Friends over at the Hollywood Theatre have a really interesting show coming up, check it out. Next step, ELO revival tour to Portland right? Here is the info:
The Thief of Bagdad: Re-imagined by Shadoe Stevens with the Music of E.L.O.
With a Live Intro by Shadoe Stevens
Portland, OR – In the 1920s, Douglas Fairbanks’ passion project was to turn the tales of One Thousand and One Nights into one of the most lavish and fantastical films of the silent era. The Thief of Baghdad is just that, a no-holds-barred epic filled with indelible images of flying carpets, magical creatures, death-defying stunts, groundbreaking special effects, and sprawling sets.
Sixty years later, radio personality Shadoe Stevens embarked on his own passion project, to take Fairbanks’ silent adventure and give it the ultimate rock soundtrack. After years of experimentation he discovered something surprising: that the lyrics, tone, and music of British art rock band Electric Light Orchestra were a perfect match for the film.
The lush electric-symphonic music of E.L.O. perfectly punctuates scenes of Fairbanks cunningly picking pockets and scaling walls. And as our heroic thief meets the woman of his dreams, E.L.O.’s Jeff Lynne croons, I’ve seen lovers flying through the air hand in hand / I’ve seen babies dancing in the midnight sun / And I’ve seen dreams that came from the heavenly skies above / But I never seen nothing like you. The results of Stevens’ quixotic undertaking are nothing less than astounding.
Stevens became a favorite voice in the early 1970s as one of the city’s most popular DJs. With his resonant voice and command on the airwaves, he was given the chance to assume announcing tasks for both radio’s “American Top 40,” replacing Casey Kasem, and on TV’s “The New Hollywood Squares” (1986). In the 1980s he found himself besieged with commercial work. Both seen and heard on “Squares,” Shadoe’s tanned good lucks, sexy appeal and sturdy physique set off a string of acting roles in such movies as Traxx (1988), in which he played the title role, and Mr. Saturday Night (1992). For four seasons he starred in the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World” (1993).
WHEN: April 28th, 2012; 7:30pm
WHERE: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard