It’s certainly not as catchy as ELO – or even the Electric Light Orchestra – but The Orchestra (Starring ELO Former Members) is on its way to Israel for three shows at the end of July. Regardless of the awkward name that was settled on by the suits and ties in the legal offices, the shows will be full of hummable, lush 1970s ELO pop compositions like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Don’t Bring Me Down, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” and its signature cover song “Roll Over Beethoven.”
Of course, the founders of the band – graduates of 1960s British rock cultists The Move Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan – are long absent from the mix. Lynne put ELO to rest in the 1980s to focus on a solo career and join fellow rock aristocrats George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.