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ELO to perform at Grammys

The Electric Light Orchestra will perform at this year’s Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, mainman Jeff Lynne has confirmed.

They’ll appear on the live TV extravaganza alongside AC/DC, Madonna and other big names.

It’s more confirmation that Lynne is taking the project seriously again after a cautious return to the stage in London last year.

Following ELO’s Hyde Park concert he said: “I was really worried before the show; I was thinking, ‘What the hell is it going to be like after all these years?’ I thought the crowd would all disperse and go their own sweet way – but they all loved it.”

He later said of a fully-fledged comeback: “With all these great string samplers and synths, it wouldn’t be such a drag for me – the sound would be perfect, everything would be sweet. So never say never. But it would be nice to find a way of doing it without going anywhere.”

In November he confirmed he was working on a new ELO album and added: “That’ll be involved in the new times when we play.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.