Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Madison Square Garden

September 16 - September 17
Madison Square Garden, , , NY, + Google Map

Check out Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Madison Square Garden on Monday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 17th!

The English rock band Electric Light Orchestra, more known as ELO, was formed in in 1970 in Birmingham, England. Their debut album titled The Electric Light Orchestra was released in 1971 and in 1972 the album released in the United States as No Answer. The band’s first single was titled “10538 Overture” in 1972 and peaked in the top ten in the UK.

ELO released their sophomore album titled ELO 2 one year later. This album was commercially success, with their elaborate cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” that included some of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony charting in the top 10 in the UK and became their first charting single in the US.  

ELO’s first US top 10 single, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, came from their fourth album Eldorado, A Symphony which was also the band’s first album certified gold by the RIAA. Their fifth album, 1975’s Face the Music produced two of their hit singles in “Evil Women” and “Strange Magic” which reached the top 10 on UK charts.  

ELO’s sixth album, titled A New World Record, was released in 1976 and became their first UK top 10 album, and included the hits “Livin’ Thing”, “Rockaria!”, and “Telephone Line” The follow up to A New World Record was the platinum-certified double album Out of the Blue (1977) which contains “Turn to Stone”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, and one of their biggest hits “Mr. Blue Sky”.  

ELO’s success continued when their next album, the double-platinum Discovery (1979)was released, topping the UK album chart, and producing arguably the band’s biggest hit “Don’t Bring Me Down”, their only number 1 US single “Shine a Little Love”, as well as “Last Train to London”, “Confusion”, and “The Diary of Horace Wimp”.

In 1980 ELO was brought in to write the soundtrack for the film Xanadu, which was poorly met at the box office but had an exceptionally well received soundtrack that ended up certified double platinum. The soundtrack spawned ELO’s only song that topped the UK singles chart in the title track that featured the film’s star Olivia Newton-John.  

Following Xanadu, ELO would release three more albums in Time (1981), Secret Messages (1983), and Balance of Power (1986) followed by a small number of live shows before ending the band in July of 1986. The end didn’t last that long, as in 1989, co-owner of the name Bev Bevan continued the band’s legacy as ELO Part II and would release two albums under this name. Bevan would sell his share of the name to Jeff Lynne in 2000, leading ELO Part II to change their name and continue as a separate band.  

Lynne brought ELO back in 2000, releasing 2001’s Zoom, the band’s first official album since 1986, which was met with moderate success. Jeff Lynne would eventually re-record their greatest hits by himself and released the recordings in 2012 as Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 

In 2014, Jeff Lynne would rebrand the band to Jeff Lynne’s ELO and begin performing live again, starting with BBC Radio 2’s “Festival in a Day”. They would release two more albums in 2015’s Alone in the Universe and 2019’s From Out of Nowhere and have announced a final tour of the US called the Over and Out Tour that will end in October of 2024. 

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