Jeff Lynne Working On New ELO Music, Will Play US Dates

February 4, 2015
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At Tuesday night’s (Nov. 4) Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne was feted with the very deserving Outstanding Contribution to Music award. “I think it’s because I’ve done a lot of stuff,” Lynne joked to Billboard after the ceremony.

Lynne, who revived the ELO name and revisited such classic ’70s and ’80s hits as “Telephone Line,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Showdown” and so many more at London’s Hyde Park, confirmed to Billboard he will be bringing ELO to the States.

“I had so much in Hyde Park with 50,000 people, where I just played in September, first time I’ve played in 28 years it was fantastic and I loved every minute, so I’m definitely gonna come here and play.”

As for when he says, “Not too long.” His manager then added it will be in 2015.

It won’t just be a greatest hits celebration, as Lynne said he is working on new music under the ELO banner. “I’m working on a new album and that’ll be involved in the new times when we play.”

Of course even the old stuff is somewhat new to Lynne, as the songs have evolved and he has different appreciations for those seminal ELO hits nearly three decades after he last played them as ELO.

“They always take on new meanings and some of them I wrote 40 years ago, some of them I wrote 35 years ago and some of them 30 years ago, they all become something slightly different as the years go by,” he said. “Some that I thought are very straight forward aren’t at all. I sing them now and I realize what they’re about and it’s usually about grim stuff like relationships and crap relationships,” he added.

So are there any now that he really understands better than he did during the first ELO run? “Yeah, I wrote it before I met my second wife, but ‘Evil Woman’ turned out to be a prophecy in me own lunch time.”
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    A fan of Jeff Lynne and ELO since around 1972 I have been on cloud nine since the return of...
  • Brent

    I have twice seen ELO live and before Out of the Blue album. Back when it was legal to shine...
  • Julie Martinez, RD

    I am amazed by the harmony. I love harmonizing with Jeff when he does acoustic. My sister was a backup...
  • Tom Van der Veer

    What is the date of the Hollywood Walk of Fame event?
  • Mike Phillips

    Fantastic news. The documentary was great. The re-recorded versions sounds amazing!
  • Ronnie James

    Please tour again as I sit here listenin to new album current track is Mercy... your phenomenal... never stop man!...
  • Jessica

    Jeff Lynne, I Am your biggest fan- please Please tour! I had tickets in hand for Zoom to finally see my idol...
  • Kev T

    I am beside myself, waiting for these new offerings. Mr lynne, PLEASE tour. I would pay whatever it costs to come to...
  • Eric C. Butto Jr.

    Congrats to Jeff & Joe in their recent collaboration...finally a great song resurrects from the Dynasty of Legendre...Analog Man makes...
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    can't believe the naysayers on recording standards and re-recording elo..i remember that t-bone walker re-recorded his hits for atlantic in...