Jeff Lynne took the stage at the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival on Sunday with the BBC Concert Orchestra for his first full concert in 28 years.
Before coming on stage it was announced that Lynne had said that, if all went well with the show, he was seriously considering a world tour and, by all indications, everything went EXTREMELY well. The BBC Concert Orchestra was a superb stand in for the original ELO and Lynne was in perfect voice, not showing any sign at all of aging in his normal range or during falsetto passages. The original recordings were reproduced all the way down to the ringing sound in Telephone Line.
Lynne covered a great deal of the ELO canon and even snuck in one song from his Traveling Wilburys days.
Jeff Lynne setlist, London
All Over the World (from the soundtrack to Xanadu, 1980)
Evil Woman (from Face the Music, 1975)
Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle (from On the Third Day, 1973)
Showdown (from On the Third Day, 1973)
Living Thing (from A New World Record, 1976)
Strange Magic (from Face the Music, 1975)
10538 Overture (from No Answer, 1971)
Can’t Get It Out Of My Head (from Eldorado, 1974)
Sweet Talking Woman (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Turn to Stone (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Steppin’ Out (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Handle With Care (from the Traveling Wilburys’ Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1, 1988)
Don’t Bring Me Down (from Discovery, 1979)
Rock ‘n’ Roll is King (from Secret Messages, 1983)
Telephone Line (from A New World Record, 1976)
Mr. Blue Sky (from Out of the Blue, 1977)
Roll Over Beethoven (from Electric Light Orchestra 2, 1973)
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