Jeff Lynne Working On New ELO Music, Will Play US Dates
By Steve Baltin
November 05, 2014
At Tuesday night's (Nov. 4) Classic Rock Honours
in Los Angeles, ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne was
feted with the very deserving Outstanding
Contribution to Music award.
"I think it's because I've done a lot of stuff,"
Lynne joked to Billboard after the ceremony.
Lynne, who revived the ELO name and revisited
such classic '70s and '80s hits as "Telephone
Line," "Mr. Blue Sky," "Livin' Thing," "Showdown"
and so many more at London's Hyde Park, confirmed
to Billboard he will be bringing ELO to the
"I had so much in Hyde Park with 50,000 people,
where I just played in September, first time I've
played in 28 years it was fantastic and I loved
every minute, so I'm definitely gonna come here
As for when he says, "Not too long." His manager then added it will be in 2015.
It won't just be a greatest hits celebration, as
Lynne said he is working on new music under the
ELO banner. "I'm working on a new album and
that'll be involved in the new times when we
Of course even the old stuff is somewhat new to
Lynne, as the songs have evolved and he has
different appreciations for those seminal ELO
hits nearly three decades after he last played
them as ELO.
"They always take on new meanings and some of
them I wrote 40 years ago, some of them I wrote
35 years ago and some of them 30 years ago, they
all become something slightly different as the
years go by," he said. "Some that I thought are
very straight forward aren't at all. I sing them
now and I realize what they're about and it's
usually about grim stuff like relationships and
crap relationships," he added.
So are there any now that he really understands
better than he did during the first ELO run?
"Yeah, I wrote it before I met my second wife,
but 'Evil Woman' turned out to be a prophecy in
me own lunch time."
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