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Jeff Lynne's ELO announces first U.S. tour since 1981

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Jeff Lynne's ELO is embarking on its first North American tour since 1981. Next summer's dates follow the band's September 2016 run of three West Coast shows at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl and two in New York at Radio City Music Hall.

As of now, Lynne and the band will play a total of 10 shows, with the trek launching on August 2nd in Oakland, California and wrapping on August 24th in Philadelphia. Along the way, the tour will hit L.A.; Denver; Houston; Dallas; Rosemont, Illinois; Detroit; Toronto; and New York City.

Jeff Lynne said in a statement posted on his official website: "Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again."

Although ELO's Jeff Lynne as 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.”

Just Announced: Jeff Lynne's ELO North American tour dates (subject to change):

August 2 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
August 4 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
August 8 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
August 10 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
August 13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
August 15 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
August 16 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
August 18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
August 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
August 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

Fast Facts:

Between 1975 and 1986 ELO scored 15 Top 20 hits -- all written by Jeff Lynne: "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" (#10), "Evil Woman" (#9), "Strange Magic" (#14), "Livin' Thing" (#13), "Telephone Line" (#7), "Turn To Stone" (#13), "Sweet Talkin' Woman" (#17), "Shine A Little Love" (#8), "Don't Bring Me Down" (#4), "I'm Alive" (#16), "All Over The World" (#13), "Xanadu" - with Olivia Newton-John (#8), "Hold On Tight" (#10), "Rock N' Roll Is King" (#19), and "Calling America" (#18).

Side Notes:

Coming on Friday (November 17th) is the latest live collection from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, titled Wembley Or Bust.

The 22-song set, captured live at London's Wembley Stadium on June 24th, 2017 in front of an estimated 80,000 fans, features such classic Electric Light Orchestra songs as "Evil Woman," "Showdown," "Livin' Thing," "Do Ya," "Xanadu," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Telephone Line," "Turn To Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down" -- and even a take on the Traveling Wilburys' signature tune, "Handle With Care.”

Wembley Or Bust will be available as a two-CD/Blu-ray set as well as a triple-LP live album.

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