ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, L.A. (near LAX)
THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS!
Here is possibly the strangest concert I ever attended – right out of the X-Files!
I couldn’t and still can’t locate any confirming date or set list info for this concert. (Which is all I use Wiki-anything for regarding these articles – to confirm dates, set lists, venue capacity and sometimes personnel – 99% is from my memory and the fact that I laid down a lot of these chronicles some time ago.) Then I remembered a very obscure detail; during the concert; Jeff Lynne announced that it was the drummer, Bev Bevan’s birthday (actually it was on the 24th, but they were still celebrating), and everyone whooped and applauded. Why is that a relative clue? Because I went to this concert with my close friend whose birthday was the same day (we took Lynne literally), and that was November 25th, the day of this concert. So the concert had to be on that date.
And more corroborating facts are that ELO were in California in November of 1974 and performed on Nov. 21st in Fresno, north of L.A. The day after the concert I experienced, Nov. 26th, an L.A. television talk show featured Richard Pryor and George C. Scott, and ELO performed two hits from “Eldorado” – so they were in and around L.A. from the 21st through the 26th. and through the power of Sherlock F. Holmes’ deductive reasoning all of these facts leaves us with 11-25-74 as the date that I saw ELO perform at Loyola University just north of LAX.
So why is there absolutely no record of this concert?
Every bit of ELO gig research lists Fresno on the 21st and then not another performance until December 5th in Chicago!
My conclusion? I think it’s a perfectly executed conspiracy cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican to erase this concert from ever existing!
And here’s why:
In a strange sequence of events, just recently (April, 2006), I was informed by someone who also attended this concert back in ’74 that Loyola never booked any more rock concerts after this ELO concert. Why? Supposedly some kid fell from a high window when he tried to sneak into the concert and died. I was totally unaware of this.
Since Loyola Marymount University is a Roman Catholic institution steeped in Jesuit traditions it was obviously settled immediately, out of court and out of the media and press – and covered-up to avoid any taint on the University. And that taint extended to the fact that it never happened! Right down to the ELO concert – didn’t happen. No concert, no death.
It was THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS!
OK, now that we Scully-and-Muldered that; on with the concert!
I really dug the Move (“Do Ya?”, a classic!) and the Roy Wood-driven “Lookin On” LP was a monster; played the import a lot, I mean, a lot! The last three songs on side two are about the most rousin’, rockin’ mini-epics to ever close out an LP! The next time you need a “Rock ‘n ‘ Roll Fix”, here’s the medicine, “Open Up said the World at the Door”, “Brontosaurus” and “Feel Too Good”. Once you’ve had a dose, you too will “feel too good”!
So, I was already enthusiastic about ELO; “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Showdown” were two excellent debuts and the Electric Light Orchestra that evolved out of the Move went to a whole new level and with each LP release their music got better and better!
To me ELO were the Prog-Beatles; which says a lot! Jeff Lynne has an uncanny way of emulating Beatles’ vocals within a rock, not pop, vein.
The venue on the Loyola University campus was a small auditorium or recreation hall, but about the size of an average gymnasium.
So, once again I was witness to a small intimate concert with a classic band just taking off toward the height of their superstardom popularity and their current release,”Eldorado”, was high on the charts and was featured at this concert. They were on fire, the music sounded terrific and I remember having a lot of fun!
Lineup: Jeff Lynne – Lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, cello, producer, songwriter, composer, arranger (1970–1983, 1985–1986, 2000–01) Bev Bevan – Drums, percussion, vocals (1970–1983, 1985–1986) Richard Tandy– Keyboards, synthesizers, bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals, arranger (1972–1983, 1985–1986, 2000–01) Mike Edwards– Cello (1972–1974) Hugh McDowell– cello (1972, 1973–1979) Mike de Albuquerque– Bass guitar, backing vocals (1972–1974) Mik Kaminski – Violin (1973–1979, 1981–1983, 1986) Louis Clark – Orchestra arranger, conductor, synthesizers, keyboards (1974–1981, 1983–1986)