Jeff Lynne's ELO is winding down its first full-on North American tour since 1981 this week. Tonight (August 22nd), Lynne and the band will play their second Madison Square Garden show of the current run, before closing shop on Friday (August 24th) at Philly's Wells Fargo Center.
In addition to ELO's incredible string of hits — including “Turn To Stone, ” Telephone Line, ” Xanadu,” “Evil Woman,” “Livin' Thing,” “Do Ya,” and more — Jeff Lynne is also paying tribute to his other band — the Traveling Wilburys.
Lynne, who performs the superstar group's signature tune “Handle With Care” in the nightly show, recalled how the song came to be: “'Handle With Care,' that was the first song we attempted on the Wilburys' sessions. The great thing was, we did it in Bob Dylan's garage, of all places. We laid down the track. George (Harrison) had, like, half a verse to it already, and then we all sat around and wrote and finished the song up. We laid it down — the rhythm track, and then we went and had dinner in Bob's house, and then we wrote the words over dinner. So, it was very interesting with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and me, shoutin' out, y'know, bits of rhymes and stuff.”