For two nights on Aug. 4-5, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Dawes stopped at the Forum. It’s been almost 10 years since Dawes released their debut album North Hills. With their “Laurel Canyon Sound,” Dawes carries on a tradition of artists in L.A. like Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne. Dawes played a set including “Time Spent in Los Angeles,” “When My Time Comes,” and “All Your Favorite Bands.” Off of Dawes latest release Passwords, they performed “Living In The Future,” and “Feed the Fire.”
In 14 years, Electric Light Orchestra has celebrated a few milestones, including 20 U.K. Top 20 Hits, 15 Top 20 U.S. hits within the Hot 100, the most hits on the Hot 100 without a number one single, and sales of over 50 million albums worldwide. After 14 years apart, Jeff Lynne and keyboardist Richard Tandy formed a new ELO for a short period. Lynne and Tandy formed an entirely new group four years ago known as "Jeff Lynne’s ELO," and are as big as they were 30+ years ago.
ELO’s current touring band has 12 members. ELO’s 19-song set was packed with hits and was mostly a sing-a-long type of show. When it comes to a large production, ELO certainly has one of the biggest with their larger than life screen, massive sound, and special effects like lasers. ELO’s set included their hits “Evil Woman,” “Do Ya,” and “Turn To Stone.” Lynne also threw in “Handle With Care,” from his Traveling Wilburys days. Before the encore, ELO ended on “Mr. Blue Sky,” and returned for Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” The North American part of the tour ends Aug. 24 in Philadelphia, PA.