Last night, I had the joy of going to Manchester to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO perform. It is the first music concert I’ve been to in that arena, and the first time I’ve seen a rock band perform. What did I think?
Let’s start off with the main thing: The band was excellent. Jeff Lynne brought his blend of feel-good rock anthems, tinged with latter-day Beatles and 50’s rock aesthetic, to an amazing stage show with a fantastic live band, containing the right mix of orchestral, rock, and synth that
The big hits were in full force throughout the night. Turn to Stone, Livin’ Thing, Showdown, Mr Blue Sky, and others. All of it was punctuated with excellent visuals. Because of the lights, the lasers, and the screen displaying images behind the band, it was more than a concert. It was an experience. And it will be one that I am sure anyone who went will treasure. I sure will.
Regarding the rest of the experience around going, I just want to take some time to comment on the trains. Northern really
Another thing about Manchester is how big it is, and I am not a fan. Its a big city, and it is very imposing, and that is something I don’t like. This is why I like Liverpool more because its a smaller city and a little more self-contained. We had dinner in Nando’s in the Arndale Centre, which wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be. It was recommended we avoid Printworks, and we did. I can imagine it being heaving with customers.
As for the arena, security was tight. Understandably so since the terror attack. Because of my watch and belt, I ended up getting frisked. Its good to know I was being kept safe, though
And with that, I will end this post with a spotify playlist of some of my favourite ELO songs. Hope you enjoy. They’re all deep cuts, but listen to Mister Kingdom: