What can I say, but Toronto showed up to this sold out show, with excitement in tacked. It has been 34 years since ELO has played Toronto. Before the show we were entertained by the house music, which was clearly represented by Jeff Lynne’s former partners in the Travelling Wilburys. We were listening to George Harrison, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. Nostalgia was in the air. I had a feeling this was going to be a greatest hits night, but Jeff hit the congregation with a few rare numbers. Take for example, the opening number, “Standin’ in the Rain”. True ELO fans were already to have fun at this show. A couple of other examples of rare moments were songs like, “All over the world”, “Xanadu” who Olivia Newton John made famous, and “10538 Overture”, which blew my mind.
At the age of 70, Jeff still had his unique vocals. Even better was that there is a reason this band is called The Electric Light Orchestra. The light show was nothing less than spectacular. It made you feel your youth again when you went into a great Rock concert.
One of the great moments was when he paid tribute to his former friends in the band the Travelling Wilburys and sang, “Handle with care”. Another heartfelt moment was the song, “Telephone line”. Some of the classic’s that had the crowd cheering and clapping were, “Do Ya”, “Living Thing”, and “Don’t bring me down”…Bruce…
The evening finished off with some nice twists and turns. We witnessed the great rocker, “Turn to stone”, the very Beatlesque, “Mr Blue Sky”, and the encore was a tribute to the Great Chuck Berry. It was their excellent version of, “Roll over Beethoven”. Overall, it was a true celebration of great music, youth and merriment. Make sure you bring your favourite concert friend to get up and dance and clap to this rare concert moment.
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Here are some pics from ELO’s performance: