The Orchestra

 

 

Glen Burtnik guitar and Gordon Townsend Drums

Glen Burtnik guitar and Gordon Townsend Drums

When I was a lot younger, one of my favorite bands was The Electric Light Orchestra. I remember seeing the band from Birmingham, England when they visited Birmingham, Alabama in the seventies. ELO was a very unique group with a great sound.

 

Mik Kaminski Violin and Louis Clark, Eric Troyer Keyboard

Mik Kaminski Violin and Louis Clark, Eric Troyer Keyboard

Can you imagine how excited I was to hear that The Orchestra Part II was going to be playing at Disney’s EPCOT during our trip?  You might ask, what is The Orchestra Part II? Well following Bev Bevan’s retirement at the end of 1999, Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Kelly Groucutt, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley and recruit Gordon Townsend regrouped as The Orchestra or ELO Part II. Kelly Groucutt died of a heart attack in 2009.

 

Parthenon Huxley guitar

Parthenon Huxley guitar

 

So while everyone wanted to ride their favorite roller coaster, I mainly didn’t want to miss the show.  My family got a few jokes in about the group coming out on the stage with the aid of their walkers.

 

Mik Kaminski Violin and Eric Troyer Keyboards

Mik Kaminski Violin and Eric Troyer Keyboards

 

I have to say that the musicians seemed fairly healthy. It was the audience that I noticed more. The kids that I remember from before had turned into their parents. I guess that this would go for me too. Wow, talk about feeling old! However, for a few minutes there I was that twenty year old again.

 

Show Mik Kaminski Violin and Louis Clark, Eric Troyer Keyboards

Show Mik Kaminski Violin and Louis Clark, Eric Troyer Keyboards

 

 

See the following video – ELO – “Don’t Bring Me Down” – live 1986

 

8 Comments

  1. sherri May 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    they have brilliant colored instruments. made for some fine shots.

  2. Jimi Jones May 18, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Wow, great series of shots, Phillip. Must have been quite enjoyable to see them at Epcot.

    • Phillip May 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank you Jimi. It was very enjoyable.

  3. Marc May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Great shots Phillip and a great band. My sister has went to see these guys a couple of months ago in Bristol, UK and loved it. Strange Magic is one of my all time favs!

    • Phillip May 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks Marc. That is a great song. It came out around the time that I graduated from high school. I think that I just dated myself! LOL

  4. Victoria May 19, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Very nice photos!

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