Comeback concert for ELO frontman

Times Series: ELO frontman Jeff Lynne ELO frontman Jeff Lynne

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne is teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to play some of the band's greatest hits at a comeback concert in Hyde Park.

Lynne, who also founded the The Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, is headlining the BBC Radio 2 show in September.

He said: "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."

DJ Chris Evans announced the news on his breakfast show, saying: " ELO was the first band I ever saw live. Jeff Lynne lit up the eyes of a fourteen year old that have been burning as brightly as the sun ever since. ELO are my generation's Beatles and I cannot believe we've got the main man playing our Festival In A Day - not to mention what was already a stellar line-up before today's announcement of this year's headline act."

ELO - or Electric Light Orchestra - released a string of hit singles in the 1970s and 1980s including Mr Blue Sky, Wild West Hero and Xanadu with Olivia Newton-John.

Coverage of the Sunday September 14 gig will be available to watch on the BBC Red Button, the iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:34am Fri 13 Jun 14

AnthonyUK says...

ELO were fantastic in their day;groovy hits, futuristic album covers and a quality you couldn't knock down, and it showed in their music, it all translated rather well.
ELO were fantastic in their day;groovy hits, futuristic album covers and a quality you couldn't knock down, and it showed in their music, it all translated rather well. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 8

12:41am Sat 14 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Jeff Lynne wrote a contract which stipulated that he wrote 90% of ELO material. He is a bully.

See ELO2 if you can. Mik Kaminski will give you his autograph, Lynne won't.
Jeff Lynne wrote a contract which stipulated that he wrote 90% of ELO material. He is a bully. See ELO2 if you can. Mik Kaminski will give you his autograph, Lynne won't. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -3

8:13am Mon 16 Jun 14

AnthonyUK says...

Jeff Lynne is a brilliant Brummie music maestro that brought ELO to life;good creative ideas, well executed music videos to go with the singles, and great well-crafted tunes and songs that are quite simply the dogs doodahs with an excellence and quality feel all it's own. You're the best Jeff take it from me!
Jeff Lynne is a brilliant Brummie music maestro that brought ELO to life;good creative ideas, well executed music videos to go with the singles, and great well-crafted tunes and songs that are quite simply the dogs doodahs with an excellence and quality feel all it's own. You're the best Jeff take it from me! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 2
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree