Jeff Lynne's ELO will be criss-crossing the continent this summer on a 20-date arena tour. Joining Lynne as the opening act will be Dhani Harrison -- son Lynne's close friend and fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmate, the late-George Harrison. The jaunt kicks off on June 20th at Anaheim's Honda Center and wraps on August 1st -- Dhani's 41st birthday -- at Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena.

Jeff Lynne broke down exactly what the Electric Light Orchestra means in purely musical terms: "You've got your rock n' roll, harmony, classical bits, stick 'em all together -- and what've you got? You've got ELO. I knew kinda what I wanted to do, I didn't know how to go about it. It was only when I started realizing -- 'Hang on. Instead of just using two cellos and one violin, I just wanted to see what it was like to have big stuff instead of just little stuff all the time. (It's) kinda symphonic. I mean, it's kinda poppy, as well. It's 'classical pop' they always used to call it. And that's what I sort of, think it is, too."

During his 2017 induction speech for ELO, Dhani Harrison touched upon Jeff Lynne's golden era in the 1980's as one of rock's top record producers: "Jeff was soon a permanent fixture at our house. He and my dad drove the same car, they flew off to Formula One races, we did family vacations -- we were a traveling family -- and I got to see Jeff work in his secretive ways, often late at night. This was an incredible blast of creativity from Jeff; he worked with dad on Cloud Nine, he produced Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl (applause), right? He co-wrote and co-produced Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever (applause) -- and then there was the Traveling Wilburys (applause)."

JUST ANNOUNCED: Jeff Lynne's ELO with Dhani Harrison tour dates (subject to change):

June 20 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
June 22 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
June 24 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
June 26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
June 28 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
June 29 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
July 3 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
July 5 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
July 7 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
July 9 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
July 11 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
July 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 16 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
July 18 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
July 20 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
July 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
July 25 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 27 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 30 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
August 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena

AUDIO: DHANI HARRISON ON JEFF LYNNE PRODUCTIONS
AUDIO: JEFF LYNNE ON ELO BEING CLASSICAL POP