May 1, 2014

Electric Light Orchestra ~ Out Of The Blue Tour (The Big Night Tour), 1978

photos by Styrous®   


One of the great experiences of my life was the concert by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), which I attended on August 24, 1978. It was during their "Out of the Blue" tour; in the United States it was called, "The Big Night" tour.   

I have the souvenir program from that concert, "The Big Night" tour for sale on eBay. I also have the reel-to-reel tape, A New World Record, for sale on eBay (link below), so, I thought I'd put some shots I got of the program as a remembrance of that concert. The photographs in the program were taken by Gary Register and Phillippe Megani.  

I have also written an article here on the Viewfinder about the group's album, A New World Record (link below).  

The Event

To quote Marian Sandberg, "ELO’s 1978 tour design was inspired by the jukebox-style flying saucer used on the cover of the band’s Out of the Blue album—vinyl, naturally. The tour featured an enormous mockup of a spaceship housing the lighting rig that started the show sitting on stage and raised—took off—to a position suspended above. What designer Stephen Bickford achieved in his concept was groundbreaking, with lighting, fog, and lasers rigged on the underside of the ship, emulating 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an intentional homage. The nine-month, 92-date world tour, became the highest-grossing live concert tour in history at that point, selling out an incredible eight consecutive dates at England’s Wembley Stadium."
Thanks for your great description, Marian. It was an incredible concert to witness and hear and one that could never be forgotten.

back cover with close up of date

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – The Big Night Tours Book; (Concert Tour Program Book) 11” x 14”; 32 pages including covers; CB-203-1;

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ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) ~ A New world Record

ELO program on eBay

A New World Record reel-to-reel tape on eBay
reel-to-reel tapes on eBay

Styrous® ~ Thursday, May 1, 2014

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