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Voldar: ... Adam Sandler 'invites 5,000 to party' Adam Sandler is reportedly continuing his holiday tradition of hosting a giant party in Hollywood. The actor has invited 5,000 people to the event, although this year's guestlist is somewhat smaller than 2009's bash, reports Reuters. Sandler apparently plans to take over all of Pickwick Gardens in Burbank for the party. The Grown Ups star's fest will feature bowling, ice skating, an open bar, food and a performance by Sandler's band, which will include Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. The guestlist is to include Sandler's famous friends and everyone involved with his production company Happy Madison, as well as crews, producers, musicians and executives he has worked with in the past. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/risky-business/adam-sandler-invites-5000-people-55686

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Voldar: , . Now I Can Die: Rooney's Robert Schwartzman Drooled On Jeff Lynne In our two previous episodes of Now I Can Die we heard the stories of two musicians and their totally crazy encounters with their rock-star idols. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm gave Alice Cooper Pepcid AC at a record store (crazy!) and Brent Smith of Shinedown held a deli tray while Eddie Van Halen pissed on it (double crazy!). In our third installment of the series, things are considerably more tame. We won't give away too much of the story, but as you'll see in the video it involves a so-excited-he's-drooling Robert Schwartzman, lead singer of Rooney, and a awesome-at-Ping-Pong Jeff Lynne, leader of Electric Light Orchestra. Enjoy. - http://clutch.mtv.com/2010/11/30/now-i-can-die-rooneys-robert-schwartzman-played-ping-pong-with-jeff-lynne/


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Goldenday: : Gonzos Gems: The Strange Magic Of The Electric Light Orchestra December 1st, 2010 By Sam Gonzo Gonzales One day in the summer of 1979, I walked into McMahans Furniture Store with my mom. She pointed to the stereos lined up to the left of the stores entrance and asked, If you could have one, which one would you pick? I looked over the eight or so stereos and pointed to the one with the $99 price tag. Do you want it? she asked. I practically passed out with shock, but managed to mumble, Yes. And just like that I had my very first stereo and my lifelong quest and love of collecting and listening to all genres of music began. Thanks mom!! I was so proud of my stereo. Now I had to get my hands on some albums. Which ones? There were so many to chose from. After giving it some thought, I bought a couple of greatest hits albums. They had more bang for my buck I reasoned. One of the albums was ELOs Greatest Hits. Electric Light Orchestra was all over the radio airwaves around that time and now they were on my turntable. Needless to say, I spent many moments listening to ELOs greatest hits, and especially my all time favorite Electric Light Orchestra song, Rockaria!. Electric Light Orchestra came to be one day as Move members Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood worked on a Move track in the studio. With Jeff playing big guitar riffs and Roy overdubbing cello to the track, they created a sound that closely resembled an orchestra. It was the sound they had been looking for all along. That track, infused with classical overtones, immediately became the blueprint of the Electric Light Orchestra sound. The track was 10538 Overture and it became the first Electric Light Orchestra song ever written. Now it was 1971 and ex-Move members Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan formed the primary core of Electric Light Orchestra. Effectively employing the use of violins and cellos, they recorded and unleashed upon us No Answer, a rock album with a very classical sound. The album, of course, contained the song that started it all, 10538 Overture. It also contained a quirky sounding song entitled, Mr. Radio, which was intentionally made to sound like a recording from the 20s. Unforeseen, Roy Wood bailed out and left Electric Light Orchestra after the No Answer album to form Wizzard, but Lynne and Bevan soldiered on and released their second album, Electric Light Orchestra II in 1973. The album presented us with the beautiful and sad song, Mama, about a lonely young lady. And what a stroke of genius by Jeff Lynne and company to cover the Chuck Berry rocker, Roll Over Beethoven. Starting out classically and then morphing into a rocking Gem, it clocks in at whopping 7 minutes 49 seconds. Electric Light Orchestra continued to draw heavily from the Beatles, releasing On The Third Day in 1973. With a Lennonesque tenor, Lynne sang the hits Showdown and Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle perfectly, giving this album a much more confident sound than their previous albums. Electric Light Orchestra had found their sound and now they were really ready to crank out more big hits. Even John Lennon, during an interview, stated how much he liked Showdown. Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle found both Jeff Lynne and Marc Bolan playing the main riff together in a very big way. Next up in the spotlight was 1974s Eldorado. Up to this point Jeff Lynne had been tracking up two cellos and one violin. That ceased. A 30-piece orchestra and choir were hired for Eldorado and produced the classic hit, Cant Get It Out Of My Head. Midnight, on the water, I saw the oceans daughter, walking on a waves chicane, staring as she called my name, and I cant get it out of my head The song is beautiful and catchy enough that after a few listens you wont be able to get it out of your head. The hits were coming quick now. Face The Music, released in 1975, gave us the hit singles, Evil Woman, which was written by Lynne in a total of six minutes, and Strange Magic which was written on many different pianos throughout various locations in England while on tour. Lynne sings the obscure yet beautiful lyrics, Youre sailing softly through the sun, in a broken stone age dawn, you fly, so high, I get a strange magic. It was 1976, and a friend and I were driving down the road in his truck, listening to his new 8-track tape of Electric Light Orchestras A New World Record. I enjoyed the two first cuts: Tightrope, a song about being in trouble and looking for help, and Telephone Line, a song about yearning for a lost love. The new release sounded pretty good thus far. Now Rockaria came on. The track opened with a female opera singer singing in true operatic fashion. What the hell is that? was my initial response. Suddenly, and without warning, the song morphs into a straight-out rocker and Jeff Lynne belts out, Just got back from a downtown palace, where the music was so sweet it knocked me right back in the alley, oh baby I practically fell out of the moving truck. I stared at the 8-track player as if it held some type of magical powers. It was a song about a rocker intent on showing an opera singer how to rock and roll, to convert her into a true rock n roller. The remaining standout tunes were Livin Thing and a re-working of the Moves Do Ya. But the true Gem is Rockaria! Its still my favorite Electric Light Orchestra song. Next, 1977s Out Of The Blue was a double disc offering with Mr. Blue Sky, Sweet Talkin Woman and Turn To Stone as the choice tracks. Jeff Lynne states that Mr. Blue Sky was inspired by being cooped up in a house in Switzerland for weeks writing music for Out Of The Blue and then suddenly having the sun come out and making everything look beautiful. Sweet Talkin Woman, originally called Dead End Street, was an early disco tune and a nod in the direction the band would take with their next album. Turn To Stone, my favorite cut from the album, has great chords, a great Moog bass line and a great feel to it. 1977 saw The English guys with the big fiddles playing on an enormous spaceship-shaped stage with fog machines and a laser light show. Quite the spectacle. Discovery, or Disco Very as its been referred to, was released in 1979 and it showed a strong disco influence throughout the album. Though I am not the biggest fan of disco, the cuts on Discovery were still catchy songs. Youve got to love the whimsical air of The Diary Of Horace Wimp, the upbeat attitude of Shine A Little Love, the haunting beauty of Confusion and the rocking heavy backbeat of Dont Bring Me Down. Interesting note: Dont Bring Me Down has groos in the lyrics not Bruce. Groos was a word Jeff Lynne made up in the studio while recording the song. You people singing Bruce all these years time to groos it up. Electric Light Orchestras sound changed in 1981 with the release of the bands science fiction concept album, Time. The string section was replaced and synthesizers played a dominant role throughout this and the following two subsequent releases. Time generated the bands final hit, Hold On Tight. 1983s Secret Messages had Rock And Roll Is King, which was a sequel of sorts to Rockaria!, and the Gem, Four Little Diamonds, a Beatles-era Paul McCartney-esque rocker. 1986s Balance Of Power had Calling America, Getting To The Point and So Serious. An imminent split had been looming over the band for a while and now and after the release of Balance Of Power the band broke up. Lynne had become a sought-after producer and his focus shifted from Electric Light Orchestra to producing other artists. Impressively, he produced numerous artist such as Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Dave Edmunds, Randy Newman, George Harrison and The Traveling Wilburys. His crowning achievement as a producer? He produced two songs, Free As A Bird and Real Love for the Beatles Anthology series with the three surviving Beatles using John Lennons vocals from tapes of unfinished tracks. A decade and half later, a new Electric Light Orchestra album appeared out of the blue. Zoom, released in 2001, continued on with the classic Electric Light Orchestra sound and delivered us Moment In Paradise, In My Own Time and Easy Money. Im a sucker for a great pop song and Moment In Paradise is just that. A pop song at its finest. Easy Money and In My Own Time have the feel of 50s music. In In My Own Time Jeff sings, Bye, bye, is that a tear in your eye, too late to cry, you and your precious disguise. In recent times, Lynne has continued producing and some of Electric Light Orchestras music has been used in various Hollywood movies. Livin Thing appeared in the movie Boogie Nights; Showdown graced the movie Kingpin; and most recently, Mr. Blue Sky shows up in the animated film Megamind. With Jeff Lynne at the helm and serving as songwriter, lead singer, lead guitarist and producer, Electric Light Orchestra created fantastic pop/rock songs with a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical music and a touch of quirkiness. Electric Light Orchestra racked up an amazing seventeen Top 40 hits between 1975 and 1981. If you get a chance, I invite you to check out my Gems: Roll Over Beethoven, Rockaria! and Four Little Diamonds or even better find your own gems in the Electric Light Orchestra catalogue. Electric Light Orchestras strange magic is there waiting for you to discover for the first time or re-discover it all over again. http://ringsidereport.com/?p=5789

Goldenday: : Many people know of ELO leader Jeff Lynnes love of the Beatles. What is perhaps less widely known is the love of the Beatles for ELO and Jeff Lynne! So here is a potted history of the relationship between the Fab Four and one of their greatest fans, with a few other great pop/ rock artists thrown in for good measure! The first time that Jeff Lynne met the Beatles was in 1968, when he was songwriter and lead vocalist for a band called the Idle Race. He was invited to the Beatles Abbey Road studio where they were recording the White Album. Nearly four decades later, Lynne told Q Magazine that To be in the same room as the four of them caused me not to sleep for, like, three days. The original aim of ELO, formed out of the ashes of Sixties pop group The Move, and led jointly by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood (the latter leaving ELO after their first album had been released, to form Wizzard), was to take up where the Beatles I Am The Walrus had left off, and to present it on stage. Five years later, Lynne was paid the ultimate compliment, by his ultimate hero, John Lennon, who, during a radio show in New York in 1973, played ELOs then-current single, Showdown, and lavished praise on it. Nor was that the last favourable comment that Lennon publicly bestowed on ELO. In an interview with Playboy magazine, recorded in September 1980, less than three months before he was shot dead by a lunatic ex-fan, Lennon said that ELO is son of I Am The Walrus. If somebody wants I Am The Walrus music, they just have to buy ELO records. And, in a separate interview with Newsweek, a month later, Lennon praised ELO again: I like pop recordsI like the ELO singing All Over The World. Lynne must have loved these compliments! Throughout ELOs existence, critics drew the inevitable comparisons between the Beatles and ELO. Some were favourable comparisons, but many accused Lynne of ripping off the Beatles, a charge which is in my view ridiculous. Quite apart from the fact that Lennon and Harrison had themselves both been sued for alleged plagiarism (for, respectively, Come Together and My Sweet Lord), whereas ELO never had been, there are no ELO songs that rip off the Beatles, in the sense of copying their songs. Sure, the Beatles influences are there Lynne openly admitted that he was very influenced by the Beatles sound of 68 and 69. That has obviously been a big influence on the way Ive looked at songwriting. But being influenced by another band is something very different from ripping it off. All musicians are influenced by other musicians and anyway, as Lynne said, being compared with the Beatles was the ultimate compliment! When, in 1986, Lynne decided to disband ELO, he was approached by George Harrison via their mutual friend Dave Edmunds (for whom Lynne had recently produced two albums), asking if he would produce his solo album, Cloud Nine. Working with a team of stars, including not just Harrison but also Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Ray Cooper, Lynne co-wrote one of the songs with George (This Is Love) as well as playing guitar, bass and keyboards. The success of Cloud Nine led to bigger things Lynne and Harrison then joined forces with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty to form the Travelling Wilburys, and Lynne went on to produce solo albums by Orbison and Petty, co-writing several songs on the latters Full Moon Fever and Into The Great Wide Open. Anyway, back to the Beatles! So impressed was George Harrison with Lynnes production skills, he asked him to produce the two post-Beatles songs (written by Lennon in the late 1970s, and on which the three surviving Beatles played and sang), Free As A Bird and Real Love which, despite (or perhaps because of!) not being played on Radio 1, reached No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in the singles chart during 1995 and 1996. Despite Paul McCartneys initial scepticism about using Lynne, fearing that the latter had been brought in to basically say (as Lynne put it) Oh, lets do it like George Harrison says!, he was won round on hearing the final result - he gave Lynne this great big hug and said Oh, John, give me a kiss. Lynne went on to produce McCartneys commercially (as well as critically) successful 1997 album, Flaming Pie. But it was always George Harrison that Jeff Lynne was closest to. Harrison played on Lynnes 1990 solo album, Armchair Theatre, as well as on the more recent 2001 ELO album Zoom, on which Ringo Starr also guested on drums on a couple of tracks. On Georges final album, Brainwashed, posthumously released in 2002, Lynne guested on backing vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, and co-produced the record with George and his son Dhani. In November 2002, on the first anniversary of Georges death, Jeff Lynne appeared along with a galaxy of George Harrisons friends and fellow musicians, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Jools Holland and Dhani Harrison, at the Concert For George at the Royal Albert Hall. At that event, Lynne sang lead vocal on three Harrison tracks: I Want To Tell You (from Revolver), The Inner Light (B-side of Lady Madonna) and Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth (from Georges Living In The Material World solo album), as well as playing guitar and contributing backing vocals on most of the songs in the concert. He also produced the concert audio soundtrack for the ensuing album/DVD release. http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/vip/profile/ELObsessive/blog/5137/John__Paul__George_and_Ringo_____and_Jeff_Lynne.html

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