Phil Collins' dreams of performing at Britain's Glastonbury festival have been put aside until he fully recovers from back surgery and a crippling foot injury.
The veteran musician underwent surgery late last year (15) to correct nerve damage, but his recovery was set back when he later took a tumble and fractured a bone in his foot.
He is now walking with the aid of a cane, and Phil admits he could not tackle a high profile performance at an event like Glastonbury until he is healed.
"We will see, " he tells Britain's The Sun newspaper. "I know there is a special afternoon show that Lionel Richie and Tony Bennett have played... It's an interesting concept and it could be part of the plan. But, looking at this foot, there's only one way to go and that's take one step at a time."
Continue reading: Phil Collins: 'I'm Not Well Enough To Play Glastonbury'
Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra (Elo) Are The First Act Confirmed To Perform At This Year's (16) Glastonbury Festival.
The band is set to head to the Worthy Farm site in Somerset, England in June (16) to tackle the British music festival's annual 'Legends' slot, which has previously been filled by veteran acts including Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie.
The set will be an emotional one for rocker Jeff and his group as their bandmate Mike Edwards was killed just miles away from the Glastonbury site in neighbouring Devon, England in 2010.
Cellist Edwards died in a freak accident with a giant runaway bale of hay which fell from a tractor and crushed the van he was driving.
Continue reading: Electric Light Orchestra Lead Glastonbury Line-up
It's been a long-awaited return for Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra. With the announcement of a brand new album full of original material (the first in nearly 15 years) Alone in the Universe, it was only a matter of time before the band would take to the stage. After having performed at BBC's Hyde Park last year, a year later a quick announcement of an intimate one-off London show just three hours before tickets were released, Elo made the statement that they were back.
Porchester Hall isn't as well-known as a music venue in London like the Roundhouse, the Koko or the 02 Academies are, and that's because it's a venue where you're more likely to attend for a dinner-dance. But it was magnificent. With a capacity of only around 400 people, the towering ceiling, the red curtains and the chandeliers made it the perfect venue for ELO's intimate show.
The excitement was building ecstatically during the build up to the gig. With no openers (because was no-one needed to hype the crowd up), as soon as the small strings section walked onto the stage cheers and shouts erupted around the small crowd. In comparison, it was almost like a crowd of middle-aged men and women suddenly acting like pre-pubescent teenagers at a One Direction concert (without the crying and the fainting). As soon as Jeff Lynne appeared it was easy to see who everybody was waiting for and shouts of 'I love you Jeff' echoed around the hall.
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The Fans Of Electric Light Orchestra Who Turned Out To See Leader Jeff Lynne's Hits Show In London Last Summer (14) Inspired The Rocker To Write And Record Again.
Since breaking up Elo over a decade ago, Lynne has concentrated on producing for other artists, but he was so stoked by the turn-out for the band's Hyde Park gig, he decided to start working on new material.
And now he has recorded comeback album All Alone in the Universe, which will be released later this year (15).
Lynne says, "It (concert) just blew me away... It was magnificent. I couldn’t believe it. They knew all the words. I knew most of them, although not necessarily in that order.
Continue reading: Jeff Lynne Vowed To Record New Music After Amazing Hyde Park Gig
British Rock Icon Jeff Lynne Has Given Fans Of His Electric Light Orchestra A Reason To Celebrate After Revealing He Has Completed Work On A New Studio Album.
All Alone in the Universe, Elo's first studio album since 2001's Zoom, will be released just in time for Christmas (25Dec15).
Lynne is offering up the project's lead single, When I Was a Boy, as a free download for fans who pre-order the album via Amazon or iTunes this weekend (25-27Sep15).
In a press release announcing the new album, Lynne writes, "Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life, from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham (England) right until today, proves how much music can do."
Continue reading: Jeff Lynne Announces Christmas Treat For Elo Fans
Electric Light Orchestra Leader And Traveling Wilburys Star Jeff Lynne Is To Be Honoured With The 2,548th Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The British rocker's fellow former Wilbury Tom Petty and Eagles star Joe Walsh will be at the Los Angeles ceremony to salute Lynne when he unveils his latest accolade on 23 April (15) in front of the iconic Capitol Records Building on Hollywood Boulevard.
His new star will be close to those of late Traveling Wilburys singer Roy Orbison and The Beatles, whose Anthology projects Lynne remastered and produced.
Ana Martinez, the producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies, tells WENN, "We are thrilled to add his name to our famed Walk of Fame next to his musical peers."
The get together will be one of many collaborations set to hit the stage at music's big night.
Chris Martin will join Beck and Sam Smith will perform with his collaborator Mary J. Blige.
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Jeff Lynne is getting ready to recharge his Electric Light Orchestra after the band returned to the U.K. stage for the first time in 28 years on Sunday night (14Sep14).
Elo headlined BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London and Lynne was so thrilled with the crowd's reaction to his comeback, he suggested the gig would be the first of many.
During his hit-heavy 75-minute show, the Traveling Wilburys star told fans, "Wow, fantastic. It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it... I'll do this again."
Continue reading: Jeff Lynne Triumphs At Elo Comeback Gig
Elo - The 2014 Gumball 3000 arrives on London's Regent Street. Thousand's of people gathered on a very warm Sunday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the exotic cars as they made their way down one of the city's main thoroughfares. The drivers will rest in London overnight before heading to Paris, which is the next stop of the rally. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th June 2014
Mvula, a former graduate of the university, and the 66-year-old Birmingham native were both named doctors during a ceremony this week (beg03Mar14).
Lynne says, "This is really meaningful and I'm thrilled to bits to get this award. It's beyond anything I ever thought of getting so I'm really chuffed about it."
Continue reading: Jeff Lynne & Laura Mvula Receive Honorary Degrees In Hometown