(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
One of the most prolific acts in rock and roll, one that is such in both the audio and visual realm, have announced their first North American tour in over thirty years. Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) will hit the U.S. and Canadian continent with ten shows, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena before wrapping in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center. See below for full tour routing.
Jeff Lynne‘s last extensive U.S. tour with ELO was in 1981. Known now, and then, as one of the most iconic forces in all of music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold out run of UK and European shows, as well as an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. This current tour announcement comes just ahead of this Friday’s release of the live concert CD/DVD, Wembley Or Bust, which will give fans a glimpse into the extraordinary ELO live experience that had critics in the UK raving with acclaim.
American Express Card Members can purchase their tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 15th at 10:00 AM, local time through Thursday, November 16th at 10:00 PM, local time. The Live Nation pre-sale begins Thursday, November 16th and public on-sale begins Friday, November 17th starting at 10:00 AM, local time with tickets available at Ticketmaster.com.
All pre-orders of Wembley Or Bust made at Jeff Lynne’s ELO Official U.S. Store prior to 4:00 PM, EST on November 14th are eligible to receive a ticket pre-sale code for 2018 U.S. tour dates. Codes can be used during the pre-sale window for access to tickets before the general public on-sale. One (1) code is granted per customer and allows access to purchase up to four (4) tickets. Tickets will be available while supplies last and pre-sale codes do not guarantee inventory.
2 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
8 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
13 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
15 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
16 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
18 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (NY on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
24 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
As mentioned above, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release a live CD/DVD of their concert at Wembley Stadium in June. Titled Wembley Or Bust and directed by Paul Dugdale, the release will be available in multiple formats on November 17th via Sony Music. Watch a video trailer below.
The film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs ever recorded, from vintage ELO classics like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Evil Woman” to “Do Ya” from Lynne’s days with The Move, “Handle With Care” which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through to “When I Was A Boy” from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.
More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne and ELO have always been known for their epic, over-the-top live shows while possessing a distinct musical style that seamlessly blends rock, pop and classical influences. ELO has had more than 20 Top 40 hits across the U.S. and the UK, making Lynne’s immense productions some of the most recognizable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.
“Standin’ In The Rain”
“All Over The World”
“When I Was A Boy”
“Handle With Care”
“Last Train To London”
“Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”
“Shine A Little Love”
“Wild West Hero”
“Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
“Turn To Stone”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Roll Over Beethoven”