Electric Light Orchestra‘s Jeff Lynne has confirmed that he is working on a new album.
He told Billboard: “I had so much [fun] in Hyde Park with 50,000 people, where I just played in September, first time I’ve played in 28 years it was fantastic and I loved every minute, so I’m definitely gonna come here [the US] and play.” When asked when those gigs would take place, he said: “Not too long.” His manager confirmed that the shows would take place next year.
Lynne performed at BBC Radio 2’s Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London, earlier this year, marking the influential pop group’s return to the UK stage 28 years after their last full concert performance. During the 75-minute set, Birmingham-born Lynne told the 50,000-strong crowd: “I’ll do this again.” The reluctant frontman had been talked into performing at the annual event by BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans, who introduced the band with a specially created VT.
The show saw Lynne head a band that included original ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy and the BBC Concert Orchestra, who fleshed out his compositions with record-perfect renditions. Lynne seemed overwhelmed by the reaction, sticking two thumbs up to the crowd after an opening ‘All Over The World’. He said: “Wow, fantastic. It’s unbelievable this really. I haven’t done anything like this for so long, I can’t believe it.”
ELO enjoyed a run of 27 Top 40 hits from 1972 to 1986, when Lynne retired the group. He went on to produce the reunited Beatles’ ‘new’ songs for 1995’s ‘Anthology’ albums. A planned ELO reunion tour was scrapped in 2000.