawings, similar to the back screen animation.
Don't Bring Me Down 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. The projection floor graphics show the neon football, an exact duplicate of the back screen animation.
Turn To Stone 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 the same as the 2017 graphics, but on five screens instead of seven. The projection floor graphics show the a slowly rotating field of stars and occasional asteroids. This is related to the back screen graphics, but it is not a duplicate of them.
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. 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. The projection floor graphics show the blue sky and clouds, an exact duplicate of the back screen animation.
Roll Over Beethoven 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 and Milton 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. The projection floor graphics duplicates the back screen animation exactly except only the center part of the ELO spaceship (the record label or pulsating graphics) is shown.

Releases

There have been no official releases of any of these concert performances.

Below are the bootleg recordings available. If readers have show recordings of 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 Boot Artwork Comments
May 26, 2019 Beverly Hills, USA TBD TBD TBD
June 20, 2019 Anaheim, California, USA Audience TBD TBD
June 22, 2019 Sacramento, California, USA Audience TBD TBD

Opening Acts

All shows were opened by Dhani Harrison and his band, promoting the new In Parallel album. Dhani also later joined Jeff Lynne's ELO onstage to play and sing on Handle With Care, singing the George Harrison parts.

Promotions

Omaze promotion for Chicago show
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To benefit the Simms/Mann at Massachusetts General Hospital, charity organization OMaze joined with Sony and Jeff Lynne for a chance to win front row VIP seats for two for the July 27, 2019 show in Chicago. The winners also got to watch the pre-show sound check, meet Jeff Lynne, take a backstage tour, and take home a Les Gibson guitar signed by Jeff. In addition, the winners also were giving free round trip airfare to Chicago and their hotel stay. Overall, it was a nice package, with the promotion starting on May 29 and ending on June 28 and the winner announced on July 17.

In addition to the original webpage (seen HERE), two versions of a promo video of Jeff were release. These were the same recording, but one featured a promo tag at the top and the text of the words at the bottom throughout the video, while the second was just the video. It was just a short bit with Jeff backstage somewhere talking about the promotion and the Les Paul guitar behind him. It ends with a short bit of the Livin' Thing chorus. This video was posted in multiple places, including (but not limited to): the plain video on YouTube (posted June 4) and Jeff Lynne's official Facebook (posted June 5 and again on July 10); and the subtitled video on LiveNation Facebook (posted June 4), Columbia Records Facebook (June 19) and Sony Music Facebook (June27).

Omaze contest winner The lucky winner, announced on July 17 on both Twitter and the Omaze website, was a woman from Loomis, California named Juliana B. (last name not disclosed). No further details are known.

Live Nation promotion for Chicago show Live Nation also ran a contest for a VIP experience for two to the Chicago show, although this one didn't include a meeting with Jeff Lynne, rather it was a simple giveaway. It did include airfare and hotel for two.

Several online and TV ads were produced to promote the initial sale of tickets in early 2019. These are:

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Rolling Stone - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Route 2019 North American Summer Tour
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WROR - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announces North American Tour
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The Music Universe - JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2019 TOUR
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Best Classic Bands - Jeff Lynne: Dhani Harrison to Open 2019 ELO Tour
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Tampa Bay Times - SoundBytes: Dhani Harrison, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Lil Debbie and more
Tampa Bay Times - SoundBytes: Dhani Harrison, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Lil Debbie and more
Brooklyn Vegan - tours announced: X, Sloppy Jane, Radiator Hospital, Puddles Pity Party, more
Brooklyn Vegan - tours announced: X, Sloppy Jane, Radiator Hospital, Puddles Pity Party, more
Noise 11 - Dhani Harrison to open for Electric Light Orchestra US Tour
Noise 11 - Dhani Harrison to open for Electric Light Orchestra US Tour
Pollstar - Dhani Harrison To Open Jeff Lynne's ELO Tour
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Rock Cellar - Dhani Harrison Tapped to Open Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s North American Tour This Summer
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NWI Times - Currents: Dhani Harrison to open for Jeff Lynne's ELO in concert
NWI Times - Currents: Dhani Harrison to open for Jeff Lynne's ELO in concert
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Naples Daily News - Dave Matthews coming to Florida, plan for ELO in July - Hot Ticket
Exclaim! - Jeff Lynne's ELO Plot 2019 North American Tour
Exclaim! - Jeff Lynne's ELO Plot 2019 North American Tour
MusicFestNews - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Sets Out on North American Summer Tour
MusicFestNews - Jeff Lynne’s ELO Sets Out on North American Summer Tour
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Loved this concert. Awesome that Jeff Lynne is till killin' it. I only wish they'd included "HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR DREAMS". United Center holds 23,500 and to my old eyes, it looked pretty near capacity. Don't know about the luxury boxes, but seats in the sections and the floor were packed.

I was lucky enough to see Jeff Lynne's ELO in Nashville in 2019. It was easily one of the best modern ELO shows I've been too, mostly thanks to the audience enthusiasm and the band's appreciation of it.

I'll admit, I was thinking it was not going to be a great show because before the show the attendees seemed to not be into it. The reaction to Dhani Harrison was polite, but restrained. However, with the "Standin' In The Rain" opening, the audience was on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along. It was so infectious and so much fun. Jeff in particular really seemed to be enjoying it as he kept saying "thanks" and giving his enthusiastic thumbs-up gesture. It was os good to see everyone having a good time. Easily one of the best shows I've been to.
-Robert


Went to the show in Philadelphia
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Band of all time!!
One Request Jeff “Confusion “
Love Love Love this song
Please !!! Maybe next year!

Thank you! As a musician (keyboards) for over fifty years how I really appreciate how everyone in the band played their parts with feeling,and nailing it both musically and vocally was awesome!The musical director,and sound and lights,

Jeff's pick, was right on, and Jeff, his wonderful attitude and song, those songs! WOW Thank you


when is ELO coming to San Antonio Texas?

Tour Song Comments

Telephone Line (Los Angeles, May 16, 2019)
"The mini-sets opening Telephone Line was all about Lynnes doo-wop homage on the chorus..."
Chris Willman (May 17, 2019 - Variety)

Evil Woman (Los Angeles, May 16, 2019)
"The following two songs, Evil Woman and All Over the World, seemed to have been chosen at least in part for how piano-dependent they are, allowing Heartbreaker Tench to play Richard Tandy for a day and give Lynnes uncompressed classics some swing."
Chris Willman (May 17, 2019 - Variety)

All Over The World (Los Angeles, May 16, 2019)
"The following two songs, Evil Woman and All Over the World, seemed to have been chosen at least in part for how piano-dependent they are, allowing Heartbreaker Tench to play Richard Tandy for a day and give Lynnes uncompressed classics some swing."
Chris Willman (May 17, 2019 - Variety)

Standin' In The Rain (Live 2019 Tour)
"Opening up with the proggy rollercoaster ride of Standin In The Rain set a high level of energy right out of the gate."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"The packed house roared at the sight of Lynne and his 12-piece band, as they first appeared in lightning-like flashes to the tune of 1977s Standin in the Rain. The sound was equally thrilling and downright exquisite."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"[The crowd] responded in elated fashion as Lynne & Co. blasted into set-opener Standing in the Rain [sic] right around 9:15 p.m., strobes flashing and lightning bolts crashing across five LED panels onstage."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Given ELOs classical sense, the 20-song, 95-minute show opened as you might expect it might, with the 1977 piece Standin in the Rain acting as a sort of reintroduction to the bands orchestral sense..."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Evil Woman (Live 2019 Tour)
"Evil Woman: Song two in the set was this massive hit from 1975s Face the Music. As the five giant backing screens flashed slow moving psychedelic flames, the band dug into the songs Philly soul groove and was spot-on perfect. Ditto the six-part backing harmonies and dirty bass keyboard riff that hooks the chorus. Sound quality was impeccable."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"...the funky, timeless groove of Evil Women [sic] brought the whole crowd to their feet."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"The familiar piano intro to Evil Woman from keyboardist Marcus Byrne inspired the first singalong of the night from the sold-out crowd..."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"His signature productions, always so airy and HD-crisp, felt bolder, beefier, larger than life, without sacrificing the precise harmonies and pizzicato power-plucks of songs like Sweet Talkin' Woman or Evil Woman. [...] The boisterous piano pulse of Evil Woman, chug-a-lugging blues of Rockaria! and ageless shag-carpet shuffle of Don't Bring Me Down pulled fans to their feet."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Given ELOs classical sense, the 20-song, 95-minute show opened as you might expect it might, with the 1977 piece Standin in the Rain acting as a sort of reintroduction to the bands orchestral sense before it blasted into the 1975 Top 10 hit Evil Woman, sending chills and cheers through the crowd."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Nearly every song from the bands hit catalog was represented at the show save for Strange Magic, including classic anthems like Livin Thing, Dont Bring Me Down, Evil Woman and the set closer Mr. Blue Sky..."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

"A reverential feel took hold at times on Saturday, as fans sat to absorb the skillfully executed performance, although numbers like Evil Woman, Last Train to London and Sweet Talkin Woman certainly got more than a few of them up and dancing. "
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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All Over The World (Live 2019 Tour)
"And two songs from the criminally underrated soundtrack to the unjustly maligned Xanadu again showed the pop brilliance of ELO's contribution to the film. Both All Over The World and the title track were absolute delights."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"Lynne and his talented band would keep climbing higher with the slice of Beach Boys-esque disco All Over The World..."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"Bolstered as they were by on-point backing harmonies, Lynnes vocals nevertheless sounded rich and strong over the symphonic disco of All Over the World and the falsetto-laden Livin Thing, his fingers still nimble on the guitar solo of Showdown."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"These are not easy songs to duplicate live Lynnes infatuation with studio work as a producer is legendary making the five-part harmonies on All Over the World and Wild West Hero not only impressive, but chill-inducing in their perfection."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The disco-symphony sweetness of All Over The World and Last Train To London were either extremely your bag or they weren't; a the very least Lynne deserves credig for dropping them into a major tour setlist some 40 years after disco supposedly died."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Lynne, at 71 looking largely like he did 40 years ago with permed hair and dark glasses, took a song or two to warm his vocals, but by the third song, All Over the World, was far stronger vocally and recreating his falsetto on the 1980 hit All Over the World and singing with authority on the minor hit Showdown."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"All Over the World brought a touch of roller-rink disco radiance."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Showdown (Live 2019 Tour)
"Lynne and his talented band would keep climbing higher with the slice of Beach Boys-esque disco All Over The World before dropping into the slyly soulful Showdown. During this song Lynne showed off his ability to use just a small string section to accomplish what many musicians couldnt do with a full orchestra."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"Bolstered as they were by on-point backing harmonies, Lynnes vocals nevertheless sounded rich and strong over the symphonic disco of All Over the World and the falsetto-laden Livin Thing, his fingers still nimble on the guitar solo of Showdown."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"And he got a standing O for the powerful, prog-tinted soul-stirrer Showdown."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Lynne... [is] singing with authority on the minor hit Showdown."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Do Ya (Live 2019 Tour)
"Other standouts included Lynne going back to his pre-ELO days with the Move for Do Ya."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"Given Lynnes prolific career, one couldnt have expected him to only play ELO songs, and he would veer from this track with the 60s rocker meets doo wop tune Do Ya from ELO predecessor The Move."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"They alternately sailed and stomped through cuts that hit every point of Lynne's career. There was Do Ya (a song he wrote in 1971) right next to When I Was a Boy, from 2015's Alone in the Universe."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"[The crowd] reveled in not only the memories provided by Do Ya and Dont Bring Me Down, but the songs stunning live reproduction."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"But Amalie Arena might hear a better rock performance this year than Do Ya, a song that dates back to Lynne's pre-ELO band the Move. That song's roaring power chords basically sounded like every great Cars song that came after."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"By the fifth song, ELO was offering up its best: perhaps its greatest song Do Ya, its perfect combination of orchestra and muscular rock perfectly preserved, and two backup singers adding the famous layered vocals from the recorded version."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"A lush but spiked Do Ya, the old Move song that became an ELO staple, came with a rush of electric guitar."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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When I Was A Boy (Live 2019 Tour)
"Other standouts included... a gorgeous rendition of the recent single, When I Was A Boy..."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"They alternately sailed and stomped through cuts that hit every point of Lynne's career. There was Do Ya (a song he wrote in 1971) right next to When I Was a Boy, from 2015's Alone in the Universe."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"But when you can strum a dreamy ballad (When I Was a Boy, from 2015s Alone in the Universe) and uncork a sumptuous Beatles homage (Mr. Blue Sky) in the same show, who needs talking?"
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"And he can go sweet and simple, too. When I Was A Boy sounded as Beatle-y as a song can sound without being written by the Beatles."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"[The band] even included a nod to their recent single When I Was a Boy, which belongs in the bands canon of classics."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

Livin' Thing (Live 2019 Tour)
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Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

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Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Bolstered as they were by on-point backing harmonies, Lynnes vocals nevertheless sounded rich and strong over the symphonic disco of All Over the World and the falsetto-laden Livin Thing, his fingers still nimble on the guitar solo of Showdown."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Two cellists (Amy Langley and Jess Cox) and a violinist (Jessie Murphy) provided the juicy texture on so many classics from the ELO oeuvre (Livin Thing, Turn to Stone)"
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The pristine, chamber-poppy Livin' Thing was pure joy set to a fiddle..."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"If there was the slightest criticism of the night, it was that the performance of most of the hits was so precise songs were note-by-note perfect, which because they are so musically rich was great, but also made the live experience a bit sterile. Its a criticism Lynne has faces through his career. Living Thing [sic], for example, a great hit from 1976, was flawless. On a precious few songs, that resulted in exposing some dated sounds."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Nearly every song from the bands hit catalog was represented at the show save for Strange Magic, including classic anthems like Livin Thing, Dont Bring Me Down, Evil Woman and the set closer Mr. Blue Sky..."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

"Livin Thing brought violinist Jessie Murphy up for a solo spot while proving its worth as an enduring piece of ear candy."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Handle With Care (Live 2019 Tour)
"Other standouts included... the Traveling Wilburys cover, "Handle With Care," which featured vocals by opening act Dhani Harrison and a moving video tribute to Lynne's Wilburys band mates -- Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roy Orbison, who have all passed away, and Bob Dylan."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - /Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"On the first two shows of the current North American tour by Jeff Lynnes ELO, featuring Dhani Harrison (George Harrisons son) as the opening act, Harrison performed The Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care with Lynne and ELO. You can watch a video of the June 20 performance in Anaheim, Calif., below."
Jay Lustig (June 25, 2019 - NJArts.net review of June 20 and 22, 2019 shows)

"He would soon top it by bringing opener Dhani Harrison (son of George) to the stage to join him in a spirited rendition of the Traveling Wilburys catchy Handle With Care, with the crowd singing along to the chorus."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"Another song from an offshoot was a true crowd-pleaser: Handle With Care, the 1988 hit single by supergroup The Traveling Wilburys (of which Lynne was a member). Filling in for George Harrison was the late Beatles son (and spitting image), Dhani, who opened Wednesday's show."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Wednesdays performance also had some moments that, even if they werent unique to the Nashville show, felt pretty special most notably, a midset performance of the Wilburys hit Handle With Care that featured Dhani Harrison, son of George, performing his dads vocals. He did so very convincingly, with footage of dearly departed Wilburys Harrison, Orbison and Petty inspiring big cheers from the crowd each time theyd flash on screen behind the band."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"A highlight of the night included opening act Dhani Harrison, who, after playing 45 minutes of his own mystical guitar-driven rock, returned to join old friend Lynne on a moving rendition of The Traveling Wilburys Handle with Care."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"And while the Traveling Wilburys may be endangered, Lynne isn't letting them go extinct just yet. For Handle With Care, he brought out a special guest to share lead vocal: Opening act Dhani Harrison. Hearing Harrison sing his father George's lines, with Lynne filling in for Dylan and Petty-- as vintage footage of the whole supergroup played behind them, no less-- was touching, soft of a cross-generational testament to Lynne's legacy."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Just two songs later was another highlight: Lynne brought out opening act Dhani Harrison to recreate the part of his late father, The Beatles George Harrison, on a wonderful cover of The Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care. In one of the few times Lynne spoke, he introduced the song by referring to the Wilburys as 'my other group,' and Harrison absolutely nailed his fathers parts, sounding eerily like him."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"[The band played] single song from Jeff Lynnes other storied project with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, The Traveling Wilburys (Handle With Care). They even had George Harrisons son Dhani Harrison open the gig and perform with ELO on Handle With Care."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

"A poignant moment came midway through: Dhani Harrison, who had opened the evening with his own atmospheric set, stepped out for the Traveling Wilburys Handle with Care, filling the role his dad George Harrison once played alongside Lynne, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan. Already an uncanny lookalike, Harrison nailed the vocal nuances of his late Beatle father and close friend of Lynne on the friendly 1988 hit."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Rockaria! (Live 2019 Tour)
"Rockaria! Was this left off of the Rocky Horror Picture Show? A full-on old school Little Richard rocker with a totally awesome operatic vocal, this lesser known song was a real surprise. Following it with the schmaltzy Xanadu from the somewhat awful movie of the same name just showed how completely fluid this band is. Killer bass playing duly noted, and everyone in this band was a consummate player."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Backup singer Melanie Lewis-McDonald added a touch of opera to Rockaria!"
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The boisterous piano pulse of Evil Woman, chug-a-lugging blues of Rockaria! and ageless shag-carpet shuffle of Don't Bring Me Down pulled fans to their feet."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"My walk off music every night is the intro to Rockaria! I get this beautiful, operatic way of leaving the stage. Its very funny."
Dhani Harrison (July 12, 2019 - Rolling Stone)

"Much better was the fun and intense rock n roll toss-off Rockarria! [sic]."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Rockaria was a tidy blast of rock n roll with cinematic strings and operatic vocals."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Last Train To London (Live 2019 Tour)
"Other standouts included... the 1979 disco meets pop-tinged track Last Train To London, another song with superb visuals..."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"The disco-symphony sweetness of All Over The World and Last Train To London were either extremely your bag or they weren't; a the very least Lynne deserves credig for dropping them into a major tour setlist some 40 years after disco supposedly died."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Last Train to London, the only set addition from the August show (the band has played Xanadu as some shows, but didnt Saturday), was a bit too disco and underwhelming."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Care and precision dont have to mean robotic, and there was real warmth and even soul to Saturdays performance, whether it was right upfront like the exuberant strings-soaked funk of Last Train to London or nested in the melancholic loveliness of a Telephone Line. [...] A reverential feel took hold at times on Saturday, as fans sat to absorb the skillfully executed performance, although numbers like Evil Woman, Last Train to London and Sweet Talkin Woman certainly got more than a few of them up and dancing."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Xanadu (Live 2019 Tour)
"And two songs from the criminally underrated soundtrack to the unjustly maligned Xanadu again showed the pop brilliance of ELO's contribution to the film. Both All Over The World and the title track were absolute delights."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"Following [Rockaria!] with the schmaltzy Xanadu from the somewhat awful movie of the same name just showed how completely fluid this band is."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"He would showcase his love of Las Vegas-style showtunes with the cheesy yet romantic and flashy Xanadu."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"They even played Xanadu, a Lynne composition that may be the best thing to come out of the 1980 film flop starring Olivia Newton-John."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"A 20-song setlist was dotted with historical footnotes, such as... Xanadu, the underappreciated, mellifluous title track of the the much-maligned 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie (the ELO-heavy soundtrack, however, spawned six hits and sold 2 million copies)."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"Xanadu, ELO's 1980 hit with Olivia Newton-John, wasn't far off. "
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"The band has played Xanadu as some shows, but didnt Saturday."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out Of My Head (Live 2019 Tour)
"That was true [that it was so note perfect that it sounded dated] of Cant Get It Out of My Head, ELOs first Top 10 hit in 1979 [sic], though it helped that Lynne sang it with special emphasis. It got big applause, perhaps the audiences salute to nostalgia."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)
Editor's Note: It was the first top 10 hit in 1974, not 1979.

10538 Overture (Live 2019 Tour)
"10538 Overture was a triumphant and hard rocking power pop number"
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"A 20-song setlist was dotted with historical footnotes, such as 10538 Overture, the inaugural ELO single from their 1972 debut album (known in the U.S. as No Answer)..."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"10538 Overture, ELOs first single from 1972, sounded dated."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Shine A Little Love (Live 2019 Tour)
"On this night, the disco-flavored Shine A Little Love, accompanied by a stunning green light show, was euphoric."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"...disco hit Shine a Little Love would chug forward with a pulsing groove accompanied by a massive display of green lasers."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"An array of green lasers cut through the arena during the gleeful clap-along of Shine a Little Love."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Emerald-colored lasers popped up for Shine a Little Love and the beautifully haunting Telephone Line."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"Shine a Little Love was terminally disco, but at least was fun played with swirling green laser lights."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Wild West Hero (Live 2019 Tour)
"These are not easy songs to duplicate live Lynnes infatuation with studio work as a producer is legendary making the five-part harmonies on All Over the World and Wild West Hero not only impressive, but chill-inducing in their perfection."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"And if the sweeping strings and maudlin synths of Wild West Hero and Telephone Line crossed a line of saccharinity, at least they did so proudly, with Lynne's architectural ambition and laser lights on full display."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"The 1978 deep cut Wild West Hero as interesting to hear, but actually was too symphonic and too self-aware."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Sweet Talkin' Woman (Live 2019 Tour)
"Like many of ELO's best songs, the concert's setlist reached a magnificent crescendo. Sweet Talkin' Woman and early hit ballad Telephone Line gave way to Don't Bring Me Down..."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"His signature productions, always so airy and HD-crisp, felt bolder, beefier, larger than life, without sacrificing the precise harmonies and pizzicato power-plucks of songs like Sweet Talkin' Woman or Evil Woman."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"The first notes of Sweet Talkin Woman drew cheers, and Lynne sang it intensely, and the slight vocal and phrasing variations made it even better. It also reminded how good the songs orchestral arrangement is."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"A reverential feel took hold at times on Saturday, as fans sat to absorb the skillfully executed performance, although numbers like Evil Woman, Last Train to London and Sweet Talkin Woman certainly got more than a few of them up and dancing. "
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Telephone Line (Live 2019 Tour)
"Other standouts included... the always magnificent ballad Telephone Line..."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"Not many bands can deliver a sequence of all-killer/no-filler hits in a row like ELO did to finish an already hit-laden set. Take your choice of the lasers and doo-wop vocals in Telephone Line, the heavy boogie and no-no-no-woo-hoo-hoo singalong in Dont Bring Me Down, swinging Turn to Stone or utterly brilliant bop of Mr. Blue Sky it was just one peak after another. Talk about getting your moneys worth."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Lynne and his band would close out the set with a master class in pop music craftsmanship, from the epic doo wop chorus of Telephone Line and the biting blues riffing of Dont Bring Me Down, to the ascendant, outrageously catchy harmonies of Turn to Stone and the darkly whimsical psychedelia of Mr. Blue Sky."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"Like many of ELO's best songs, the concert's setlist reached a magnificent crescendo. Sweet Talkin' Woman and early hit ballad Telephone Line gave way to Don't Bring Me Down..."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Lynne & Co. finished off their main set with an undeniable four-song run of bangers: the lovesick ballad for the ages, Telephone Line, followed by Dont Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky..."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Emerald-colored lasers popped up for Shine a Little Love and the beautifully haunting Telephone Line."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"And if the sweeping strings and maudlin synths of Wild West Hero and Telephone Line crossed a line of saccharinity, at least they did so proudly, with Lynne's architectural ambition and laser lights on full display."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Telephone Line was note-perfect."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Care and precision dont have to mean robotic, and there was real warmth and even soul to Saturdays performance, whether it was right upfront like the exuberant strings-soaked funk of Last Train to London or nested in the melancholic loveliness of a Telephone Line."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Don't Bring Me Down (Live 2019 Tour)
"Not many bands can deliver a sequence of all-killer/no-filler hits in a row like ELO did to finish an already hit-laden set. Take your choice of the lasers and doo-wop vocals in Telephone Line, the heavy boogie and no-no-no-woo-hoo-hoo singalong in Dont Bring Me Down, swinging Turn to Stone or utterly brilliant bop of Mr. Blue Sky it was just one peak after another. Talk about getting your moneys worth."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Lynne and his band would close out the set with a master class in pop music craftsmanship, from the epic doo wop chorus of Telephone Line and the biting blues riffing of Dont Bring Me Down, to the ascendant, outrageously catchy harmonies of Turn to Stone and the darkly whimsical psychedelia of Mr. Blue Sky."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"Like many of ELO's best songs, the concert's setlist reached a magnificent crescendo. Sweet Talkin' Woman and early hit ballad Telephone Line gave way to Don't Bring Me Down the band's biggest U.S. hit, if you couldn't tell by the scores of fans hopping out of their seats and pumping their fists."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Lynne & Co. finished off their main set with an undeniable four-song run of bangers: the lovesick ballad for the ages, Telephone Line, followed by Dont Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky..."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"[The crowd] reveled in not only the memories provided by Do Ya and Dont Bring Me Down, but the songs stunning live reproduction."
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The boisterous piano pulse of Evil Woman, chug-a-lugging blues of Rockaria! and ageless shag-carpet shuffle of Don't Bring Me Down pulled fans to their feet."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"Dont Bring Me Down, an uncharacteristically hard ELO song was perhaps the nights second-best song, and as ELOs highest-charting U.S. single would seem to have been the perfect set closer."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Nearly every song from the bands hit catalog was represented at the show save for Strange Magic, including classic anthems like Livin Thing, Dont Bring Me Down, Evil Woman and the set closer Mr. Blue Sky..."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

Turn To Stone (Live 2019 Tour)
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Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

!@#!@#"Not many bands can deliver a sequence of all-killer/no-filler hits in a row like ELO did to finish an already hit-laden set. Take your choice of the lasers and doo-wop vocals in Telephone Line, the heavy boogie and no-no-no-woo-hoo-hoo singalong in Dont Bring Me Down, swinging Turn to Stone or utterly brilliant bop of Mr. Blue Sky it was just one peak after another. Talk about getting your moneys worth."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Lynne and his band would close out the set with a master class in pop music craftsmanship, from the epic doo wop chorus of Telephone Line and the biting blues riffing of Dont Bring Me Down, to the ascendant, outrageously catchy harmonies of Turn to Stone and the darkly whimsical psychedelia of Mr. Blue Sky."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"They closed with two cuts from 1977's Out of The Blue: Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky..."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Lynne & Co. finished off their main set with an undeniable four-song run of bangers: the lovesick ballad for the ages, Telephone Line, followed by Dont Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky..."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Two cellists (Amy Langley and Jess Cox) and a violinist (Jessie Murphy) provided the juicy texture on so many classics from the ELO oeuvre (Livin Thing, Turn to Stone)"
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The pristinely executed classic-rock arrangements of Turn To Stone and Mr. Blue Sky showed that, for all the love lavished on Queen and Elton John of late, Lynne's comfortably in their league as a composer."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"The same was true [that it was really good] for Turn to Stone, which, as good as the original version is, was elevated by Lynnes slight phrasing changes and the ending with him and his backing guitarist together strumming acoustic guitars. It got a standing ovation."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

Mr. Blue Sky (Live 2019 Tour)
"Making their third appearance in Southern California in the last three years, Lynne and his exemplary band dazzled by mixing in a healthy dose of surprise selections and deeper hits with the requisite have to do songs, like Turn To Stone, Livin' Thing and the brilliant closer, Mr. Blue Sky, a song whose joy is as vibrant and necessary as it was 40 years ago. Mr. Blue Sky has become one of those rock anthems that is an absolute must see at least once in your life, though it never loses its sense of fun and magic. It's a song that you can watch night after night."
Steve Baltin (June 21, 2019 - Forbes review of June 20, 2019 show)

"Not many bands can deliver a sequence of all-killer/no-filler hits in a row like ELO did to finish an already hit-laden set. Take your choice of the lasers and doo-wop vocals in Telephone Line, the heavy boogie and no-no-no-woo-hoo-hoo singalong in Dont Bring Me Down, swinging Turn to Stone or utterly brilliant bop of Mr. Blue Sky it was just one peak after another. Talk about getting your moneys worth."
Stuart Derdeyn (June 26, 2019 - Vancouver Sun review of June 26, 2019 show)

"Lynne and his band would close out the set with a master class in pop music craftsmanship, from the epic doo wop chorus of Telephone Line and the biting blues riffing of Dont Bring Me Down, to the ascendant, outrageously catchy harmonies of Turn to Stone and the darkly whimsical psychedelia of Mr. Blue Sky."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"They closed with two cuts from 1977's Out of The Blue: Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky, which surprisingly became the band's most beloved song in the 21st century, through countless film, TV and commercial placements."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"Lynne & Co. finished off their main set with an undeniable four-song run of bangers: the lovesick ballad for the ages, Telephone Line, followed by Dont Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky, the latter an impossibly bright burst of optimism as always."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"But when you can strum a dreamy ballad (When I Was a Boy, from 2015s Alone in the Universe) and uncork a sumptuous Beatles homage (Mr. Blue Sky) in the same show, who needs talking?"
Melissa Ruggieri (July 5, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of July 5, 2019 show)

"The pristinely executed classic-rock arrangements of Turn To Stone and Mr. Blue Sky showed that, for all the love lavished on Queen and Elton John of late, Lynne's comfortably in their league as a composer."
Jay Cridlin (July 7, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times review of the July 7, 2019 show)

"But Lynne closed with a lesser ELO hit, Mr. Blue Sky, a six-minute symphonic suite that perhaps showed the essence of the band, but was hardly powerful."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)

"Nearly every song from the bands hit catalog was represented at the show save for Strange Magic, including classic anthems like Livin Thing, Dont Bring Me Down, Evil Woman and the set closer Mr. Blue Sky..."
Fred Pessaro (July 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Vegan review of July 16, 2019 show)

"Mr. Blue Sky [was] later doing its jaunty thing to close the main set."
Brian McCollum (July 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press review of July 20, 2019 show)

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Roll Over Beethoven (Live 2019 Tour)
"Returning to the stage for one encore, the band would cap off an already mind-blowing show with a huge guitar-shredding blowout of Chuck Berrys rock and roll classic Roll Over Beethoven. The song choice signaled that Jeff Lynne has never strayed far from the music that inspired him so many years ago, and that he embraces his role as a torch-bearing rock legend. It was also a reminder that, even though so many great artists have passed recently, we still have a few heroes willing to pack arenas and stage hit-filled performances."
Neil Ferguson (July 2, 2019 - Glide magazine review of June 29, 2019 show)

"After taking a selfie in front of their audience (which Lynne, endearingly, felt the need to explain), the band walked off stage. They returned for a one-song encore with Roll Over Beethoven specifically, the Ludwig-meets-Chuck-Berry blend they had a hit with in 1973."
Dave Paulson (July 4, 2019 - The Tennessean review of July 3, 2019 show)

"After asking the crowd to indulge him in taking a selfie it was a sweetly paternal moment, and possibly the most words he said all evening Lynne brought his band back out for a single-song encore. They closed it down where it all began, more or less: with a stretched-out rendition of Roll Over Beethoven, ELO's heavily tweaked 1973 Chuck Berry cover and the group's first charting U.S. single. There was plenty of room for solos, of course, and Lynne is still a shredder. It was a fitting end to a 90-minute set that, even if it didnt offer the thrill of unpredictability, was quite satisfying."
D. Patrick Rodgers (July 5, 2019 - Nashville Scene review of July 3, 2019 show)

"But he remedied that by returning for an encore of a seven-minute Roll Over Beethoven, the symphony-meets-Chuck-Berry cover than introduced ELO to the U.S. charts. ELO pulled out all the stops -- Lynnes guitar parts were especially good -- and rocked. Simply rocked. And jammed."
John J. Moser (July 14, 2019 - The Morning Call review of July 13, 2019 show)


This page is intended to be a complete record of information on the Jeff Lynne's ELO's Live 2019 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
September 2021