Sunday, 31 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Sunday means that you could - if you so choose - tune into "The Light Shines On" radio show over on Radio BackTrack.
It's truly a light fantastic show hosted by DJ Shaz "Kuiama" Pratt that always features ELO and their extended musical family members et al over the whole four  hour [or longer!] slot!
The show goes out between 1500 [3:00PM] and 1900 [7:00PM] every Sunday ... and it can run for a couple of hours longer on the odd occasion too! So ... please feel free to click on the link below to reach Radio Backtrack and the superb chat room thus:
It should therefore be of no surprise to regular visitors; friends and followers of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] that Yours Truly 2011 endorses Radio BackTrack and thoroughly recommends that you tune into DJ Shaz' fantastic "The Light Shines On" radio show whenever the occasion arises!
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 31-July-2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the great pleasures of running my ELOBF blog is that I have crossed paths with not a few folks who exist in that ELO Beatles musical sphere. And one of those amazing people who I have encountered in person is Pete Dicks of the famed worldwide syndicated radio show: Beatles and Beyond.
Pete asked me over this evening to a BBQ to celebrate his upcoming birthday with friends and listeners and there I met some of this family and acquaintances as well as checking out BBHQ. During the evening we were treated to some of Mr. Dicks' acoustic guitar versions of various songs of The Beatles ; ELO [and others!] ably assisted by Felipe Coe - who is the drummer with the Brazilian Beatles outfit: "The Blue Beetles" [http://beatlesfestival.co.uk/?page_id=1133] - and who will performing at the 'International Beatle Week' festival in Liverpool between 24-31 August 2011. These two gentlemen went through classics such as: "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"; "Dear Prudence"; "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something". It capped a fine evening.
I'm also pleased to confirm that I will be interviewing Pete for ELOBF during the Autumn and that we are still committed to putting together an ELOBF 'special' on: Beatles and Beyond - hopefully before the end of 2011. ELOBF continues to endorse Pete Dicks' magical mystery tour of a radio show in: 'Beatles and Beyond' and suggests that you consider tuning in for a listen at your leisure:
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 30-July-2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Friday means that you could - if you so choose - tune into the "KJS Suggests" slot over on Hamilton Radio, which regularly features artistes including ELO [and extended family members] amongst not a few others! The show also features new and upcoming bands with a link or musical nod to ELO such as Fragile X and WelshMansHill.
The show goes out between 1000 and 1200 EST which [at the time of writing] equates as 1700 to 1900 here in England [I think!]. Please note that there will also soon be a mystery guest presenter compiling the play lists for the show during the second half of August for me!
Please feel free to click on the link below to reach Hamilton Radio - a partner of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and a wonderful family friendly radio station located in Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - that plays a fair proportion of ELO and related artists music 24/7 - and also hosts Pete Dicks' "Beatles and Beyond" and Martin Kinch's "Cherry Blossom Clinic" radio shows too:
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Have you ever got around to doing something and then - when you have done it - wondered why it took you so long to get around to it? That was the train of thought that I had as I returned home to Wolverhampton [centre of the universe!] last night after journeying with Chris 'Omnibus' Evans to 'The Waterfront' @ Barton Marina; Barton-under-Needwood; Staffordshire to witness a gig by that enigmatic former founding member of 'The Move' [1966-1969] - guitarist Trevor Burton - and his band - 'The Trevor Burton Band' [TTBB] who also feature Bill Jefferson [Drums] and Pez Connor [Bass Guitar/Vocals]:
In a fantastic venue located astride Barton Marina; I had the great pleasure to attend a concert by a marvellous three  piece band fronted by a genuine legend of a blues guitarist who clearly demonstrated strong hints of Jimi Hendrix in his interpretations of classic blues and southern blues standards as well as his own compositions. Alas there was no place for any material from his time with 'The Move' but I think that it would have been out of place. Indeed; from the standard of his guitar craft; you could start to imagine what those legendary gigs at 'The Marquee' were like!
The band were tight - it was remarkable to see the dynamics of this trio as Trevor's two TTBB band mates were clearly enjoying themselves but - at the same time - totally in awe of the maestro. It was like watching big brother with his two siblings. A real musical family unit. And we didn't even miss the element of keyboards either as they delivered songs like: “There's Gonna Be Trouble Tonight”; “Sunshine Of Your Love”; “Born To Run”; “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Time Is Running Out”. Sadly we did not hear the legendary: "Werewolves of London", but there is always the next gig to look forward to for that!
ELOBF recommends that you go see the: "The Trevor Burton Band" should they play a gig near you. ELOBF also endorses the: "The Trevor Burton Band" to all music fans who like: "The Move"; ELO [and Beatles] genres in particular.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 10-July-2011
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was my great pleasure to accompany Chris 'Disturbance' Evans whilst travelling over to Barton-under-Needwood last night to witness a live concert next week by former founding member of The Move [1966-1969] - guitarist Trevor Burton - and his band - The Trevor Burton Band who also feature Bill Jefferson [Drums] and Pez Connor [Bass Guitar/Vocals]:
I shall be publishing a review of said gig for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the very near future. But in the meantime; I am pleased to help promote the above live music night over at Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 8th September 2011 in aid of a charity very close to Trevor's heart and will feature The Trevor Burton Band [of course!], Geoff Turton, Danny King, Raymond Froggatt, Quill and [naturally] The Move who, of course, feature Trevor and Bev Bevan.
So why not contact Jan on  155559 or John on  714280 and invest in a ticket or three?
I am also very pleased to confirm that Trevor has agreed to an interview with me later this year for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] ... something to really look forward to me thinx!
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 09-July-2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I've made some discrete enquiries as to the position regarding the much anticipated ELO Fan Convention that was due to be held over the third weekend of August 2011 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England thus:
As I understand it; the main reason is the unavailability of Phil Bates [as well as other artistes] who is touring extensively over in Germany on the original dates of the 19th to 21st August 2011 [source: www.phil-bates.co.uk/gigs.htm]. Tina McBain and Ian Gibbons are at present looking at a rearranged date for 2012. I have no doubt that when this events, it will meet all the expectations of the ELO fan community "All Over The World". My thanx are extended to Jeff Cooper for appraising me of the situation. The event [Facebook] administrators - namely Jim Hoban, Ken Latta, Tina McBain, Ian Gibbons and Jeff Cooper - all need your support in arranging what I'm sure will be an [Electric] Light-fantastic festival!
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 05-July-2011