Jeff Lynne is riding high with ELO's resurgence both on the concert circuit, as well as the album charts. Lynne's latest self-written, produced, and performed collection, From Out Of Nowhere has hit Number Six on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart — and sailed to Number One in the UK. During a chat with The Toronto Sun, he was asked if he's tempted to once again take the show on the road, admitting, "We haven’t got any definite plans but we do have things we’re looking at, yeah."
On his 2015 return to the road, Lynne — who admittedly is most happy when holed up in a recording studio — said: "It was a 30-year break from touring. I certainly want to do another tour, one of these days, I don’t know exactly when, yes I would like to. But, the album situation, has been so well received, I’m amazed. Everybody’s given it such a warm welcome. You didn’t have to force it down anybody’s throat. They already got it."
Lynne remains humbled by the crowds that turned out in droves this year for ELO's shows: "It was fantastic. It was just brilliant and it’s like three generations of the audience. It’s amazing. It’s like the youngsters, older youngsters, and then there’s the moms and dads. And they all just sing along and love it and just dancing and singing."
He went on to say that the production that went into the shows added a special element for both the fans and musicians alike: "I love those screens so much. They’re just so evocative. The guys who run them are all really clever. The main thing is the band is the greatest part of it all. They’re tremendous musicians and I’m lucky to have them really. I love them. It sounds more or less perfect when they’re playing because they’re all really good players. There’s 13 of us on stage now so that really helps get a nice big sound."
Although Jeff Lynne is about as British as they come — he explained why nearly all of his songs sound as if they're sung by an American: ["It's just that when you start, all the records you learn, listen to and learn, they're all singing in this twang — like a dialect. Y'know, it sounds so cool with music put to it. But when you start doing it, like somebody who's very posh or something, it just doesn't have any — it just sounds wrong. So we all tend to go onto the American dialect."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . the American dialect)