Jeff Lynne

REVIEW - November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November7
- Review and photos by Rob Caiger


The Electric Cinema in London has been aptly chosen to premiere Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra concert movie, 'Wembley Or Bust’. A grand but intimate venue sees Jeff out in front of the invited audience looking comfortable in the theatre armchair.

It's being filmed, but the singer-songwriter-producer is in fine form, relaxed and taking questions from Matt Everitt (BBC 6Music) and audience members alike with good natured Brummie wit and humour.

The first half of the evening flies by and the overriding feeling you get from Jeff is how proud he is of the Wembley show and the musicality and sound of his band - and this from a career full of highs.

Not only is he is having fun with the Q&A session - especially when life-long pal Trevor Francis gets in a great piece of commentary - you’re left in no doubt Jeff is having a ball with his music and playing live.

So much so that he reveals a 2018 tour is planned (watch this space folks…) and he is six songs into a brand new ELO album.

Just as well we have the new DVD/CD and gargantuan triple-vinyl 'Wembley Or Bust’ to keep us going until then. And it most certainly will.

Wembley Or Bust accesses all the areas you’d ever want as an ELO fan...

This is an outstanding film, superbly capturing that amazing night in June when 60,000 fans came together from all over the world to celebrate the unique musical talents of Jeff Lynne.

It's so well filmed and edited that not only does the vastness of Wembley Stadium and the sheer spectacle of the ELO stage set come across in superb clarity and crystalline sound, the multiple everywhere-you-want-to-go (and then some!) camera angles plunge you deep in the crowd, breathlessly run you to the foot of the stage, then blink - you're there. Where you've always wanted to be… at the mic, looking out over the huge, smiling, ecstatic crowd, in the eye of the perfect ELO storm....

And what a storm it is! Over two hours of ELO classics, some surprises (a rarely performed 'Xanadu', a 'Twilight' that lights up the stadium in a frenzy of dancing lasers, a heartfelt 'Handle With Care' ever more poignant when thoughts turn to Tom) plus a generous spotlight on life backstage and rehearsals. 

Everywhere the camera goes, you see generations of fans, the young to not-so-young, singing along to Jeff’s magic band, a perfect soundtrack illuminated by the songwriter talking candidly about his music and experiences, sharing his feelings honestly and with his usual modesty. 

At the end of the film, as the crowds leave Wembley drained but deliriously happy, Jeff sums up the evening - and beyond - perfectly: "This is the best time I've ever had in music."

'Wembley Or Bust’ is released worldwide November 17



Review & Photos by Rob Caiger & © Face The Music - Not for reproduction elsewhere without permission.



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