In a world of aging musicians and retiring bands, concert-goers are spending more money attending concerts knowing that this will be or may be the last time they see their favorite band. And for bands that rarely tour, or never tour; they leave their fans with the crushing disappointment of never getting a last farewell.
For 35 years, Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra fans have been starved of the Mr. Blue Sky performer. They have been waiting patiently for the band to embark on a tour.
The ELO frontman and Traveling Wilburys founding member announced on November 13, 2017, that he and his ELO would be embarking on a North American and European Tour. Playing major stadiums and arenas, the band would play nine shows in the continental United States, forcing devoted fans to travel to see the mostly studio band.
Playing 17 ELO songs, and two covers; Jeff Lynne brought the house down playing a cover of the Wilbury’s Handle With Care. The supergroup’s original band consisted of Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison; who wrote the song in 1988 after collaborating to create the super band. Stating that the song was “from his other group”, Lynne dedicated the song to Orbison.
Also during the show, Lynne thanked the fans for being so gracious to his return of touring. Playing hits such as, “Telephone Line”, and “Do Ya”; the band played to multiple standing ovations throughout the whole arena.
The concert which took place on August 16, also coincided with the death of the Queen of Pop, Aretha Franklin. However much to the dismay of the fans, Aretha was not mentioned during the two-hour show. Although she wasn’t mentioned, the arena on its digital signs posted a picture of Aretha, with the word “Respect.”