Jeff Lynne may be the only holdover from Electric Light Orchestra mach one, but you can bet your glowing spaceship that the band's latest lineup will still play such funky, art-pop ELO hits as "Don't Bring Me Down," "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" this fall on its first U.S. tour in 17 years.
The group will also perform songs from its new album, Zoom, the first ELO studio recording since 1986's Balance of Power. The band's current lineup consists of Lynne, keyboardist Richard Tandy, vocalist Rosie Vela, guitarist/keyboardist Mark Mann, drummer Gregg Bissonette, bassist Matt Bissonette, and cellists Peggy Baldwin and Sarah O'Brien.
Electric Light Orchestra will kick off their 25-date tour in Albany, New York, on September 9 and finish up in Las Vegas on October 20. Dates cover the East Coast, Midwest, South and West Coast. Before launching the tour, the band will air a special live concert on PBS next month as part of the network's pledge drive.
The original lineup of Electric Light Orchestra formed in 1970 out of the ashes of power pop band the Move featured Lynne, singer Roy Wood, bassist Rick Price and drummer Bev Bevan. Over the years, the group went through multiple lineup shifts and in 1986, after 13 records together, Lynne and Bevan, the two constants until that point, parted ways.
Bevan recorded two records as Electric Light Orchestra, Part Two, while Lynne worked with a variety of artists including Tom Petty, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys, whose lineup featured Lynne, Petty, Orbison, Harrison and Bob Dylan.
In addition to issuing Zoom, Electric Light Orchestra recently re-released the albums Eldorado (1974), Discovery (1979), Time (1981) and Secret Messages (1983).
Electric Light Orchestra tour dates, according to the band's publicist:
- 9/7 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
- 9/8 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 9/11 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
- 9/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland State University
- 9/14 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
- 9/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Arena
- 9/18 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
- 9/19 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 9/21 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio State University
- 9/22 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
- 9/26 - Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
- 9/28 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 9/29 - State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Arena
- 10/2 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
- 10/3 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Amphitheater
- 10/5 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
- 10/6 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena
- 10/9 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
- 10/10 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
- 10/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona State Fair
- 10/13 - Inglewood, CA @ Forum
- 10/16 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
- 10/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
- 10/19 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheater
- 10/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand