Post by queenofthehours on Dec 2, 2014 15:21:11 GMT
The BBC Concert Orchestra lorry.
In fact much of the concert put me in mind of Jeff Lynne at Hyde Park. Not just the BBC backing but the whole atmosphere. There was such a feeling of devotion and anticipation in the audience; every one of them there to see the band triumph just as they’d expect them to do. While there were apparently no tears (I almost coughed a few out during ‘A Whiter Shade…’) as there was with ELO, there was just as much love and appreciation for Gary and the boys as there was for Jeff. It was as if, after ELO’s glorious and joyous reinstatement it was now Gary Brooker’s turn for a victory.
While, with Jeff, his BBC concert was a kind of resurrection from the dead, Gary’s was more of a resurrection to national consciousness as he, unlike Jeff, had never stopped working in public. After ploughing away for years and years this was intended to be the concert that finally proves to the country he is still, like Jeff, worth something.
What Jeff has in modesty Gary has in gregariousness yet both are two of the humblest rock stars I can think of. While Jeff/ELO might be thought of as tardy, Gary and the boys have been playing the track ‘Into the Flood’ live for years yet never found the time to get around to recording it on disc. A kind of casual attitude to the music business I’m sure all ELO fans will appreciate.
Some people criticise Procol Harum for the fact that GB is the only original performing member left within the group. Well, ELO people, all of us at least know that this is no barrier to quality, sincere music and as long as people like Jeff and Gary continue to play their music it doesn’t matter who they play with as long as they believe in it.