My wife and I went to Epcot last night to see The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra). This is perhaps the third time we’ve seen them live at Epcot. They were great as usual. ELO’s songs were playing a lot on the radio when I was a kid and when I was in college, and they’re still played with regularity on some radio stations today.
When the concert was over and we were filing out of the stadium, a man said to me that he’d seen me singing along.
“As long as you couldn’t hear me,” I said with a smile. But yeah, I knew every song they played. These guys helped define my generation.
Some bands that play at Epcot have a repertoire so limited they have to cover songs by other bands if they are to play songs for half an hour that the audience will recognize. Not so with The Orchestra. They play three sets a night for three nights, and while they might repeat some of their most popular songs because everyone wants to hear them, they’ll never have to cover songs from other bands to provide variety in their sets. There were so many ELO songs they didn’t play, sitting through one of their half-hour Epcot performances only whetted my appetite to hear more.
Here’s a YouTube video of ELO back in the day, playing the same song as the one with which The Orchestra ended their first set at Epcot this year. If you don’t recognize this song, you’re not a fan of classic rock in either the US or the UK.
I always thought they were singing “Bruce” in this song. They aren’t. You could tell during the live performance that what they sang did not start with a B. Maybe it was a G. According to Wikipedia, the liner notes for the album stated that the word was a made up word, “Grroosss.” Artists, eh.
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