Today, decorated British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Lynne announced that he will be bringing his Electric Light Orchestra stateside next summer for his first North American tour since 1981, the better part of four decades ago. The announcement comes on the heels of a their memorable return to London’s Wembley Stadium in June, which was immortalized via their upcoming live album/concert film Wembley or Bust, due out this Friday, November 17th. It also follows the recent death of Lynne’s former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Tom Petty.Jeff Lynne’s ELO Performs In The US For The First Time In 30 Years [Video]Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold out run of UK and European shows, as well as a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a statement, Lynne commented on the long-awaited North American ELO tour: “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.” The tour will hit 10 cities, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena and wrapping up in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center. (See below for a full list of dates).American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 15th at 10am local time through Thursday, November 16th at 10pm local time. The Live Nation pre-sale begins Thursday, November 16th and public on-sale begins Friday, November 17th starting at 10am local time with tickets available on Ticketmaster.All pre-orders of Wembley Or Bust made at Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra Official US Store prior to 4:00pm EST on November 14, 2017 are eligible to receive a ticket pre-sale code for 2018 U.S. tour dates. Codes can be used during the pre-sale window for access to tickets before the general public on-sale. One (1) code is granted per customer and allows access to purchase up to four (4) tickets. Tickets will be available while supplies last and pre-sale codes do not guarantee inventory.Watch the official preview for Wembley or Bust below via ELOVEVO:For information on ticket on-sale information, pre-orders, and more, head to the ELO website.2018 Electric Light Orchestra U.S. Tour DatesThu Aug 2 Oakland, CA – Oracle ArenaSat Aug 4 Los Angeles, CA – The ForumWed Aug 8 Denver, CO – Pepsi CenterFri Aug 10 Houston, TX – Toyota CenterMon Aug 13 Dallas, TX – American Airlines CenterWed Aug 15 Rosemont, IL – Allstate ArenaThu Aug 16 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars ArenaSat August 18 Toronto, ON – Air Canada CentreTue Aug 21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden, *NY on sale Saturday at 10:00amFri Aug 24 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center[Cover photos via Wembley or Bust]
INDONESIAN President Soharto joined ceremonies at Jakarta to mark completion of the first General Electric diesel locos to be built in Java. Three U20Cs assembled at Madiun (above) by joint venture company PT GE Lokindo were delivered on December 17.The joint venture between GE and Badan Pengelola Industri Strategis is intended to supply locomotives to the southeast Asian market under the Asean Free Trade Agreement. GE has invested over US$300m in the Madiun plant, and signed a technology transfer and staff training package with BPIS. The initial units are destined for Indonesia and the Philippines. o
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – No West Indies player will be forced to travel on the tour of England if they feel uncomfortable with arrangements, Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave has said.“We definitely will respect any player’s decision who for whatever reason doesn’t want to tour,” Grave said last weekend.“There will be absolutely no victimisation whatsoever. Clearly if a player doesn’t tour then it creates an opportunity for someone else to come in and represent the West Indies, and they would have their chance to play England in three Test matches and cement their place in the side.”A 25-man side is expected to be announced this week for the tour of England which will see the Caribbean playing three Tests starting July 8.The tour has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic which has already resulted in nearly 278 000 infections and nearly 40 000 deaths across the United Kingdom.For the first time, a cricket series will be played at bio-secure facilities with strict, quarantine, social-distancing and sanitisation protocols employed throughout.Grave said players had been included in the ongoing discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board, and their input had been invaluable.“The players have had lots of questions and rightly so about trying to understand what is completely new to sport and completely new to them as cricketers, in terms of what the environment will be like,” Grave explained.“Obviously seven weeks is a relatively long tour … and they wanted to know exactly where they were going to be, how they were going to be tested, what there would be at the hotel in terms of facilities and amenities and also for some downtime, and what they could do outside of just training and playing cricket and what facilities and entertainment options would be available to them in the hotel.“(They also wanted to know) what happens if one of them gets, not necessarily ill from COVID-19, but if they get sick or injured and what are the options. There’s an enormous amount of detailed work that has gone into this tour, not just by the England and Wales Cricket Board but by our medical practitioners here in the Caribbean.”The tour was initially scheduled for May but had to be postponed with the UK hard hit by COVID-19 and the ECB forced to delay its entire domestic programme.But anxious to avoid a cricket blackout of cricket during the summer, ECB has managed to convince West Indies, along with Pakistan, to follow through on previously planned tours.While critics have said the tour involves too many risks and little reward, Grave said it was important to CWI from a playing and commercial branding standpoint.“This is a big tour for England financially but it’s still an important tour for us and an important tour for our number one sponsors and huge supporters in Sandals Resorts, so it’s not fair to say there’s nothing in it for Cricket West Indies,” he stressed.“And for the players, they’re desperate to get back playing and get back training so it’s an opportunity for them to go and defend the Wisden Trophy they did so well to win back in 2019.”West Indies are scheduled to leave the Caribbean next Tuesday.