Watch: Jeff Lynne ‘Wembley or Bust’ Live Release

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ELO performs onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO announced on Oct. 6 a live CD/DVD of their June 24, 2017, concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. Wembley or Bust is being released on 2-CDs, 2-CDs/1-DVD, 2-CDs/1-Blu-ray and 3-LPs on Nov. 17 on Columbia Records.

The concert film was directed by Paul Dugdale, who directed a pair of 2016 Rolling Stones concert films. And from the clips that have been released so far, Electric Light Orchestra are in for a treat. (Watch below.)

From the announcement: “Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble fill Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.”

Says Lynne: “It’s the best time I ever had in music… It is beyond anything I could have imagined.”

Watch the clip for “Telephone Line,” released on Nov. 3

Watch the live performance of “Turn to Stone,” released Oct. 16

The film also includes performances of early ELO songs like “10538 Overture” and “Can’t Get it Out of My Head,” to classic rock staples “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Evil Woman” to “Do Ya” from his days with the Move, and “Handle With Care,” which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys.

“As the time went by,” says Lynne, “I never lost touch with those songs. They always feel part of me.”

On Oct. 26, Lynne also released a teaser video of “Xanadu,” which was the title track from the 1980 film. ELO and the film’s star, Olivia Newton-John, had a #1 hit with it in the U.K. (#8 in the U.S.).


Here’s a sneak peek of “Xanadu” from Wembley Or Bust! You can download the full track this Friday when you pre-order now.

Posted by Jeff Lynne on Thursday, October 26, 2017

Here’s the full audio of “Xanadu” from the performance

Watch the trailer for the concert film

After years of being overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Electric Light Orchestra was inducted last April in the Class of 2017. Many acts use that platform to announce a significant tour, yet Jeff Lynne’s ELO only performed a handful of dates in his native U.K., all of which had been previously announced. U.S. audiences have been clamoring for a concert tour. Recently, though, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has only done shows in New York and Los Angeles.

Those took place in the fall of 2015 when Lynne released a new album, Alone in the Universe, as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, and then again in September 2016, when they performed two concerts at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and three at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Related: Best Classic Bands’ review of their September 16, 2016 concert

ELO has always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had 26 U.K. Top 40 singles.

Wembley or Bust Track List

1. Standin’ In The Rain
2. Evil Woman
3. All Over The World
4. Showdown
5. Livin’ Thing
6. Do Ya
7. When I Was A Boy
8. Handle With Care
9. Last Train to London
10. Xanadu
11. Rockaria!
12. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
13. 10538 Overture
14. Twilight
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
16. Shine A Little Love
17. Wild West Hero
18. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
19. Telephone Line
20. Turn To Stone
21. Don’t Bring Me Down
22. Mr. Blue Sky
23. Roll Over Beethoven


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