Preview: Electric Light Orchestra Experience, Sunderland Empire, Friday

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TRIBUTE band The ELO Experience are promising blue skies ahead when they return to the Sunderland Empire for one night only on Friday.

The Electric Light Orchestra Greatest Hits show, performed live by the ELO Experience, is once again on the road, taking audiences back to the days when these songs were first heard.

Forty years ago, an idea conceived by Birmingham musician Roy Wood, resulted in the formation of the Electric Light Orchestra.

This band, taken over and nurtured by Jeff Lynne, became one of the biggest success stories in pop music history.

Between 1972 and 1986, ELO enjoyed 20 Top 20 smashes in the UK and 15 Top 20 smashes in the US. The global success was proven when the band set out on a nine-month, 92-date world tour.

In the United States the concerts were billed as “The Big Night” and were their largest to date, with 80,000 people seeing them at Cleveland Stadium.

More recently, compilation album, All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, was released in 2005 and became a Top 10 album hit in several international markets, including England.

With a band line-up hailing from Hull, The ELO Experience was formed so fans could relive the music of ELO live. The ELO Experience perform all the hits in a two-hour show, which includes two cellists, along with the three guitarists, a keyboard player and a drummer.

Strings and vocals are key features in the arrangements, with many songs requiring four-part harmonies.

Expect to hear your favourite ELO songs including: Wild West Hero, Hold on Tight, Shine a Little Love, Confusion, It’s a Living Thing, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Don’t Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone and, of course, – Mr Blue Sky.

l The ELO Experience is at the Sunderland Empire on Friday. For tickets, priced £19, call 0844 871 3022 or book online at