Jeff says no to reconciliation with Bev Mar 14, 2020 5:41:27 GMT ShardEnder, unomusette, and 1 more like this
Post by StrangeMagic on Mar 14, 2020 5:41:27 GMT
This is a problem I've been facing with my book - so much information about ELO is either from a single source, or only makes sense if put together with other details. In most cases, I found that it's possible to present multiple sides of any one story, but is it right to expect readers to form their own conclusions?
I've done some research into the Bev/Jeff rift over the years. Much of what I found was single-source, but the tale hung together pretty well. It seems Bev solemnly promised Jeff about some things he would and wouldn't do when he organized ELO Part II. It looks like Bev broke his word on almost every promise he made. I'm not sharing any details because as I said, the information I found was single-source, but pieces of it were from several sources, and the pieces formed a coherent whole.
When it comes to Part II, my understanding is that Bev and Jeff negotiated through their lawyers before this new band even played a single note together, including the condition that Kelly absolutely was not to be involved at any level. After settling out of court back in October 1983, it was agreed that Kelly wouldn't be able to continue profiting from his connection to ELO, yet it didn't take long for Part II to announce a UK tour with OrKestra advertised as its opening act. From what I've been told, Jeff hired private detectives to buy tickets for these shows and report back on certain observations, including whether Kelly in particular was exploiting this loophole. To ensure that royalty calculations were correct, these investigators were also told to document setlists. However, it's safe to say that their biggest finding concerned Mik, Hugh (for a while until his departure, at least) and Kelly especially turning up as more than just special guests. Kelly was reportedly taking on an increasing number of lead vocals, and precisely a decade after being legally excommunicated from ELO, he'd somehow managed to negotiate his way into being recognised as an official member of Part II just in time to contribute on this outfit's second album, Moment Of Truth.
Agreeing not to include Kelly in Part II was the main promise I've heard Bev made to Jeff when they signed the contract to use the ELO name, and Bev broke it almost immediately, perhaps because Kelly was a fan favorite. Jeff didn't want Kelly to benefit from ELO after feeling the sting of the lawsuit.
Other agreements between Jeff and Bev I've run across involved who was in the band, how the band was billed, which songs would be performed, when and how Jeff would be paid royalties and a percentage of profits, and other business arrangements, not a single one of which was honored to the letter, according to various single sources that may or may not be reliable.
But when the puzzle pieces are fitted together, whether each is accurate or not, it adds up to a great deal being asked of Jeff to forgive his old band mate, even after all these years.
Thanks, ShardEnder, for the thorough explanation.