Bad News For Electric Light Orchestra Regarding Upcoming Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction…
Things Are Looking Slim For Electric Light Orchestra!
At this point, we are ever so close to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony and thus far this particular year has been one of the more interesting. Some very deserving acts are finally finding their way into the hall. That being said, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been a rocky road thus far for certain bands. One in particular, Electric Light Orchestra.
Longtime ELO drummer Bev Bevan is amongst the members of the band that will be inducted into the hall of fame, however, he just broke the news that he will not be attending the induction ceremony.
He took to Facebook to say this:
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
Unfortunately I will not be able to attend ELO’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another great friend of Jeff, Richard and Roy..the legend that is ‘Jasper Carrott’.
These dates have been sold out for sometime and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them.
It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again.
I would also like to mention a few other names that I think should be recognised as part of what made ELO so magical – in particular Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale and the late Kelly Groucutt.
It truly is a great honour to be a part of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame especially when I see the names of the inductees over the years…many are my heroes, some I have had the honour to meet and others the privilege to share a stage with.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a life in the music business from my first band ‘Rocking Ronnie & The Renegades’ to ‘Black Sabbath and all the bits inbetween including The Move, Denny Laine & The Diplomats, Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Quill, The Electric Light Orchestra, the Brum Rocks concerts, Stand Up & Rock and more… surrounded by great talented musicians. It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out on stage.
However, I would like to add that without the support of the record buying and concert going public my great career could never have happened. So a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has ever purchased a record that I played on or been to any of the concerts.
Hope to see you soon at a gig somewhere.
At the moment, ELO have a drummer in Donavan Hepburn, so the expected performance by ELO is not necessarily in jeopardy, however, it is tradition that all of the original band members join together to and perform on stage at the ceremony, and now, ELO is missing a crucial member in those regards.
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