An experience with ELO

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 May 2012

The ELO Experience.

The ELO Experience.

Paramount PR

The ELECTRIC Light Orchestra Greatest Hits show, performed live by the incredible ELO Experience, will offer a one-night-only performance at The Playhouse.

Audiences will be transported back to the days when these amazing songs were first heard, including favourite ELO hits Wild West Hero, Sweet Talkin’ Woman and Mr Blue Sky, performed by the seven-piece band.

Fans can expect two hours of nostalgia recreated by the two cellists, three guitarists, keyboard player and drummer.

A band spokesman said: “Tribute bands have to sound as good as the original record or CD and this band certainly delivers on promises.”

The original Electric Light Orchestra was formed more than 40 years ago by Birmingham musician Roy Wood.

Later taken over and nurtured by Jeff Lynne, the band became one of the most remarkable success stories in pop music history, enjoying 26 top 40 UK hits.

Andy Louis performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar, always striving to get the essence of ELO in his vocals.

Joining Andy is Steve Hemsley, keyboards, special effects, vocals and the show’s musical director, who is constantly critical in his quest for perfection.

Completing the band are Jan Christiansen, lead guitar and vocals, Tony Lawson, drums and percussion, and both Viv Blackledge and Olivia Newton on cello.

The ELO Experience will be at the Playhouse, on June 1, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £15-17, are available on 01934 645544.

n The Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer three readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter the competition simply answer the following question: Who originally formed the Electric Light Orchestra more than 40 years ago?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, to The ELO Experience competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 9am on May 28.

Alternatively log on to to enter. Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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