ELO's Jeff Lynne will make a rare appearance tonight (September 12th) at downtown L.A.'s Grammy Museum for a screening of the new film about his life and work. In addition to a screening of Reel To Reel: Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO, fans will be treated to a discussion about the film featuring Lynne and moderated by Scott Goldman, the Vice President of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares. High profile friends and artists featured in Reel To Reel include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Roy Orbison's widow Barbara Orbison, and Monty Python's Eric Idle.
Following a decade long silence, Lynne will return on October 9th with two new albums -- the covers collection, Long Wave, and his note-for-note re-recordings of ELO's biggest hits -- Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra.
Shortly before his 2001 death, George Harrison shed light on choosing Lynne to be his collaborator for his 1987 comeback album, Cloud Nine: "So I thought, well, I don't want someone who's going to boss me about and turn me into something I'm not. I want someone who has a bit of (laughs) respect for me (laughs) and for my past. I want to respect him, too. So I gave it quite a lot of thought and I -- the only person I could think of was, who I would really like to make a record with, was Jeff Lynne. I suddenly thought, I'd been playing his records, and I thought, 'Jeff, that's it!' So, Jeff Lynne, he's it, if I can get to meet him and con him into (laughs) coming in to work with me."