Archive for February, 2010

Fan Memories: ELO

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Many thanks to Dawn Atherton, who has shared with us some concert memories, one being ELO. Thanks Dawn!

Dawn shares:

OK, starting chronologically, first up is ELO. I saw them at Bingley Hall in June 1978. I was still at school and too young to drive,so my dad took me and my friend Helen, in the car. Bingley Hall was about an hour and a half’s drive from where we lived. I remember telling someone at school that I was going to Bingley Hall and them telling me that was where they did livestock auctions – Bingley Hall was then forever immortalised in my mind as “that cowshed in a field”.

Helen and I went into the hall, I remember that the seats were the folding type that you typically get in church halls or community centres, not the fixed type you get in today’s arena venues. I don’t recall much of the detail of the concert, except that it was absolutely incredible. I couldn’t believe that a band could sound so good live. I had copies of ELO’s LPs “A New World Record” and “Out Of The Blue” and had played them to death. I was dumbstruck by the quality of the sound and the musicianship and found myself really LISTENING to the music, in awe. We had fairly good seats and got a good view of the band on stage. We wandered out into the night, shaking our heads in amazement at the band we had just seen, I never expected the live versions of the songs I knew so well from my LPs to sound as good live, but they actually sounded better.

My dad had told us that he would stay in the car whilst the concert was going on, however on meeting back up with him I found him with a massive grin on his face. Turns out he had got bored sitting in the car and had gone for a wander round. He bumped into one of the security guards, who let him in – and my dad watched most of the concert from right beside the stage! He has been an ELO fan ever since, and my LPs ended up being played more than ever in the house.

Join Dawn and share your musical memories with Memories in Music. Send your memories to: stories@memoriesinmusic.com We look forward to hearing from you!

Musicians of the Midlands – Bev Bevan

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

One of the musicians taking part in our charity exhibit this September is Bev Bevan, drummer for ELO, The Move, and even for a time with Black Sabbath (replacing Bill Ward when he became ill) on tour and playing on their Eternal Idol album.

Bev was born in an inner city area of Birmingham called Spark Hill. Deciding to leave a glittering career as a department store buyer, he picked up his drumsticks and played with Denny Laine in a group called Denny Laine and the Diplomats, moving on to The Vikings before finding a place in one of the most influential bands of the 60s called The Move. The Move had nine Top 20 UK singles, and it was Bev and two other members of this group, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, who formed The Electric Light Orchestra. Unlike The Move who never enjoyed success in the USA, ELO found fame there first. The band had 27 Top 40 singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

ELO ended in 1986, and since then Bev has continued to play, in ELO Part II and a reformed version of The Move, Bev Bevan’s Move. He has also written a book about his life as a star in ELO called, ‘The Story of The Electric Light Orchestra.’ He has organised and taken part in several charity gigs to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Barnardos. He now has a weekly radio show on BBC West Midlands and writes a column for The Sunday Mercury: blogs.sundaymercury.net/bev-bevan/

Bev has kindly agreed to loan Memories in Music items from his personal collection for our charity display at St Pauls Gallery. Among these is a tour jacket from his ELO days. Check out some of Bev’s columns, and of course, his music. Bev Bevan has made a huge contribution to music history.

Are you a fan of ELO? Have you seen them in concert, have memorabilia to loan or share on the website? Met Bev? We’re looking for fans to share their memories. Get in touch and your memories will become part of our exhibit in the Gallery and part of the website.