Jeff Lynne’s ELO will return to the stage on September 14th when the band headlines England’s BBC Radio 2 Live concert in Hyde Park. The Hollywood Reporter posted that Lynne and the band will be accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The notoriously road shy Lynne said of the upcoming high profile gig, "I haven't performed live in quite some time, and I know the fans have asked for it a lot over the years. It's very exciting to come to Hyde Park with Radio 2 and do something this big, and I'm very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone." Among the other high profile acts appearing at the concert in Hyde Park are Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, Billy Ocean, and country star Kacey Musgraves, among others.
After allowing the other members of Electric Light Orchestra to tour under the name ELO II, Jeff Lynne took back the control of the name and recorded 2001’s Zoom -- with only the band’s Richard Tandy lending keyboards to one track, along with contributions from George Harrison and Ringo Starr. An arena tour was booked and announced to support Zoom, but ultimately was cancelled -- reportedly due to disapointing ticket sales. A DVD, called Zoom Tour Live, was released to the delight of hardcore fans that never got to see the scrapped trek.
In 2012, Jeff Lynne released two new albums -- Long Wave, which is released under Lynne's name, marking his first new set since Zoom, and Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra under the ELO moniker and featuring note-for-note re-recordings of most of the band’s classic hits performed solely by Lynne himself.
We asked Jeff Lynne if the reason why he re-recorded all his ELO hits was so that he could retain the rights for use in films and TV. He explained to us that he already owns the rights to the songs -- and this was simply an exercise in getting the songs exactly the way he always heard them in his head: "When you lay it down again, the buzz is still there to do it, but it's like you've got road map for where it goes. And you know how to make it sound better than it did before, because I have more knowledge and stuff and the technology I've got to play with."
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