Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Comeback concert for ELO frontman

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne is teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to play some of the band's greatest hits at a comeback concert in Hyde Park.

Jeff, who also founded the The Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, is headlining the BBC Radio 2 show in September.

He said: "I haven't performed live in quite some time, and I know the fans have asked for it a lot over the years. It's very exciting to come to Hyde Park with Radio 2 and do something this big, and I'm very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone."

DJ Chris Evans announced the news on his breakfast show, saying: " ELO was the first band I ever saw live. Jeff Lynne lit up the eyes of a 14-year-old that have been burning as brightly as the sun ever since. ELO are my generation's Beatles and I cannot believe we've got the main man playing our Festival In A Day - not to mention what was already a stellar line-up before today's announcement of this year's headline act."

ELO - or Electric Light Orchestra - released a string of hit singles in the 1970s and 1980s including Mr Blue Sky, Wild West Hero and Xanadu with Olivia Newton-John.

Coverage of the Sunday September 14 gig will be available to watch on the BBC Red Button, the iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.

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