Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Hollywood Bowl: Recap (w/ Photos)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Hollywood Bowl: Recap (w/ Photos)

Jill Jarrett
© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography

For three glorious nights, Jeff Lynne’s ELO taught a musical history lesson at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Each show was capped with a rousing bit of fireworks, and we’re not just talking about Lynne’s setlist.

For decades, the songs of Lynne and ELO have stood the test of time, becoming modern classics revered basically unanimously and, as was evident at the Bowl on Sunday night, appreciated by young and old alike.

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As Sunday’s show came on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, the show was opened by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins, who led everyone in a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner after Wilkins’ impassioned speech about hope and beauty. After that, the orchestra played some more selections for roughly 20 minutes, ending with Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4 in 6.

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Mathew Imaging

After a short intermission, Lynne and his ELO crew took the stage with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for what would be a flawless hour-and-a-half set of entertainment. All the big, inescapable ELO hits were included, as were a few cuts from Lynne’s new album Alone in the Universe.

© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography
© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography

The music of ELO is known for its variety, its genre-melding and ability to be heard for mere seconds before being able to realize, ‘Yeah, that’s a Jeff Lynne composition.’

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© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography

Seeing these songs performed live by such an impossibly capable band (and orchestra!) was a rare treat indeed. And just to make things even better, the lights, strobes and laser effects pumping through the crowd and up to the trees and shrubbery atop the nosebleed seats were quite something to behold, too.

Check out these lasers. #ELO #JeffLynnesELO #HollywoodBowl

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As hit after hit reverberated through the Bowl – Don’t Bring Me Down, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone, Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky among them – the night just grew more and more powerful. There really is no better way to emphasize just how many hits Lynne has written than seeing them performed, back-to-back, in a concert setting. It was really impressive.

So about last night…#JeffLynnesELO #ELO #MrBlueSky #HollywoodBowl @hollywoodbowl

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The usual scene at most Hollywood Bowl shows features folks mostly seated throughout the night, but ELO’s vibe was so strong, its songs so engaging, that a number of patrons stood up in their box seats or benches and danced blissfully — again, at testament to the power of Lynne’s songwriting.

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Amazingly, Lynne and ELO had not yet taken the Hollywood Bowl stage at any point in the band’s career, so these three shows were truly something special. Needless to say, Lynne, the orchestra and his band delivered on all fronts.

#Fireworks finale, #ELO style. #JeffLynnesELO #HollywoodBowl @hollywoodbowl

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Here’s hoping this show comes up on the schedule again in the future …

© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography
© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography

Jeff Lynne’s ELO set list, Hollywood Bowl 9/11/2016:

Tightrope

Evil Woman

Showdown

All Over the World

Livin’ Thing

When I Was a Boy

Rockaria

10538 Overture

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

Shine a Little Love

Wild West Hero

Telephone Line

Turn to Stone

Sweet Talkin’ Woman

Don’t Bring Me Down

Mr. Blue Sky

  • Encore

Roll Over Beethoven

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© 2016 Jill Jarrett Photography

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3 Responses to "Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Hollywood Bowl: Recap (w/ Photos)"

  1. David Nuzzi   September 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Jeff

    I was at your Sunday Night Hollywood Bowl performance
    I have been hearing your music since I was a teen ager (14?) I’m 55 now

    It was so powerful, thinking back and remembering all those years hearing your songs and now I am sitting in the Bowl watching you live, it brought tears to my eyes

    I was telling my girlfriend on the bus ride back to the parking lot about how music you loved in your teens could still have such power over oneself is simply amazing, quality will do that

    I had to write this and I hope it gets to you.

    Thank you again for bringing me and about 18,000 others such joy last night and thru out my life

    Dave

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  2. Gary Washko   September 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I felt like it was 1976 again the year I graduated.Remember seeing E.L.O.at the forum several times Always a Great Show,However Sunday nite was Magic!Jeff Lynne playing with a full orchestra could not have been better!This Musical Icon put on a show for the ages.I have been going to Concerts since 1974 but I can tell you this was the Best Ever!Have been waiting for this for almost 40 years,well worth the wait!This concert left everyone speechless.I will never forget this nite!

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  3. Rick and Mary swanson   September 18, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Jeff. Thank you. My wife Mary and I flew to LA Sunday morning to see concert at the Hollywood Bow and flew back to MN Monday. It exceeded our expectations. Never since we saw Love in Vegas have we felt that kind of connection to music. Your show was as good as Love and that’s the best compliment I can give you. Hope your well Jeff. Hope to see you again in future. Don’t wait see long next time. Lol

    The wait was worth it though.
    Thx
    Rick and Mary, Rogers MN

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