Blue Skies Ahead: ELO Returning!

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Jeff Lynne Hyde ParkIf you’re an ELO fan, you’d better hold on tight; a simple announcement today on Jeff Lynne’s Facebook page revealed the news:

“Jeff Lynne’s ELO has signed a global deal with Columbia Records and is set to release a new ELO album! The first new ELO music in over a decade!

More news coming soon!”

As the brief post indicated, further details will be coming. But even that little information from the ELO mastermind was enough to get Electric Light Orchestra fans celebrating all over the world.

There have been signs of ELO once again becoming a livin’ thing. Last September, for instance, Jeff Lynne’s ELO performed at London’s Hyde Park – his first public concert in decades – and the event’s 50,000 tickets sold-out quickly. The DVD of that concert comes out tomorrow (September 11) via Eagle Rock Entertainment and the Palladia network has a couple of additional airings this month.

ELO enjoyed a tremendous run with seven top-selling albums from 1974-1981 including A New World Record and Face The Music. The group’s biggest hits include “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Strange Magic,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

1986’s Balance Of Power appeared to be the end of their run. Lynne stayed busy as an album producer or co-producer working with such classic rockers as Dave Edmunds, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney and more.

He also teamed with Harrison, Petty, Orbison and Bob Dylan to form the Traveling Wilburys for two albums in 1988 and 1990.

After acquiring the full rights to the ELO name, a 2001 album failed to wow the fans as did some recent solo albums. However, when Lynne performed “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky” on this year’s Grammy Awards telecast, rumors and interest in an ELO resurrection grew.

With today’s news about a new album, can a worldwide ELO tour be far behind?

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  1. Ed Sullivan
    #1 Ed Sullivan 11 September, 2015, 10:31

    Big deal. The only thing I ever liked about Electric Light Orchestra, was their electric light.

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    • Ed Sullivan
      Ed Sullivan 14 September, 2015, 17:13

      Ed Sullivan if you don’t care about ELO, then why are you even reading this and commenting? What a moron. Go listen to music that would probably suit you better like Justin Bieber.

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