ELO blew my mind at Wembley

Who knew I would get whiplash from Mr Blue Sky?

The man, the myth, the legend, Jeff Lynne, might possibly have just performed one of the best gigs I have ever seen. I am still hoarse from singing, my hands are stinging from clapping and my feet have taken a hammering with jumping up and down.

With a “Hello Wembley”, Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra immediately erupted into classic tunes including Evil Woman and All Over The World, and Wembley was left awestruck.ELO-Wembley

Forget it being an ode to Jeff and his lyrical genius, the set included an all-black backdrop with a spaceship descending over the talented band.

The show started during daylight hours, so the backdrop consisted of a 3D journey around the globe, but as the sun set over London the spaceship ignited, the lasers began dancing and the audience were drenched in blue.

In my 25 years I don’t think a Saturday night has gone by that ELO weren’t accompanying our family’s weekend antics, as well as the obligatory dancing in the kitchen, and I believe the tens of thousands of spectators were all there to soothe the same memories.

Those on the pitch weren’t seated at all, and from the first strum of Jeff’s guitar they were up on their feet dancing and singing along.

At times I forgot this was a live performance, because every song sounded exactly as it should on the record, but just with more oomph.

It’s not just ELO who will be helping you enjoy your night at Hull’s KCOM Stadium on Saturday night, though.

British country duo The Shires are on hand to get the crowd going, as well as former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin causing a sing song.

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Showcasing his new music since leaving the band, Tom’s voice shone around Wembley Stadium, but if it’s nostalgia you are after then don’t worry – you can highly expect some Keane classics.

Back to Jeff and his masterclass on how to write a song, each tune was better than the next.

Sometimes bands have the habit of throwing in some new music, but I think I knew all bar one of the songs throughout the hour-long set.

Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Shine A Little Love, Wild West Hero, Don’t Bring Me Down – we couldn’t get enough. There was even an impromptu blast of Xanadu.

Telephone Wire caused the entire stadium to reverberate with echoes of fans singing along, and then the words from Jeff we had all been waiting to hear – “Here’s one you might know”.

I won’t ruin the surprise for you, as the finale was truly spectacular. But for those heading to the Hull gig on Saturday make sure you dad-dance with pride.

Get out of your seats, scream along and prepare for the night of your lives.

I will leave you with one parting gift, though. The final song isn’t what you think, and you can expect some actual fire on stage.

If you haven’t bought them yet, limited tickets for ELO’s Hull performance at KCOM Stadium on Saturday are still available on Ticketmaster.

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