Review: The ELO Experience, Ipswich Regent, June 16

The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience - Credit: Archant

The ELO Experience offered fans just that and rarely have I seen an audience more thrilled with a performance.

The eight talented musicians opened with All Over the World and already the enthusiastic, if rather small, crowd were clapping along.

Andy Louis was spot on as lead singer Jeff Lynne, complete with curly wig, sunglasses and falsetto (If he is not also part of a Bee Gees tribute band he is missing a trick). He offered a good line in banter when time permitted, which was not often.

The band went from hit to hit without much of a pause, which may account for the unusual addition of an interval halfway through the gig.

Highlights of the first set included a great version of Telephone Line, a heartfelt Wild West Hero - complete with sleazy interludes - and their Diary of Horace Wimp which was accompanied by a charming Lego movie backdrop.

They went to the break with an audience pleasing Livin’ Thing, but for me the first half lacked some energy, falling a little flat.

This was not true of the second set however, as they returned having found their mojo in jazzy costumes and proceeded to rock their way through Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Hold on Tight, Don’t Bring Me Down and Rock ‘n’ Roll is King - who doesn’t love a backdrop of Irish dancing chimps.

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The whole crowd were up and dancing for the encore - you guessed it, Mr Blue Sky - and by the end they were cheering with appreciation of a band that pays true homage to their musical heroes.

Martine Silkstone