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Tripping the Electric Light Fantastic
November 18, 2009   
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After the success of last year's concert tour of Poland, legendary British symphonic rockers Electric Light Orchestra are coming back to play the Kongresowa Hall in Warsaw Nov. 30.

Roy Wood from The Move and Jeff Lynne from The Idle Race started the group in 1970. ELO's first self-titled album came out in 1971. The single "10538 Overture," released to promote the album, made it to number nine on the British singles chart in 1972.

These Birmingham hopefuls, who were soon to go on and conquer both sides of the Atlantic, started out with a simple but outlandish idea to graft symphonic music onto the seemingly incompatible genre of classic rock. ELO was born. The 1970s and '80s were ELO's heyday. The group put out 11 albums between 1971 and 1986 and became a permanent fixture at the upper end of the charts with hits like "Evil Woman," "Mr. Blue Sky," "Do Ya," "Don't Bring Me Down," and "Xanadu."

Jeff Lynne, who had fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its inception, officially left in 1988 to devote more time to producing. As a producer, Lynne has numbered George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty among his clientele. Some of the other members carried on as Electric Light Orchestra Part II at the behest of drummer and original member Bev Bevan in 1989.

The group now bills itself as Electric Light Orchestra The Former Members. ELO's Polish tour embraces seven concerts, including appearances in Gdynia, Poznań and ŁódĽ. They will be accompanied on stage by a Polish symphony orchestra.


Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.

Kongresowa Hall
Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw
Tickets: zl.70, zl.90, zl.120, zl.160, zl.190, zl.300
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